Welcome to this week’s On the Radar where we delve into all corners of the entertainment, tech and geek Internets for news, views and whatnot that may have escaped our regular coverage this week. Let is know if we missed something interesting. Otherwise, on to the links!
• Think seven Saw films are enough? The filmmakers think you are WRONG!
• Star Wars: Episode One candy? Your taste buds can’t repel flavor of this magnitude. Or can they when Jar Jar is involved?
• Don’t understand Inception? Don’t worry, perhaps this Scrooge McDuck comic will help you.
• We can’t tell if the episode is going to be painful or hilarious, but this new image from Jusin Beiber’s appearance on CSI may say it all.
• It’s the 25th Anniversary of both Real Genius and Weird Science, so of course it begs the question “Who would win in a fight?”
• Tired of worrying if some stranger will take your seat because you got up for 5 seconds? These guys have you covered.
• Because we love lists almost as much as you do, here’s the 10 Songs That Movies Need To Stop Using.
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Usually, I shy away from these types of tribute videos. They normally can’t do the person in question justice or often minimize their contributions in some way. Or, they are just plain bad and poorly put together. Fortunately, that’s not the case with this particular video.
In this one, YouTube user cpfilm has put together a great set of clips from most of John Hughes’s top films of the ’80′s, set to The Who’s song Baba O’Riley which, of course, includes the very appropriate “teenage wasteland” lyrics. Among the films represented are most of the ones I found inspirational and highly amusing as a teenager growing up in the 80′s including The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Weird Science, Pretty In Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful, Planes, Trains and Automobiles and Sixteen Candles.
This video took a great deal of time and effort and I, for one, appreciate what went into it and the feelings it evokes. You can say whatever you want about John Hughes and his post-80′s career, but in his prime, he made some of the most entertaining, influential and eminently quotable films of all time. For that, and much more, I raise my fist silently in the air. RIP Mr. Hughes and thanks for all the great memories.
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We are just getting word now that John Hughes, director of such 80s films as Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, and Ferris Beuller’s Day off has died of a heart attack during a morning walk today in New York City. He was 59 years old.
Hughes was an icon to many who grew up with the films of the 1980s and 1990s including The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Home Alone, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and many, many more. The story is still developing, and we plan on having more to you as it comes in.