Posts Tagged ‘John Hughes’

Sixteen Candles – Minute Movie Review

Montag, Oktober 4th, 2010


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.

Weird Science – Minute Movie Review

Mittwoch, März 17th, 2010


In 1985, two teenage outsiders with no friends and especially no girlfriends decide to create the perfect girl from scratch with the help of a computer. Since this is a comedy, this works perfectly and the new girl makes sure that they develop from helpless dorks into socially accepted, self-confident young men. The film, written (supposedly in two days) and directed by the master of teen comedies John Hughes, is supremely silly, yet still often quite funny and oddly sweet – in other words, it’s a typical John Hughes film. It’s not his best and there are some stretches that are painfully bad, but for simple entertainment, this is pretty good.

Random Observations:

Weird Science at the IMDb

Robert Downey Jr. is in this and while I was aware that he had a career back in the 80s, it still is decidedly odd.

Did anyone else see the John Hughes tribute at this year’s Oscars? I like his films and I’m sure he was a great guy, but wouldn’t have a place in the “In Memoriam” segment been enough? This was just painful – and much too long.

Anthony Michael Hall in his mid-twenties was the perfect teen geek.

Uncle Buck – Minute Movie Review

Freitag, Dezember 18th, 2009


In this John Hughes film, slacker uncle Buck is sent to watch over a couple’s kids while they are away. While he quickly befriends the two young kids, including perennial child star Macaulay Culkin, the older teenage daughter is just annoyed with him and wants to go her own way. Through comic interludes, they finally connect and Buck also figures out how to deal with his long-term girlfriend and her hope and need for a family of their own. Most of the film is just painful, but Hughes manages to include some funny moments, which are, however, not enough to excuse the broad stereotypical characters the film has – that Hughes is more adept at especially teenage characters, he has proven before with films like The Breakfast Club.

Random Observations:

Uncle Buck at the IMDb

This is the only John Hughes directed film that I didn’t enjoy. But then again, I was eight when I saw Curly Sue

I’m not sure whether it is just because of the horrible 80s hairstyles, but all the people in this film are incredibly ugly.

Adventskalender 6

Sonntag, Dezember 6th, 2009

Click the link to open the sixth door. Klick auf den Link, um das sechste Türchen zu öffnen.

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The Breakfast Club – Minute Movie Review

Dienstag, September 22nd, 2009


One Saturday, five stereotypical high school students have to spend the day in detention. There’s the brain, the jock, the princess, the basket case and the criminal. The film is the story of that day, delving deep into teenage angst and trying very hard to avoid the clichés. In that, it varies between deep drama and light comedy, making for an entertaining and insightful hour and a half. Ultimately, though, despite it’s rigorous and repeated scream for individuality, the characters are nothing but stereotypes, spoiling the message of the film to no small extent.

Random Observations:

The Breakfast Club at the IMDb

I’ve seen the film several times and every time I make the mistake of thinking, “Hey, it’s a John Hughes film, this will be good fun”, only to be horribly reminded just how depressing the film really is.

Emilio Estevez, who plays the sports guy, is the son of Martin Sheen and brother of Charlie Sheen. Did you know that? Of course you did.

Also stars original brat pack members Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall.

Planes, Trains & Automobiles – Minute Movie Review

Sonntag, September 6th, 2009


Trying to get home for Thanksgiving, two very different people get stuck with each other on a roadtrip involving, who’d have guessed, planes, trains, cars and buses. Written and directed by John Hughes and featuring Steve Martin and John Candy in top form, the film is a comedy with sentimental overtones. Sure, there have been funnier films, but the film is good fun and the sweetness it is imbued with and imbues the viewer with makes it well worth watching.

Random Observations:

Planes, Trains & Automobiles at the IMDb

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – Minute Movie Review

Freitag, August 7th, 2009


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

Klick auf den Link, um das siebte Türchen zu öffnen. Click the link to open the seventh door.

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