Undoubtedly, the greatest teen movie guru in the history of the genre is John Hughes. He became one of many celebrities who recently died young and unexpectedly. My favorite of his movies is and will forever be Pretty in Pink. Not that long ago, I went out on a mostly blind date with someone leaps and bounds wealthier than I. To prepare, I watch this movie as inspiration. Unfortunately, said male was more like the rich jerk than the rich nice guy in this movie. Oh, I could expand, but I have already wasted more time talking about him than he was worth. And besides, don’t we all want a Duckie in the first place?
Back to the film. It has that song by The Psychedelic Furs that makes me so happy. Man, I love that band.
Mr Hughes. I will hold a movie marathon in your honor this weekend. Thanks for encapsulating teen angst on film!
My favorite will always be The Breakfast Club. It reminds me so much of Anoka. I could watch that movie every Saturday in the fall if I lived in the midwest. Pretty in Pink is a good one too! I can’t wait to see you!
The library reminds me of Anoka….
I’m seriously bummed about this. He was so influential to not only me, but basically our whole generation. I once heard a review on TV about The Breakfast Club that said that it was the movie that taught a whole generation how to be teenagers, and that’s so true. In an odd way, Weird Science was more influential to me though, because my cousin and I used to watch it all the time. As a sort of nerdy kid, it was a little more identifiable to me. I always identified more with Ally Sheedy’s character in The Breakfast Club than anyone else. I guess the only solace we can take is that I think he probably did his best work back then, so I don’t think we would have ever seen anything quite as good from him again. At least he gave us what he did. He was definitely one of my favorite directors. I think I’m gonna to a sort of tribute on my show on Monday night.
I will definitely try and listen!
I heard of his death and had to pull the car over. I also thought of you. He made movies for every generation to enjoy.
The Breakfast Club made me terrified of high school as a child. But Ferris Buller made it all better. 😉
I think of you every time I watch Pretty in Pink…mostly because of The Furs.