In recent years, I’ve seen a small backlash against the character Ferris Bueller. One sometimes hears the trite, overused buzzwords such as “out-of-touch,” “entitled,” and “privileged." I remonstrate against this dismissive characterization of one of the most potent symbols of youthful exuberance and freedom. Both
Howard Deutch’s return to teen drama after Pretty in Pink shows him again in top form in his sophomore effort. John Hughes also brings his top writing game, providing probably even more memorable dialogue. They were also able to bring their full creative vision of
A common misconception is that John Hughes directed the romantic comedy Pretty in Pink. The famed director did serve as scriptwriter, so his touches are sprinkled throughout this Brat Pack feature. However, director Howard Deutch handled his script well enough to land a charming debut
In the spring of 1989, a film that was supposed to make waves in the creature feature genre only made ripples. Critically lambasted, George P. Cosmatos’s Leviathan didn’t even make its budget back in theatrical revenues. It didn’t help that it was the year of
There’s no rest and relaxation for the terrorized couple featured in the tense 1989 Australian thriller Dead Calm. A time of recovery in grief becomes a fight for life when they come across a man with a dark secret. How will they survive in the middle
What more can be said about this now-much praised film than has already been said? Very few films have gone through such a drastic critical and popular reappraisal as John Carpenter’s The Thing. Mainstream and genre film critics severely criticized the film when released on
Alternate history allows a reader not only to contemplate the past. It also makes one think upon the current culture and contrast its positives and negatives. This is what Kingsley Amis’s novel The Alteration does. It, however, comments on much more: the nature of freedom,
Most pop culture enthusiasts recognize the iconic image of the fedora and whip since the release of Raiders of the Lost Ark on June 12, 1981. The image can truly only belong to the archaeologist Indiana Jones, the character that brought “the return to the
Relevant no matter the era—that’s how many would describe the Jack Finney-penned novel about pod people replacing humans and substituting individual consciousness with collective thought. It’s probably why there’s been four official adaptations. Countless science fiction movies and television shows also have taken ideas from
“Keep Moving!” says the film’s protagonist to some of the supporting players near the conclusion of the film. Watching the characters in their journey, you feel their exhaustion and weariness. Still, you know that he’s right, and that their lives depend on escaping the ruined
With the successful release of the film Hidden Figures and being that it’s the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 1 launch disaster, I figured that I’d start 2017 with a switch to non-fiction.
Pride in one’s art is usually encouraged, but what if one’s art supported a cause or a thought process that’s no longer in favor or that has even become denigrated?