Posted on August 6, 2009 at 6:57 PM
We bid a farewell to one of the greatest writer/directors in the history of cinema. Strangely, he's also one of the most overlooked. He's one of those that people maybe don't quite recall but is also one of those filmmakers that, when you start listing his films, you can't believe you didn't know him before. A great debt is owed to Hughes from today's comedians, Judd Apatow and Kevin Smith both acknowledge him as their greatest influence, and comedies would never be the same.
A list of some of his greatest works:
The Breakfast Club
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
The Great Outdoors
She's Having a Baby
Some Kind of Wonderful
Pretty in Pink
Planes Trains and Automobiles
National Lampoon's Vacation
National Lampoon's European Vacation
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
I take this loss a tad more personal. Many of the films he was involved with helped shaped my entire childhood and some were some of the earliest comedies I remember seeing. I remember seeing Uncle Buck in theaters with my own uncle or the repeated play of Ferris Bueller's Day Off on the betamax and my parents' love of Planes Trains and Automobiles. I don't think I even need to say anything about the Lampoon films he wrote, those speak for themselves and to everyone. Goodbye, you comedic genius.