The Genius of John Hughes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So having finally watched Sixteen Candles on Friday evening, I thought now was the right time to blog about the work of the late great Director John Hughes.

Sixteen Candles (1984)

A typical Hughes film; set in High School with some really random and lovable characters. Also a cracking soundtrack to boot.

Here’s the trailer:

Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)

One of the sleeper hits of his golden period, featuring Eric Stoltz of  the Fly II fame, about a boy and tom boy girl who are best friends who just can’t see they are perfect for each other.

A really uplifting film, with a very cheesy finale.

Here’s the trailer:

Weird Science (1985)

One of my all time favourite film, mainly because it is just so outrageous. Kelly Le Brock stars as the computer created woman who makes two outcast nerds very popular.

The Breakfast Club (1985)

The 80s high school experience in 90 minutes. A fantastic cast, with a very straight forward plotline that focusses on the relationships of all the teens in detention. The character development of Hughes’ films are certainly one of his strong points.

Here’s the trailer:

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

This film is basically a teenage boy’s dream; skipping school for the day and exploring the world. Of course its all a bit out there being a Hughes film, with Matthew Broderick stealing the show as Ferris Bueller. What a cool cat.

Here’s the trailer:

Home Alone (1990)

Not directed by Hughes but written by him, Home Alone is basically THE 80s themed Christmas film.  Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McAllister, the smart mouthed kid who wishes for his parents to disappear and guess what? They do.

This coupled with two mischievous burglars (one the excellent Joe Pesci) who are planning to rob his house on Christmas Eve. I’m sure you have all seen it before, but if not here’s the trailer:

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