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Career Opportunities, created by John Hughes: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Jim Dodge, the town dreamer and spinner of yarns, has been fired yet again from another low-paying job.  When he gets home, he is given a choice by his father: interview at the local Target to be the overnight cleaning boy or get on a bus to Saint Louis and make his way there.

He takes the job at Target and finds out on his first night there that he will be locked in the store by himself, overnight, to clean the store.  As he messes around between cleaning, he stumbles upon a girl who has been locked into the store.

They begin to connect over the course of the night learning about each other.  Josie fell asleep in Target when she chickened out on shoplifting in an attempt to get away from her abusive father.  Jim reveals (though he doesn’t realize it) that he simply wants to stay at home because he won’t end up lonely.  Josie propositions Jim to join her in California with the $52,000 she has hidden in her purse.

But when two murderers make their way into the store the pair have to think fast or end up dead… suddenly abusive and overbearing parents are the least of their worries.

General Information:

-Genre: Romantic Comedy

-Creator: John Hughes

-Length: 83 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (mild to moderate sex and nudity)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Frank Whaley, Jennifer Connelly, Dermot Mulroney, Kieran Mulroney, John M. Jackson, Jenny O’Hara, Noble Willingham

-Page of Reference in RP2: 182

Review (contains spoilers):

Such a good film and the twist was something I was not expecting.  Though I want to know how they got Target to agree to them destroying the entire store…. however I guess the publicity worked because even 30 years after the film was made it made me want to go to Target.  Touché.

I mean it’s a John Hughes film so it had to be at least decent.  I don’t think I’ve seen a movie of his that I haven’t enjoyed. At least not to where I currently am in my life.  But I was a little shocked that I had never even heard of this one… which is my fault because I haven’t completed the Almanac and Ready Player One does list all the John Hughes movies as a reference so go me.

The whole movie is just one silly thing after another as they fall in love in the middle of TARGET. Its like every Millennial’s dream. Go into Target and fall in love. Though running for your life from murderers isn’t really ideal.

It is another winner from John Hughes.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Posted in Blog Posts, Flick Central, Week of Love

The Princess Bride, based off the novel The Princess Bride by William Goldman: a Film Review

Synopsis:

When one of his grandchildren is home sick a kind grandfather comes over to read him a story.  The story, told through the film, is one of intrigue full of swordfights, pirates, revenge, escapes….true love!

A beautiful young lady, Buttercup, living on a farm is wooed by their farm boy, Westley.  For the time they know each other he simply answers each of her requests with “As you wish” which she comes to realize is his way of saying “I love you.”  And she comes to love him in return. 

When Westley leaves to make his fortune on the high seas the vessel his is on is attacked by the Dread Pirate Roberts, who leaves no one alive in his raids.

Five years later, Buttercup is forced into an engagement to the Prince of Florin, Humperdink.  Just weeks before the wedding she is kidnapped by three outlaws who are charged with killing her to start a war between Florin and their greatest enemy, Gildur. 

When a man dressed in solid black catches up to the group they grow concerned and one by one attempt to take him out before he can steal the princess.

Who is the man in black? Could he be the Dread Pirate Roberts that everyone so fears…or is he merely another outlaw set on taking what is not his?

General Information:

-Genre Fantasy Adventure Comedy

-Creator: William Goldman (based on his book)

-Length: 98 minutes

-Rating: PG (kissing, mild violence and gore, one mild instance of language, drinking, mild frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), Disney+ (with subscription), , DVD, Blue-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Peter Falk, Fred Savage, Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, Andre the Giant, Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, Peter Cook, Mel Smith

-Page of Reference in RP1: 38

Review (contains spoilers):

Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant film.  Literally one of my top ten films of all time.

William Goldman wrote both the book (which is just as snarky and witty as the movie….see our review of that here) and then adapted it to the screen.

The characters are real. Witty, snarky, sarcastic and funny.  Each of them have their own quirks and personalities which come out with grace and beauty throughout the film.  It is incredibly quotable (which is one of many things I look for when I watch comedies) and has some of the greatest lines in romantic comedies in my opinion.

