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Sixteen Candles (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on August 18, 2011

52. Sixteen Candles (Not available to stream on Netflix, available to buy and rent digitally from Amazon)

Here is the trailer for Sixteen Candles.

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Sixteen Candles is one of the classic John Hughes films of the 1980s.  Our main character is Sam, played by Molly Ringwald, and in the midst of her family finalizing preparations for her sister’s wedding, they forget about her 16th birthday.

Sam goes to school and complains about her situation to her best friend about the situation and also reveals her feelings for a cute senior at school named Jake Ryan.  During a class, Sam completes a confidential survey about who she’s interested in, and naturally, she drops it so that her confidentiality is blown because the boy she likes finds it.

Cute boy.

The rest of the day is spent in a mess of miscommunication and near misses.  Sam and Jake attend the same school dance and when they have a chance to speak, Sam wimps out.  Jake leaves the dance with his unfortunate girlfriend, and Sam goes home sad.  There’s a whole situation with some panties but I’ll leave that for those who want to watch the movie.

I really enjoyed this movie, even though it is full of really awkward moments that make me uncomfortable.  It is definitely worth a watch, and I think a DVD to own, as all John Hughes movies should be.

Sixteen Candles is available on DVD from Amazon for $5.99.

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100 Films in 2011: Pretty in Pink

by Jamie Sanford on February 3, 2011

I think I’m officially behind since I’m only on the 7th movie and it is February.  I think it might snow some more this weekend, so perhaps I’ll watch and write about some more movies.

7. Pretty in Pink (not available to stream on Netflix)

First, let’s take a look at the trailer:

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OK, so this has given you a really good idea of what happens in this movie.  Molly Ringwald is gorgeous but from the wrong side of the tracks.  She falls for cute rich boy and issues ensue – while her best friend (Jon Cryer) is in love with her the whole time.

I had totally seen this movie before, because hello, it is an 80s John Hughes movie.  This is in required viewing for any teenager – along with Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and the best movie ever made about high school, The Breakfast Club.

The “Everything’s Duckie” edition of the DVD is available for $7.99 from Amazon.

I would be remiss in not mentioning the soundtrack to this movie, which is also awesome and features some OMD.

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The Pretty in Pink soundtrack can be purchased for $7.99 from Amazon.

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