Ted Kennedy was a most fortunate son of America's ruling class, and his life's work was devoted to the idea that the American government can and ought to offer all its citizens the protection and opportunities that his own circumstances afforded him.
In this video essay, part one of a five-part series on the summer movies of 1984 and 1989, we go in search of the origins of MTV editing and post-Boomer cynicism. Also starring Ronald Reagan, John Hughes, semi-gratuitous T&A, synth-pop videos, The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, and Prince.
In part two of our five-part series on the summer movies of 1984 and 1989, we take in Steven Spielberg's society of the spectacle, the rise of sadism and cynicism in the blockbuster movie, and the influence of the PG-13 rating. Also starring Indiana Jones, Red Dawn, and gremlins. Lots and lots of gremlins.
In part three of our five-part series on the summer movies of 1984 and 1989, we begin with a lickety-split recap of the second Reagan term, and begin the Bush years with the rise of hip-hop, Field of Dreams, Do the Right Thing, and the American indie film opting out and breaking out with sex, lies and videotape.
In part four of our five-part series on the summer movies of 1984 and 1989, we watch feel-good sequels ape the spirit of '84 while the heroes of Lethal Weapon II and The Abyss flip out, and the unprecedented Batman taps into the decayed American city.
Our epic video essay series on the summer movies of 1984 and 1989 concludes with The New Sincerity, as rediscovered in the hallowed teen-movie triumvirate of Heathers, Dead Poets Society and Say Anything, released within three months of each other twenty years ago.