Category:Films directed by John Hughes (filmmaker)
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1. Film – A film, also called a movie, motion picture, theatrical film or photoplay, is a series of still images which, when shown on a screen, creates the illusion of moving images due to the phi phenomenon. This optical illusion causes the audience to perceive continuous motion between separate objects viewed rapidly in succession, the process of filmmaking is both an art and an industry. The word cinema, short for cinematography, is used to refer to the industry of films. Films were originally recorded onto plastic film through a photochemical process, the adoption of CGI-based special effects led to the use of digital intermediates. Most contemporary films are now fully digital through the process of production, distribution. Films recorded in a form traditionally included an analogous optical soundtrack. It runs along a portion of the film exclusively reserved for it and is not projected, Films are cultural artifacts created by specific cultures. They reflect those cultures, and, in turn, affect them, Film is considered to be an important art form, a source of popular entertainment, and a powerful medium for educating—or indoctrinating—citizens. The visual basis of film gives it a power of communication. Some films have become popular worldwide attractions by using dubbing or subtitles to translate the dialog into the language of the viewer, some have criticized the film industrys glorification of violence and its potentially negative treatment of women. The individual images that make up a film are called frames, the perception of motion is due to a psychological effect called phi phenomenon. The name film originates from the fact that film has historically been the medium for recording and displaying motion pictures. Many other terms exist for a motion picture, including picture, picture show, moving picture, photoplay. The most common term in the United States is movie, while in Europe film is preferred. Terms for the field, in general, include the big screen, the screen, the movies, and cinema. In early years, the sheet was sometimes used instead of screen. Preceding film in origin by thousands of years, early plays and dances had elements common to film, scripts, sets, costumes, production, direction, actors, audiences, storyboards, much terminology later used in film theory and criticism apply, such as mise en scène. Owing to the lack of any technology for doing so, the moving images, the magic lantern, probably created by Christiaan Huygens in the 1650s, could be used to project animation, which was achieved by various types of mechanical slides
2. John Hughes (filmmaker) – John Wilden Hughes, Jr. was an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. Hughes was born in Lansing, Michigan, to a mother who volunteered in charity work and John Hughes and he spent the first twelve years of his life in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Hughes described himself as kind of quiet as a kid, I grew up in a neighborhood that was mostly girls and old people. There werent any boys my age, so I spent a lot of time by myself, and every time we would get established somewhere, we would move. Life just started to get good in seventh grade, and then we moved to Chicago, I ended up in a really big high school, and I didnt know anybody. But then The Beatles came along changed my whole life, and then Bob Dylans Bringing It All Back Home came out and really changed me. Thursday I was one person, and Friday I was another and my heroes were Dylan, John Lennon and Picasso, because they each moved their particular medium forward, and when they got to the point where they were comfortable, they always moved on. In 1963, Hughess family moved to Northbrook, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago and this is where Hughess father found work selling roofing materials. There Hughes attended Glenbrook North High School, which gave him inspiration for the films made his reputation in later years. After dropping out of the University of Arizona, Hughes began selling jokes to well-established performers such as Rodney Dangerfield and Joan Rivers. Hughes used his jokes to get a job at Needham, Harper & Steers as an advertising copywriter in Chicago in 1970. During this time, he created became the famous Edge Credit Card Shaving Test ad campaign. Hughes work on the Virginia Slims account frequently took him to the Philip Morris headquarters in New York City and this gave him the opportunity to hang around the offices of the National Lampoon magazine. Hughes subsequently penned a story, inspired by his trips as a child. That piece, Vacation 58, later became the basis for the film National Lampoons Vacation and his first credited screenplay, Class Reunion, was written while still on staff at the magazine. The resulting film became the second attempt by the flagship to duplicate the runaway success of Animal House. It was Hughess next screenplay for the imprint, National Lampoons Vacation and that films success, along with the success of another of Hughes scripts, Mr. Mom, earned Hughes a three-movie deal with Universal Studios. It was the first in a string of efforts set in or around high school, including The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Weird Science, Ferris Buellers Day Off and Some Kind of Wonderful
