John Hughes: A Film Genius For Our Time

ferrisAs we all come of age, there are certain movies that define that point in time.  Some movies come and go, but others seem to stick around forever.  John Hughes was one of those rare geniuses of Hollywood that made an indelible mark on film making.  Unfortunately he has passed away way too soon at the age of 59.

Those of you who don’t know the work of John Hughes you have either been sleeping for 25 years or don’t watch movies.  Either say, maybe this list will ring a bell:

  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • Home Alone Series
  • Vacation Series
  • Breakfast Club
  • Pretty in Pink
  • Weird Science
  • Uncle Buck
  • Great Outdoors
  • Planes, Trains & Automobiles
  • Etc., Etc., Etc.

I thought I’d depart from the regular politics to post a few video montages of his work.  The first highlights some of the best movie moments, the second is set to Baba O’Riley.

I have no idea if any of his files earned an Oscar, but I doubt it.  It really doesn’t matter – they were all great films.  A true test of a great director is if his or her films are still showing up on cable and in the rental bin.  You can’t turn on the TV any week and not see one of his movies playing .  You just have to stop and watch.  

I didn’t realize it until I looked at his body of work that I’m not sure I would have a vocabulary if not for John Hughes movies.  My favorite line? 

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
– Ferris Bueller

Of course, this is just my opinion.  Feel free to share your favorite line. 

Rob’s Rant

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