Thursday, August 6, 2009

John Hughes (1950-2009)

Acclaimed filmmaker John Hughes, best remembered for hit movies like "Sixteen Candles", "Home Alone", and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off", passed away earlier today from a heart attack while walking in Manhattan.

Hughes, 59, found his niche in youth-oriented comedies such as the above three, plus "The Breakfast Club", "Pretty in Pink", and "Weird Science". Interestingly, the only Hughes films I've ever seen were "Home Alone" (when it was shown at the Palace Theatre a couple of years back) and the more adult-themed "Planes, Trains, & Automobiles", with Steve Martin & John Candy. Hughes hadn't directed a movie since "Curly Sue" in 1991, but his influence is still felt in some of today's comedies. Hughes helped build the careers of Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwald, Steve Carell, Macaulay Culkin, and others, and turned a former Presidential speech writer named Ben Stein into a cultural icon ("Bueller? Bueller?").

Somewhere, even Ferris Bueller is bowing his head in prayer. Farewell, Mr. Hughes. You will be missed.

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