Happy Thanksgiving! Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1988)

Marking a sea-change in the surprisingly short directorial career of John Hughes, “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” sees the famed writer/ director move on from his high school teen-angst wheelhouse and branch out into the trials and tribulations of middle-age. Neal Page (Steve Martin), an advertising executive on a business trip to New York is heading…

Craggus’ Christmas Countdown Day 11: Miracle On 34th Street (1994)

I know it’s not fashionable to praise or approve of remakes, but sometimes – every once in a while – they’re actually pretty good. Now I’m not saying that this is better than the original 1947 version but I put it to you that it’s every bit as good. John Hughes (“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”,…

Craggus’ Christmas Countdown Day 10: Home Alone (1990)

Like the previous year’s “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”, “Home Alone” was written by the prolific John Hughes and although they’re set in different parts of Illinois, it’s a nice thought that the Griswolds and the McAllisters actually only live a few doors down from each other. When a power cut causes the family to oversleep…