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rvablue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 04:35 PM
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Children of the 80s: You simply must read this moving blog post about John Hughes
I get it that some don't find his movies that relevant.

But, I think for those of us who grew up in that decade, he was part of our lives nonetheless.

Go to this blog: http://wellknowwhenwegetthere.blogspot.com/2009/08/sinc...

and read the very touching story of what a then young girl wrote to John Hughes, and what he wrote back.

:cry:






((learned of this via Jake Tapper on Twitter http://twitter.com/jakeTapper )

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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 04:45 PM
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1. Downloaded & re-watched Some Kind Of Wonderful yesterday.
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create.peace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 04:46 PM
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2. he was my age, and i was a mother of 3 during the eighties
i loved his movies, and they actually gave me hope for future generations. i knew my kids were going to be all right, but i wanted all the kids to be. my house was full of other peoples' kids in the late eighties, i was living john hughes' flicks. the 'adult' hughes movies like trains, planes and automobiles i loved as well. 'they aren't pillow'/////
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dorkulon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 04:57 PM
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3. What a great story.
From this alone, I really like John Hughes now. I liked his movies, but never got a sense of whether he was a good guy or not. But this kind of relationship makes me fairly sure of it.
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angstlessk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 05:00 PM
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4. heck, I hated Breakfast Club cause I am an old lady..but I am still crying
I am sure John Hughes was a great man...I did enjoy Buellers day off, reflecting on my own skippy school thingy back in the day! and Planes, Trains and Automobiles..OMG that was too funny! I had no idea John Candy was his friend, and had no idea he was literally worked to death. How fortunate Alison was to find a person who believed in her when she was young.
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liberalmuse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 05:01 PM
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5. I loved his movies.
What a touching story. Thank you for posting that.

I remember being just out of high school, and working part time. I used my meager funds to see his movies in the theaters on my days off. They brought me a lot of joy. I know life is a sick joke, because John Hughes is dead and Cheney is still sucking in oxygen.
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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 05:09 PM
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6. Sweet story
I loved all his movies. They were like the 80s version of "Tammy" type movies. Everything doesn't have to be Grapes of Wrath to be relevant.
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givemebackmycountry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 05:14 PM
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7. That was a really great hat tip disguised as a post...
I went and read the blog entry and it was wonderful.
What a great story she's written.

I liked his movies, not so much for the message as for the comedy that was in them.

"Sixteen Candles" is still one of my favorites, just for the one liners and the characters that delivered them.
There's a scene in that movie when Molly Ringwald and her girlfriend plop into their seats on the school bus and "Farmer Fred" Anthony Micheal Hall slides in the seat behind them.
Ringwald looks at her friend and says "There has GOT to be a more dignified mode of transportation" and for some reason it's the funniest line in the movie for me.

The Donger, The Grandparents, Farmer Fred trapped in the coffee table, and the scene with the panties in the boys bathroom.
Priceless.

"Home Alone" great slapstick comedy and PT and A?
When Steve Martin and John Candy wake up in bed holding each other "That's not a pillow!" and they jump up muttering things like "How about those Bears?"

John Hughes could write some comedy that came at you in shotgun blasts.

Godspeed - He made the eighties and ninties a lot of fun.

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givemebackmycountry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 05:41 PM
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8. Check this out - "Alec Baldwin remembers John Hughes".
John Hughes gave Baldwin his first big screen role.
I didn't know that.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alec-baldwin/remembering-...
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rvablue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 05:57 PM
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9. Interesting that "She's Having a Baby" was his first film. Looks like from all perspectives, Hughes
was a good guy.

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Touchdown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 02:59 AM
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17. It wasn't. His first is one of 3... depending on the list
Writer: National Lampoon's Class Reunion (1981)
Director: Sixteen Candles (1984)
Producer: The Breakfast Club (1985)

She's Having a baby (1988) he wrote and directed, but did not produce.

He produced and wrote numerous films, but he only directed 8.
Sixteen Candles (1984)
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Weird Science (1985)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
She's Having a Baby (1988)
Uncle Buck (1989)
Curly Sue (1991)

I had to look this shit up. I'm not THAT much of a fanboy! :blush:

http://www.squidoo.com/john-hughes-director
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 06:04 PM
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10. Nice story....And as a GenXer for whom the Breakfast Club is an essential pop culture landmark....
.... a song dedication for Mr. Hughes, from Simple Minds:



Hey, hey, hey ,hey
Ohhh...

Won't you come see about me?
I'll be alone, dancing you know it baby


Tell me your troubles and doubts
Giving me everything inside and out and
Love's strange so real in the dark
Think of the tender things that we were working on


Slow change may pull us apart
When the light gets into your heart, baby


Don't You Forget About Me
Don't Don't Don't Don't
Don't You Forget About Me


Will you stand above me?
Look my way, never love me
Rain keeps falling, rain keeps falling
Down, down, down


Will you recognise me?
Call my name or walk on by
Rain keeps falling, rain keeps falling
Down, down, down, down


Hey, hey, hey, hey
Ohhhh.....


Don't you try to pretend
It's my feeling we'll win in the end
I won't harm you or touch your defenses
Vanity and security


Don't you forget about me
I'll be alone, dancing you know it baby
Going to take you apart
I'll put us back together at heart, baby


Don't You Forget About Me
Don't Don't Don't Don't
Don't You Forget About Me


As you walk on by
Will you call my name?
As you walk on by
Will you call my name?
When you walk away


Or will you walk away?
Will you walk on by?
Come on - call my name
Will you all my name?


I say :
La la la
La la la
La la la la la la la la...




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Touchdown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 02:26 AM
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15. As talented as they are, Simple Minds didn't write that one.
Keith Forsey did. He was the music producer for the film, and arranged, engineered, and produced the song. SM only played the instruments/voice.

They'll have a new album out this month. Import only... Yes, Simple Minds is still going strong.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001WIH2LY/ref=ox_ya_o...



Check out Black and White 0505, their last album. It's fantastic!
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renate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:42 PM
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11. k&r because this is incredibly sweet
I can't imagine a better obituary for him.
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jmondine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 01:53 AM
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12. John Hughes was the first film-maker of my generation to make movies about teenagers...
... that were about more than just losing your virginity. And I thank him for that.
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RFKHumphreyObama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 02:00 AM
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13. A true creative genius taken before his time
And, as that blog entry demonstrates, obviously a man of great compassion, warmth, empathy and kindess. I wish there were more of his like in the world

As I've written before here and elsewhere, some of my fondest memories of enjoyment, entertainment, good times and laughter are associated with watching his movies. It feels like a part of my childhood has died with his passing. RIP John Hughes and thanks for the memories. I will not forget you and you will always have a special place in my heart
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Touchdown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 02:18 AM
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14. Wow! She took that Bfast Club song to heart!
Hey! Don't you forget about me!!!!!

The start of a great friendship! :thumbsup:
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Touchdown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 02:39 AM
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16. A few pics of the man...










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slay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 03:46 AM
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18. I read that too - saw a link posted on aintitcoolnews
And it was very moving. As were all of John Hughes movies to me. My teenage years would have been less exciting and interesting without his realistic portrayals of teenage life in the 80's. To me, his movies will always be classics.
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rvablue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 11:09 AM
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19. Kick, for those who didn't see it yesterday and might appreciate! n/t
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