The Specials – Little Bitch (featured in Sixteen Candles)
By artist Daniel Norris. See all his work here: Behance
**I’m keeping it “all things John Hughes” during this blogathon but I just had to mention this funny little exchange on Twitter last night:
The IPC, Screenkicker, Kloipy Speaks, and I had 15 minutes of fame & got our Twitter thread posted on this website HERE for a film called I Am A Ghost. Basically, Mr IPC Eric was tweeting about the film while watching it & got told off by the film’s writer & director H.P. Mendoza for not paying full attention to the movie (@hpmendoza & @iamaghostfilm). Funny stuff! We all had a good laugh about it & I’m sure Eric will do a full review of the film soon.
The Reckless Club by artist Butcher Billy. See the full set here: Tumblr
This guest review for the John Hughes Blogathon comes from Brian of Hard Ticket To Home Video. Thanks for being a part of this blogathon, Brian! Let’s hear his thoughts on National Lampoon’s Class Reunion.
National Lampoon’s Class Reunion (1982)
Starring: Gerrit Graham, Stephen Furst, Miriam Flynn, Zane Buzby, Fred McCarren, Blackie Dammett
Directed by: Michael Miller (Danielle Steel’s A Perfect Stranger; Danielle Steel’s Heartbeat; Danielle Steel’s Daddy; Danielle Steel’s Palomino; World’s Deadliest Volcanoes)
Written by: John Hughes (Baby’s Day Out; Curly Sue; Dutch; Dennis the Menace; Flubber)
Synopsis: It’s 10-year reunion time at Lizzie Borden High, but the merriment turns deadly as one psycho classmate terrorizes the Class of ’72 in his frenzy for revenge!
Best part: The one time my throat made a slight chuckling noise was when Egon, the vampire classmate (only so they could shoehorn in some random vampire jokes), was putting the moves on a woman, and she told him it was that time of the month, and he turned to the camera and licked his chops. Very stupid, but it’s still the funniest thing that happens in this dumb movie.
Worst part: It’s great to see Anne Ramsey in a fight scene, but there was really no reason at all for Walter to murder the old lunch lady, especially when he doesn’t murder anyone else after that (unless he murdered the adulterous couple, I don’t know, they’re never mentioned again). I know he’s nuts, but he’s really shitty at getting revenge on his classmates.
Best line: Hubert Downs: [Walter is threatening to stab Meredith] “Walter, can we see her naked before you kill her?”
Nudity: One slide of bare boobs.
Worst part: Blackie Dammett plays the killer, Walter Baylor. Blackie’s real name is John Kiedis, and he’s the father of Anthony Kiedis, lead singer of Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Overall: This is one I’ve been meaning to watch for the “What Were We Thinking?” section of our website because I recall watching this several times as a kid and loving it. I don’t know why. I probably thought the killer’s mask was neat-looking. Watching it now, this movie is just dull and stupid. I know it’s supposed to be an outrageous spoof comedy, but even outrageous spoof comedies need to make sense. For example, the killer padlocks the front doors (one chain, one padlock) and none of the dozens of people can find a way to break one padlock, or one wooden door. Later on, Gary (the class zero) gets an axe from the wood shop, and manages to break the door down with it, but not until much later. Nobody thought to just go grab the axe right from the beginning? Then in a later scene, the devil-possessed woman shoots fire out of her mouth and blasts a hole in the wall. She couldn’t have done that to the front door? And it goes on and on. Characters are forgotten about, the killer has some sort of perfect human mask-making machine, etc.
Anyway, since this is the second National Lampoon movie and came out a few years after the classic Animal House, people must have been SORELY disappointed in this, especially if they saw Stephen Furst and the words “Class Reunion” and thought it may have been a reunion of the Animal House guys. This movie is probably only slightly better than the National Lampoon dregs they crap out today.
