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Director John Hughes: Today's JD Salinger

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by finishthehat, Mar 27, 2008.

  1. finishthehat

    finishthehat Active Member

    I was never the world's biggest fan of his films, but I didn't realize he had completely dropped out of sight.

    Interesting reading for those who grew up on his movies (sorry if it's a D_B):

  2. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    I love reads such as that one.
  3. ArnoldBabar

    ArnoldBabar Active Member

    Thanks, fth. Interesting read. I hadn't heard any of that either.

    And I agree with those in the story who cited "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" as Hughes' best film. I highly recommend another viewing to anyone who hasn't seen it in a while.
  4. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    As much as I loved Hughes' films, I would never, ever put him on the same level as Salinger, who is one of the best literary talents of the last century.
  5. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    I'm not sure he was trying for a direct correlation. But, your point a good one.
  6. "Those aren't pillows!" ... Agreed, "Planes, Trains ..." is priceless. Hughes made movies with a soul to them. That's what makes him infinitely better than the current directors mentioned in that story.
  7. Captain_Kirk

    Captain_Kirk Well-Known Member

    "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" is a very good movie.

    But, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" is an all time classic.

    Hughes also wrote the original National Lampoon magazine article that served as the inspiration for the "National Lampoon's Vacation" movie.
  8. Bubbler

    Bubbler Active Member

    John Hughes made a few memorable movies, he made more schlock, especially late in his career. Most of his stuff has dated very badly, especially Breakfast Club, which comes off as a ridiculous caricature piece.

    Then he made an utter abomination like Career Opportunities, conceivably the worst movie I've ever seen in a theatre.
  9. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    But he does live on in his films and, more importantly, in higher education -- John Hughes High School as set in not another teen movie.
  10. Birdscribe

    Birdscribe Active Member

    Breakfast Club may be one of the most overrated movies in the pantheon of cinema.
  11. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Yes, but Ferris Bueller is one I can watch multiple times.

    And I like Molly Ringwald, dammit!
  12. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    Ferris Bueller will still be amazing in 50 years.
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