Author(s): Kirk Honeycutt
"I stumbled into this business, I didn't train for it. I yelled "Action!" on my first two movies before the camera was turned on." - John Hughes John Hughes wrote 46 movies, produced 23, and directed 8. He never went to film school, never spent time studying film and its history, but was unusually adept in three key areas - writing, directing and producing. Classics like Mr. Mom; Sixteen Candles; The Breakfast Club; European Vacation; Weird Science; Pretty in Pink; Ferris Bueller's Day Off; Planes, Trains, and Automobiles; Uncle Buck; Christmas Vacation; Home Alone; and Beethoven will forever live on in the history of film. Launching the careers of Andrew McCarthy, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, and James Spader, and working with greats like John Candy and Chevy Chase, John Hughes's influence can still be felt today. John Hughes: A Life in Film, by Kirk Honeycutt, former chief film critic at The Hollywood Reporter, is the first complete illustrated tribute to the legendary writer and director, and includes fresh interviews and never-before-seen glimpses into John Hughes' work and life.
KIRK HONEYCUTT is the owner/editor of the Honeycutt's Hollywood film reviews web site (http://honeycuttshollywood.com/) and an adjunct film professor teaching criticism, script analysis and history at Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. As the chief film critic at The Hollywood Reporter for many years, Honeycutt reviewed films from its home office in Los Angeles and at major international film festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, Berlin, Busan, Mill Valley and Toronto. He oversaw the expansion of The Reporter's international reviewing staff and coordinated the reviews for the various festival show dailies around the world. A member of the prestigious Los Angeles Film Critics Association for over 36 years, he previously reviewed films for the Daily News of Los Angeles. He appears regularly on television and radio shows. A graduate of the theater arts department of the University of California at Los Angeles, Honeycutt reported on the film industry for The Hollywood Reporter from 1992 to 1999 before being appointed chief film critic, a post he held until he left the publication in December 2011. In the past, he was a regular contributor to the New York Times, a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and wrote for such publications as Cosmopolitan, the Christian Science Monitor, Newsday, Movieline, Premiere and American Film. In 1992 his screenplay, "Final Judgment," was made into a motion picture starring Brad Dourif, Isaac Hayes, Karen Black and Orson Bean.