Less Than Zero is a novel by Bret Easton Ellis, published in 1985. It was his first published effort, released while he was 21 and still in college. The film version stars Andrew McCarthy as Clay, a college freshman returning home for Christmas to spend time with his ex-girlfriend and best friend slash drug addict, played by Robert Downey, Jr. It received mixed reviews among critics. Ellis hated the film initially but his view of it later softened. He insists that the film bears no resemblance to his novel and felt that it was miscast with the exceptions of Downey and Spader.
120 Minutes is a television show in the United States dedicated to alternative music, originally airing on MTV from 1986 to 2000. For the first ten years of 120 Minutes, viewers could see artists as varied as The Jesus and Mary Chain, Bronski Beat, New Order, The Replacements, The Verve, James, Slowdive, Weezer, Robyn Hitchcock, The Stone Roses, Oasis, Blur, Butthole Surfers, Radiohead, KMFDM, Kate Bush, Ramones, XTC, Morrissey, The Smashing Pumpkins, Kitchens of Distinction, Sarah McLachlan, They Might Be Giants, Dinosaur Jr., Rage Against The Machine, Hüsker Dü, The Offspring, and Bad Religion. Nirvana's music video for "Smells Like Teen Spirit" received a world premiere on 120 Minutes, but soon proved so popular that the channel began to air it during its regular daytime rotation.
Pretty in Pink is a film about teenage love and social cliques in 1980s American high schools. High school senior Andie Walsh is a working-class girl who has a crush on one of the rich, preppie boys in her school, Blane McDonough. When Andie and Blane try to get together, they encounter resistance from their respective social circles.
Andie lives on "the wrong side of the tracks" with her unemployed father, Jack. Andie's best friend Duckie is in love with her, but plays it off as a joke in front of her. The original ending to this film depicted Duckie getting the girl, however, the test audiences said they would have preferred to see Blane win Andie's heart. Additionally, Director John Hughes was concerned audiences would take the original ending as a message that poor people and rich people don't belong together.
A gramophone record, commonly known as a record, is an analog sound storage medium consisting of a flat disc with an inscribed, modulated spiral groove. The groove usually starts near the periphery and ends near the center of the disc. Phonograph records are generally described by their diameter in inches, the rotational speed at which they are played, or the number of channels of audio provided (mono, stereo, or quadraphonic).
Vinyl records were the primary medium used for music reproduction for most of the 20th century, replacing the phonograph cylinder, with which it had co-existed, by the 1920s. By the late 1980s, digital media had gained a larger market share, and the vinyl record left the mainstream.
Control is a film about Joy Division singer Ian Curtis, based on the book Touching from a Distance, written by Curtis' widow Deborah who co-produced the film, it is directed by Anton Corbijn. Control premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won several awards, and went on to win British Independent Film Award, Best Film at the Evening Standard British Film Awards, and the British Academy Film Awards.