a decade of zanity

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

You just bought yourself another Saturday.

Title: The Breakfast Club (1985)

Easily a top ten movie for many who appreciate the high school experience. In "The Breakfast Club", bonding forms among 5 high schoolers who had to spend a Saturday detention under the watchful eye of their extremely annoyed principal.
Highly recommended as one of the gems in movie-making. I can't believe that this movie is over 20 years old. I'm curious how the newer generation of teens would think of this movie. Anyone out there born after 1985?

There are two standout performances that's probably the best for each respective actor -- Judd Nelson as the rebellious John Bender and Paul Gleason as the tough Principal Vernon.

Memorable Quote:

"Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But we think you're crazy to make an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us... In the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain...
...and an athlete
...and a basket case
...a princess
...and a criminal...

Does that answer your question?

Sincerely yours,

the Breakfast Club."

"What are you gonna do about it? You think anyone's gonna believe you? You think anyone is gonna take your word over mine? I'm a man of respect around here. They love me around here. I'm a swell guy. You're a lying sack of shit and everybody knows it. Oh, you're a tough guy. Hey c'mon. Get on your feet pal. Let's find out how tough you are. I wanna know right now how tough you are."

"Just me. Just you and me. Two hits. Me hitting you. You hitting the floor. Anytime you're ready, pal."

Paul Gleason is the linking actor from "Trading Places." He was the police chief in "Die Hard" and could have reviewed that movie, but "The Breakfast Club" is too good to pass up.

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Merry New Year!

Title: Trading Places (1983)

From John Landis, one of the best comedies ever made. Of course, it stars Eddie Murphy. The plot is about the revenge carried out by Louis (Dan Akryod) and Billy Ray (Eddie Murphy) on the Mortimer brothers (Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy) after Louis and Billy Ray discovered that the brothers deliberately switched their lives (Louis and Billy Ray) to settle a bet. This is also one of Eddie Murphy early works that catapulted him to stardom.

Perhaps the most memorable scene in "Trading Places" is Jamie Lee Curtis topless while in the bedroom changing.

Memorable Quotes:

Louis: Looking good, Billy Ray!
Billy Ray: Feeling good, Louis!

"'Cause I'm a karate man, see! And a karate man bruises on the inside! They don't show their weakness. But you don't know that because you're a big Barry White looking motherfucker!"

"Fuck him! Now, you listen to me! I want trading reopened right now. Get those brokers back in here! Turn those machines back on!"

The linking actor is Frank Oz. The decision was tough because he has "The Great Muppet Caper" and "Labyrinth" to his 1980's movie credits. I don't consider "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi" to be a classic.

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