The Last Starfighter

The Last Starfighter

The Last Starfighter showed a new generation of video game maniacs the one secret their mothers didn't want them to know: if you practice really hard, spend enough quarters, and get really good at video games, you just might become the savior of an entire galaxy. Try shoving that one back in mom's face the next time she tells you to play outside. Continue reading...

Independence Day

Independence Day

Of all the Hollywood-inspired alien invaders over the years, none were quite as bold and ruthless as those seeking to conquer the planet in the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day. Moviegoers lined up in droves to watch us defend our humble home from their destructive forces and, by proxy, ushered in a whole new era of disaster films. Continue reading...

Alien

Alien

Millions consider Alien to be the most terrifying film ever made about extra-terrestrial life ... and perhaps one of the most terrifying films, period. Released in 1979, this simple tale about an extraterrestrial beast stalking the crew of a spaceship left quite an impression on the hordes of movie-going earthlings that flocked to see this frightening sci-fi film. Continue reading...

Cocoon

Cocoon

With Robert Zemeckis lured away by Michael Douglas to direct Romancing the Stone, Hollywood producers turned to former Happy Days star-turned-director Ron Howard to direct this beloved sleeper from 1985 about an intergalactic fountain of youth. Howard's magical touch and an endearing cast transformed Cocoon into one of the biggest hits of the year. Continue reading...

Star Wars

Star Wars

When George Lucas spent $11 million to produce a little labor of love called Star Wars, he likely had high hopes for the ambitious science-fiction film. It is hard to imagine that he came even remotely close to envisioning the impact or success that the film would go on to achieve. In terms of box-office numbers, in terms of successful sequels (and prequels,) in terms of a massive marketing machine, in terms of astounding special effects, the film simply has few rivals. And if you were one of the first to stand in line in 1977, the first to see the text scroll up the screen, you likely remember the experience as if it were yesterday. Continue reading...

Back to the Future

Back to the Future

Every teenager knows that his or her parents must have been geeks when they were seventeen, but Back to the Future gave one teen a chance to see for himself. Directed and co-written by Robert Zemeckis (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Forrest Gump), this mid-80's time-traveling romp became the highest-grossing movie of the year, and it helped transition Michael J. Fox, then best known as orthodox conservative Alex P. Keaton on the popular sitcom Family Ties, into a genuine movie star. Continue reading...

Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park

It's not nice to fool with Mother Nature. Unfortunately, billionaire entrepreneur John Hammond learned this lesson the hard way, courtesy of several scaly, flesh-eating dinosaurs. Michael Crichton's novel Jurassic Park was a dark, terrifying fable of science gone amok in the name of entertainment, and it became an instant bestseller. The dino-adventure had "summer blockbuster" written all over it, and with Steven Spielberg signed on as director, the story came to thrilling cinematic life in 1993. Continue reading...

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

Marking a change from the menacing aliens of the 50s and 60s, Steven Spielberg instead created movies that showed interspecies friendship and cooperation was possible. First, he found success with Close Encounters of the Third Kind, a terrific film but one that was geared more toward adults. The next time around, he presented something that families could enjoy together, and the result was 1982’s E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, a film that conquered planet Earth box offices and put smiles on the faces of millions, kids and adults alike. Continue reading...