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Growing up ’80s: The Decade with the Greatest Teen Movies

Growing up ’80s: The Decade with the Greatest Teen Movies

In the 1980s that the teen movie really took off. The leading purveyor of adolescent angst and embarrassment was John Hughes, who pretty much dominated the decade with a series of brilliant comedy dramas that explored every aspect of growing up. However, he wasn’t alone. Here are seven titles, from “The Breakfast Club” to “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (all featured in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die), that offer up a portrait of being young in Reagan’s America.

Lights, Camera, Chug: Top 10 Movie Drinking Games (For Adults Only)

Lights, Camera, Chug: Top 10 Movie Drinking Games (For Adults Only)

When it comes to a night in, there’s no better mix than some booze and a classic flick… as long as you’ve got the right one, and the right set of rules to go along with it. Some are hangover-inducing, others stay firmly in the realm of tipsy, but all ten of these time-tested games are guaranteed to take your quoting, cheering and witty banter to the next level.

Internet's obsession with Ke$ha mash ups continues

Internet's obsession with Ke$ha mash ups continues

Similar to that awesome mash up of Star Trek and Ke$ha (previously), here is another one involving BACK TO THE FUTURE, a movie I’m kind of still obsessed with. Its remarkable how such a vapid song can keep giving and giving. While we’re on the topic of mash-ups and Star Trek, this is one of…

Filmmaking at the speed of pink

Filmmaking at the speed of pink

Filmmaking is becoming a brain science. According to an article “Bringing New Understanding to the Director’s Cut” in the Science section of the New York Times, cinematic language is beginning to align more and more with our natural brain patterns. Researchers at Cornell University have discovered that directors are increasingly using groups of shots of a similar length, edited together in clusters. They call it 1/f (one over frequency) or they call it “pink noise.” Apparently this pattern of pink noise is everywhere in our world…. in a heart beat, the flow of tides and traffic, the movement of our stock market, in the movie BACK TO THE FUTURE (apparently a very pink movie) and most interestingly in the way we think! So the fact that movies might unknowingly take advantage of this pattern almost sounds like accidental brainwashing – perhaps a very good kind of brainwashing but certainly with some questionable side effects. It could at least give me a good excuse for why I sometimes involuntarily cry during the cheesy sad moments of mediocre films (on an airplane with no audio)…