Iconic film-maker John Hughes dead at 59

August 6, 2009

As sad as it is to report on such news, blogging about current events necessitates writing on death.  Today the film world lost a major player, and he will be truly missed, but never forgotten.  John Hughes, screenwriter, producer and director of such classic films as “The Breakfast Club” “Pretty in Pink” and (my favorite of this particular trio) “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” died suddenly today of a heart attack; he was 59 years old.

Hughes’ “brat pack” helped create an upsurge in popularity for coming-of-age teen flicks.  I had forgotten that Hughes also created the “Home Alone” trilogy, launching child actor Macaulay Culkin into the national spotlight.  For me, though, it’s all about the classic flicks from the 80’s, most set in suburban Chicago.  In fact, several shots of high schools (from films such as “the Breakfast Club” and “Sixteen Candles”) were taken from the Glenbrook Schools in the North Shore suburbs.  Both schools have very successful debate programs and the Too Old Crew have been to these schools for debate tournaments many, many times.

I got a bit off topic there, but I just wanted to demonstrate the small, random way in which John Hughes’ life and my own intersect.  He also had a way of fully capturing the mentality of the angst-ridden teen, struggling to find his/her place in the world.  As a 28 year old man, I still feel the presence of that confused teen a bit too often.  Maybe we all keep that part of us (and those feelings of angst) somewhere inside, and perhaps works of art, like the films of John Hughes, are there to help remind us of those feelings.  To remind us of the importance of keeping that inner-child alive.  Time for a good ol’ Molly Ringwald marathon…

One Response to “Iconic film-maker John Hughes dead at 59”

  1. Ronin Storm said

    Very underrated director. Genius in my book.
    BTW, thanx for not adding some of the new photos of Molly. She’s a founding member of the Ronin National Bank and her place is cemented so no need to trample a dead horse. On second thought…a cautionary tale if you will.

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