John Hughes

Female Stars of ‘The Breakfast Club’ Fought for the Elimination of a Sexist Scene

John Hughes’ teen comedy-drama The Breakfast Club came this close to having gratuitous female nudity in the screenplay, until… Read More

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The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Mockingjay,’ ‘Listen Up Philip’

Your film editor was out on assignment last week, so apologies if your home viewing needs went unmet, but never fear: this week, we’ve got good stuff for Netflix subscribers, Amazon Primers, and disc buyers alike. And, as usual, variety is the spice of life, so we’ve got one of last year’s biggest blockbusters, one of its most acclaimed art-house pictures, a celebrity documentary with bite, an ‘80s fave, and a slice of vintage French New Wave. … Read More

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John Green Is the John Hughes of Relatable YA Literature

This week, John Green’s debut novel, 2005’s Printz Award winner Looking For Alaska, is being reissued in a “10th anniversary edition.” The new edition includes a new introduction by the author — “That’s the story of my Great Perhaps” — some calendar ephemera, and an expansive, twenty-page long FAQ at the back. The book, originally published in March 2005, may have announced Green as a writer to watch, but it wasn’t the beginning of Green as endless phenomenon, leader of the Nerdfighter community online and offline. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to (Expiring) Movies to Stream This New Year’s Eve

Well, friends, New Year’s Eve is nearly upon us, and for many of you, that means snazzy new outfits and elaborate parties and champagne sipping and streamers and generally being a well-adjusted social creature who is capable of interacting with others. This post is not for you! It’s for the rest of us, the shut-ins, for the awkward types who will be spending the last night of the year as God intended: behind a deadbolt lock, in our cozies, on the couch, consuming take-out and motion pictures. And, what with it being the end of the month, December 31 will also see the departure of several fine films from Netflix instant, so we went ahead and compiled your New Year’s Eve viewing menu (just click the title link to watch them right now). You’re welcome. … Read More

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The Frustrating Geographical Inaccuracy of ‘Home Alone 2: Lost In New York’

Every Thanksgiving weekend, I like to watch the 1992 Chris Columbus-John Hughes classic Home Alone 2: Lost in New York to kick off the holiday season. And every year, I end up ranting about how there’s no way Kevin McAllister could run from The Plaza Hotel to his uncle Rob’s house on West 95th Street while the wet bandits nip at his heels. … Read More

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9 Great Movies to Stream This Holiday Weekend

As the long holiday weekend looms, the to-do checklist stretches out in front of us: buy food, buy booze, attempt insanely complicated recipe that sounded so delicious in the Times, drink, toss recipe away half-finished and just make a goddamn ham, drink more, order a pizza because the ham couldn’t possibly take that long, drink more, fill up with pizza and go buy a Christmas tree, drink more, leave the Christmas tree half-decorated to deal with the ham we totally forgot about, spend the rest of the night in a drunken stupor trying to decide what the hell to watch on Netflix. Well, we can help with the very last item on that list; watch or queue our suggestions now by clicking the title link. … Read More

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50 Cultural Icons on What They Were Like as Teenagers

It’s hard out there for a teenager. It’s even kind of hard out there for those of us who used to be teenagers — especially in these back-to-school months, when the nostalgia comes creeping up like those floods we used to wear and never, ever should again. But you know who was probably even stranger than you in high school? Your favorite cultural icon. Or maybe not — as is only to be expected, some had joyful (and/or prank-filled) teenage years, some suffered tragedies, some were completely weird, some were popular, and some deserve our respect for even getting through. Click through to read 50 cultural icons on their teenage… Read More

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