Intermission: An Interview With John Hughes (1985)

In a break between posts, I am posting this rare 1985 interview with late director John Hughes (it’s strictly an audio recording). A remarkable master on creating genuine cinematic portraits of teenagers more than anything else (and with just as much humor as sentimental drama), he discusses a little on his professional transition from the advertising world to writing and directing films, gives backstory on casting 16 Candles and The Breakfast Club, and echoes his wariness about studio interference.

Here is part 1 of 5. Links to the other parts of the interview are listed below.

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5


Cherries or Bombs? The Runaways

Due out this year is The Runaways, a biopic about the bad ass girl band of the 70s that made glam rock legends of bandmates Joan Jett and Lita Ford. The good news is that it’s been a while since any films about rock n’ roll’s rebellious women have surfaced in the mainstream¬† (could Smithereens have been the last?!). The bad news is that the actresses playing The Runaways — which includes Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning — don’t really seem hardened enough for the part.

Can they do it? You’ll just have to wait till the movie comes out… or until someone spoils it for you.

Masters of Disasters

While Angel the Pig today reports of the possible Gore Virbinski remake of the 1988 cult comedy, Clue, due out in 2011, there are also reports of a Frank Marshall rehash of The Never Ending Story, due for 2012.

Wil Wheaton Has a Posse

The shrilly-voiced imaginative boy of Stand By Me, Wil Wheaton, was once immortalized in the “So & So Has a Posse” craze. He’s also got a blog.

What Would the Duke Say?!

Reading trivia today for the 1989 Christopher Guest movie, The Big Picture:

During filming they rented a luxury house for three days to shoot in, not knowing that actor Charles Bronson had just purchased a home across the street. Before the three days were up the crew had managed to kill Bronson’s cat by accident. The story is related in the book “I Killed Charles Bronson’s Cat”, written by the movies location manager Barry Gremillion.

Out of the Darkness: The Reviews of Writer/Director Alex Cox

Alex Cox, the writer/director probably best known for the punk-themed Repo Man and Sid & Nancy, recently published his diary of filmmaking, X Films, available from Soft Skull Press. In several parts of the book, Cox reiterates the nuisance of dealing with bureacracies, and in particular those that have been created by the Studios¬† (and continue to survive). As an advocate of reducing the strains of the abomination known as modern copyright law, it’s no surprise that some of his materials are available to freely download from his website. Among them, film fans, is a guide to mostly obscure cult films (see the Moviedrome Guides 1 and 2 on his website).