Thursday, March 2, 2017

Review: Brat Pack America a Love Letter to 80's Teen Movies by Kevin Smokler

Brat Pack America A Love Letter to 80's Teen Movies By: Kevin Smokler
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From the fictional towns of Hill Valley, CA, and Shermer, IL, to the beautiful landscapes of the “Goondocks” in Astoria and the “time of your life” dirty dancing resort still alive and well in Lake Lure, NC, '80s teen movies left their mark not just on movie screen and in the hearts of fans, but on the landscape of America itself. Like few other eras in movie history, the '80s teen movies has endured and gotten better with time. In Brat Pack America, Kevin Smokler gives virtual tours of your favorite movies while also picking apart why these locations are so important to these movies.

Including interviews with actors, writers, and directors of the era, and chock full of interesting facts about your favorite '80s movies, Brat Pack America is a must for any fan. Smokler went to Goonies Day in Astoria, OR, took a Lost Boys tour of Santa Cruz, CA, and deeply explored every nook and cranny of the movies we all know and love, and it shows.

Review: If you love 80's movies and would like to reminisce about what made them great this is a fantastic collection of essays and interviews. It brought me back to my childhood and makes me long for a 80's movie marathon this weekend. I read this in preparation for an upcoming author visit at my college and I can't wait to hear what he has to say. 

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