Throughout the rest of August, The Crest Theater, located in Westwood, CA, honors filmmaker John Hughes every Sunday at 5pm with a screening of one of his films. The schedule is as follows:
August 9 - Sixteen Candles
August 16 - The Breakfast Club
August 23 - Weird Science
August 30 - Uncle Buck
To learn more about the films, read the following press release.
The Breakfast Club (1985) starring Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, and Anthony Michael Hall is the tenth screenplay written by the late John Hughes and his second directorial classic. In an Eye on the Movies interview with Corey Brunish, the subtle and soft spoken Hughes explains “People either liked this film or strongly disliked it. It’s about young people. Spend some time considering the future” he says.
The coming-of-age story explores the validity of adolescent angst, perfectly set in high school detention. It gives the audience time to consider the relatable topics from a somewhat diverse group of troublemakers who seem to have been ignored by their parents. Hughes on the other hand takes their issues very seriously.
The writer, producer, and director made his debut with Sixteen Candles just one year prior in 1984. Music played such a huge component in his films, it’s no wonder its rumored he wrote this screenplay to blaring music one 4th of July weekend. “The thoughts and feelings and emotions of someone at 16 are as valid as my thoughts at 35,” Hughes says about the importance of teenage love and its importance in growing up, another reoccurring theme in his classics.
Another classic from Hughes is Weird Science. In an effort to redeem themselves from public humiliation, two boys develop a superhuman Amazonian woman by hacking into a government computer system. The super-surge combined with a plastic doll and bras as hats conjures up a force of nature so strong the perfect woman erupts from the ether with seemingly limitless abilities.
Themes explored in these films made a lasting impression on the film industry and influenced (and continues to have an effect on) generations of filmmakers. His attention to symptomatic teenage angst as seen in Ferris Buller’s Day Off and family drama in Uncle Buck have been explored in recent works like Dunham’s Girls and MacFarlane’s Family Guy. But still, no match to the mastery of John Hughes.
Relive the well-spring of Hughes era films on the big screen this August at LA’s historic Crest Theater. See Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, and Uncle Buck in their full glory as they were intended to be seen, and heard—in 7.1 Dolby Digital theater sound.
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