Month: November 2015

Planes, Trains, & Automobiles

Year: 1987
Directed By: John Hughes
Written By: John Hughes

RYAN’S REVIEW

This is one of those classic films that I just never got around to seeing. I grew up with John Hughes films but this one somehow eluded me. It’s lingered on my to-do list for a long time and when I finally decided to watch it I thought it would be better to watch and review in correlation with the holiday it is about. It just so happens that this Thanksgiving is a big one as tomorrow Amber and I will be hosting our families for Thanksgiving dinner for the first time.

I’m not quite sure how it is that I haven’t seen this movie at any point over the last 28 years. As a film fan who has seen such a wide variety this seems exceptionally weird for several reasons. First, I am a fan of John Hughes and have seen nearly every one of his films. Secondly, I am a big fan of both Steve Martin and John Candy. Coupled with the fact that I’ve seen so much this is just an unusual anomaly.

John Hughes movies are typical but we are endeared to them because they center on typical scenarios we can all relate to. Coming of age in high school, family troubles during the holidays, skipping class to have the greatest day of your life, or in this case, being stuck with an annoying man on a long and difficult trip. His movies have a timeless quality that will always be funny no matter how far we get from the 80s. They also feature life lessons that we can all learn from.

I think the oddest thing for me about this movie is trying to buy into John Candy as the obnoxious guy. Granted he plays the part well I just find him too likeable as an actor. I remember being sad when John Candy passed, he was an actor I had grown up watching and I was 10 when he died. He was probably the first celebrity I was attached to who passed away and I was consciously aware of it. John Candy was a really and truly funny person who was hard not to like. We should cherish every opportunity we have to see him in something.

I have always liked Steve Martin and I cannot figure out how I hadn’t seen this movie for that alone. When he loses it on the rental car lady with a barrage of fucks I laughed out loud and had to rewind it to see it again. I’ll never understand what happened to Steve Martin and why he failed to have long term success in acting. I think Martin is a really funny man and I love some of his classic films. He was particularly funny during the 80s when this movie came out.

This has been a fun and funny movie that I can easily foresee myself watching again come next Thanksgiving when I’m looking for a movie that fits with the season. I enjoyed watching it for the first time and have that feeling that it is the type of movie that will get better the more I watch it. Hughes movies have that quality too which is another reason they are always memorable.

If anybody out there is reading this now then wish us good fortune on our holiday tomorrow. With hope it will be the first of many Thanksgiving dinners at our home. If you yourself are looking for a movie to get you in the spirit of Thanksgiving this one qualifies and if you haven’t seen it take it from me that you have missed out. Don’t be like me and miss out on something really enjoyable like this.

With hope I find a Thanksgiving movie to watch on the eve of the holiday every year but there are little to choose from. The holiday is largely overshadowed by its bigger sibling, Christmas. Maybe next year we will watch Tommy Boy. Which is a movie I love but suddenly realize is practically a rip off of the concept we see in this movie. Fitting given I actually think of Chris Farley as a new age John Candy although Farley only outlived him by a few years.

 

 

 

 

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Negan on The Walking Dead

 

First of all, let me apologize to fans of the show who came looking for something about the recent casting news this week. Yes Negan has finally been cast on The Walking Dead TV series but I have little to no interest in that. I think Jeffery Dean Morgan can potentially be very good in the part but I have serious doubts that the show can really bring Negan to life in a fitting way. To put it bluntly the guy is just too R-rated for network television, even if AMC likes to raise the stakes as much as possible.

No, I’m just stoked to write about what happened in the most recent issue of The Walking Dead comic book. I have already written about Negan’s return to the series once and that proved to simply be wishful thinking. The cover of this past April’s issue was very misleading and I can only hope I am not getting my hopes up in vain for a second time.

In the issue released this week, #148, things have simply gotten too hot in Alexandria for Rick to keep under wraps. The people are mad and they are angry. Alexandrians are quickly getting to the point of taking on a mob mentality and destroying everything Rick and his people have worked so hard to build. As the issue comes to a close Rick realizes he cannot solve this problem on his own and the final page shows Rick descending into the basement prison to ask Negan for help. To which we only see a grin in response from Negan.

I think it was perfect because this is what Negan has been waiting for. For over two years now he has had to languish in a prison cell while the world went on without him. He had an opportunity to escape and chose not to in hopes it might actually convince Rick he could be trusted. It didn’t convince Rick of anything and Negan was again left in the dark. Yet everything is different now and this is what Negan has been waiting for. Nothing was ever going to change for Negan until Rick actually needed him for something and that moment has finally arrived!

I’m not going to get ahead of myself this time and spout off a lot of wishful thinking about what may or may not happen. The cover of the next issue certainly implies Negan is released and working together with Rick but I have learned the hard way that the covers can be deceiving now and again. Check out the cover of next months issue below.

I can only hope the coming issue is as awesome as this cover implies and it will needle at me every day until it’s release. I have become such a junkie for this series I literally feel like I am fiending already in anticipation over what might happen next. All I can really be sure of is that it will be awesome, because with this series I have learned to have no doubt. I think the show is ok but I am a bit of an ass when it comes to fans because I think the show is simply for amateurs.

All the time I am hearing “oooh is Glenn really dead?” or other currently random show specific topics. I can’t help but roll my eyes at such things. When I watch the show I am impressed now and again but more often than not I am looking over at Amber and making a vulgar gesture. So much unnecessary drama and pointless monologueing. Why does every damn character have to have a moment where they publicly profess their understanding of how the world is now? Blah blah blahbidy blah get over it people and check out where the action really is in black and white.

As to the eager question about Glenn everyone is so interested in I do not know. I have explained to people that if he is dead the show wasted what would have otherwise been a really magnanimous death at the hands of the new enemy coming to town. I have an idea about that though. If he is dead, which at this point he should be barring a ridiculous heartwarming effort from the show for his return, I think it means something very different. Negan was the one that killed Glenn in the comic, at random for no other reason than to make a point. Negan needed to make a splash as a character and did so by killing one of the series longest surviving characters. If Glenn doesn’t make it back then I think Negan kills Daryl in his place.

I like Daryl on the show but his presence makes it hard for the show to introduce new badasses from the comic. Like Abraham who is little more than a background character on the show. Rick doesn’t need a badass Abraham because he has Daryl. With Jesus due to make his appearance in the coming future it may be time for a dramatic and violent death for Daryl. Don’t know what the show is doing with Morgan but I can’t stand this sudden ninja warrior of the apocalypse.

Just an idea I’m throwing out there. I really got way off point because all I am truly interested in lies below with the possibilities lurking on the pages behind this scene. Negan is one of my favorite bad guys of all time if not the number one over all. I can’t wait to see what lies ahead for him.

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