Okay, normally I don't go out and write blogs concerning celebrities deaths (I didn't even write about Michael Jackson's), but once someone dies that has contributed a vast number of things that have entertained me, that's where I contribute something of my own to you people concerning them. (and before you jump your shit, I HAVE been entertained by Michael Jackson, but there's very few musicians that have impacted me in such a way than filmmakers have - like John Hughes - so I am not in any way dismissing Michael Jackson, he just never left an impact on me.) So anyway, let's talk about our late friend Mr. Hughes and why I'm writing this blog about him anyway.
Tied between Mel Brooks, John Hughes is my favorite comedic director/writer. His style was honest, well-paced, and of course, hilarious. His style is so distinct that whenever I watch a movie with his name on it and not know it, I can just tell that he was involved with it. When I saw Dennis the Menace
for the first time (I was forced to, let me assure you), I got that John Hughes feeling and later found out that he wrote it. Lots of comedies that were my favorites I discovered were wrote by him, and judging by all these news articles (or even this blog post) reporting his death and listing some of his filmography, you'll be as suprised as I was.
Sure, Hughes ain't no Stanley Kubrick, but he DID contribute a lot. Actually, if you think about it, he's like the 80's Judd Apatow. For one thing, his 1980s movies will always be staples of the decade's culture. I challenge you to find a Top 100 list of the decade that DOESN'T have at least ONE of his movies in there. Films like The Breakfast Club
, Ferris Bueller's Day Off
, and Sixteen Candles
will be pure 80s nostalgia. Don't forget that his most popular films turned their stars into superstars (at the time, at least) like Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, and of course, John Candy. So in a way, he contributed a lot for the time his films were made. and some of them, like the ones I mentioned before, will certainly endure.
(1950 - 2009)
I'll miss ya, John.
Here's his writing filmography, with some of the movies he directed. The ones bolded are his most well-known films.
(1979) (TV Series)
National Lampoon's Class Reunion
(1983) (TV Series)
Mr. Mom (1983)
National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)
Nate and Hayes
(1983) (with David Odell)
Sixteen Candles (1984) (director)
The Breakfast Club(1985) (director)
National Lampoon's European Vacation
Weird Science(1985) (director)
Pretty in Pink (1986)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) (director)
Some Kind of Wonderful
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) (director)
She's Having a Baby
The Great Outdoors
Uncle Buck (1989) (director)
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation(1989)
Beethoven (1992) (as Edmond Dantes)
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Dennis the Menace
Baby's Day Out
Miracle on 34th Street
Home Alone 3
Reach The Rock
(2001) (with Jean-Marie Poire & Christian Clavier)
Maid in Manhattan
(2002; story) (originally titled The Chambermaid) (as Edmond Dantes)
(2008; story) (as Edmond Dantes)