X-mas on Chicago: A tribute to John Hughes

merry christmasThis year my family and I are going to spend our holidays in Chicago, IL. This city was the residence of one of my favorite filmmakers, John Hughes. In this city, Hughes found the inspiration for most of his films. As a fan I decide to create a list of the best films from him.

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45. Easy Rider (1969)

Directed by Dennis Hopper

Written by Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda and Terry Southern

Produced by Peter Fonda

Starring: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson

Country: United States 

Release date: July 14, 1969

Running time: 94 minutes

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Cult Films

A Cult Film is a film that have a limited but very special appeal, because is a film that has acquire a highly devoted but specific group of fans. Many cult movies have transcend from their original cult status to became a classic, and then also know Cult Classic.  While other remain in the obscure status “so bad it’s good”.

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87. Cars

DIRECTED BY JOHN LASSETER & JOE RANFIT

WRITTEN BY DAN FOGELMAN, JOHN LASSSETER, JOE RANFIT, JORGEN KLUBEIN KILE MURRAY, PHIL LORIN, ROBERT L. BAIRD, DANIEL GERSON, BONNIE HUNT, DON LAKE, STEVE PURCELL & DAN SCANLON

VOICES BY BONNIE HUNT, PAUL NEWMAN, OWEN WILSON CHEECH MARIN, MICHAEL KEATON

RELEASE DATE JUNE 9 2006

AGE RECOMMENDED: ALL


This is my least favorite film of Pixar. Pixar’s previous films have happened in a world hidden inside our world, eg. Toy Story, Bugs or Monster’s. While Cars create a separate universe, one where humans do not existed, a universe of cars. As a pitch this kind of suck, but only pixar can turn a non  appealing idea an turn it into a multi million industry.

The film is a love story to the road. The beauty end the secrets of an open road, specially Route 66. I will dare to say that the movie is not a just a children movie but a road movie. When McQueen travel the road he meets a bunch of motley crew of characters, as any you meet in the road. Another cool thing about this movies is the actual design of the car. My favorite is Toll Mater.

PLOT

CThe film begins with the last race of the Piston Cup championship, which ends in a three-way tie between Strip Weathers, Chick Hicks and Lightning McQueen. The   tiebreaker race is scheduled for one week later at L.A.  Lightning is desperate to win the race.  Eager to start practice as soon as possible, Lightning pushes his Mack, to travel all night long.

When Mack felt sleep and McQueen roll out of the back of the trailer unnoticed. McQueen wakes up in traffic, becomes lost, and in a panic ends up in the run-down town of Radiator Springs. McQueen is arrested, then tried the next day by the town’s judge and doctor, who want him to leave Radiator Springs immediately; but at the insistence of Sally Carrera, Doc instead sentences him to repave the road.

McQueen initially tries to rush through the job, but makes a sloppy, bumpy mess of the road and is forced to start over again. As the days pass, he becomes friends with many of the townsfolk and learns of their past. Radiator Springs was once a popular stopover along Route 66, but with the construction an interstate allowed people to bypass the town,  causing many of the businesses and residents to leave. McQueen also discovers that Doc is a three-time Piston Cup champion who was forced out of competition after a serious accident ended his career over 50 years ago, but remains adept at racing.

Encouraged by his new friends McQueen successfully completes the road and spends an extra day in town, visiting the local shops to outfit him with new tires and equipment. That night, Mack and the media converge on the town, having been tipped off by Doc as to Lightning’s whereabouts, and Lightning reluctantly sets off for California, much to his dismay. Sally is upset with Doc for thinking only of himself, and the other townsfolk are saddened to see McQueen go as well as McQueen is saddened to leave them. As they retire to their homes, the town’s neon is turned off, and as the town returns to its previous quietness, Doc realizes just how much McQueen meant to them.

As the tie-breaker race begins, McQueen keep thinking  in Radiator Springs and he is distracted from performing well. However, he is surprised to discover that his new friends have come along to serve as his pit crew.  Heartened by their presence and recalling the tricks they taught him McQueen is able to counteract Chick Hicks’ dirty driving tactics and take the lead of the race.

Eventually McQueen returns to Radiator Springs and decides to move his team’s headquarters there, helping to revitalize the town and its businesses, much to the pleasure of his new friends. He and Sally reopen the Wheel Well Inn.

McQueen and Sally parked beneath the tree / K-I-S-somethin’-somethin’-somethin’-T.