Saturday, August 8, 2009

With the death of John Hughes, more talent slips away.

As a writer and a director John Hughes made his presence known in Hollywood by combining a knack for knowing the audience he was writing for with an uncanny ability for conveying that understanding in a film frame. His staple became teen comedies but on closer look, his strengths swept far broader, creating and delivering character performances within his stories that rang with insightful humor and deep emotional connectivity to his audience. An audience fortunately left with a prolific legacy of movies which already haven taken their well deserved place in the history of modern film.

While Thursday left us once again reeling from a seemingly constant barrage of talent being taken from us far too soon, we had already been reminded that we have lost others who have lived full and influential lives. Just a day earlier had come news that novelist and Oscar-winning screenwriter Budd Schulberg had died at the age of 95. Mr. Schulberg wrote the novel The Harder They Fall which would become a Humphrey Bogart film classic in 1956 as well as one of our favorite screenplays, a film that delivered an unforgettable dramatic performance from Andy Griffith, 1957's A Face in the Crowd. He is most noted for his screenplay of On The Waterfront (1954), a film that garnered 8 Academy Awards including his own Oscar for Best Screenplay.

Looking over the list of John Hughes films and writing accomplishments is very much like browsing a shelf of our favorite comedy DVDs. No less than 18 titles in our collection carry John Hughes' name as writer or writer/director. What really strikes us is that these are the DVDs that have been watched over and over again. The kind that fill rainy days in summer and cold, grey, snowy nights in winter. Christmases here don't pass without Home Alone and Christmas Vacation and summers never get by without Uncle Buck and The Great Outdoors. Thanksgiving isn't complete without watching Steve Martin learning to love John Candy in Planes Trains and Automobiles.

To the family and friends of both of these movie legends, we extend our warmest wishes and a grateful thanks for the indelible memories they created.

John Hughes has provided so many perfect movie moments, we thought we'd leave it to you to decide your favorites, so here are just some of the posters from his films to help provide a spark.

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