The Gist

The ’80s Really Were the Best

Hadley Freeman wondered why the movies of her 1980s childhood seemed so special. So she went back and asked actors and directors.

Matthew Broderick, Mia Sara, and Alan Ruck starred in the 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

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What made the movies of the 1980s so special, especially as compared to movies being made now? On The Gist, the Guardian’s Hadley Freeman explains. She’s the author of Life Moves Pretty Fast: The Lessons We Learned From Eighties Movies (and Why We Don’t Learn Them From Movies Anymore).

For the Spiel, Mike revisits the items that have escaped his searching, skeptical gaze.

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