Thursday, August 06, 2009

SC6 Remembers John Hughes...

There is no doubt, I am a child of the 80's. Pretty much, whatever decade you were in High School and College, that is your decade. Each decade has it's own Pop Culture - the music, the clothes (Neon? Yuck!) and the movies.... John Hughes was THE director of the 80's. He produced some of the most important and funniest films of the 80's..... Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Uncle Buck, Planes Trains and Automobiles, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, National Lampoon's Vacation, Weird Science, and those Home Alone movies, but we'll forgive him for bringing Macaulay Culkin into the world....

Hughes was a master of the teen flick, where he made films from the adolescent point of view, spoken in their language. He often used actors in multiple movies ( John Candy was in 8 Hughes films), and made stars out of Molly Ringwald, Candy, Anthony Michael Hall and Culkin. He also made everyone tyr to find the fictional Shermer, Illinois on a map. But in the 90's , Candy passed away, and the genre seemed to run it's course. Hughes walked away from the movie business in 1994, and never returned.

The thought of what kind of film Hughes could make ended today, as he passed away from a heart attack while visiting family in New York City at age 59. But, his mark was left on Hollywood, and the generation of people my age. In tribute, we have a clip of the Top 15 scenes form one of Hughes' greatest creations - John Bender.


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