Thursday, August 06, 2015

On This Day In... 2009

On this day in 2009 filmmaker John Hughes died of a heart attack at the age of 59. Although his filmography features over 40 writing credits including huge hits like Home Alone and Home Alone 2, Hughes will always be best known for his teen films of the mid-80s. Starting in 1984 Hughes went on a 3-year, 5-film run (Some Kind of Wonderful is not canon) that defined an era and created some of the most enduring teen icons of all time. Hughes' later films never had the same cultural impact, but he did make boat loads of money churning out screenplays for family friendly properties like Flubber and 101 Dalmatians.

Key Library Checkouts:

Sixteen Candles - Pretty in Pink is the coolest, and The Breakfast Club gets the most love, but Sixteen Candles, the first of Hughes' teen films, is the best of the bunch. Long live Long Duk Dong!

You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation - Published in 2010, this book contains lots of interesting facts and behind the scenes tidbits, although (like most things) it could have used a little more Anthony Michael Hall.

Posted by Grahm Underwood, Library Clerk