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Don’t You Forget About John Hughes, Dead at 59

John on August 6, 2009 at 11:35 pm

Ben Stein remembers John Hughes:

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According to his wikipedia entry, he wrote some things with P.J. O’Rourke, so I guess Ben was right about him being a conservative.

Just take a look at this guy’s filmography. What a run!:

  • Vacation – I know a lot of people love it, but it was never a favorite.
  • Sixteen Candles – Charming. The scene of nerds gathered in the men’s room to view a girl’s underwear is a classic.
  • The Breakfast Club – “Demented and sad, but social.” A masterpiece. I’m pretty sure I can recite about half the dialogue from memory. I bet you can too.
  • Weird Science – “Chips, dips, chains, whips.” I love this movie. Love every scene. Bill Paxton’s Chet rules! And of course Kelly LeBrock made an impression on an 18 year old.
  • Pretty in Pink – Never loved Ducky. Sorry. This seemed to be some sort of breakthrough film for many people. I always thought it was second tier.
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – Matthew Broderick’s best film to date. And Mia Sara…sigh. If only real life were more like this movie.
  • Some Kind of Wonderful – After Breakfast Club this may be my favorite of his films. Was talking to Scott tonight over a few beers. Turns out we both still have a thing for Mary Stuart Masterson because of this movie. The gloves. The drums. The hair. The attitude. Wonderful.
  • Planes, Trains, Automobiles – “Those aren’t pillows!” Saw this last year. It’s still hilarious.
  • Home Alone – Another masterpiece. Can’t wait to show this one to the kids this Christmas.
  • Career Opportunities – This one never really worked and yet who can forget Jennifer Connelly.
  • Just Visiting – Remake of a French comedy. Don’t think a lot of people saw this but I enjoyed it.

I’ve left out all the sequels, some of which are pretty good in their own right. But those are the highlights for me.

When I think about growing up in the 80s his films are some of the best part of that time. We were lucky to have him. I only wish he’d had the chance to make a dozen more films.

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