The costumes and locations are cheesy in the “maybe-this-is-a-renassiance-faire” sort of way that goes so well with it being a story imagined by a kid as his grandfather reads to him.

I just can’t speak highly enough of this film.  Just go and watch it.  Its totally worth the hour and a half of your life.

Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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The Tempest, by Shakespeare: a Play review

Synopsis:

A ship is caught in a terrible storm and is soon shipwrecked upon an island.  The mysterious storm was caused by the sorcery Prospero and the spirit Ariel in retaliation for the usurpation of Prospero’s title not a dozen years before.

When the survivors become stranded it is apparent that the usurpers Antonio and Alonso are amongst those on board.  prospero decides to reverse what has been done to him by those who have survived the shipwreck…by encouraging a relationship between his beloved daughter, miranda, and Ferdinand (one of the survivors).

Will Prospero be successful in his quest? Will Miranda and Ferdinand fall in love?  Or will everything be upset by the comedic trio of a Jester, a drunken butler and the enslaved monster Caliban?

General Information:

-Genre: Comedy, Romantic Comedy

-Author: Shakespeare

-Number of Words: 16,633 words (about 65-75 pages in modern print)

-Characters: Prospero, Miranda, Ariel, Caliban, Alonso, Sebastian, Antonio, Ferdinand, Gonzalo, Adrian, Francisco, Trinculo, Stephano, Juno, Ceres, Iris, Master, Mariners, Boatswain, Nymphs, Reapers

-Where to Read: support local booksellers (many can order items that may not be in stock) or look for it at your local library!

-Page of Reference in RP1: 350

Review (contains spoilers):

So apparently Halliday was kind of a jokester when it comes to his little game in RP1…since there are two Shakespeare plays mentioned in the book.  This is one of my least favorites in regard to his comedies.

I’ve seen it performed several times and was even in the show as the spirit Ariel for a few shows at a local theatre, but I just don’t find it as funny as many, many of the other comedies that Shakespeare wrote.  It is pretty straight forward overall.

The most fun in my opinion is the Masque in Act 4 where everyone gets to dress incredibly and very outside of their classes and just have a jovial time.  It is one of the few moments within Shakespeare where a show has not only the single large spectacle but has two exceptionally large ones!  The beginning shipwreck and then my favorite…the Masque which is full of dancing and gives the creatives working on the show the chance to actually show what they can do with their skills.

Overall, it’s a fun show that I recommend more as a visual play than sitting and reading it.  There is so much going on that it is sometimes hard to follow on the page. Especially when you are dealing with the comic relief trio…

Review:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Pretty in Pink, created by John Hughes: a Film Review

Synopsis:

From the other side of the track, misunderstood and unpopular teen Andie is completely crushing on one of the popular guys in school.  Her best friend, and ardent admirer, Phil “Duckie” Dale tries to show her how much he loves her and that the popular rich guys are just that…popular and rich.

As the focus of her crush actually notices her and even goes so far as to take her on a date, Andie’s own insecurities get in her way.  Will she be able to over come the hardships of being a poor teen thrown into the world of the rich or will she realize that what is inside is what truly matters?

General Information:

-Genre: Teen Romantic Comedy

-Creator: John Hughes

-Length: 96 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (for mild sex and nudity, mild violence, moderate profanity, mild intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (with subscription, Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), Blue-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Molly Ringwald, Harry Dean Stanton, Jon Cryer, Annie Potts, James Spader, Andrew McCarthy, Kate Vernon

-Page of Reference in RP1/RP2: 36/182

Review (contains spoilers):

Ok so…this one is a film that has always irked me…

I HATE the ending!!!! I always have.  

Andie should have ended up with Duckie.  He literally worships her but is also not immune to her faults.  He calls her out when she is being stupid.  He forgives her when he is at fault.  And for all of his ridiculousness and awkwardness he is absolutely devoted to her.

In the end the most that I can say about this film is that it is a typical John Hughes teen film.  A well written and well-acted story of a high school outcast who longs to fit in and falls in love with the popular rich kid who somehow deigns to notice them and happens to likes things a little more real.

This would be a 5 star film in my opinion if the stupid test audiences hadn’t hated Andie ending up with the Duck Man….like she should have.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.