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Episode #54 for Rango, in which our protagonist is so blown away he’s barely coherent (well, coherent for him). He also discusses the joy of watching an animated film in which you don’t know who’s providing the voices and the further joy of surreal animation for adults.
Written by: John Hughes
Directed by: Howard Deutch
Starring: Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, James Spader, Jon Cryer, Harry Dean Stanton
Released by: Paramount
My Advice: If you were in high school in the 80s, own it…at least until a better DVD presentation comes out.
Andie (Ringwald) lives in a small house with her single father, Jack (Stanton) in a sort of role reversal. She is always the one getting him to get out of bed and telling him to get a job. They love each other very much, but Jack is still getting over his wife leaving him. Anyway, it’s Andie’s senior year and she is focused on the prom. Her friend Duckie (Cryer) is completely in love with her, but he just can’t bring himself to tell her. He is also completely blind to the fact that she is crazy about a boy from the other side of the tracks named Blaine (McCarthy). Blaine asks her out on a date and eventually out to the prom, but there are other problems. His friends don’t like her, and her friends don’t like him. Will the socio-economic divide between them be too much for their relationship to handle?
Written by: Paul Schrader, based on the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Barbara Hershey, Verna Bloom, David Bowie.
- Commentary by Scorsese, Dafoe, Schrader and film critic Jay Cocks
- Production notes
- Collection of research materials, artistic references, stills and costume designs
- Location behind-the-scenes footage shot by Scorsese
- Video interview with composer Peter Gabriel
- Gallery of stills from musical instruments used in the film
Released by: Criterion
My Advice: Own It.
Written by: Charles Leavitt, based on the novel Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick
Directed by: Peter Chelsom
Starring: Elden Henson, Kieran Culkin, Gillian Anderson, Harry Dean Stanton, Sharon Stone
My Advice: Don’t miss it.
It’s movies like this that make all the other crap I’ve had to wade through this year almost worth it. Max (Henson) is literally a gentle giant in the seventh grade (for his third crack at passing the year) and a pacifist though he doesn’t know what that means. The boy is with a great largeness, and I mean he’s built like a truck. He generally keeps himself to himself and doesn’t want to make waves, cause trouble, or even live it almost seems like. Then a woman (Stone) moves next door with her son, Kevin (Culkin). Kevin seems like a junior Stephen Hawking in the brain department, and like the illustrious Dr. H, his body isn’t working so good. He has a degenerative illness that retards his bone growth while his internal organs all keep right on going. He’s in a leg brace and crutches. But still he’s courageous and takes his cues from King Arthur, wanting to be chivalrous and go about accomplishing good deeds. The movie relates how these two misfits become partners and even to a degree a single entity, which they dub “Freak the Mighty,” and how together they’re able to bring to the table what the other is lacking. As Kevin puts it, Max needs a brain and Kevin needs legs. What a deal, right?