Friday, 7 August 2009

John Hughes 1950-2009

John Hughes died yesterday in New York City at the age of 59. Best known for a series of teenage comedies from the 1980s like FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF, BREAKFAST CLUB, SIXTEEN CANDLES, and WEIRD SCIENCE, all massive hits, these otherwise lightweight films also touched a cultural nerve and became a genre onto themselves, endlessly referenced and imitated ever since.

His directing career ended with the massive flop CURLY SUE but his Midas touch didn't end there: he wrote and/or produced the blockbusters/franchises HOME ALONE, BEETHOVEN, FLUBBER & 101 DALMATIONS.

Personally, the films came a bit early for me to tap into the teenage angst, but FERRIS BUELLER is a seminal film in my early cinematic development. As Ferris himself said : Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

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