‘Jackie Brown’ At 25: Tarantino’s Best

There are two types of filmmakers – those who direct their own scripts and those who are able to take someone’s else work and make it into a movie of their own. Quentin Tarantino, mostly, had directed movies he’s only written the script for even though some would argue he really copies other movies. InContinue reading “‘Jackie Brown’ At 25: Tarantino’s Best”

‘Bad Santa’ Rises Below Vulgarity

A movie like Bad Santa shouldn’t exist but I’m glad it does. It came out two years after 9/11 when everything was expected to be just peachy. For God’s sake, a movie like Chicago won Best Picture that year. Remember Chicago? No. Well, no one does. The 2000s was the worst decade for American cinemaContinue reading “‘Bad Santa’ Rises Below Vulgarity”

‘Die Hard 2’ Is An Outrageous, Nonsensical Xmas Action Thriller

A movie like the first Die Hard took everyone by surprise. When people first saw the trailer of the movie featuring Bruce Willis as an action hero, they laughed. He was only known for his role as the wise-cracking David Addison on Moonlighting who thinks he’s a lot cooler than what he really is. IContinue reading “‘Die Hard 2’ Is An Outrageous, Nonsensical Xmas Action Thriller”

‘You Better Watch Out’ For ‘Christmas Evil’

If you were to mention a movie about a man who dresses up as a snowman and begins murdering people, you’d immediately think of the controversial Silent Night, Deadly Night. But believe it or not, Christmas Evil, otherwise known as You Better Watch Out was released in 1980 to crickets. The movie begins in 1947Continue reading “‘You Better Watch Out’ For ‘Christmas Evil’”

‘Night Of The Comet’ Is A Christmas Comedy Horror Delight

Night of the Comet is one of those movies that seems to show that you can do a lot with so little. Produced on a shoestring budget of $700,000, it manages to still be a very effective movie. Before I continue, I’m going to say there are some spoilers ahead even though most of thisContinue reading “‘Night Of The Comet’ Is A Christmas Comedy Horror Delight”

The Worst Of The Worst Of Christmas Movies

Christmas seems to be a common theme in a lot of movies, but for every A Christmas Story there’s something like Christmas With the Kranks, a movie so repulsive and offensive in its delivery, you feel totally dumber for the time you spent watching it. Christmas With the Kranks is basically the dumbest, most ineptContinue reading “The Worst Of The Worst Of Christmas Movies”

‘Lethal Weapon’ Gave Us Shane Black’s Love Of Xmas And Violence

Ok, pop quiz. Name a 1980s action movie featuring a guncrazy white cop being aided by a more controlled black cop in dealing with a terrorist organization in the L.A. area. If you mentioned Die Hard, you wouldn’t be wrong. But I’m referring to the first Lethal Weapon that premiered in theaters almost a yearContinue reading “‘Lethal Weapon’ Gave Us Shane Black’s Love Of Xmas And Violence”

‘Ernest Saves Christmas’ Is Jim Varney’s Best

It might seem odd to some people that Jim Varney studied Shakespeare at the Barter Theatre. As a young boy, he was able to memorize poems and passages from books and recite them. He soon learn how to imitate the characters he watched on the cartoons and as a teenager got into theater and actingContinue reading “‘Ernest Saves Christmas’ Is Jim Varney’s Best”

‘First Blood’ At 40: Stallone Shines In His Other Iconic Role

Don’t laugh, but at one time Sylvester Stallone was considered the next Marlon Brando. Following his role as Rocky Balboa in the Oscar-winning Rocky in 1976, Stallone was being acclaimed for his Oscar-nominated role. He was tapped to write and direct the sequel to Rocky, which was a success at the box office and withContinue reading “‘First Blood’ At 40: Stallone Shines In His Other Iconic Role”

‘The Nutcracker’ Lacks Joy And Excitement

Christmastime and The Nutcracker go hand in hand. Even if you’ve never seen the ballet, you know the tunes such as “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies.” So, it seems almost natural after about 100 years after Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote the music, Hollywood would come calling with a big budget spectacle. There haveContinue reading “‘The Nutcracker’ Lacks Joy And Excitement”