John Hughes

‘Dazed and Confused,’ ‘Cool Runnings,’ ‘Karate Kid,’ and More of Pop Culture’s ‘Great Showdowns’

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This fall saw the release of a new volume, Great Showdowns: The Revenge, in which Scott C brings to life, in his inimitable style, scenes from everything from Dazed and Confused to Oldboy to The Empire Strikes Back. The fine folks at Titan Books were kind enough to share a few images from the book; these are some of our favorites. …Read More

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

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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.
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John Green Is the John Hughes of Relatable YA Literature

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

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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.
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