How do you sum up a decade like the 1980s? For starters, there were mixtapes, big hair and some, like, righteous movies. LexGo.com is celebrating the Reagan era by screening five of the decade's most awesome films at The Kentucky Theatre. We promise it will be rad.
Each Wednesday from Feb. 27 to March 27, LexGo.com, the Herald-Leader's arts and entertainment website, will host a screening of these movies at the downtown Lexington movie house: The Goonies, Coal Miner's Daughter, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Risky Business and The Breakfast Club.
In addition to the movie, we'll have giveaways, contests and more. Look for details in coming weeks on LexGo.com, in the Herald-Leader and on LexGo's Facebook page, Facebook.com/lexgo.
Here's the lineup:
Feb. 27: The Goonies (1985). Occupying a soft spot for many Gen-X'ers, this beloved movie follows a group of kids who try to save their town, outrun a family of villains and find the secret treasure of a pirate named One-Eyed Willy. Directed by Richard Donner (Superman, the Lethal Weapon movies), the movie epitomizes a popular '80s plot: a motley group of kids saves the day. Written by Steven Spielberg (surely, you know who he is) and Chris Columbus (Home Alone, the first two Harry Potter films), The Goonies stars the very young Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Martha Plimpton, Corey Feldman and others.
March 6: Coal Miner's Daughter (1980). A Kentucky favorite, this much-lauded movie is the rags-to-riches biography of Loretta Lynn, who was born into poverty in Butcher Hollow, Ky., and went on to be one of the most successful and revered country music performers in history. Directed by Brit Michael Apted, it stars Sissy Spacek as Lynn and Tommy Lee Jones as her husband, Doo. Spacek won the Oscar for best actress, and the movie was nominated for six others, including best picture.
Admittedly, Coal Miner's Daughter has a feel and mood different from the festival's other movies. That said, it's a seminal film of the decade and was the vanguard of today's spate of biopics. It is one of the few films to have such a strong tie to Kentucky.
March 13: Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), about a high school wiseguy who is determined to take the day off from school, no matter what anyone thinks of that. Despite the rule-breaking plot, the movie, chock full of long-lasting pop-culture nuggets, is among the most warm, innocent films in the high-school-movie canon. Written and directed by the king of teen movies, John Hughes, it stars Matthew Broderick as Ferris, along with Mia Sara, Alan Ruck and Jennifer Grey.
March 20: Risky Business (1983). The festival's second movie with a Kentucky tie, Risky Business stars onetime Louisvillian Tom Cruise as a teenager having a good time while his parents are out of town. It also contains one of the most memorable scenes in cinematic history: Cruise, dressed only in a button-down, socks and tighty-whities, dancing to Bob Seger's Old-Time Rock and Roll. It also stars Rebecca De Mornay.
March 27: The Breakfast Club (1985). Closing out the festival is another John Hughes gem and one of the most quintessential films of the decade. Written and directed by Hughes, it is about a disparate group of teenagers — all of them stand-ins for high school archetypes — who find common ground while spending a Saturday in detention. It stars Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall and Ally Sheedy.
IF YOU GO
LexGo Totally Awesome '80s Film Festival
When: 7:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 27-March 27
Where: Kentucky Theatre, 214 E. Main St. Free parking in Transit Center garage; enter on High St.
Tickets: $6; available in advance.
Learn more: (859) 231-7924
Feb. 27: The Goonies
March 6: Coal Miner's Daughter
March 13: Ferris Bueller's Day Off
March 20: Risky Business
March 27: The Breakfast Club
Scott Shive: (859) 231-1412. Twitter: @scottshive.