Soap

Soap

Two sisters, with different and rather dysfunctional families were the focus of the controversial ABC sitcom, Soap, which arrived on the airwaves in 1977 and redefined what was acceptable to talk about on television. Often bizarre, usually hilarious, Soap broke down barriers and introduced America to the most colorful characters ever seen on a soap opera. Considering the usual fodder of daytime soap operas, that’s saying something. Continue reading...

The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes

The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes

Science has yet to find a way to merge a computer with the human brain, but that didn’t stop Disney from exploring the possibilities all the way back in 1969, in The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes. Starring Kurt Russell as lovable student Dexter Riley, it was the first in a trilogy of films that would follow his adventures on the campus of fictional Medfield College (last seen in the 1961 film, The Absent Minded Professor). Continue reading...

Last Action Hero

Last Action Hero

Dramas, romances, and comedies all perform well at the box office, but no genre quite captures the fancy of the American moviegoer like action. From war films to westerns to police in hot pursuit, action transports the viewer into a world where heroes win, villains lose, and average joes prove to be anything but. And with these movies ever so popular, it was inevitable that someone would come along and poke some good-natured fun at the whole phenomenon. Continue reading...

Beethoven

Beethoven

Based on the title alone, one might assume that Beethoven was a period piece, chronicling the life and career of the prolific classical composer. But judging a book by its cover in this case would be unwise – this 1992 comedy film was instead about a big ol’ loveable ball of fur, a St. Bernard who loved children and finding ways to get into trouble. Continue reading...

Trading Places

Trading Places

Director John Landis rose to the top of his profession on the heels of the talented alumni from Saturday Night Live. He first hit gold in the late 70s with the box office hits, Animal House and The Blues Brothers. Then, in 1983, he paired Dan Aykroyd with big-screen newcomer Eddie Murphy in the socially-conscious comedy, Trading Places, one of his most endearing films to date. Continue reading...

Gremlins

Gremlins

In the 1980s, Steven Spielberg became a superstar director with hits like E.T. and Raiders of the Lost Ark. However, people often forget he scored just as many hits by producing films for his filmmaker buddies, including box-office champs like Poltergeist and The Goonies. One of the finest of these productions was Gremlins, a good old-fashioned monster movie that was just as funny as it was scary. Continue reading...

The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors

There’s nothing like taking the family on a little getaway to the wilderness, where the wild animals roam free and everyone can get in touch with nature. Such was the premise of the John Hughes comedy, The Great Outdoors. Released in 1988, the film paired funnymen John Candy and Dan Aykroyd together for the first time as polar opposite brother-in-laws, and their chemistry alone propelled this funny film. Continue reading...