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John Hughes 1950-2009

John Hughes, the man who revolutionized teen cinema in the 1980s passed away of a heart attack this morning in New York City while on a walk.

His movies Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful and The Breakfast Club not only keyed in on the teenage audience for film, but also made stars of a younger generation of actors – including Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwold, Matthew Broderick and other members of 80s Hollywood’s ‘brat pack.’

Also in Hughes’ cabinet of wonders are the Vacation movies, the Beethoven movies as well as the Home Alone movies. As someone whose movie-going experience began in the 1980s, I gotta say that for me and my friends, a new John Hughes film was an event. We knew it would speak to us, make us laugh, and make us think. One of my favorites was She’s Having a Baby, which was not only written and directed by Hughes, but was also an inspiration to me as a writer.

John Hughes will be missed.

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All About the Benjamins

A Video Review of “All About the Benjamins”

Copyright 2002 Glenn Walker

Co-written, co-produced and starring Ice Cube. You know, I never considered it, but he’s one hell of an actor. Ice Cube is the best thing about “Ghosts of Mars” and he owns “Friday” and “Next Friday.” Here, he’s a bounty hunter in Miami whose prey loses a winning lottery ticket in the middle of a diamond theft by an evil criminal mastermind.

Michael Epps (Omar’s brother maybe?) is quite good. The chase for the diamonds and the lottery ticket is reminiscent of some of those old Bill Cosby/Sidney Poitier flicks from the 1970s and yet it never really tips into the comedy realm but never loses that urban thriller edge either. The ending however was a little too “The Whole Nine Yards” for me.

Great action sequences, nasty villains and good guys to root for. Look for Anthony Michael Hall as a white trash trailer park deadbeat. Not a bad rental.