3. The Breakfast Club – The film premiered in Los Angeles on February 7,1985. Universal Pictures released the film in cinemas in the United States on February 15,1985 and it received critical acclaim and earned $51.5 million on a $1 million budget. Critics consider it one of the greatest high school films of all time, the media referred to the films five main actors as members of a group called the Brat Pack. The title comes from the nickname invented by students and staff for morning detention at New Trier High School, thus, those who were sent to detention before school starting time were designated members of The Breakfast Club. In 2016, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being culturally, historically, the film was digitally remastered and was re-screened throughout 430 theaters in celebration of its 30th anniversary in 2015. On Saturday, March 24,1984, five students report at 7,00 a. m. for all-day detention at Shermer High School in Shermer, Illinois. They gather in the school library, where assistant principal Richard Vernon instructs them not to speak, move from their seats. He assigns them a 1, 000-word essay, in which each must describe who you think you are and he then leaves, returning only occasionally to check on them. Bender, who has an antagonistic relationship with Vernon, ignores the rules and frequently riles up the other students, teasing Brian and Andrew. Allison is initially quiet, except for an occasional random outburst, over the course of the day, Vernon gives Bender several weekends worth of additional detention and even locks him in a storage closet, but he escapes and returns to the library. The students pass the hours by talking, arguing, and, at one point, the students realize that, even with their differences, they face similar pressures and complications in their lives. Despite their differences in status, the group begins to form friendships as the day progresses. Claire gives Allison a makeover, to reveal just how pretty she really is, Claire decides to break her pristine virgin appearance by kissing Bender in the closet and giving him a hickey. Although they suspect that the relationships will end with the end of their detention, as the detention nears its end, the group requests that Brian complete the essay for everyone and John returns to the storage closet to fool Vernon into thinking he has not left. Brian writes the essay and leaves it in the library for Vernon to read after they leave, as the students part ways outside the school, Allison and Andrew kiss, as do Claire and Bender. Allison rips Andrews state champion patch from his jacket to keep, and Claire gives Bender one of her diamond earrings. Vernon reads the essay, in which Brian states that Vernon has already judged who they are, using simple definitions and stereotypes. One by one, the five students voices add, But what we found out is that one of us is a brain, and an athlete, and a basket case, a princess
4. Curly Sue – Curly Sue is a 1991 American romantic comedy film directed by John Hughes, and stars Jim Belushi, Kelly Lynch and Alisan Porter in the title role. The films music was composed by Georges Delerue, along with the end title song You Never Know performed by Ringo Starr and it marked Steve Carells film debut. Bill Dancer and his young companion Curly Sue are the archetypal homeless folks with hearts of gold and their scams are aimed not at turning a profit, but at getting enough to eat. After moving from Detroit to Chicago, the duo cons the rich divorce lawyer Grey Ellison into believing she backed her Mercedes into Bill, in hopes of a free meal. When Grey accidentally collides with Bill for real, she insists on putting the two up for the night, even over the objections of her snotty fiance Walker McCormick. After a confrontation with Bill exposing the truth of the con, one night, Bill tells Grey that he is not Sues father, he met Sues mother one night in Florida. He tells her that he is not neglecting or abusing Sue, he cares about Sue, however, when it becomes