‘Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?’ Throwing it back all the way to ’86

I mentioned in my first blog post that my favorite movie of all time is Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. When thinking of a movie post to do, I decided: why not travel back to 1986 Chicago and recollect my favorite film of all time?

This movie has a special place in my heart. I could not tell you how many times I have watched it. I could continue rambling about how much I love it, but I’d rather get a move-on with talking about WHY it is so awesome.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off tells the story of a high school senior named Ferris (Matthew Broderick) who takes a day off from school (using the most elaborate plan imaginable to do so). Ferris convinces his actually sick friend, Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck), and his girlfriend, Sloane Peterson (Mia Sara), to tag along with him on an exploration in the beautiful city of Chicago. Throughout all of this, the antagonist and evil principal, Mr. Ed Rooney (Jeffrey Jones), finds himself on a trail after Ferris trying to catch him skipping school.

In this adventure, the audience sees the ultimate friend trio go to various famous Chicago attractions/locations and see funny events ensue. It gives a perfect blend of stress, slapstick and dry comedy that never gets old.

Although I’ve only given a general overview to the plot, there are so many iconic quotes and moments from this movie. It feels as if though every teacher/professor on this earth quotes “Bueller? Bueller?… Frye? Frye? Frye?”

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off features some revolutionary scenes, most notably Ferris’ famous opening monologue and Ferris’ interruption during the credits.

Among the great comedy and legendary quotes lies a beautiful coming-of-age story that many people can relate to. Bueller teaches the audience to enjoy the little and big things of life as one and for people to be proud in who they are.

Another enjoyable factor of this film is how beautiful it is. Watching this movie makes it feel as if one is actually in Chicago. Now that I have actually visited it, I must say that even the movie can’t do it justice.

My love for this movie will never be taken away. I annoy people that watch it with me because I quote things way too often. It will always remain the movie that I watch when I am sick.

I’ll leave you all with one of the best quotes from Ferris himself:

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Have you guys seen Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? What is your favorite part? I’d love to hear your responses!

Leave a comment or shoot me an email at: mfthomas@mail.lipscomb.edu

Blessings,

Mason

 

 

 

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Chance the Rapper takes Grammy Awards by storm with ‘Coloring Book’

Chancellor Johnathan Bennett, a young man from the West Chatham neighborhood of Chicago, has taken 2016 by storm. Better known as “Chance the Rapper,” Chance found himself basking in an exponential growth of popularity thanks to the release of his third mix-tape, Coloring Book.

Coloring Book is my No. 1 album of 2016. It is a catchy hard-hitting rap album that exudes gospel-inspired beats and lyrics. It is the pure definition of happiness and fun.

After countless listens, every song still has not gotten old yet. Coloring Book brings a fresh new light to hip-hop and helped my love for the genre grow. Listening to it will forever remind me of the summer of ’16: the illustrious time of collegiate anticipation.

Grammy history

The 2017 Grammy Awards was a historic one. For the first time in its history, the Grammys allowed streaming-only artists to be nominated for awards, giving Chance and others to gain an opportunity at the Grammy winnings.

The rapper went above and beyond with this chance (ha), and earned himself seven nominations including three wins:

  • Best New Artist
  • Best rap Performance- “No Problem”
  • Best Rap Album

Along with these winnings, Chance performed one of my personal favorites “How Great (Feat. Jay Electronica and My cousin Nicole)” and absolutely left me and the rest of the world speechless.

A humble man of great talent

It is quite often rare to find an artist in today’s day and age that shows humility. Chance shows all of this and more.

Chance does his profession all out of love. He chooses to be an unsigned artist that passes out his music for free. In an article with Billboard, Chance proclaimed: “It’s not about the music being free. It’s about how it is displayed and made accessible and about artistic power… It was always about the artist-to-fan relationship.”

Chance uses his music and career to give back to the city of Chicago and those he loves. He proudly shines his faith in the Lord for all to see and yet does it selflessly and humbly.

I hope that Chance continues to be himself and to be an influential part of the hip hop/music community as a whole. Kudos to you, Mr. Chancellor Bennett.

Have you given Coloring Book a listen yet? Either if you have or not, what would you say your favorite album of 2016 is? Please feel free to comment down below and/or shoot me an email to mfthomas@mail.lipscomb.edu.