August 7th, 2009


Another Generation Definer

I just read that director John Hughes died. While I can't say that I LOVED his films, I can certainly say that his films were an integral part of my generation. I was already in college when "The Breakfast Club" came out, so it seemed a little immature to me. His idea of high school was a bit too idealized, but the movie certainly was a huge hit. If nothing else the music from the film provided part of the soundtrack to my life at the time.

He also gave us "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" which I remember seeing at a theater in Sheridan, WY while I was at geology field camp. It certainly transformed Ben Stein from a presidential speech writer into a comedian/actor. It also cured a bit of home sickness I had for Chicago at the time.

And it certainly put a lot of stars on the map including the "Brat Pack" of Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwold, Amilio Estevez, and others. Later he would take a kid named Macaulay Culkin and put him in a couple of movies including one where he was left home alone. I forgot the name of that one. ;oP

As I said, his movies were fluff in my book, but he certainly knew how to milk a cash cow by hitting the right chords with audiences.