John Hughes RIP

Jesus this is sad. Hughes was a unique comic talent, the cinematic poet of teen suburbia, and he had a distinct visual stamp that influenced more people than some realize. What to say? Here’s an amazing personal tale about a young teen who became Hughes’ pen-pal. Don’t you forget about him:


9 Responses to “John Hughes RIP”

  1. Yeah. I’m not one to get all sentimental and misty eyed over people I didn’t know, but this makes me sad. I hadn’t really thought about him in a while since he hadn’t directed in almost 20 years, but it’s hard to think of the 80s without thinking of Hughes. Not everything from that decade has aged well, but his movies don’t feel out of style to me.

  2. christian Says:

    No, he was the best, and he had an expert sense of timing. I still think 16 CANDLES is my favorite and the best of his teen films, even tho I didn’t like the strain of Reagan era privilege. He gave us Anthony Michael Hall, and that would be enough. I was a big fan of his crueler stories for National Lampoon, and wished he would have explored that darker side in film. But he set the bar for youth movies. Hughes did have impeccable musical taste and certainly helped release the new wave flood of the era. “Don’t You Forget About Me” was my high school class song, so it has sentimental meaning and I still fucking love it.

  3. John Hughes movies (I haven’t read the earlier writing) just do not resonate with me. I really like 16 Candles, that’s my fav too, and his youth movies do have a weirdness and originality, but I really don’t like Breakfast Club, so much that I’ve said that twice already (possibly in questionable taste, but I mean no personal offense.) Not to be a killjoy, but I can’t over the ridiculousness of those kids airing themselves out after a few hours and all having these personal epiphanies. And I get over the contrived ridiculousness of each kid representing a stereotypical “type”, it’s well meaning but too canned and rigged for me.

    I do really like Planes, Trains and Automobiles though, and Hughes did have some pretty crystal timing. I also like Vacation, which appears to be closer to the mean side you speak of (wasn’t taken from some of those early stories?)

  4. And i CAN’T get over, that is

  5. of course, get was the word i left out, not can’t. long morning.

  6. christian Says:

    I was always ambivalent about THE BREAKFAST CLUB. I saw it opening night in a packed theater and boy, the audience ate that film up. Which was a testament to what is basically a filmed play, so I give Hughes credit for going for a teen chamber epic. I too thought the characters too simple and never liked Bender as the apostle of truth. But again, love Hall and some of the exchanges and the film has a tangible Chicago scholastic ambiance, which I always liked.

    VACATION was taken from a story in Nat Lamp. There’s a few ripe others I wish he would have done but boy, it woulda hurt his career.

  7. christian Says:

    And here’s “Vacation 58,” the still hilarious story that appeared in National Lampoon:

  8. Every time a new John Hughes movie came out, I about barfed, particularly in the 90’s. Home Alone 3? We really needed Dennis the Menace made into an awful move?

    But after I read that story yesterday, and saw his tribute by his “pen pal”, saw a bunch of old footage from Breakfast Club, 16 candles, and my personal favorite John Hughes movie Uncle Buck, I realized how much of a role his movies played in the 80’s. Not that they effected me much at the time, more that they make me remember what things were like back then, how much more innocent I was and how easy life was.

    Seeing that he died, makes me feel like a part of me is gone, and I am getting older.

  9. christian Says:

    Yeah, betwixt Michael Jackson and John Hughes, a little bit of the 80’s has transmogrified. UNCLE BUCK is a great role for Candy, but not a great film IMHO. I always had debates with friends after a Hughes film because I would point out their socio-political subtext (Bueller Is A Young Republican In Waiting)
    but he was making the best teen angst films for a couple generations.

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