Friday, August 07, 2009

Name That Lyric: Epsiode CLV: The "You Own A Church?" Edition....

So, "Sixteen Candles' was the first movie that flashed through my brain when I heard that John Hughes had died. I still remember my friends and I going to see it on the day it was released, and I have been quoting it ever since. Then, "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles"( a movie that makes me howl and breaks my heart, EVERY TIME) and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off", and then a movie that he wrote (but did not direct) called "Career Opportunities" that starred Frank Whaley and Jennifer Connelly that I have always thought was hilarious. And "Uncle Buck", of course. And I'll always have a soft spot for "Some Kind Of Wonderful" as well. That's a movie that if I find it on cable, I cannot turn it off.

Then, to be honest, I thought about how much I was going to have to hear about..."The Breakfast Club"...Ugh. Now, don't get me wrong...I enjoyed the movie when I saw it, and I would probably still enjoy it now...I just don't like that it's held up as some be all and end all comment on the teenage condition...Or at least a positive comment...Because it's not. The "weird girl" ends up changing her look so that the jock will like her, they use the "brain" to write their essay, and the "rich girl" plans to use the "burnout" to get back at her parents! How uplifting! Now, this is not necessarily a criticism of John Hughes, because that may very well have been his point...These children are not going to change simply by forcing them to be together...I guess I have an issue with the way people interpret it and laud what I don't necessarily see as a positive message.

I feel I should clarify that I am not talking about people that were touched by the movie, I'm talking about reviews and film critics that have talked about the "uplifting" ending to the movie. It's similar to the problem I have with the ending of Shrek being a "positive" message about beauty because the ogre ends up with the Princess...BUT he only ends up with her after she is revealed to also be an ogre...No WAY he'd get the hot human looking girl. I totally appreciate that Hughes had a way of capturing teenagers in those movies, and I fully understand that people feel he "got" them at that age.

Okay, I'll hop off the soapbox now and go back to celebrating this very funny man. I completely forgot that he also wrote "National Lampoon's Vacation" and wrote and directed "Weird Science". And I don't think I ever knew that he wrote "Mr. Mom." Wow-Helluva body of work..And that's without even mentioning "Home Alone".

Rest in peace, Mr. Hughes....And thank you.

That's my half-assed appreciation for John Hughes(my appreciation is genuine-I just expressed it half-assedly). Here is a truly touching remembrance of Mr. Hughes, over at "We'll Know When We Get There".

Okay, now on with the game, because that what Farmer Ted would want us to do....

We have a winner from last week! The lovely and talented Jill, correctly identified

from "Bathwater" by No Doubt. Brava, Jill, brava!!!!!!!! Onto this week's clue(and see if you can catch the John Hughes connection)

"you are my desire
oh baby you you you you make me cry
you are my desire
you you you you you make me cry"

Good luck, Crimestoppers!!!

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