REVIEW: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

This film was the first DVD my household possessed, back when VHS was just becoming a things of the past. May sick days were spent watching this film. As well as many moments of showing off our new gadgetry in the early 2000’s. I grew up on this film, and it’s charms are not lost on me.

Unfortunately there were two 40-odd-year-old woman sitting behind me who knew the ins and outs of Ferris’ day off as well as I do. However, their appreciation came in the form of quoting all of the greatest lines moments before they were spoken on screen, stirring my urge to spit soda at them through a straw. But I resisted.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is by far my favorite John Hughes movie. Although I enjoy the quirky charms of the horrible prom dress in Pretty in Pink and the motley crew starring in The Breakfast Club, Ferris’ charm, wit and comedic timing never fail to amuse me and capture my attentions.

Matthew Broderick peaks in his performance, perhaps topped only by his Broadway Debut opposite the brilliant Nathan Lane in Mel Brooks’ “The Producers.” Broderick is adorable, likeable, charming, lovable and crafty. If only all high school students were that brilliant at skipping school. Think of the possibilities.

Alan Ruck (Spin City), as Ferris’ best friend Cameron Frye, steals the show every time. His repeated lines, facial expressions and physical comedy are unrivaled by any other in this flick. Cameron is the character who goes through the most significant character arch, beginning with his fatalistic view of the world and his life, and ending with his decision to take control of his future.

I wouldn’t categorize this film as a coming of age story so much as a pleasant window into the lives of teenagers in the 80’s.

Definitely watch this film. Make your children watch it too.

PREVIEW: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

What: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Where: Michigan Theater
When: Monday 30th September, 7pm
How Much: $8 Student Tickets

Released in 1986, Directed by John Hughes (Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club) starring Matthew Broderick and Alan Ruck. A fun-filled movie about ditching High School in the 80’s. Takes place in Chicago, contains many splendid moments of hijinx, not to mention a spontaneous dance number to the Beatles’ “Twist and Shout”

If you haven’t seen this film, there is something seriously wrong with what you were doing in Middle School.

Review: Harold and Maude

“Harold and Maude” is a quirky yet wonderful story about an unlikely friendship between a misanthropic young man Harold and a geriatric widow Maude. Amidst re-planting trees which deserve better lives, riding motor cycles, sunflower appreciation, tea time and singing Harold and Maude fall in love.

Although I have seen it many times before, seeing it on the big screen was a unique experience.

Perview: Harold and Maude

What: Film – Harold and Maude
When: Monday the 15th of September 7pm
Where: The Michigan Theater
Cost: $8 for students $10 general

A wonderful film about friendship. Harold is a melancholic college graduate with a pushy mother. Maude is an 80 year old who has a lust for life, fun and sunflowers.

After meeting at a funeral they proceed to develop a wonderful and touching friendship.

With a soundtrack written and performed by Cat Stephens, this film about music, friendship and love is a classic to be enjoyed.

Preview: Annie Hall – Life in Techni-Awkward

What: Annie Hall, a film by Woody Allen
Where: Michigan Theater
When: Monday the 9th of September 7pm
Cost: $8 with student ID, $10 general

Annie Hall marks the kick off of Michigan Theater’s “Monday Funny Film Series.” Every Monday from the 9th of September to the 9th of December, Michigan Theater will screen a previously released comedy.
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Annie Hall, starring Dianne Keaton and Woody Allen is a wonderfully comical, charming and excruciatingly awkward film about relationships. If you have never seen this movie you must do so promptly! It is a favorite of many a Allen fan, as well as others who aren’t so keen on the bespectacled comedian/writer/director/actor.

Preview of Nosferatu: A Symphony of Terror

“A Long time ago in middle Europe, a decrepit, forbidding castle stood. Casting an ominous shadow…” Don’t bother reading through the description on the Michigan Theatre website, we all kind of already know the story of Dracula: boy falls in love with girl, boy cheats on girl, boy gets girl. Or something like that? It doesn’t matter.

What’s really important to know is that this is a rare, once in a lifetime screening of the famed, 1922 German Expressionist film, Nosferatu: A Symphony of Terror, and that there will be a LIVE ORGAN ACCOMPANIMENT (The Michigan Theatre is one of the few places in the entire country that has a working organ and actually uses it).

So, I hope to see you at the Michigan Theatre at 7:30. I’ll be that kid stuffing his kid with popcorn.

Fun fact: most of the original score was lost, so contemporary composers/musicians have provided their own soundtracks. I’m not sure what version this organist is playing, but I’m sure it will be fantastic!