So what’s positive? The sets aren’t bad I guess. There’s kind of a Clue vibe going on throughout, except Clue is good. In Class Reunion, 98% of the jokes are flatter than Silly Putty after Kevin Smith sat on it. But it has a good cast. Gerrit Graham is a legend, that goes without saying, and Stephen Furst makes a great slimeball, and Zane Buzby is a pretty underrated, freaky-looking actress. I suppose if you have to have a totally random devil-possessed girl in your movie she’s an excellent casting choice.
But overall, this movie is just boring and a bit of a chore to sit through in parts. It’s not completely unwatchable, but it’s not really worth watching. John Hughes stated that he regretted how this movie turned out, and it’s easy to understand why. Fortunately, his next screenwriting effort was much better (Vacation) and eventually he would write Baby’s Day Out, which some consider to be the finest film ever released to cinemas.
Score: 4 handjobs from your twin sister (out of 10)
**Over at Hard Ticket To Home Video, they’re running the hilarious “You Dumb Kids” in which people write about movie misconceptions they had as a kid. You can read my (rather embarrassing) entry HERE. Thanks for letting me join in & embarrass myself, guys!
This guest review for the John Hughes Blogathon comes from John of 501 Must-See Movies Project. Thanks for joining in on this, John! Let’s hear his thoughts on Tajna Nikole Tesle.
Tajna Nikole Tesle (1980) (The Secret Of Nikola Tesla)
Director: Krsto Papic
Starring: Petar Bozovic, Orson Welles, Oja Kodar, Strother Martin, and Dennis Patrick
Writers: Ivo Bresan, Ivan Kusan, and Krsto Papic Co-Writers: John English, John Hughes
Plot Summary: (IMDB) Life and times of Nikola Tesla, famous scientist whose inventions were stolen, but whose greatest contribution to mankind remain a mystery to this day.
Tanja Nikole Tesle explores the life of Serbian inventor Nikola Tesla (Bozovic) from his immigration to the United States in 1884 to his death in 1943. The film primarily focuses on his competition with Thomas Edison (Patrick), collaboration with George Westinghouse (Martin), and JP Morgan’s (Welles) sabotage of Tesla’s plans for limitless worldwide free energy.
A week ago I had no idea who Nikola Tesla was nor his extensive contributions to science. Though I’m sure this film took some liberties in portraying his life, a lot of what I’ve read and researched suggests this film gives a pretty accurate portrayal of Tesla.
Petar Bozovic does a nice job in portraying Tesla. His character is both brilliant and intimidated by the likes of Thomas Edison and JP Morgan. I enjoyed his determination and sureness in asserting alternative current (AC) as a superior way of transmitting electricity compared to Edison’s inferior direct current (DC) method. Bozovic balanced out Dennis Patrick, Strother Martin, and Orson Welles throughout the film.
JP Morgan speculates at the end of the film that if free energy were available to all, it would put someone like him out of business, and that was a major reason why he didn’t continue to finance Tesla’s research. Welles does a great job in portraying the concern Morgan had if this sort of technology became accessible to everyone and the effects it would have on his financial interests.
Tanja Nikole Tesle definitely lacks good audio and video quality. There were a number of times when the sound didn’t match up properly, and it had a low-budget look to it. That can be expected though, since this is more of a biographical film that seeks to inform rather than entertain. The opening and transition background music was more creepy than anything else, perhaps giving the film a more mysterious sci-fi-esque feel to it.
I can only speculate as to John Hughes’ involvement as a co-writer for Tanja Nikole Tesle. Since this film was made in Yugoslavia, he and John English may have been more involved in making this film accessible to an English-speaking audience.
Though lacking in cinematic quality, Tanja Nikole Tesle explores a much lesser-known scientist whose contributions have had a significant impact in a range of electrical-related fields. I won’t watch this one again, however, I’m glad I know a little bit more about Nikola Tesla. The movie is available on YouTube, I watched it on Netflix. It’s one I would recommend if you want to know more about Tesla.
My Rating: 4/5 stars.