Last nightâ€™s Red Eye discussed the recent loss of Hollywood director John Hughes, who died of a heart attack in New York this past Thursday.Â Host Greg Gutfeld noted that he â€œowned the 1980â€™s,â€ and he most certainly did.
Hughes was behind some of the best comedies of the 1980s including The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Ferris Buellerâ€™s Day Off, Uncle Buck, The Great Outdoors, and the Lampoonâ€™s Vacation films.Â Christmas Vacation has always been a holiday favorite of my family, and is certainly one of Hughesâ€™ most quotable films.Â Red Eye guests went on to discuss their admiration for Hughes; no one had anything negative to say.
Hughesâ€™ films were fun, heartwarming, and hilarious.Â He made the types of films that everyone could watch and enjoy, the kind of filmmaking that is harder to find these days.Â He really was the Frank Capra (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Itâ€™s a Wonderful Life) of his generation.
Finding a filmmaker like Hughes may be getting tougher by the day, but it doesnâ€™t mean we have to give up on the film industry all together.Â We just have to look a little deeper to find what we want.Â Conservatism and pro-Americanism may be suppressed in Hollywood but it is far from gone.
During an age where leftists like anti-military conspiracist Oliver Stone and anti-capitalist documentarian Michael Moore are heroes in Hollywood, people like Hughes sure will be missed.Â If his films were not necessarily conservative they were certainly American.Â They had universal themes that everyone could enjoy, no audience was left out.
It still appears there is a blacklist going on in tinsel town with the myriad of crazy actors and directors driving the industry.Â This kind of reverse McCarthyism is happening, but just like in the 1950s, filmmakers that oppose the views of the controlling interest just have to get more creative.
For example, Zack Snyderâ€™s Watchmen, which was based on a left-leaning graphic novel, but was made into a fairly conservative film.Â Even gross-out comedies like Superbad, The 40 Year Old Virgin, and Funny People have good messages behind the toilet humor.
That being said, we shouldnâ€™t always have to dig for something to enjoy.Â John Hughes gave us just that:Â good American films that will continue to be enjoyed for generations to come.Â His legacy leaves us a collection of films where we can always find universal humor and pure American fun.