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Footloose and Finally Free

Rev. Moore, Rebellious Teens, and the Law at Work

Home But Not Alone

Every year I assign myself the arduous task of watching my favorite Christmas movies. No, really–it’s hard! ABC Family and AMC, between them, have helped simplify things with their impressive array of holiday fare: all that’s left for me is to check the listings and set the DVR. But watching has gotten more complicated as […]

Lighting Sixteen Candles at Lehman Brothers: When the Worst Thing Is the Best Thing

I’ve noticed a thread that runs through a few of my favorite (relatively) recent films. Win Win and City Island and Ruby Sparks and Secrets and Lies and even last year’s Flight–all highly recommended–tell stories where the thing that everyone is dreading, the outcome that the characters are working tirelessly to avoid, turns out to […]

Mockingbird at the Movies: Some Kind of Wonderful

John Hughes was the muse of the 80s high schooler. His writing credits include such giants of the genre as Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Pretty in Pink, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. In 1987, he finished his run of high school smash hits with Some Kind of Wonderful, the story of a […]

Pretty In Pink — revised?

As longtime readers of this blog may remember, more than one Mockingbird contributor has a fondness for the late film director John Hughes. See for example R-J’s piece here…. Or Sean Norris’s piece here…. or just do a search for HUGHES and see all of them. Something happened this weekend (more on that in a […]

Another Week Ends: America’s God, Plastic Surgery, Channel Surfing, Woeman, RIP and a better McLaren emerges.

Dave gave me the opportunity to post an entry into the “Week Ends” franchise, so here are some things that have been sent directly to my account–enjoy! JDK 1: As we are want to say, something is rotten in the state of American Protestantism, and while one may take issue (and does) with his […]

Another Week Ends: Last Words, Scientologists, The Onion, John Hughes

1. A very powerful piece on the NY Times Freakonomics blog about the last words uttered by prisoners on death row. After listing a number of examples from a Texas execution site, the author discusses how last words have come to be understood as “Kantian Moments”: [Speaking one’s last words] is an almost-perfectly Kantian moment, […]

Imputation from John Hughes

From a touching and thoughtful remembrance by Molly Ringwald in the NYTimes:

John saw something in me that I didn’t even see in myself. He had complete confidence in me as an actor, which was an extraordinary and heady sensation for anyone, let alone a 16-year-old girl. I did some of my best work with him. How could I not? He continually told me that I was the best, and because of my undying respect for him and his judgment, how could I have not believed him?