Thursday, August 06, 2009

RIP John Hughes

I absolutely adored John Hughes' movies while growing up in the 'burbs of Flint, Michigan in the 1980s. Like countless fans around the globe, I was deeply saddened to learn of the director-writer's passing today from a heart attack at the age of 59. He died too young. What a loss. (New York Times obituary)

For me, my favorite John Hughes film was Pretty In Pink (Andrew McCarthy AND James Spader in 1986, THANK YOU!), the last flick that completed "the Molly Ringwald trilogy," which also included Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club.

To me, Hughes -- also a fellow Michigan native -- made the '80s seem pretty great. Whether you loved the Molly movies or other flicks like Ferris Bueller's Day Off or Planes, Trains and Automobiles or his blockbusters from the '90s, Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Hughes offered an impeccable and heart-warming sense of humor that all of us could identify with. He liked GREAT music! He defined an era in film and in popular culture. Hughes loved to champion the underdog, while calming the enemy, both with an endearing approach, so much that it'll never be repeated nor should it be.

RIP John Hughes (1950-2009)

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