'G.I. Joe' And John Hughes Popping Around The Blogosphere

John HughesWeekend winner "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" and late filmmaker John Hughes, who died tragically last week, are the main things popping Around the Blogosphere today. Talked about a weekend of mixed emotions. I had a blast seeing "G.I. Joe" but felt positively numb as I plugged through my sizable collection of Hughes flicks on home video. Both were fixtures of my childhood, in very different ways. As you might have guessed, a strange sense of nostalgia accompanied my long weekend in front of screens large and small.

-- Ah, G.I. Joe figures. I loved those little guys. Even the worst of them were fun to play with. Just because the cartoon didn't kill dudes, it didn't stop me from having Joe and Cobra waste the many scrubs in my collection. See, there were a lot of lame G.I. Joe figures. And FilmJunk has compiled a list of the 10 worst. I don't agree with the inclusion of the Fridge, but everything else is spot-on. FilmDrunk)

-- We ran a list of five fantastic John Hughes-penned characters on the blog last week. It was kind of necessary, given the tragic events of the day. My pals over at UGO have a list of their own, running through Hughes' ten most lovable losers. Worth noting that Chevy Chase gets upstaged twice, once by John Candy for his character in "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" (sensible) and a second time by Randy Quaid for his recurring character in the "Vacation" series (I guess I can see it, though Quaid isn't so lovable). (UGO)

-- To be fair, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" is the focus of this piece, Michael Cassutt's rant against fun-hating critics who are quick to condemn "popcorn" flicks. Still, with "G.I. Joe"'s critical lambasting this weekend standing in stark contrast to the thrill ride it actually delivers on, the rant applies just as easily. I agree with Cassutt, that too many critics have a tendency to overthink when applying the rules of film analysis to a blockbuster. I think this quote from the piece sums things up best: "To hammer 'Revenge of the Fallen for being light on character and plausibility and the other attributes of "serious" film-making is like slamming a ride like Space Mountain for its lack of astronomical data." Amen, brother Cassutt. (Sci Fi Wire)

-- This blog from Alison Byrnes, who maintained a long correspondence with Hughes, has been spread far and wide across the Internet. It would have made the cut for Around the Blogosphere last week, if one had actually been written. It's one of the better remembrances out there, from a source who was very close to the fallen filmmaker. It's a long read, but well worth your time. We'll Know When We Get There)