John Hughes 1950 - 2009 Bueller? Bueller?

I watched the incomparable Ferris Beuller's Day Off with family tonight... absolutely indelible images of the ultra-cool Ferris, his gf Sloane, and the angst-ridden Cameron taking a day off from high school, right under the nose of Mr. Rooney. No matter how many times I see it, this movie is hysterical, touching and poigniant about life.

"Life moves pretty fast; and if ya don't stop and look around once in a while, you're gonna miss it," says Ferris.

John Hughes' best movie. May he R.I.P. after suffering an unexpected heart attack, 8/6/09 while visiting Manhattan. Brilliantly successful Northbrook, IL native, wrote and directed huge money-making films in 1980s including Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club, Ferris, Home Alone 1 and 2, and then, in 1994, stopped it all. Gave it up--no interviews, no movies. Wiki: "In 1994, Hughes retired from the public eye and moved back to the Chicago area, rarely granting or giving interviews or photographs to the media. In the later years of his life, he was a farmer in Illinois." Jon Cryer played Philip F. 'Duckie' Dale in Hughes's 1986 teen movie Pretty In Pink, alongside Molly Ringwald. Speaking about Hughes, he told Parade: "He had become, you know, the J.D. Salinger of filmmakers by just going off and not really participating in Hollywood anymore. I had lost track of him."

Wow, gotta respect that. Hughes took Ferris' advice.

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