DVD Review: “The First Time”

Jon Kasdan wrote and directed this wonderful teenage romantic comedy, one that recalls a certain type of movie that was mainstream twenty years ago. If you find yourself wishing they made movies like John Hughes did back in the day, I ...

Through The Course Of Never Forgetting

I remember an argument I had with a friend roughly six years ago. 9-11 changed him greatly; it turned him from a merry prankster into somewhat of an angry person. We did not see it in the first few years after the ...

DVD Review: “Dirty Girl”

Writer/director, Abe Sylvia, pays homage to the films of John Hughes and countless other teen films from the 1980s with his debut feature, Dirty Girl. Although Sylvia was blessed with a great supporting cast, Dirty Girl would have been a complete ...

Soundtrack Saturday: “Pretty in Pink”

What’s up, guys? Bet you were surprised to see a Soundtrack Saturday post pop up today, weren’t you? Several months ago, I decided to put this column on an indefinite hiatus, but you, my faithful and lovely readers, won’t ...

DVD Review: “Prom”

My daughter’s reaction to the idea of her father watching Disney’s Prom by himself horrified her. “That’s just wrong,” she told me. Thus, I waited until the 12-year-old cleared her schedule so that the two of us could watch the movie ...

Soundtrack Saturday: “Dutch”

I will admit that when I chose Dutch (1991) to finish out this month of Thanksgiving-themed Soundtrack Saturday posts, I wasn’t terribly excited about it. I’d only seen it once, eons ago, and it didn’t make much of an impression on ...

Soundtrack Saturday: The John Hughes Edition

As was the case with many people who grew up in the ’80s, John Hughes’s films were an integral part of my childhood and coming-of-age. And on August 6, when I read the news that he’d died suddenly of a heart attack, ...

Bootleg City: Top 17 Songs of the ’90s

For this special edition of Bootleg City, I’m spotlighting the top 17 songs of the ’90s, a decade we can all officially start nostalgicizing on January 1, 2010. Until then we’re in limbo, if you’ll pardon the expression — the untimely deaths ...

Basement Songs: Otis Redding, “Try a Little Tenderness”

The Aut-O-Rama Twin Drive-In Theatre located in North Ridgeville, Ohio is like any drive-in you might imagine. One large parking lot with two giant screens and a snack bar and arcade building centrally located. There is a playground area for younger children ...

John C. Hughes on John Hughes

My bio for Popdose when it first appeared in January of last year began thusly: “John C. Hughes calls himself such to differentiate himself from the other John Hughes.” A lame joke, but one based in truth. Ever since I was 16 ...

Jesus of Cool: John Hughes, Sixteen Candles, and a Kiss…of Death

If you were a GenXer coming of age in the 1980s, moviegoing meant heavy doses of Harrison Ford, too much Tom Cruise, an occasional journey into the unhinged eraserhead of David Lynch…and multitudes of Molly Ringwald. John Hughes’ hugely successful teen flicks ...