‘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”

‘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”

‘Jungle Cruise’ Flows To Familiar Spots

I forgot where I saw it but someone online referred to Jungle Cruise as Jumanji Cruise and I can’t unsee it. As a matter of fact, I was thinking the same thing earlier this year when I saw the commercials for the Disney adventure movie. And why not? It’s apparent that Dwayne “The Rock” JohnsonContinue reading “‘Jungle Cruise’ Flows To Familiar Spots”

‘Blow-up’ A Movie About What You Think You See

Blow-up, directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, was one of the movies that was released in the mid to late 1960s that proved that filmmakers couldn’t be limited to the restrictions of the very conservative and very critical MPAA Production Code, aka the Hays Code. A movie like this would’ve never been able to have been madeContinue reading “‘Blow-up’ A Movie About What You Think You See”

‘Dune’ Has Great Visuals And Casting But The Grains From The Earlier Version Still Linger

I’m the best and worst person to be interviewing the latest version of Dune, directed by Denis Villeneuve. I was never a big fan of Dune, either the book or the 1984 version that was directed by David Lynch. It took me years to sit through it. You see, back in 1984, when it hitContinue reading “‘Dune’ Has Great Visuals And Casting But The Grains From The Earlier Version Still Linger”

Why ‘Back To The Future’ Is A Great Trilogy

Today is Nov. 5. If you’re a fan of Back to the Future, you know today is the day that Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) accidentally went back in time to this date in 1955 in the fictional town of Hill Valley, Calif. Marty’s friend, Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) punched the date in hisContinue reading “Why ‘Back To The Future’ Is A Great Trilogy”

‘To Die For’ Toxic Femininity Or Female Empowerment?

One of the biggest Oscar snubs ever was Nicole Kidman for To Die For in 1995. Her performance as Suzanne Stone-Maretto may just the first time she was recognized as an actress and not the wife of a movie star. And now, she’s more recognized as a movie star than who she is married to.Continue reading “‘To Die For’ Toxic Femininity Or Female Empowerment?”

No Electric Boogaloo For ‘Grizzly II’

The history behind the production of Grizzly II: Revenge is far greater than anything in the movie which stars three Oscar Winners and several other big name actors. Originally considered a sequel to Grizzly, one of the many man vs. nature thrillers that came out after the success of Jaws, the movie began production underContinue reading “No Electric Boogaloo For ‘Grizzly II’”