How lovely to see you. My name is Hadley Freeman and this, this grandly designed page you see before you, is my blog. But it’s not really going to be a blog. No, this is a film club or, to be more specific, an 80s film club. You see, I have a serious problem and that is I am completely obsessed with movies from the 1980s. This is partly due to sentiment, sure, but seeing as I was only 10 when that decade ended most of these movies didn’t come out during my formative or even during my barely sentient years. By rights, I should be writing a blog about movies that came out in the 90s but not even I can get soppy eyed about Green Card and Pretty Woman (truly, I was forced to mature in the Dark Ages.)
Yet for reasons that will be discussed over the coming weeks, I honestly believe that while the 80s may not have produced the best movies, or even the smartest movies, it is the decade that made the most fun movies, and that is why I love them. Genuinely fun movies are awesome and must and shall be celebrated.
Up until now my 80s film addiction has taken all manner of sad and twisted forms: dropping in superfluous quotes into newspaper articles from Ghostbusters that don’t even make any sense in the context; making friends stay up until 2am while I regale them with my thesis about Michael Keaton’s career; prowling all manner of dodgy websites in the search for a copy of Adventures in Babystitting to download now, now, NOW. And I’ve gotten by on this. But I’ve increasingly been thinking that this is ridiculous, suffering alone like this. Instead, I shall foist my addiction onto other like minded souls and we can pool our 80s film geekiness together, discussing everything from the feminism of Heathers to the racism of Sixteen Candles, from the much missed presence of Rick Moranis to the all too ubiquitous presence of Andie Macdowell, from the incomprehensible immortality of Mannequin to the baffling lack of renown accorded to Young Sherlock Holmes. At last, my people, we shall come together.
So here’s how this will work: every Friday morning I will post a review of one film from the 1980s and all of us can discuss both the film and my review in the comments below over the next week. I will also put at the bottom of that review what next week’s film will be so everyone can watch that film over the week, ready to talk about it the following week. Obviously, it is not an obligation to watch the film or comment and everyone is more than free just to spectate. But I guarantee that watching the movies at least will make your life a happier experience. The first review will go up on Friday November 9 and it will be of Pretty in Pink. We will talk about the lesser known films of that decade, too, but my motto in life is, always start with the obvious.
Now, there will be technical glitches along the way – I can pretty much guarantee that. So I apologise in advance. At some point, I might even learn to post photos and videos on this thing, even.
Finally, life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. Which basically means, you really ought to come back and join the 80s film club.