Posts Tagged ‘John Kapelos’

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.

Weird Science – Minute Movie Review

Mittwoch, März 17th, 2010

Review:

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.

The Breakfast Club – Minute Movie Review

Dienstag, September 22nd, 2009

Review:

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.