Saturday, August 6 will mark the two-year anniversary of the day the world was robbed of one of the greatest screenwriters of the ‘80s. On August 6, 2009, John Hughes died of a heart attack while visiting family in Manhattan. Though he had been out of the public eye for sometime, Hughes made an undeniable dent in popular culture with the films he wrote and directed during the decade of Reagan and MTV.
Hughes is responsible for films as varied as NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VACATION to HOME ALONE to FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF. From 1983 to 1994, not a year went by that wasn’t accompanied by a film that Hughes wrote. While some of his movies were admittedly bigger hits (critically and commercially) than others, almost all of the movies that featured his name in the credits (whether as writer, director or producer) showcased the warmth and wit that became Hughes’ trademark.
On August 9 we will be showing SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL for one night only — featuring a rare 35mm presentation. What better way to pay tribute to the hole left by a the loss of a truly great artist than by watching one of his classic films on the big screen?
SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL was released in 1987 and stars Eric Stoltz, Lea Thompson and Mary Stuart Masterson. Following the same formula as many of Hughes’ crowd-pleasing high school dramas, the film features everything needed in a quality teen romance — most important of which is a kicking soundtrack featuring artists you had completely forgotten you once obsessed over, including Lick the Tins, The Jesus and Mary Chain and Flesh for Lulu.
Even though SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL is part of our Girlie Night series, guys shouldn’t be ashamed about crashing the party – in many ways the film is a guy-version of PRETTY IN PINK. If you do happen to lack a Y-chromosome, though, you’ll be able to enjoy special $6 Ladies’ Night tickets.
Also, our John Hughes tribute doesn’t end in August. On September 10, the comedic heroes behind Master Pancake Theater are returning to West Oaks Mall for two presentations of THE BREAKFAST CLUB. Tickets will go on sale for those screenings soon but in the meantime, don’t forget to mark your calendar for these sure to sell-out shows.