apparent that Sue is completely unable to read or write, Grey begins to push even harder for Bill to leave Sue with her. Eventually, Bill realizes that this is where she belongs - in a home, cared for by someone that can give her the advantages that his homeless, Walker turns them in and Sue gets put into welfare. Bill is arrested, because he never actually had custody of the child, eventually, Grey gets Sue out and Bill is freed. Sue and Grey return to their apartment, and discover a tin ring, however, the ring is accompanied by a note that says that he is in another room. Warner Home Video released it on DVD on June 1,2004 with commentary, the film received mostly negative reviews from critics. Leonard Maltin gave it one and a half out of four in his Movie Guide. The staff of Halliwells Film Guide called it Gruesomely sentimental and manipulative, nigel Andrews of the Financial Times declared, John Hughes here graduates from the most successful comedy in film history to scripting and directing a large piece of non-biodegradable tosh. Curly Sue holds a 14% rating according to Rotten Tomatoes based on 14 reviews, Curly Sue at the Internet Movie Database Curly Sue at the TCM Movie Database Curly Sue at AllMovie Curly Sue at Rotten Tomatoes
5. Ferris Bueller's Day Off – Ferris Buellers Day Off is a 1986 American teen comedy film written, co-produced and directed by John Hughes, and co-produced by Tom Jacobson. The film stars Matthew Broderick as Ferris Bueller, a slacker who spends a day off from school, with Mia Sara. Ferris regularly breaks the wall to explain techniques and inner thoughts. Hughes wrote the screenplay in less than a week, filming began in September 1985 and finished the following November. Featuring many landmarks, including the Sears Tower and the Art Institute of Chicago, not just in the architecture and landscape, but the spirit. In 2014, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, being deemed culturally, historically, in 2016, Paramount, Turner Classic Movies, and Fathom Events re-released the film and Pretty in Pink to celebrate its 30th anniversary. In suburban Chicago, high school senior Ferris Bueller fakes sickness to stay home, Ferris frequently breaks the fourth wall to talk about his friends and give the audience advice on how to skip school. His parents believe him, though his sister Jeannie is not convinced, dean of Students Edward R. Rooney notes and suspects Ferris is being truant again and commits to catching him. However, Ferris uses a computer to alter the schools records to reduce his absences from 9 to 2, Ferris convinces his friend Cameron Frye, who really is absent due to illness, to report that his girlfriend Sloane Petersons grandmother has died. Rooney doubts this, but they succeed as planned, borrowing Camerons fathers prized 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder against Camerons wishes, he, Ferris, and Sloane drive into Chicago to sightsee. Leaving the car with two parking attendants, who take it on a joyride, the trio visit the Art Institute of Chicago, Sears Tower, Chicago Mercantile Exchange. They then go to a French restaurant for lunch where Ferris poses as the Sausage King of Chicago Abe Froman while narrowly avoiding his father, who is eating lunch at the restaurant. Meanwhile, after failing to find Ferris, Rooney visits the Bueller residence and fails to enter, Jeannie, skipping class, returns home and discovers her brothers ruse, but encounters Rooney snooping. She kicks him and calls the police, who arrest her for false reporting after Rooney leaves, while at the station, Jeannie meets a juvenile delinquent, who advises her not to worry so much about Ferris. Just as things shine bright, they retrieve the car and notice that, due to the attendants joyride, the revelation shocks Cameron into a state of self-analysis, realizing his life is controlled by his fathers figure. They return the car to Camerons garage and unsuccessfully try to run it backwards to remove the miles, Ferris suggests that they crack it open and turn it back manually. Cameron refuses and vents anger towards his father, kicking, severely denting, and leaning on the car, Ferris offers to take the blame, though Cameron insists on taking a stand against his father after destroying the car. At the police station, Mrs. Bueller picks up Jeannie, Ferris returns Sloane home, but realizes he only has a limited time to return home to avoid trouble
