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Tom Holland revealed that the main inspiration for Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Homecoming is Back to the Future's Marty McFly. Spider-Man: Homecoming is definitely embracing the work of 80s icon John Hughes (Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Uncle Buck). Hughes was a master of the 80's teen movies, and it seems like an interesting take on the Spider-Man franchise to mix it with decades old teen movies. Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts gave the young cast homework before production began on the upcoming movie, trying to get them into the same groove.
Holland did an interview with Yahoo Movies Facebook and revealed that Watts made the cast watch all kinds of videos and movies from the 1980s to prepare for Spider-Man: Homecoming. Holland explains.
"I think that was one of the things that Jon set out to do and its just a reflection on him, as a director, that's he's »
Words cannot express how much I miss both the dramatic and comedic stylings of the late John Candy. Planes, Trains & Automobiles is hands-down one of my favorite films of all time, I'm also quite partial to several of Mr. Candy's other cinematic gems like Uncle Buck, Delirious, and Who's Harry Crumb? For my money, that man was worth his weight in comedy gold. That... Read More »
- Steve Seigh
Here's a list of TV shows that aired (or were expected to air) during the 2015-16 season (roughly September 2015 through August 2016) and that also won't be back for the 2016-17 season.Most recent additions: The Knick (Cinemax), Marco Polo (Netflix), Bubble Guppies (Nickelodeon), Not Safe with Nikki Glaser (Comedy Central), Dead of Summer (Freeform), Brief Encounters (ITV), Any Given Wednesday (HBO), Guilt (Freeform), American Gothic (CBS), BrainDead (CBS), Murder in the First (TNT), Aquarius (NBC), Roadies (Showtime), The Willis Family (TLC), Mistresses (ABC), Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll (FX), Tyrant (FX), Feed the Beast (AMC), Devious Maids (Lifetime), Dr. Drew (Hln), The Vanishing Women (ID), The Jim Gaffigan Show (TV Land), The McLaughlin Group (PBS), I Am Cait (E!), The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore (Comedy Central), Raised by Wolves (Channel 4), Coupled (Fox), Powers (PlayStation Network), Houdini & Doyle (Fox), Project Greenlight (HBO), Maron (IFC), Hunters (Syfy), Uncle Buck (ABC), Inspector Lewis (PBS), Lockup (MSNBC), Top Gear (History), Thirteen (BBC America), Bella »
When John Hughes passed away in 2009, he left a huge void, not only in people's hearts, but in Hollywood. He had written and directed most of the popular family-friendly teen films of the '80s, which became cult classics and still air on cable today—Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Uncle Buck, Home Alone...the list goes on and on. Many teen movies that he took no part in making, which are much racier and contain more complex plot lines, became popular in the last 20 years, notably American Pie, Mean Girls and Pitch Perfect. Nowadays, such films are rarely made and do not enjoy the same level of success. Can anyone »
Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by new releases or premieres. Since it’s Chicago Week here at The A.V. Club, we’re looking back on some essential Chicago movies, set (and often filmed) in the Windy City.
Uncle Buck (1989)
The greater Chicago area had few cinematic boosters more tireless than John Hughes. The city was the setting for nearly every youth-centric story he told, from the detention hall of The Breakfast Club to the suburban streets of Home Alone. But while the films often prominently feature Chicago landmarks or residences, Uncle Buck feels different. Not just because it’s the only film Hughes directed besides Planes, Trains, And Automobiles (which also starred his frequent collaborator John Candy) to follow a grown-up rather than kids—but because Candy’s character, Buck Russell, is the closest thing imaginable to a sentient embodiment of the Chicago the filmmaker loved.
- Alex McLevy
Chicago has been getting a lot of grief as of late, with our so-called president recently threatening to send in the feds to deal with area crime, and calling our fair city “so sad a situation.” Even Sean Spicer—well, Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer—cites an 80-percent murder rate. Since Chicago is where The A.V. Club resides, we decided it was time to pay homage to this amazing metropolis and some of the many pop-cultural institutions that also call it home. Today, we have Sean O’Neal’s look at the High Fidelity soundtrack, and Noel Murray’s take on a very special episode of The Untouchables. The week’s Watch This series on Chicago movies kicks off with a classic: Uncle Buck.
Later in the week, we have Ignatiy Vishnevetsky’s exploration of Chicago crime films, Gwen Ihnat’s oral history on the great Midwestern alt-rock bands »
- Gwen Ihnat
Tom Jolliffe with the 80s movie guide for the new parent…
Last December I welcomed my baby daughter into the world. It was a momentous day. My first, and like all new parents who find the weight of responsibility fall into their lap after 9 months of increasing inevitability, I suddenly realised I had absolutely no fucking idea what to do for the next 18 years of raising this little blob into becoming an adult. Sure I could have asked other parents, or Googled, but I decided that perhaps watching a load of parentally themed films from the 80’s might be a better idea.
So what can we say about the parental movie of the 80’s? This isn’t merely about someone being a genetic mother or father I should point out, but it’s the notion of the protagonist(s) being blissfully unprepared for parental responsibility being thrust upon them either temporarily or permanently, »
- Amie Cranswick
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