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John Cusack is 40?

If our hero of the 80s -- the one, true symbol of all that was once good -- turns 40, does that mean it's officially time for us 80s addicts to grow up and accept modern reality?

Heck no! John Cusack turned 40 earlier this week, but I unfortunately missed celebrating the exact date (Wednesday, June 28). But I felt a disturbance in the force, as if a thousand bands from John Hughes movie soundtracks cried out and were suddenly silenced. ("Bring on the dancing horses.....")

Usually, this would be the time for me to plod on endlessly about how much we love the guy and quote his movie lines to death ("Nick's your buddy. Nick's the kind of guy you can trust, the kind of guy you can drink a beer with, the kind of guy who doesn't mind if you puke in his car, Nick.")

Instead, let me refer you to some of the great posts already written about Mr. Cusack. Click then, read them, savor them:
-- Lloyd Dobler vs. Jake Ryan
-- Sometimes, you're Better Off Dead
-- A study ... in moppishness
-- And my all-time fave: Everything I Need to Know in Life, I Learned From a John Cusack movie.

And, not merely content to constrain a Cusack list to only 5 items, the Top 10 movies by John Cusack:
10. The Grifters (1990): "Nobody does that single-o."
9. Tapeheads (1988): "You look ravishing and I'd like to chew on your thighs."
8. Gross Pointe Blank (1997): "I was hired to kill you. But I'm not going to. It's either because I'm in love with your daughter or I have a newfound respect for life."
7. The Sure Thing (1985): "How would you like to have a sexual experience so intense it could conceivably change your political views?"
6. True Colors (1991): "They say great men are embraced by thousands of strangers. I wanna be great."
5. Eight Men Out (1988): "Those fellas are all gone now."
4. Say Anything (1989):  "I am looking for a dare to be great situation."
3. Better Off Dead (1985): "Gee, I'm real sorry your mom blew up, Ricky."
2. Max (2002): "Come on Hitler, I'll buy you a glass of lemonade."
1. High Fidelity (2000): "What came first, the music or the misery?"

(Nominate Stuck in the 80s for the annual Podcast Awards. Click here)

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:18pm]


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