Movies

Well, I had said I’d try to get this out before conking out, but obviously that didn’t quite work out to plan 😉

In the past I had managed to miss most, if not all, of the movies that have importance in the world of pop culture. Now, the reason is either 1) I was too young to have remembered it or to have seen it at first, or 2) I wasn’t interested in watching it.

Among the movies that fit into this category are – The Back to the Future trilogy, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and the most recent movie that I have watched, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

In the modern world of movies, I wonder if one about a high-school student skipping school would manage to be made, but in the ’80s, it was allowable for producers and directors to have creative ideas for movies, most of which didn’t involve either remaking a movie from the past, adapting a TV show, or a sequel of a previously made lame movie.

Anyway, when I watch a movie, I generally go into it with a clean slate and do not expect anything about it. This time, for the most part, was no different, except for a scene in the beginning. A satellite provider here has been running ads where we see Ben Stein calling the roll and calling for Bueller. Of course, the ad says that he’s home experiencing the wonderfully clear digital picture and sound of the satellite system. However, the “reality” of that situation is that he had done a poor acting job and managed to convince his parents to give him his 9th day off for the semester – a problem that he would fix later using the computer his parents had given him (something that is never really resolved, but we can assume that the principal had a few words with *someone* about this).

One thought (honestly!) that I had while watching the movie was whether or not any of the actors had done anything since then, not realising (i.e. not seeing the intro credit that said “Matthew Broderick”, and apparently forgetting about seeing Ben Stein) who the people in the movie were.

Moving on, one thing that I didn’t know about the movie was that it was set in Chicagoland, something revealed in the very first scene of the film when we hear the radio play WLS. Having been to Chicago, I can say that it is a pretty cool city, and (as mentioned in the credits) the paintings shown in the Institute of Art are ones that are there. The thing that kind of surprised me was that they showed “Nighthawks”, but didn’t show one of the hallmarks of the collection (more in the pop sense than anything), Grant Wood’s “American Gothic”.

One minor error (or it could be correct) is that I don’t remember a viewing theatre at the Chicago Board of Trade. I believe that you can still go there and view trading on the floor, but that might have changed thanks to someone thinking that some lunatic might go in and try to go after the commodity traders on the floor there. One thing that was also very cool was hearing the late Harry Caray calling a Cubs game with what was the distinctive calling style of the ’80s and earlier – let the pictures do the talking, and let people hear the natural sound every once in a while. Nowadays, I think the networks are afraid to not have silence for more than five seconds as they must think that people will tune out if they aren’t talking.

I digress, having to mention that you could tell that the carhop in the parking garage was trouble from the get-go just from his look. I was very surprised that he did return the car (despite having driven it a hundred miles or so around the city) when they came back. I also would be remiss if I didn’t mention the hilarious scenes with the Principal, a man who seemingly can’t catch a break, especially with the dog in the yard. The thing that I was the most surprised about was that Ferris’ sister ended up helping him out after being the first one to suss out the fact that he wasn’t sick after all.

Some questions to think about…

– Did Sloane get into trouble for not having a dead grandmother?
– Did Principal Rooney get his car back?
– How many pencils were in the secretary’s hair?
– Would Bueller be charged with fraud after all these people who donated money found out he wasn’t sick?
– How badly did Cameron’s ass get kicked?
– Did anyone actually figure out that it was Cameron who was the one that was really sick (unless, of course, that was a ploy too)?