Houselights: A Film Director Podcast

Houselights: A Film Director Podcast

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May 19, 2022

Featuring the charm of Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan and the comedy stylings of Martin Short, Joe Dante’s sci-fi comedy Innerspace spins the concept of Fantastic Voyage into a caper about secret governmen

House of Dante - 82 - Explorers
May 13, 2022

One year after Gremlins, Joe Dante delivered a loving homage to the spirit of invention and imagination with the decidedly kid-friendly Explorers. Starring the up-and-coming Ethan Hawke and River Phoe

House of Dante - 81 - Gremlins
May 05, 2022

Joe Dante’s Gremlins became a phenomenon and merchandising gold mine, but generated enough controversy that it helped give birth to PG-13 as a rating in the US. Does it hold up as a movie nearly 40 ye

House of Hughes - 80 - Uncle Buck
April 28, 2022

One of John Candy’s signature roles, Uncle Buck was the penultimate work of John Hughes’ directing career. While a broad comedy like his earliest works, does it reflect a more mature outlook on life a

House of Hughes - 79 - She's Having a Baby
April 22, 2022

One of John Hughes’ lesser-known works, She’s Having a Baby remains a useful choice in any game of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. Looking at how pregnancy changes the dynamic of a couple, is there a reas

House of Hughes - 78 - Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
April 15, 2022

Looking to break away from high school adventure stories, John Hughes wrote and directed a story fictionalizing something he knew from his ad agency life: the commute home from New York to Chicago. St

House of Hughes - 77 - Ferris Bueller's Day Off
April 07, 2022

Matthew Broderick became a household name thanks to John Hughes’ fantasy tale of a high school boy who can’t lose no matter what brash choices he makes. Acting as a love letter to the city of Chicago,

House of Hughes - 76 - Weird Science
March 31, 2022

John Hughes returns to raunchy adult comedy with teenage boys as the focus, their libidos powering a strange experiment that brings a sexual fantasy to life. Is it a step forward, or a cynical step ba

House of Hughes - 75 - The Breakfast Club
March 24, 2022

Perhaps John Hughes’ signature work, the story of several high school malcontents in detention struggling to understand each other and themselves has remained a cultural touchstone for decades. Does i

House of Hughes - 74 - Sixteen Candles
March 11, 2022

With his first film, John Hughes exploded onto the scene, not just capturing but shaping the zeitgeist of 1980s teen cinema. Houselights looks back on a film awash in nostalgia but regarded as problem