John Hughes died on Aug 6. He had been the writer for a bunch of formative movies from my youth. While I wasn’t a big fan of Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, or the Home Alone movies, the Vacation movies, Mr Mom, Uncle Buck, the Great Outdoors and Planes, Trains, and Automobiles all were great fun.
The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, and Career Opportunities were favorites and Some Kind of Wonderful and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off both are in my top films. I saw most of these in the theatre when they came out and have SKOW and FBDO as DVDs.
He had a way of writing realistic dialog that resonated with us at the time and still holds up well. He helped create the Brat Pack of actors that still hold a dear place in our hearts. We hadn’t really seen much from him lately (it seems that he had been working lately under an alias – Edmond Dantes) so we’ve been missing him for a while already. His passing just guarantees that we won’t see anything more from him – just from those that he helped inspire.