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The 50 Best Modern Songs That Sound Like the 1980s

Musicians are embracing the sounds of that decade in the same way other artists repurposed the blues, classic '60s rock, and '70s punk.

By Dan Reilly, Dee Lockett, Samantha Rollins, Frank Guan, Craig Jenkins, Ilana Kaplan and Jordan Crucchiola

Remember When Movies Used To Be Good? by Justin Geldzahler

Maybe I’m old fashioned, but I remember when the movies used to mean something.  When you saw a film, it was about something. It said things. Made ya think. About things. Like The Big Chill. Now that was a film. It had laughs, it had tears, and [...]

By Brian Boone

Watch ’80s Bill Murray Do a Bunch of Tongue Twisters

Here's Bill Murray's recently-unearthed appearance on an early '80s LaserDisc compilation called Fun & Games in which he does a bunch of tongue twisters. It's kind of hard to watch somebody as cool as '80s Bill Murray do something as uncool [...]

By Bradford Evans

Watch a 24-Year-Old Marc Maron Do Stand-Up in 1988

The YouTube channel Official Comedy just unearthed this 25-year-old video of Marc Maron performing stand-up in 1988. Still only three or four years into his stand-up career at the time, Maron is still honing his style but it's fun to see him [...]

By Bradford Evans

They’re Making an ‘ALF’ Movie Because…?

What did you expect, Hollywood not to make an ALF movie? Sony has acquired the rights and is developing it to be a part CG-part live action feature. The man who spearheaded the piece of smurf Smurf movie, which made over $500 million worldwide [...]

By Jesse David Fox

The Lost Projects of John Hughes

One of the most prolific comedy filmmakers of all-time, you can’t really compare John Hughes’s dominance of big screen comedy in the 1980s to the work of anyone modern. Even Judd Apatow, who’s pumped out hit films at a consistent rate for the [...]

By Bradford Evans

Bateman Begins: It’s Your Move

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 120,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, [...]

By Ramsey Ess

Grinning From Eyeball to Ear: The Psychic Timebomb of Steampipe Alley

The "classic" kids show of the days of early television have a curious amount of nostalgic pull, considering they did not flourish for long. I blame Baby Boomers, who consider all of their cultural touchstones vastly superior to what followed. [...]

By Matthew Callan

Looking Back at the Terrible Syndicated Sitcoms of the Late 1980s

At the beginning of the 2011 fall TV season, there were 22 live-action sitcoms on the broadcast networks. Twenty-five years ago: there were 37. Among them were progressive, inventive classics of the form, like Cheers, Newhart, and The Cosby [...]

By Brian Boone