I’ve had an unintentional ’80s theme going on this past week. From film to TV, the decade has been popping up in everything I watch, bringing a major wave of nostalgia.
The boring Olympics continue (sorry sports fans!), but no matter, I’ve been binging my eyeballs off, catching up on the first six episodes of Dead of Summer. I am completely hooked on this throwback to ’80s slasher films. A love letter to the decade, the musical choices are perfect, as are all the traditional horror movie characters. I really enjoy the format, with each episode doing flashbacks for a singular character. (Think Lost and Orange is the New Black, two shows who have done this device very well, in my opinion–they always go in a different direction than you anticipate.) Freeform is a guilty pleasure network for me, but I feel like this show has more to offer than the usual teen fare, probably because it’s from the team behind Lost. Check it out Tuesdays on Freeform at 9/8c, and catch up on all episodes here.
If you love films with a great soundtrack, or movies about music, you MUST see Sing Street. Set in 1980’s Dublin, a boy decides to start a band to impress a local girl and escape his tough family life. It’s filled with sweet moments and joyous, original music. Somehow writer/director John Carney found a way to incorporate music from every genre of the decade. You know what a musical treat you’re in for, if you were a fan of his other films, Once and Begin Again.
**You get extra credit if you make it a double feature and also watch Starter for 10, another one of my favorite movies about the 80’s. Set in England, it’s got a killer soundtrack and tons of fabulous actors, before they were stars stateside: James McAvoy, Dominic Cooper, Rebecca Hall, Alice Eve, James Corden, and Benedict Cumberbatch!
And speaking of 80’s films with a great soundtrack, Everybody Wants Some is delightful. Richard Linklater’s latest is a great companion piece for his cult classic, Dazed and Confused. It’s a whole lotta dudes, doing dude stuff, but it’s a great weekend beer movie. Afterwards, you’ll be downloading classic 80’s jams…and possibly printing out some cast photos for your closet doors. I won’t tell!
In other random news, I found out Meghan Markle (Suits, adorable Hallmark movies) has her own lifestyle website, The Tig, and I’m all over it. (I’m currently listening to her Tig Tunes while I write this post.) It’s a gorgeous site, with all kinds of fun ideas for food, travel, reading, etc. I’ve got serious wanderlust just looking at the photos! Go play around on it.
That’s all for this week. You have my permission to go make a mix tape!