‘Spies Like Us’ Blends ‘Road To’ Flicks With Cold War Satire

Chevy Chase had a great year in 1985. He appeared in the cult slacker hit movie, Fletch. Then he reprised the role of Clark Griswold (written as Griswald) in National Lampoon’s European Vacation. He had a cameo in Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird. And then finally he ended the year with Spies Like Us.Continue reading “‘Spies Like Us’ Blends ‘Road To’ Flicks With Cold War Satire”

The Devil Wouldn’t Even Unleash Something Like ‘Santa Inc.’

In the olden days of network TV, many stations would do what is called a “burn off.” They would more or less dump a show that they had invested a lot of money and time in that they knew was awful during the summer months or during the hiatus periods of more popular months. TheseContinue reading “The Devil Wouldn’t Even Unleash Something Like ‘Santa Inc.’”

Technical Foul For ‘Eight Crazy Nights’

The meteoric rise of Adam Sandler in the 1990s was probably unseen and despised by many critics that started the decade with Jim Varney as Ernest P. Worrell, transitioned to Pauly Shore, then to Jim Carrey and finally to Sandler all within about five years. I’m sure a lot of critics hated their jobs asContinue reading “Technical Foul For ‘Eight Crazy Nights’”

How I Became A Socialist (And You Can Become One Too)

Growing up in the Reaganeighties, there was so much bullshit propaganda on the dangers of the Soviet Union and the threat of communism and a global nuclear war, it was maddening. It’s coming up on the 30th anniversary of the dissolution of the Soviet Union this month. Maybe it was because I was only 13Continue reading “How I Became A Socialist (And You Can Become One Too)”

The Most Overrated Christmas Movies Of All Time

Some Christmas-themed movies are great such as A Christmas Story and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Others are forgivable in their productions such as Jingle All the Way you feel they tried to hit the bullseye but just missed the target. And then there are those that people rave about even though when you look closer,Continue reading “The Most Overrated Christmas Movies Of All Time”

‘While You Were Sleeping’ Made Sandra Bullock A Star

Sandra Bullock is one of those actress who seemed to come out of nowhere thanks to pure luck as she was cast in a movie that was supposed to be its lead star big comeback. When Demolition Man hit theaters, Sylvester Stallone was riding high on the success of Cliffhanger after many years of flopsContinue reading “‘While You Were Sleeping’ Made Sandra Bullock A Star”

‘Santa Claus’ Movie Remains Mostly Forgotten

Not all holiday movies are really that good or successes on their original runs. It’s a Wonderful Life was a box office bomb that bankrupted the just started production company, Liberty Films. A Christmas Story got mediocre reviews but was a financial success at the box office. But for some reason, MGM, the studio distributingContinue reading “‘Santa Claus’ Movie Remains Mostly Forgotten”

‘Hawkeye’ Is Hit Or Miss So Far

One of the jokes about The Avengers: Age of Ultron was that they gave Jeremy Renner some dialogue this time for his role as Clint Barton/Hawkeye. He had been part of the first Avengers movie but was overshadowed by some of the bigger characters. Renner has been acting in movies since the mid-1990s, but remainedContinue reading “‘Hawkeye’ Is Hit Or Miss So Far”

‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’ Is The Quintessential Thanksgiving Movie

On the previous post, I left out Planes, Trains and Automobiles because I felt the movie deserved its own post. Of all the John Hughes movies he directed, this was his masterpiece. Considering the difficulties that happened during filming, it’s a wonder the movie turned out so well. It also showcased John Candy in hisContinue reading “‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’ Is The Quintessential Thanksgiving Movie”

Thanksgiving On The Screen Isn’t Always A Turkey

For the most part, Thanksgiving is the red-headed stepchild of pop culture where most of the holiday focuses on bickering families and stupid fights. I don’t care for movies like Home for the Holidays and only memorable for the fact that Robert Downey Jr. has admitted he was so whacked out on drugs and alcoholContinue reading “Thanksgiving On The Screen Isn’t Always A Turkey”