Star Wars Toys

Star Wars Toys

Along with pioneering incredible special effects and bringing an alien universe to life, the Star Wars movies also offered the biggest, most mesmerizing toy catalog ever. From the largest Imperial cruiser to Princess Leia’s hair buns, everything was replicated in detail to satisfy children and adults alike who longed to be part of this far, far away galaxy. Continue reading...

Howard the Duck

Howard the Duck

Howard the Duck probably seemed like a great idea at the time - a movie about a misplaced giant mallard, cigar in hand, walking the streets of Cleveland in search of a way back to Duckworld. Hey, it worked in a comic book. Why not on the big-screen? Continue reading...

V

V

We’ve all had an encounter with an obnoxious neighbor. Things start out fine – you extend a friendly handshake, they bring over a couple of plates of food, you lend them the lawnmower – and before you know it, they have made it their sole purpose to take over your life. Imagine this on a more intergalactic level, and you have the premise of V, a science fiction saga that aired as a miniseries on NBC in 1983. Continue reading...

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...