Uncle Buck

I was saddened to learn of the untimely death of John Hughes, who wrote and directed some excellent comedies, including Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Sixteen Candles, and The Breakfast Club.  My favorite John Hughes comedy, however, is Uncle BuckUncle Buck is one of those movies that seems to be playing just about every day on the Comedy Network, or the USA network, or some other staple of basic cable, and whenever my incessant remote clicking runs across the film I just have to watch it, if only to try to catch the scenes where Buck terrorizes Bug, or reams out the Assistant Principal, or punches out the drunken clown, or tries unsuccessfully to perform even the simplest household chores.

In my view, though, the greatest Uncle Buck scene features Uncle Buck being interrogated, rapid-fire, by his nephew:

Rest in peace, John Hughes, and know that your work has been appreciated!

Fear Of August (IV)

As town hall meetings about health care reform throughout the country become more contentious and the parties hurl accusations at each other — with the Democrats saying it is all an orchestrated sham and the Republicans saying it is a true grass roots uprising — Peggy Noonan weighs in on what is likely to be an August to remember for members of Congress.  On the flip side, Bill Maher’s take is that everyone should recognize that Americans are stupid, and therefore shouldn’t have a say in important things like health care reform.  All I can say is, thank God smart people like Bill Maher are around to tell us ignorant hayseeds what to do!