Friday, August 07, 2009

R.I.P John Hughes

Wow, so I woke up this morning and heard that the director John Hughes died. What sad news. He was behind such films as Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club. I loved those movies (even to this day I quote Sixteen Candles!). While I was really still a kid when these movies came out and I certainly can't claim that they were MY coming of age films (I was between a pre-teen when these films came out) they still feel very much a part of my childhood. I started to grow up in the 1980's (I began kindergarten in 1981), what these movies represent, I remember living through, the cloths, the expressions, even the ackward 1980's behavior : ) John Hughes and his genius will be missed.

On a different note, please bad drivers of the Washington DC area, get off the road!! You do not need to break every five minutes. If the light is green, you can turn right, you don't need to stop! If you like to drive slow, be in the slow lane!! If you have to pararrel park, don't expect me to stop my car and wait for you to do that! And for God's sake, pay attention when driving, don't try to merge when I'm right there in that lane, don't pull out into moving traffic and go 2 miles per hour, dumba%#! Note, I'm heading to Richmond tomorrow morning for a friend's birthday, stupid drivers use alternate trasportation than driving on 95 southbound.


Blogger secret agent woman said...

Breakfast Club I liked, although St. Elmo's Fore was actually about people who were the same age I was when it was released.

10:26 PM  
Blogger Molly Malone said...

if you haven't already read this, you should:
it's really touching.

i can't say John Hughes movies shaped my life, but they were definitely part of my childhood cinema landscape. particularly Ferris Bueller's Day Off. it's been years since i've seen Pretty in Pink, 16 Candles or The Breakfast Club, but i wonder if they'd be more resonant with me now as an adult than they were when i saw them in middle and high school, in the early 90s. i remember liking Pretty in Pink the most of those.

i suspect he has a good grasp of people's awkwardness in coming of age. i remember "she's having a baby" as being really good. now that i'm an adult whose friends are all having babies, i suspect it would resonate a lot more than it did when i saw it at 14.

8:01 PM  
Blogger Virginia Gal said...

Secret Agent - oh St. Elmo's Fire brings back such great memories!!

Molly - oh you are so right, he really was able to capture those awkward and coming of age feelings, emotions.

10:44 PM  
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