Friday, April 2, 2010

"Yes, Yes...I'll Get to it One Day..."

This will be an entry full of confessions.

Confession #1: Before today, I had never seen Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

But I did watch it tonight, and I enjoyed it! I was in the mood for something light and fun, and I sat there the whole time with a big smile on my face. It was a really fun movie, and it has gotten me excited about the Chicago trip next month. I tend to have a bit of a preoccupation with tragic or serious films, so I've missed a lot of the more light-hearted films out there.

When it finished, it left me wondering..."why had I waited 20 years to watch this movie?"

This brings me to confession #2: This is the first John Hughes film I've seen.

I was going through his filmography just now, and I have seen a few that he'd produced and written, but none that he'd directed. I fully realize just how shameful this is. I never watched them as a kid. I saw a lot of movies in the theatre as a kid, and only seemed to want to watch "new" movies when we went to the video store. So as a result, I missed out on a lot of the classics. Even now, I tend to go to the theatre a whole lot, except I haven't been in several weeks. This is probably the longest I've ever gone without seeing a movie in the theatre.

But I've been wanting to check out several of John Hughes' films for a long time. I remember being 15 years old, and sitting in drama class with several of my classmates, who were all talking about The Breakfast Club. We were beginning to write the skit we'd perform on our drama night, and my classmates wanted to include references to it. Since I'd never seen it, I was rather quiet during that time (which was not hard for me, since I was known as the "shy, goody-goody girl" in that class). Even at 15, I knew it was terrible that I hadn't seen it. So why have I gone another five years without seeing it? My only explanation is that there have been so many movies I've wanted to see, that it just got put on the back burner, along with many others.

Another very notable one I haven't seen is The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I just remembered this, because in the climax of that skit, we dance to The Time Warp. Yes, there is a tape somewhere of me dancing. I hope it never gets out, because it would be painful to watch. For this one, the timing has never seemed right. I guess it is a movie I'd want to watch with a group of people, or at least one other person, anyway.

So I guess this is where I ask: does anyone want to watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show with me?


  1. Ferris is an okay Hughes film, funny at times, but Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles remain a favorite of mine, and I feel that there are more classic moments in each of those.

    As for Rocky, it was INSANELY popular within the theatre at high school, and for a long while I remained out of the loop, then I finally got to watching it, and I hated it. I think I gave it like 2 on Rotten Tomatoes. I don't remember. But I hated it. I felt that I served no purpose and perpetuated and glamorized a lifestyle that is unhealthy. And I love Tim Curry, and even he couldn't save the film for me.

    While I dislike Rocky to a great extent, I am always willing to hear different people's takes on it, so I really look forward to what you have to say on the subject when you get around to seeing it.

    It's really difficult to say you don't like Rocky where I live, or rather in Portland, since performing it live is common, and the Clinton has been doing it the longest, people go crazy for it.

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  3. I'd really like to get to The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles as goon as possible.

    I've heard that Rocky is one of those movies you either really love or you really hate. I should be watching it soon, so I'll post my thoughts here when I do!

  4. My younger sister and her boyfriend love the RHPS, so we watched it one night with them. It's two hours of our life we will never get back. The only part worth watching is when Tim Curry does Time Warp. After that, the movie loses it's way.

    The Breakfast Club is an awesome movie, but remember you are taking it from someone who uses the word awesome to describe everything, and who still remember a time without cellphones. This movie is more about coming of age, and while it may not have the best acting now (hey, it didn't have the best acting then) it's a movie a lot of people can relate with. Another favourite-St.Elmos Fire! A must see.

    But as for the offer of watching the RHPS again. Sorry, then that'll be four hours of my life I'll never get back!

  5. But...but...I have cookies at my house Tammy! Delicious cookies! Haha, I completely understand you not wanting to see it again if you disliked it that much. I am hoping to find someone to watch it with though.

    I'll watch St. Elmos Fire for sure!

  6. I loved Ferris Bueller's Day Off and still do! As for the RHPS, it's a completely different genre but I'll watch that one again too...cookies or no cookies!

  7. Yay! We should make it a party John!

  8. Rocky is awful. I don't hate it. But it's very boring to anyone who isn't "shocked" by it. It boasts a couple great songs and a couple good scenes. But otherwise, the campiness is very forced.