‘Jaws’ Still Has Its Bite

When Jaws hit the theaters in the summe of 1975, it came after a very long and difficult production that would determine whether the young director Steven Spielberg would have a career in movies or would drift through the TV wasteland of forgotten cop dramas and canceled too earlied sitcoms. Nicknamed Flaws by the productionContinue reading “‘Jaws’ Still Has Its Bite”

Women Came Into Their Own In Many Ways In 1990s Movies

Without a doubt as the 1990s came upon people, times were changing. Women were allowed to be sexy instead of sex objects. Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock duked it out in the theaters on who could give off the more “Girl Next Door” vibes. But there was more going around in these movies. Hillary ClintonContinue reading “Women Came Into Their Own In Many Ways In 1990s Movies”

‘Blade Runner’ Turns 40 And Its Influence And Mystique Is Fresh As Ever

There’s a story in Holywood that when Stevie Nicks went to go see Star Wars in 1977, she was surprised when she saw Harrison Ford appear on screen as Han Solo. For you see, Nicks said that Ford used to sell her weed. As a struggling actor, Ford was known to work as a carpenterContinue reading “‘Blade Runner’ Turns 40 And Its Influence And Mystique Is Fresh As Ever”

How ‘The Thing’ Became A Horror Classic

John Carpenter seemed to be on fire by the time The Thing opened on June 25, 1982. Halloween was a surprise hit followed by The Fog and Escape From New York, both of which had been modest hits. But as any Hollywood actor, producer or director will tell you, you’re only as good as yourContinue reading “How ‘The Thing’ Became A Horror Classic”

Bad Fathers And Their Effects Blossoms At Center Of ‘Magnolia’

Being that it’s Father’s Day, dads are often portrayed poorly in the movies. I don’t know why, but I think it comes from the fact that mothers were often considered the homemakers while fathers were the breadwinners. As long as they provided a house and money for food and resources, their job was done. PaulContinue reading “Bad Fathers And Their Effects Blossoms At Center Of ‘Magnolia’”

‘World’s Greatest Dad’ Isn’t What You’d Think For A Robin Williams Movie

Going into World’s Greatest Dad, you’d think it would be some zany movie in which Robin Williams plays a single father who must deal with his wayward son. This isn’t an update of the silly comedy Superdad staring Bob Crane. It’s a comedy. It’s just not the type of comedy you’d think. Lance Clayton (Williams)Continue reading “‘World’s Greatest Dad’ Isn’t What You’d Think For A Robin Williams Movie”

‘Creepshow’ Makes Us Remember How Important Father’s Day Is

Father’s Day is this weekend and it’s hard, if you’re a horror fan, not to think of Creepshow. The holiday plays a special role in the 1982 horror anthology movie which marries the mind of Stephen King with the mind of George A. Romero. The movie is an ode to the old Tales from theContinue reading “‘Creepshow’ Makes Us Remember How Important Father’s Day Is”

‘Hard Eight’ Is A Jackpot Win For Philip Baker Hall’s Legacy

Earlier this week, Philip Baker Hall passed away at the age of 90. For the most part, he remained a character actor only appearing in a few scenes or supporting roles in bigger movies such as The Rock, Ghostbusters II and the Kiss of Death remake in 1995. He hardly ever appeared in a leadingContinue reading “‘Hard Eight’ Is A Jackpot Win For Philip Baker Hall’s Legacy”

Some Damned Fool Accused ‘Predator’ Of Being One Of The Best, You Son Of A Bitch!

In the novelization for the movie Last Action Hero, a parody of action movies, there is a scene in which Jack Slater hears about the movie Predator. Danny Madigan, a big fan of Arnold Schwarzenegger says it’s about an alien hunting the military in the jungle. Slater doesn’t seem impressed and asked if they madeContinue reading “Some Damned Fool Accused ‘Predator’ Of Being One Of The Best, You Son Of A Bitch!”

‘Million Dollar Mystery’ Is How It Got Made In The First Place

Million Dollar Mystery is one of those movies that you would come by in the aisles Blockbuster or Hollywood Video 20-25 years ago and think, “Oh, yeah, I remember that movie. Wasn’t there a gimmick to win money.” Producer Dino De Laurentiis said he got the idea when he observed a long line of peopleContinue reading “‘Million Dollar Mystery’ Is How It Got Made In The First Place”