6. Planes, Trains and Automobiles – Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a 1987 American comedy film written, produced and directed by John Hughes. They share a three-day odyssey of misadventures trying to get Neal home to Chicago from New York City in time for Thanksgiving with his family, Neal Page is an advertising executive on a business trip in New York City trying to return to his family in Chicago for Thanksgiving. After a meeting ends without a decision, Neal attempts to hail a cab, Del Griffith, a traveling salesman who sells shower curtain rings, has unknowingly taken a taxi that Neal bought from an attorney. The two meet again at La Guardia Airport where they board a plane to OHare and their plane is diverted to Wichita due to a blizzard in Chicago. The pair resort to various means to try and reach Chicago, forced to share a room in a cheap motel on the first night, Neal loses his temper with Del and lambastes him. In response, Del admits that he regards Neal as a cynic and says that despite how Neal feels, he likes himself and his wife. Neal calms down and the two men go to sleep, during the night their cash is stolen by a burglar. The following day they attempt to reach Chicago by train, but the locomotive breaks down, after reaching Jefferson City, Del sells his remaining shower curtain rings to buy bus tickets, but neglects to tell Neal that they are only valid to St. Louis. Upon arrival, Neal again offends Del over lunch and the two part ways, Neal attempts to rent a car, but finds the space at the distant rental lot empty. After walking back to the terminal, Neal vents his anger at the rental agent to no avail. In desperation, he attempts to hail a taxi to Chicago, but insults the dispatcher, Del arrives in time to rescue Neal with his own rental car. While driving, they find themselves arguing again, the situation is made worse when Del nearly gets them killed on a freeway after driving in the wrong direction, and driving between two semi-trailer trucks. While they take a moment to themselves by the side of the road. Neal initially gloats over Dels predicament, thinking that he is liable for the damage to the car, Neals amusement turns to anger when Del reveals he used Neals credit card to rent the car after their cards were accidentally switched. With his credit cards destroyed in the car fire, Neal sells his watch to a motel clerk to pay for a room for himself. Del is broke and attempts to sleep in the car, which has lost its roof in the fire, Neal eventually feels sympathy for Del and invites him in from the cold and snowy night. Neal relaxes as the two consume Dels collection of airline liquors and laugh about the events of the past two days, the pair resume driving to Chicago the next morning, but their badly damaged car is impounded by the police. They finally make it to Chicago, two days late, in the back of a refrigerator truck and they part ways at the LaSalle/Van Buren CTA station
7. She's Having a Baby – Shes Having a Baby is a 1988 American romantic comedy film directed by John Hughes. The film portrays a young newlywed couple, Kristy and Jake Briggs played by Elizabeth McGovern and Kevin Bacon, Jake must also deal with the fantasy woman of his dreams. The film is about traditional 1980s suburban life and the expectations that come along with it. He feels he has left the culture of men, and has entered the culture of a married man. This film is a look at the lives of Jefferson played by Kevin Bacon and Kristy Briggs, played by Elizabeth McGovern. Beginning on their day, it follows both their lives, but more so Jakes, with his voice-over commentaries and several imaginary scenes. Jake asks his best friend, Davis McDonald, played by Alec Baldwin before the wedding if he thinks hell be happy, to which his friend says, Yeah, and this is the underlying theme of the movie, Jakes existential crisis of, Is this all there is. After their wedding, Jake and Kristy head off for New Mexico, where Jake works towards gaining a Masters degree, but leaves before finishing, describing it as, high school with ashtrays. They return to Chicago where Jake, by, setting new records for lying in the job market, Jake wants to be a writer and tells his bosses that, which amuses and threatens one boss, who himself had failed at ever writing a book. Kristy also gains work as a research analyst, and they are able to buy a three-bedroom mortgage in the suburbs. Jakes best friend suddenly visits after not seeing him for two years, which causes the two to both envy one anothers lives, and to reaffirm their own. Jake begins fantasizing about having an affair with a mysterious young French Model, Kristy knows who she is and what she wants in life and seemingly always has. Jake feels pressure, from society and from his wife, to have a child and he doesnt know what he wants. Jake and Kristy then begin a program to assist their efforts to become pregnant, the last scene of the film reveals that Jakes voice-over was the new father reading his novel entitled Shes Having a Baby to his wife and son. John Candy, Dan Aykroyd, and Matthew Broderick were in character as Chet Ripley, Roman Craig, however, several scenes were shot directly in the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois. Most of John Hughess films either take place in Chicago, in the suburbs of Chicago, the Shes Having a Baby soundtrack album was released in 1988 on Miles Copeland IIIs I. R. S. Records label and produced by Dave Wakeling, the song during the birth sequence is This Womans Work by Kate Bush and is featured on her 1989 album The Sensual World. John Hughes is thanked in the liner notes
