Mini Reviews #6

What I have been watching over the last seven days:

prettyPretty In Pink (1986)
Director: John Hughes
Starring: Molly Ringwald, Harry Dean Stanton, Jon Cryer

A classic coming of age tale filled to the brim with eighties pop culture. Eighteen year old Andie faces a complicated love triangle between an old devoted friend and a newly interested and very wealthy school heartthrob. Molly Ringwald in the lead role reaffirms her status as queen of the eighties teen movie, with Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and For Keeps also under her belt. Like all great high school films, a climactic prom scene and contemporary soundtrack make this an absolute winner. 9/10.

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clodyCloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (2009)
Director: Phil Lord, Chris Miller
Starring: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan

A surprisingly touching animated film hidden in the form of something wacky and refreshingly original. An aspiring young inventor constructs a machine that turns water in to food for the residents of his impoverished town, but things take a turn for the worse when the machine goes in to overdrive and starts spouting mutated and oversized produce. A feast for the eyes with some very creative food animation, and a metaphorical meaning can be found regarding the First World’s nature of over consumption and its problems. 6.5/10.

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cryCry-Baby (1990)
Director: John Waters
Starring: Johnny Depp, Amy Locane, Polly Bergen

A cult classic from wildly eccentric director John Hughes. Johnny Depp shines as a fifties gang leader who falls in love with a rich girl from across town. The film parodies teen musicals such as Grease and boasts a catchy doo-wop and rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack. The tone is typical of what came to be expected from a John Waters picture, bizarre, kooky and ever so slightly vulgar in places, though Cry-Baby is positively PG compared to some of the director’s other work. Hairspray is still my favourite of his, but this is immensely fun and Depp looks divine. 7/10.

2 thoughts on “Mini Reviews #6

  1. Pretty in Pink was or is one of my MOST favorite movies of all time. The clothes, the hair, the Sound track, the acting, all of it awesome! It’s a shame very few modern movies share this.
    Oh well, here’s to the classics..
    Peace and Love

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