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2 items from 2009

John Hughes (1950-2009)

6 August 2009 4:40 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

John Hughes, probably one of the most recognized and regarded filmmakers to represent my generation, died of a heart attack at age 59 in New York this morning.

In case you aren't familiar with his work, Hughes was responsible for writing and directing some of the greatest staple teen dramedy films of the 1980's including "Sixteen Candles", "The Breakfast Club", and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off". He also wrote and directed several cinematic classics like "Trains, Planes, and Automobiles", "Uncle Buck", and "Weird Science".

Hughes' films often contained eclectic scores by Ira Newborn mixed with excellent while obscure source material, the most memorable probably being the synth-poppy "Bueller", which combined Newborn's synth prowess with the then unknown German punk-electro band "Yello" and emerging talents like "Dream Academy", "The Flowerpot Men", and "The English Beat".

It sucks to say goodbye to a talent that will be sorely missed in my own home to a pretty great extent. »

- (Deane Ogden)

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Gateway Scores: The Secret of My Success

30 June 2009 3:16 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

When Jai asked me to talk about my Gateway Score — the score album that really grabbed me as a child and convinced me that scoring films is what I Had to do for a living — I sort of froze at the thought of the assignment.

"A real composer would talk about John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, or Bernard Herrmann," I thought to myself. "When everyone hears my pick (insert Adam Sandler's famous little-boy-sad-face here)... They're all gonna laugh at me!"

While I love action films and I flip out for science fiction on a pretty regular basis, I have always been the drama guy. I love a great drama, especially one that contains strong writing for the characters coupled by great performances. "Jerry Maguire" might be my favorite film of all-time, simply because of Cameron Crowe's ability to create characters of incredible depth which allowed each actor to carve »

- (Deane Ogden)

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