We’ve featured some of Dutch Southern’s t-shirts in past editions of Cool Stuff. Their latest tee is called Shermer, IL and was designed by Evanimal. Film geeks will recognize the name of the town as the fictional suburban location of many of John Hughes’ teen comedies. And you may have guessed it, the t-shirt design is a tribute to John Hughes and some of his characters, printed on a white American Apparel tee.
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The death of 80’s teen movie writer/director John Hughes has unearthed a bunch of new trivia on Hughes’ filmography. For instance, did you know that the title character in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was actually based on Hughes’ child hood friend? Edward McNally has written an essay for The Washington Post in remembrance of his friend, filmmaker, John Hughes. Here is an excerpt:
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Would you like to own a piece of cinematic history? I’m not talking about a small prop or piece or wardrobe…. but a location. Cameron’s house from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is now on the market, for only $2.3 million.
Designed by A. James Speyer and David Haid, the Ben Rose Home features two steel and glass buildings cantilevered over a ravine, offering “incredible vistas of the surrounding woods.” Built in 1953, the 5300 square foot, four bedroom, four bath property is located in Highland Park, Illinois.
I have included the scene from the movie embedded after the jump. For more information on the property, go to Realtor.com.
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Update: /Film reader Lee Keeler, the guy who made the “Lorax” Grindhouse trailer we posted a while back, decided to edit a trailer using The Ferris Bueller Fight Club Theory concept. Watch that video here.
Over on Metatalk, Cool Papa Bell has created something I’m calling the Ferris Bueller Fight Club Theory:
My favorite thought-piece about Ferris Bueller is the “Fight Club” theory, in which Ferris Bueller, the person, is just a figment of Cameron’s imagination, like Tyler Durden, and Sloane is the girl Cameron secretly loves.
One day while he’s lying sick in bed, Cameron lets “Ferris” steal his father’s car and take the day off, and as Cameron wanders around the city, all of his interactions with Ferris and Sloane, and all the impossible hijinks, are all just played out in his head. This is part of the reason why the “three” characters can see so much of Chicago in less than one day — Cameron is alone, just imagining it all.
It isn’t until he destroys the front of the car in a fugue state does he finally get a grip and decide to confront his father, after which he imagines a final, impossible escape for Ferris and a storybook happy ending for Sloane (”He’s gonna marry me!”), the girl that Cameron knows he can never have.
What do you think?
On Halloween, two gals named Mina Karimi and Kara Suhey will attempt to recreate the legendary hijacked parade from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off down to the ’80s minutiae and extras like geriatric Miss Chicago contestants and bearded bankers. Cameron and his Red Wings jersey are already a lock. Under the Tumblr and moniker, Project Bueller, they are recruiting tens of thousands of participants and would like /Film readers residing in New York or visiting for the spooky holiday to join in.
After a bit of rescheduling, the epic shindig will go down as part of the 35th Village Halloween Parade. For more info, memorize the lyrics to The Beatles’s cover of “Twist and Shout” and then give them a shout at projectbueller at gmail. Their mission statement as emailed to /Film…
This project idea came to us as a tangible extension of our longtime ideal that you should follow your bliss and do what you truly feel like doing. This means taking an active role in your own enjoyment and cultivating a creative mind, playful spirit, and performing the work you genuinely would like to do. This is why Ferris’ character is so important to us. He is the embodiment and inspiration of so many of our ideals. We see too many people stifling their desires and truly believe that the world is a whole lot of fun when we let loose a bit and dance around in the streets.
See you at the parade!!!
John Hughes could not be reached for comment. An estimated two million spectators are expected this year. Any guys who have worn out their VHS copies of Timecop pretending that a nude Mia Sara was actually a grown-up Sloane Peterson: consider this requisite community service.
Discuss: Going? What’s the best parade in film history?
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Welcome to another edition of Movie Playlist, where we talk to the writers, directors, and stars about their favorite films. I’ve always found the celebrity playlists on iTunes to be interesting. Most everyone in the film business moved to Hollywood after discovering their love of films. And I’ve always love talking to people about their favorite films. So talking to the people who make the movies about their favorite films just seemed like a natural idea.
Jay Baruchel was relatively new to American audiences before his debut as the star of the critically acclaimed FOX-TV series Undeclared. The Canadian-born actor has since appeared in a number of feature films, including The Rules of Attraction, Almost Famous, Million Dollar Baby,and Fanboys. Baruchel reunited with Undeclared creator Judd Apatow last summer in Universal Pictures’ smash hit Knocked Up. You can see him in theaters now as Kevin Sandusky in Tropic Thunder. /Film’s David Chen conducted this interview.
Jay Baruchel: “There is sort of a repertoire that I will — once a year I will have to watch each one of them. I’ll say that Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. I can watch that movie anytime. It’s pretty much the prefect comedy and it’s kind of an amazing movie plot wise because it doesn’t follow the sort of usual quintessential Joseph Campbell story. It’s not about a guy that learns anything over a journey and becomes a different person. Ferris is the same son of a bitch the whole movie, he just effects change wherever he is and really the stakes are really never all that high and he’s happy the whole time. And the fact that they pulled that off and it is as funny as it is and as cool as it is, it just amazing.”
“A Japanese film called Battle Royale is one of my favorites and that’s like a John Hughes movie on crystal meth. Like to me Battle Royale there is not greater meditation on Teen X than that movie. That is the greatest coming of age movie I’ve ever seen.”
“I quite like a movie called The Wrong Guy with Dave Foley. It’s a little Canadian movie that not many people have seen but it’s just possibly one of the funniest movies ever made.”
“Another movie that I really, really love that I constantly get into arguments about it Irreversible. That’s probably my favorite film of all time. To me that’s like the single greatest work of cinema that I’ve ever seen and another thing is that in an era such as this where everything is made by committee, it’s very rare to see one artist unfiltered vision. And Gaspar Noé wrote, directed, produced, and literally operated the camera on Irreversible, so this is his movie, you know?”
“And then Carlito’s Way, Man Hunter, JFK, that’s the playlist. I watch each of those movies once a year.”
See Jay in Tropic Thunder, in theaters now!
The Pitch: Shakes McFadden has created a new Ferris Bueller’s Day Off trailer using the music from Requiem for a Dream, proving once again that any movie can be 100 times more epic when you add Clint Mansell’s lux aeterna to the soundtrack. Note: the full orchestral remix is also used.
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