8. Sixteen Candles – Sixteen Candles is a 1984 American coming of age comedy film starring Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling, and Anthony Michael Hall. It was written and directed by John Hughes and she is also plagued by infatuation with a popular and attractive senior, Jake Ryan. Sam panics because the quiz contains sensitive information, such as she is a virgin and is saving herself for Jake and she has a whole new set of problems when she arrives home to discover all four of her grandparents are staying at the Baker home during the wedding. One set of grandparents has brought along a bizarre foreign exchange student and they are found slow dancing in the gym. A subplot involves a geeky freshman who tries to win a bet with his friends by trying to bed his love interest. The character is referred to on several occasions in the film as either Ted or Farmer Ted, on the way home on the school bus, Sam blows him off by saying, Go to hell. In the school auto shop during the dance, Sam and Ted begin talking, upon hearing this, Ted tells her that Jake had been asking about her at the dance, and they agree that Sam should just go and talk to him. As shes leaving, Ted reveals the wager to Sam, who agrees to him her panties to help him win. Later, Ted and his equally geeky friends, Cliff and Bryce, go to the senior dance after-party. When they knock on the door, Long Duk Dong, who has come to the party with Marlene, Ted and his gang get in but they make a big mistake by knocking over the jocks beer can pyramid. Ted and Bryce leave it up to Cliff to deal with the jocks, meanwhile, upstairs in Jakes bedroom, Jake takes the opportunity to look through the yearbook and finds Sams photo. He jots down her phone-number on a scrap of paper and calls her, Jakes entire house is completely trashed. At nights end, Jake finds Ted trapped under a table, Jake inquires further about Sam, and Ted explains the situation. Jake makes a deal with Ted, If Ted lets Jake keep Sams panties, Jake will allow Ted to drive home his drunk popular girlfriend, Caroline Mulford, Jake later uses the excuse of finding them together to break up with Caroline. Teds friends filmed Ted and Caroline making out, afterward, Jake drives to the church just in time to meet an incredulous Sam after her sisters wedding. The film concludes with Sam and Jake sharing a kiss over a cake with 16 candles. John Hughes had asked his agent for headshots of young actresses, and among those he received were those of Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy. Sheedy had auditioned for the role of Sam, but was dropped because of Hughes thinking Ringwald was more fitting for the role, but he called her a year later to give her a role in The Breakfast Club
9. Uncle Buck – Bob and Cindy Russell and their three kids, 15-year-old Tia, 8-year-old Miles, and 6-year-old Maizy, have recently moved from Indianapolis to the Chicago suburbs because of Bobs promotion. Late one night, they receive a call from Indianapolis informing them that Cindys father has suffered a heart attack. They make plans to immediately to be with him. After hearing the news, Tia, bitter about having been forced to move, Bob suggests asking his brother, Buck, to come watch the children, to which Cindy objects. While they are middle class suburbanites, Buck is unemployed, lives in an apartment in Chicago, drinks and smokes. He drives a dilapidated 1977 Mercury Marquis that pours smoke and backfires and his girlfriend, Chanice, owns an automobile tire shop. The couple have together for eight years, Chanice wants to get married and start a family. Since no one else is available to help Bob and Cindy, they have no choice, Buck cheerfully informs Chanice that he cant start his job yet due to the family emergency. Chanice thinks Buck is trying, as usual, to lie his way out of working, upon arriving, Buck quickly befriends Miles and Maizy, but the rebellious Tia is aloof, and the two engage in a battle of wills. When Buck meets Tias obnoxious boyfriend, Bug, Buck warns her that Bug is only interested in