John Huges R.I.P.

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Posted 8/6/09 , edited 8/7/09
Posted by Ryan W. McMaken on August 6, 2009 07:55 PM

I was very unhappy to see that film director John Hughes has died.

In the eighties, Hughes made The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Ferris Bueller and The Breakfast Club were particularly excellent, and few films before or since have more convincingly and masterfully shown the pettiness, cruelty, and incompetence of school administrators and others who have power over young people.

He truly had a gift for realistically portraying the angst and the trials that young people endure, and his regard for adolescents came through in his films.

In one of the early DVD editions of Ferris Bueller, the special features included an audio commentary by Hughes. The depth of his thinking on matters of youth and growing up was quite impressive as was his contempt for self-righteous adults who consider themselves to be impressive objects of deference to the young.

His films have aged extremely well, and many of his films remain perennial classics for those who weren’t even born when his first film Sixteen Candles hit theatres in 1984.

May he rest in peace.
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Posted 8/7/09 , edited 8/8/09
I too was saddened when I woke up this morning and saw the headline over at Autoblog regarding his passing. Thankfully, Hughes will be widely remembered for his 80's teen classics rather than the later flops he wrote up until last year. Along with James Cameron, Hughes wrote Bill Paxton probably one of, if not his best role as Chet in Weird Science. "Good morning turd brain". Classic.

I just finished watching Sixteen Candles and I'm currently watching Weird Science, followed by Pretty in Pink in memory of Mr. Hughes.
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Posted 8/12/09 , edited 8/12/09
Those were some good movies
R.I.P. John Hughes
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Posted 8/12/09 , edited 8/13/09
He was a very talented guy and the movie world is definitely hurt by his passing. He was involved in a number of great movies going well beyond the short list up top.
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