Friday, August 7, 2009

It's Friday!

Whoo-Hoo, the weekend's here!
Sorry this post is coming so late everyone, but I do hope you all had an excellent day. The weather was pretty nice here in the Northeast.

I had named this post "Fabulous Friday" but I'm sure for the Hughes family it is not fabulous. I know everyone has heard by now of the recent passing Thursday (Aug. 6) in Manhattan of writer/producer/director John Hughes ("Sixteen Candles," "The Breakfast Club"). I don't know about you but Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club were movies that I so identified with in the mid-1980s as a student in high school. And it's funny, but just like a majority of the YA books I read back then, I could so identify with the teen angst in these movies even though I was of another ethnicity and background (I grew up in Harlem and went to an all-girls Catholic high school in NYC). But I could just so relate to Molly Ringwald's character, especially in Sixteen Candles & Pretty in Pink). You know, those feelings of self-doubt, self-consciousness, fitting in/standing out, making friends, making enemies, watching cliques, creating your own "group," etc. I think, emotionally, that she was a sort of EVERYGIRL, which I guess is why the movies were so popular. I think Hughes really GOT the teenage mind.

Hughes also wrote and produced Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Uncle Buck, and Home Alone (1 & 2). And I still find these hilarious whenever I catch them on a cable channel.

Anyone else ever watch these movies as a teen?

(I, um, of course don't mean to give away anyone's age. So you needn't reveal you saw the movies when they first came out (unless, of course, you want to). I think most everyone has probably seen them later on cable anyway. :)

See you all Monday!


Corey Schwartz said...

Hey, Crystal. I'm sure you heard the great news about the Liar cover!

Crystal said...

Yes, I did, Corey! Isn't it wonderful how influential bloggers can be when they rally together?

Tess said...

Classics, all of them. My favorite has to be Uncle Buck...must put that on my netflix list again. I love the scene where he pulls the chainsaw out of the trunk and goes after the slimy boyfriend. I have a teenage daughter so that really resonates with me - ha!

Crystal said...

Yes, I remember that scene, Tess. That was sooooo funny!

Shelli said...

all of them - more than once! :)

Diane said...

I am a huge Uncle Buck fan. The give the rat a quarter and have him gnaw off that thing cracks me up every time!