April 7, 1987 |
The temptation has been to lump youth pictures into one genre which could be thought of, like junk food, as popular, profitable and indigestible. But there are wide differences among the youth films. Members of the pack are not all bratty, and some of the comedies make substantial contact with the realities of teen-age life. "The Breakfast Club" in 1985 gave voice to the complaints (justified or not) that teen-agers have about their parents.
February 23, 2002 |
Forget the Olympic figure skating gold medal she won in one of the sport's greatest upsets. Sarah Hughes had a sandwich named after her Friday in her hometown of Great Neck, N.Y. What greater tribute can there be? The Deli on the Green's "Golden Sarah Hughes" sandwich--maple turkey, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and Thousand Island dressing on a roll--sounds tempting.
March 8, 2010 |
John Hughes' film message is simple: The kids are all right. His young heroes were certainly confused, frustrated and angry, but they ultimately proved steely enough to triumph over the often cruel peer pressure and stifling confinement of suburban life. That ethos animated the Oscars on Sunday during a poignant tribute to Hughes, who died in August at age 59 and whose body of work as a writer and director is credited with humorously capturing the teen angst of the '80s generation.
June 3, 2009 |
President Obama on Tuesday nominated Republican Rep. John M. McHugh of New York to be secretary of the Army. McHugh, 60, is a nine-term member of the House of Representatives and the ranking Republican on the Armed Services Committee. If confirmed by the Senate, McHugh would bolster the number of high-ranking Republicans in the Pentagon. Defense Secretary Robert M.
November 2, 1992
John T. Hughes, 64, an expert in photographic intelligence who President John F. Kennedy chose to brief the nation in a 1963 broadcast about the removal of Soviet missiles from Cuba. Hughes retired in 1984 as deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, where for 23 years he reported to top national officials about Soviet military concentrations.
August 29, 2006 |
DURING the 1980s, writer-director-producer John Hughes had an uncanny ability to tap into teen angst in such movies as "Sixteen Candles," "The Breakfast Club," "Pretty in Pink" and "Some Kind of Wonderful." As two new sparkling editions of the latter two (Paramount, $15 apiece) illustrate, his view of teenagers' problems and growing pains are timeless. "Pretty in Pink," which was produced and written by Hughes, marked the directorial debut of Howard Deutch.
February 17, 2007 |
"BABY'S Day Out," "Mr. Mom" and "Curly Sue" are all films written and/or directed by John Hughes. But make no mistake: They are not the films of John Hughes. Not by the standards of those who came of age amid the rise of the high-fashion leg warmer.
October 25, 1987 |
It was "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" when Elton John--set to write and perform the theme for John Hughes' "Planes, Trains and Automobiles," with Steve Martin and John Candy--abruptly took off like a "Rocket Man" just two days before the recording session. Which leaves the film to be released Nov. 25 without a title tune.
November 20, 1994 |
Director Les Mayfield pulls off a fairly creditable remake of the classic "Miracle on 34th Street," but there is one scene, lasting only a minute or two, in which the holiday themes of faith and charity are especially crystallized. In the scene, a young deaf girl is brought to sit on the lap of Kriss Kringle at the fictional Cole's department store. Kringle (Richard Attenborough), who hasn't been told of the child's disability, asks her what she would like for Christmas.