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This is the last entry in the Hughes Reviews series. Initially meant to be a two-parter, with the second part, being more of a retrospective of John Hughes' career. I scrapped the two-part idea, because I would likely end up just repeating myself. So I've provided in this blog supplemental material that expands on the man and his work. These items do a far better job of this than a second part review ever could.

Vacation 58'

[The illustration created by Jason Welborn]

I am excited for Captain America. Not AS excited as I was for XMen First Class, but certainly more excited than I was for Thor. I'm excited to see Cap in his native 1940s. I'm excited to see the Howling Commandos (I'm a huge fan of WWII "Team" movies) and I'm excited that Director Joe Johnston is going back to his roots.

With Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 hitting theaters today, I will no doubt find myself at the cinema this weekend to view the conclusion of the series. As I was looking the film up on IMDB, I noticed it's runtime, a healthy two hours and ten minutes. A little longer than average and not that I mind. This got me thinking, however: if movies are getting longer (which I have no objection to) then why in the hell don't theaters bring back an intermission?

Back in October of 2007, for my birthday, Rob gifted me "Rebel without a Crew" by Robert Rodriguez. I flew through the pages in no time, amazed by the story Mr. Rodriguez had. Inspired I set out to make a film of my own, with a cast and crew of just one- me. The Idea was to write, direct, shoot, star, and edit all by myself.

I've talked to some people that say they've been watching The Patriot in honor of our independence day. They've said that in these troubled times, it reminds them of how our country started. I, for one, think that's a bit sad. I liked The Patriot okay when I saw it; but I've always thought of it as Braveheart Lite. British=Bad, Americans=Good. I think we can do better. Here are 10 other films that are better examples of the American character.

I am familiar with Mike Ness and his band Social Distortion. I can't in good conscience call myself a fan, but every song I've heard of theirs, I've enjoyed. I just don't often seek them out, nor do I own any of their albums.

Some of you may remember a little while ago, I wrote blog about the sorry state of movie posters in today's cinema. If you don't remember, then you can read it HERE. In this article, I proclaimed my love for new and inventive poster design. So it should be no surprise that I often scour the internet for movie poster images and neat artwork.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine Review (2009)

Cautiously optimistic was probably how every comic book nerd felt when Fox announced that they were making an X-men spin off series based around the flagship character Wolverine. Everyone seemed excited to see it, but everyone also new it might be total crap. Well as one of those fans I would just like to say: it wasn't total crap but it fell below expectation.

This review is the second to last in the Hughes Reviews series. So far this has been the most difficult movie to review, which is odd because I've seen this film hundreds of times. I can quote it verbatim, but I guess I never really thought critically about it. After doing these reviews, I think I have a better understanding and appreciation of John Hughes body of work. I can now definitely see developing themes which culminate in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, which is a brilliant way to cap the teen films. Next month we will be finishing this series with National Lampoon's Vacation.

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