Archive for August 6th, 2009

RIP: John Hughes

 John Hughes 1950 - 2009

I have just been told the sad news that John Hughes has died. People of a certain age (me) grew up with his films in the 80’s. He only directed eight films in a seven years period:
  • Sixteen Candles
  • The Breakfast Club
  • Weired Science
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • Planes, Trains & Automobiles
  • She’s Having a Baby
  • Uncle Buck
  • Curly Sue

Amongst these films there are two true modern classics that will stand the test of time.  After he stopped directing he continued to work as a writer and producer for many years. So what better tribute than a quote about him from Kevin Smith’s Dogma and a trailer for his best film:

  • Bethany: McHenry is pretty far from Jersey, might I ask what brings you guys to Illinois?
  • Jay: Some fuck named John Hughes.
  • Bethany: “16 Candles” John Hughes?
  • Jay: You know him too? That fucking guy. Made this flick “16 Candles” right? Not bad it’s got tits in it, but no bush. Of course Ebert over here don’t give a shit about that stuff cause he’s all in love with this John Hughes guy and rents every one of his movies. Fucking “Breakfast Club” all these stupid kids actually show up to detention, fucking “Weird Science” where this one chick wants to take off her gear and get down, but aw, no she don’t cause it’s a PG movie, and then there’s “Pretty In Pink” which I can’t watch with this tubby muthafucker any more, because everytime we get to the part where the red head hooks up with her dream guy, he starts sobbin’ like a little eight-year-old with a skinned knee and shit. And nothing is worse then watching a fat man weep.

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So I agreed with most of the best actor Oscars and disagreed with most of the best picture Oscars over the last ten years.  How did the best actresses come out?

  •  2009: Winner: Kate Winslet – The Reader (2008)
  • My Choice: Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married (2008) 

The reader








  • 2008: Winner: Marion Cotillard – La vie en rose (2007)
  • My choice: Ellen Page – Juno (2007) 

Marion Cotillard  La vie en rose

Ellen Page Juno






  •  2007: Winner: Helen Mirren – The Queen (2006)
  • My Choice: Penélope Cruz – Volver (2006)

Helen Mirren The Queen

Penélope Cruz  Volver







  • 2006: Winner: Reese Witherspoon – Walk the Line (2005)
  • My Choice: Reese Witherspoon – Walk the Line (2005) Reese Witherspoon  Walk the Line





  •  2005: Winner: Hilary Swank– Million Dollar Baby (2004)  
  • My Choice: Hilary Swank– Million Dollar Baby (2004) 

Hilary Swank Million Dollar Baby





  • 2004: Winner: Charlize Theron – Monster (2003)
  • My Choice: Scarlett Johansson – Lost in Translation (2003)

Charlize Theron  Monster

Scarlett Johansson  Lost in Translation






  • 2003: Winner: Nicole Kidman – The Hours (2002)
  • My Choice: I haven’t seen The Hours but am letting Nicole Kidman keep the Oscar as I can’t think of a really strong performance for the year.

Nicole Kidman  The Hours








  • 2002: Winner: Halle Berry – Monster’s Ball (2001)
  • My Choice: Halle Berry – Monster’s Ball (2001)

Halle Berry - Monster's Ball





  • 2001: Winner: Julia Roberts – Erin Brockovich (2000)
  • My Choice: Ellen Burstyn – Requiem for a Dream (2000) 

Julia Roberts - Erin Brockovich

Ellen Burstyn Requiem for a Dream






  • 2000: Winner: Hilary Swank – Boys Don’t Cry (1999)
  • My Choice: Hilary Swank – Boys Don’t Cry (1999)

Hilary Swank  Boys Don't Cry

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