1980s-films

A Salute to ‘We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome),’ Tina Turner’s Forgotten ‘Mad Max’ Anthem

In the midst of her well-deserved 1980s comeback, the iconic singer decided to play the villain in ‘Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.’ The soundtrack smash that accompanied the film may be a bit cheesy, but it’s had a surprising afterlife in the worlds of high art and indie-rock.

Emilio Estevez and the Scourge of the ‘Brat Pack’ Straitjacket

With ‘The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers’ waiting in the wings, Martin Sheen’s son has struggled to escape a belittling Gen X label he never asked for

35 Years Later, the ‘Pretty in Pink’ Soundtrack Is John Hughes’ Greatest Gift to Teens

In his early films, Hughes’ soundtracks didn’t capture an era — they defined it. Especially the songs on this one.

John Cusack Was Once King of the Romantic Comedy Because He Was All Wrong for the Role

The star of ‘Say Anything’ and ‘High Fidelity’ epitomized Generation X’s disdain for mainstream acceptance. But his subsequent career has illustrated the challenges of sustaining a no-sellout ethos.