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10 Reasons John Hughes is the Best

I completely and unabashedly love John Hughes. I mean LOVE him. I love that his movies are smart, and funny, and silly, and sappy. I love that he loves teenagers. I love that he gets teenagers. I love that watching one of his movies instantly transports you back to your own teenage years and to all of the mixed up, confusing, melodramatic, twitterpated feelings you had surging through you at the time. And I love that at the end of the day, he is such a lovely, sentimental, human guy. Do I know this for a fact? No. But as my wonderful UCLA documentary professor, Marina Goldovskaya, always told us, every film is a portrait of the artist. I happen to believe this is true. In fact, I believe that art is always a portrait of the artist – either intentional or unintentional. Does this mean that every story in a book or film is autobiographical? Heck no. But it does mean that we all view the world through our own filter, and that that view is translated into the art we create.

Anyway, I digress. John Hughes. Now, I could give you a little essay here about why I think his films are so great (actually, I realize that in a way I kinda just did) but what’s way more fun? Showing you why I think his films are so great. So, without further ado, 10 reasons why John Hughes is the best (and please note, I’m only including films he wrote and directed):

1.) The museum scene in “Ferris Bueller’s Day” Off

2) The pancakes in “Uncle Buck”

3) The dance scene in “The Breakfast Club” (and basically everything else about this movie. I mean, hello?)

4) The opening of “Sixteen Candles”

5) Duckie’s Otis Redding impersonation in “Pretty in Pink” (and, again, basically everything about this movie).

6) The car scene in “Sixteen Candles”

7) This monologue by John Candy in “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”

8) Uncle Buck scaring sleazy boyfriend, Bug, with his hatchet in “Uncle Buck”

9) Ferris singing in the parade (and Cam & Sloane’s conversation) in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

10) The ending of The Breakfast Club


Top image source: Vanity Fair

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