Friday, August 7, 2009

John Hughes : Some kind of wonderful

Last night, I was busy running around being an artist at another successful first Thursday opening for the Fayetteville Underground and the ddp gallery. Once it all settled down and I was sitting down, I was told the very sad news that director John Hughes had died. I was stunned. Today, this blog is dedicated to the man who helped to make the 1980's a great decade in which to be a teenager.

John Hughes seemed to show a more artful and more interesting side of teenage life. He had the jocks and geeks, parents and teachers but then he also had those unique and off beat characters, and I could see and understand myself just a little better through them.

John Hughes films were a constant in my early teenage years. I am lucky I was alive during his heyday and was able to see them when they came out in the theatres. Being a teenager is hard work, John Hughes made it seem more manageable and even at times glamorous. I would not be the person or artist I am today without the films written, directed, or produced by John Hughes.

Thank you Mr. Hughes.


  1. I love John Hughes.

    His movies were in theaters a bit before I was a teenager. However, I did watch them over and over in my teens. That's one of the great things about his movies. They're so classic.

    Sad to have him leave at such a young age. You will be missed Mr. Hughes.

  2. You are right Michele they are classic.
    He knows and captures teen angst so well and for that reason they will never go out of style even if the clothes and music have. I have many of them on dvd now and have shared them with my teenage nieces and the cycle continues.

  3. It's raining here and I just want to curl up and watch some his movies. Remember the movies and the feelings. Being a teenager was hard work, so true. I'll be sharing these with my kids just like your nieces.

  4. Oh yeah!
    Nice tribute M.
    I remember Pretty in Pink so well - going to the local flea pit and ooh-ing and ahh-ing!!
    The 80's -- *nostalgic sigh*

  5. When I learned of John Hughes death I cried. I cried at Hughes passing rather than the the recent passing of Michael Jackson.

    Hughes was an influential director and he was able to capture the reality of teenage life during the 80's. I grew up watching his films and the comedy was on target. I could relate to many of the characters.

    We've lost an incredibly gifted genius in the comedy/drama genre of film. This is why I cried when I learned of the breaking news. Hughes captured an era and now that this era has ended, its devastating to those who appreciated a good sense of humor, great storytelling, and the ability to present real characters.

    The era has ended and we've lost a great mind.

  6. I bought all those movies for my daughter, they were so valuable for me as a teen and she loves and relates to them also, although she did have a little snicker at the clothes and hair styles... a clever man wass that John Hughes.