Life Moves Pretty Fast: The lessons we learned from eighties movies (and why we don't learn them from movies any more)
Hadley Freeman brings us her personalised guide to American movies from the 1980s – why they are brilliant, what they meant to her, and how they influenced movie-making forever.
For Hadley Freeman, American moves of the 1980s have simply got it all. Comedy in Three Men and a Baby, Hannah and Her Sisters, Ghostbusters, Back to the Future and Trading Places; all a teenager ne...more
PLEASE NOTE THIS WAS MY 75TH BOOK OF THE YEAR AND ONLY MY THIRD 1 STAR. I ALSO ATTEMPTED TO DNF, BUT SADLY MY OCD WOULD NOT LET ME SO THIS IS GOING TO BE HORRIBLY RANTY AND EVEN EXTRA GIFFY THAN NORMAL. OH AND I TALK ABOUT FICTIONAL CHARACTERS WITHOUT EXPLAINING WHAT MOVIE THEY CAME FROM AND DON’T BOTHER PUTTING MOVIE TITLES IN ITALICS BECAUSE I’M LAZY. IF YOU DON’T WANT TO SEE A REAL BITCHFIT AND IF YOU DON’T KNOW YOUR POP CULTURE, YO ...more
Her enthusiasm for her subject is completely infectious and her analysis of the strengths of such maligned (including by me) "classics" as Dirty Dancing and Romancing the Stone made me want to rush out to the nearest video rental store to rewatch them ...more
Well, that's depressing and enraging. Yet not indicative of the overall tone of this book, thankfully! Freeman writes about movies related to feminism, classism, racism, and other -isms, and does it all with an engaging tone. She injects personal emotions and experiences into the text, making for an interesting and often moving ...more
People no longer see any merit in VHS because it's a format with "low resolution" (I think those people are really full of it, personally), but there's something to be said for just the plain old value of nostalgia, and as this book proves, all those old tapes of that brightly-coloured flashy pop Eighties era taught us things that films today can barely touch on. Humorous, in-depth, o ...more
I should probably just stop reading pop culture books about film. I think I would have appreciated this more if she moved it completely into the role of memoir. If this was just a book about how much eighties films meant to her, and what lessons she learned from them? Cool. When you want to expand that out and make an argument about the entire history of film, while denigrating wide swaths of films that you don't like for being too intellectual? Yeah...I'm gonna pass. Basically you want to make ...more
Sorry, that was vulgar. Sometimes I am vulgar. It should pass.
But you know what, I'm feeling in the mood right now. I'm full of it. What you might call piss and vinegar. So it's fitting, really, because I didn't much care for this book.
My pr ...more
I really wanted to love this book because it's a very "me" topic. Yet, I kept noticing errors or one-sided arguments, or frankly just a lack of understanding/knowledge of movies today. First of all, yes, (500) Days of Summer and The Perks of Being a Wallflower both "feature" the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope...but it's to go ...more
This is mismarketed. It should be titled "The Lessons I Learned From Eighties Movies". Because this author has anvil'ed her opinion all over this book, and it genuinely ruins the experience of reading about movies and trends from an era I grew up in and am very familiar with.
I had really high hopes after the first chapter, which focused on Dirty Dancing. Longer, I believe, than any other chapter in the book, it features an interv ...more
Anyway, it sounds like a fun, frothy topic, right? Eighties movies and why we love them! And it IS a fun topic. I was reminded of how many eighties movies are still irresistible classics, but Freeman also talks about the ones that haven't stood the te ...more
I was expecting a dumb yet fun book about the authors favorite 80s movies but it was so much more than that. There is no question that it is fun but it is also wildly smart. It caused me to look at many of my favorite 80s movies in a new light. Each chapter using a specific popular 80s film to discuss a social issue. Including how movies in the ...more
I have to share that there were times it would have been so nice had this been better proofread as I had to re-read a sentence or a paragraph. And I got annoyed by "amirite??".
All things considered, an interesting read. To have watched these movies when I was young in theaters and videoca ...more
“When you grow up your heart dies.” - The Breakfast Club (John Hughes)
I am a 80’s tragic.. the music, the fashion, the movies... (just joking about the fashion). If asked, The Breakfast Club and Dirty Dancing are my two all time favourite movies, so when I saw Life Moves Pretty Fast by Hadley Freeman mentioned on booksaremyfavouriteandbest, I added it to my TBR list.
I’m not sure what I was expecting from Life Moves Pretty Fast, apart from an entertaining stroll through my adolescent memories, b ...more
Nostalgia – particularly pop culture nostalgia – is a powerful thing. Many of us are bound with an ongoing and eternal affection for the things that we loved during our formative years. Sometimes, that affection is justified; other times, not so much.
Hadley Freeman is possessed by that sort of sweet love of memory, unabashed in her adoration for the films of the 1980s. Her book “Life Moves Pretty Fast: The Lessons We Learned from Eighties Movies (and Why W ...more
The 80s were the end of the studio system, before companies that manufacture laundry detergent bought them all out and the world market (read: China) be ...more
It's refreshing – and certainly educational – to read Freeman’s insightful and witty analysis of all the nuances I've naturally missed as a kid. However, I’m now even h ...more
What could easily have been an exercise in pure nostalgia directs its focus on social politics. Dirty Dancing sets up a broader assessment of abortion in mainstream movies. Ferris Beuller's Day Off is a peg on which to hang a discussion about the depiction of wealth.
All this i ...more
Hadley Freeman's die hard love of the films she writes about comes across so vibrantly, but it doesn't stop her from discussing them and the people involved in them honestly and intelligently. Her writing is fresh and engaging and I had to use serious self control to stick to my pledge of watchg the movie each chapter focused on, but I'm really glad I did. I recommend it. I got to reward hold favourites, discovered new lives and have a list as long as my arm of mov ...more
It’s too much. Freeman’s scope prev ...more
A little disappointing although passably entertaining (like a good handful of the movies she idolizes). I'm not buying her crazed reverence for Rick Moranis and there's a real lack of Kevin Costner here -- some positive mentions of Bull Durham and F ...more