Other films for your consideration XII

“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” is John Hughes’ 1986 ode to Chicago. Ferris and his chums Cameron and Sloane skip off school for a day to enjoy Chicago. If you’ve ever been to Chicago, you will know why.

The day out includes a visit to America’s best art gallery, the Art Institute.

Matthew Broderick as Ferris breaks the fourth wall throughout, even at the end. There’s a line of thought that Ferris does not really exist, he’s just Cameron’s imagination.

Philip Kaufman’s “The Right Stuff” (1983) takes the Tom Wolfe book and makes a good effort at showing the beginning of the USA manned space missions.

There’s a tremendous cast, wonderful music and it’s reasonably accurate, though there are some major flaws. The only criticism is the over-emphasis on Chuck Yeager and his achievements.

The original “Blade Runner” from 1982 was not a great success when it came out, but has become a classic. It has been revisited by director Ridley Scott on many occasions and there are multiple versions available.

The music by Vangelis is superb. Harrison Ford is OK as Decker but many of the supporting cast are excellent, including Rutger Hauer, William Sanderson and Edward James Olmos.

Just avoid the sequel from 2019.

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