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Those aren’t pillows!!

In Directors on August 7, 2009 at 1:35 am

So, there is another iconic name – if not image – gone from my childhood today. John Hughes, the writer and/or director on some of the greatest movies of the 1980’s, died. This man created the sort of work, and response, that would equate to today’s TWILIGHT’s and TRANSFORMERS, and mostly all took place in or around high schools. It was halfway through the 1990’s when I was actually the age of the characters portrayed on-screen, but they resonated as much then, as they did when I was a smaller kid and being in high school was like a mythic peak to what my life might be. And I have to say, that it’s probably because of Hughes’ movies that I’m such a movie nerd today. The magic of two kids creating their own dream woman using weird science, the breaking of the fourth wall with Ferris Bueller, the equal playing field that everyone wound up on in detention on a Saturday morning and of course the travesty of what it is to travel during the holidays – and with John Candy – on planes, trains and automobiles.

The man created art, that I believe could be help up beside the greats of filmmaking, and is someone who left a bar so high, that it probably will never be surpassed. Of course, there’s also something to the time in which he made his movie too. Teenagers are different now. There’s a simplicity – despite the layered clothes and hair that made up the period – to the kids of SIXTEEN CANDLES and UNCLE BUCK. Something deeper than all the cell phones, “reality” TV and Facebooks that Hughes cut to the core on. He gave us characters who were us, who we wanted to be and who we knew but probably looked down on, then showed us that we’re all just people.

I think that of the major filmmakers of my childhood – including Spielberg, Lucas, Zemeckis and Richard Donner, it’s Hughes with his smaller budgets, less fantastical and more present movies that helped form the person that I like to think that I am. It’s sad that he stopped making his own movies in the 90’s – with CURLY SUE, his last directorial effort – of course his presence be felt in  movies before and after, that while not as prescient in the style that his “teenager” movies had, were still important movies growing up, like the NATIONAL LAMPOON VACATION movies, CAREER OPPORTUNITIES and HOME ALONE.

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