John Hughes (1950–2009)

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John Hughes, whose films include The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, died today, suddenly, at age 59.

His films kind of passed me by as a kid. Without a bunch of friends to drag me to his movies when they were new, I only caught them on TV, in a slightly (or very) bowdlerized form, years later — most well past their peak of immediate cultural significance.

Some of them I loved (my favorite was Planes, Trains and Automobiles); some not so much; but it’s impossible to ignore or underestimate how influential his movies have been to my generation, and to filmmakers (and kids) ever since. — GM

UPDATE (8/7/09): Forget all the trade and “official” eulogies, because this blog entry by Alison Byrne Fields properly explains how much his films meant to so many people who came of age in the 1980s and perhaps how some of his later movie-making decisions were made. — TL

UPDATE 2 (8/7/09): Byrne Fields visited with NPR’s All Things Considered today to talk about the whole thing, and it’s well worth a listen. — GM

Posted on August 6, 2009 at 15:29 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by arkonbey
    on 2009-08-07 at 11:48
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    His films were always mocked as being quintessentially 80's schlock, but they are actually a little deeper than that. Even the hilarious Plane, Trains and Automobiles was a mixture of the slapstick and the poignant.

  2. Written by arkonbey
    on 2009-08-07 at 15:48
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    His films were always mocked as being quintessentially 80's schlock, but they are actually a little deeper than that. Even the hilarious Plane, Trains and Automobiles was a mixture of the slapstick and the poignant.

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