her for sex, Buck repeatedly thwarts her plans to sneak away on dates with Bug. He calls and begs Chanice to watch Miles and Maizy as he searches for Tia, at the party, thinking that Bug is taking advantage of her in a bedroom, he forces the door open by drilling out the lock, but walks in on Bug with another girl. After he finds Tia wandering the streets, she apologizes to him, when Bug is finally released, he threatens to sue him. Buck then strikes him with a ball, making him retract his apology. At home, Tia helps Buck reconcile with Chanice by admitting her lie and tells her that he would be a good husband, Buck also agrees to start his job at the garage. Bob and Cindy return from Indianapolis, Cindys father having recovered, upon entering the house, Tia surprises her mother with a hug. Buck and Chanice then leave for Chicago, with Buck and Tia exchanging a loving wave goodbye, filming began on January 4,1989 in Chicago. The company decided to keep the facilities and locations as close as possible. The vacant New Trier High School in Northfield, Illinois was chosen for the production facility, a colonial-style house in Evanston was chosen for the exterior of the Russell house
10. Weird Science (film) – Weird Science is a 1985 American teen comic science fiction film written and directed by John Hughes and starring Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, and Kelly Le Brock. The title song was written and performed by American new wave band Oingo Boingo, as of 2013, a remake of Weird Science was in development at Universal Studios, with Joel Silver returning as producer and Michael Bacall attached as screenwriter. Nerdy social outcasts Gary Wallace and Wyatt Donnelly are publicly humiliated by Ian and Max for swooning over their girlfriends Deb and Hilly. Dejected and disappointed at their direction in life and wanting more, Gary convinces the uptight Wyatt that they need a boost of popularity in order to get their crushes away from Ian and Max. After hooking electrodes to a doll and hacking into a government computer system for power, a power surge creates Lisa. Promptly, she conjures up a Cadillac convertible to take the boys out to a bar, using her powers to manipulate people into believing Gary, the boys come up with the name Lisa based upon a failed romantic experience of Gary. They return home drunk and happen upon Chet, Wyatts mean older brother, Lisa agrees to keep herself hidden from him, but realizes that Gary and Wyatt, while extremely sweet are very uptight and need to unwind. Despite Wyatts protests, Lisa insists that the party happen anyway in order to loosen the boys up and she goes to meet Garys parents, Al and Lucy, who, to Garys embarrassment, are shocked and dismayed at the things she says and her frank manner. After she pulls a gun on them, she alters their memories so that Lucy forgets about the conflict, however, meanwhile, Wyatts grandparents arrive and confront Lisa about the party, but she freezes them and hides them in a cupboard. Upstairs in Wyatts bedroom, Ian and Max convince Gary and Wyatt to recreate the events that created Lisa, Lisa resolves that the boys need a challenge to boost their confidence and has a gang of mutant bikers invade the party, causing chaos and sending the boys running. The bikers take Deb and Hilly hostage, and Wyatt and Gary decide they need to save them and they confront the bikers with a new boost of confidence to force them to back down. After they leave peacefully, Gary accidentally fires the gun, which is now real, Lisa tells the boys to escort the girls home while she talks to Chet alone. Returning home, they discover Chet, now transformed into a giant, talking turd, Lisa assures them that Chet will return to normal, and realizing that her work is done and that they dont need her anymore, she kisses both Gary and Wyatt before dematerializing and vanishing. Sometime later at their school, a gym class of sweaty. It is revealed to be Lisa who tells the class to Drop and give me twenty, causing all the boys in the class to faint and she turns to the camera and smiles knowingly. The film is now regarded as a cult classic, the film was successful at the box office with a gross of $23,834,048 in North America and $15,100,000 in other territories, totaling $38,934,048 worldwide. The films theme song, Weird Science, was performed by Oingo Boingo, following the same basic plot as the film, the series starred Vanessa Angel as Lisa, Michael Manasseri as Wyatt, John Mallory Asher as Gary, and Lee Tergesen as Chet. As of 2013, Universal Studios was planning to make a Weird Science remake with original producer Joel Silver returning to produce the film and with screenwriter Michael Bacall writing the film