Posts Tagged ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’

Sixteen Candles – Minute Movie Review

Montag, Oktober 4th, 2010

Review:

A day before her sister’s wedding, Molly Ringwald’s entire family forgets her sixteenth birthday. And that is not the only trouble she has: the boy she likes doesn’t even know her and she has to fend of the advances of perennial geek Anthony Michael Hall. In short, not one of her better days, but things are definitely looking up in this classic teen comedy from classic teen comedy writer-director John Hughes, his début feature. He hasn’t quite gotten the grip on teen angst he later demonstrated with The Breakfast Club and the film is not nearly as outrageously funny as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but it’s a solid first effort that is definitely worth seeing if you’ve ever been a teenager and especially if you were a teenager in suburban America in the 1980s.

Random Observations:

Sixteen Candles at the IMDb

Both Hughes regulars were only fifteen when the film was made, actually fitting the age of their characters.

John Cusack has a small role in this film as another geek – not quite the role he’ll be remembered for.

His sister Joan Cusack is also in this film. And a Beth Ringwald – Molly’s older sister. John Hughes definitely made family films…

Dear God, was Long Duk Dong ever offensive. I always thought political correctness had arisen in the early 80s.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – Minute Movie Review

Freitag, August 7th, 2009

Review:

One day, Ferris Bueller plays sick to avoid going to school. The film follows what he does with the day off while also detailing the exploits of his headmaster who is trying to catch him. The premise is incredibly simple, but with quick wit, some real insights into teenage mentality, a barrage of fantastical and often hilarious scenes, the film has become the quintessential teenage comedy – before those solely consisted of fart and sex jokes. A light-hearted, extremely funny film, that it is very easy to identify with and that everybody should have seen at least once. Although I doubt you will be able to stop at once, even if this is not part of your fondest memories of youth.

Random Observations:

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at the IMDb

Yes, I heeded my own advice and watched this film in memory of the late John Hughes.

The school nurse is called Florence Sparrow.

I don’t remember ever seeing Alan Ruck, who, at 29, played Ferris’ best friend Cameron, in any other film, but he is great here, perfectly handling the few truly serious moments.

In a way, this film is much more about Cameron than about Ferris anyway.

John Hughes, we’ll miss you

Freitag, August 7th, 2009

I don’t usually write about anybody’s personal life on here. I have even abstained from mentioning the passing of many beloved actors, directors and screenwriters that were involved in films that mean a lot to me. But the death of John Hughes is just too sad not to mention. The writer-director died yesterday while out for a walk. And despite the fact that it has been 18 years since he directed a film (and 22 since he directed a good film) and that I didn’t really enjoy his later efforts as a sole screenwriter, I feel as if I have lost a friend, albeit one I hadn’t seen in a long time. So people, go and grief with me. Take out your copy of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (I know you have one!), The Breakfast Club or whichever film of his you personally like best and mourn not just the loss of a great director, but of your youth as well.

Adventskalender 7

Freitag, Dezember 7th, 2007

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