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Red Dawn (1984) 3/5 (1)

 

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Rating: The Good – 66.8
Genre: Action
Duration: 114 mins
Director: John Milius
Stars: Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson

John Milius’ uneven film has been criticised for being jingoistic and yes, there are some grounds for such criticism. There are also some spectaular leaps of logic and Harry Dean Stanton screams “Avenge me boys” without even a hint of humour. However, for the most part Red Dawn is actually a well orchestrated and even epic depiction of a fictitious invasion of the 1980’s United States by communist forces. Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen play two brothers who take to the mountains and form a rag-tag resistance behind enemy lines. It shouldn’t work but somehow this becomes an entertaining and sometimes touching examination of how life could’ve changed in such circumstances. Swayze and Sheen are charismatic in the lead roles and are supported by a number of young and, at the time, promising actors one of whom being Swayze’s future Dirty Dancing co-star Jennifer Grey. Milius’ and Kevin Reynolds’ screenplay can get clunky in parts but holds up for the majority of the film and there are some decent action scenes throughout.

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) 3.86/5 (1)

 

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Rating: The Good – 76.6
Genre: Comedy
Duration: 103 mins
Director: John Hughes
Screenplay: John Hughes
Stars: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara

The ultimate self-referential teen comedy about a carefree high school senior who pulls a sickie in order to take one last day off school before graduation. John Hughes and his cast hit all the right notes as Ferris (Matthew Broderick) and his friends (Alan Ruck and Mia Sara) throw caution to the wind and have a wild day out on the town all to the chagrin of their school principal (Jeffrey Jones) and Ferris’ toxic sister (the hysterically funny Jennifer Grey) who’re determined to expose him as the fraud they know he is. The jokes are side-splitting, the performances are perfect (with Broderick’s in particular being insightfully impish), and in the midst of all the shenanigans there are some genuinely touching scenes, the best of which being the beautifully crafted museum sequence. Another triumph in the career of the great John Hughes.

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