Breaking Away

Breaking Away

A story needn't be complex to succeed. Some are simple in premise but leave us both entertained and inspired. Such was the case with the 1979 coming-of-age film, Breaking Away. Directed by Peter Yates (Bullit, Krull), this story of a young cyclist and his three friends remains beloved by a generation of fans for its uplifting story of triumph over adversity. Continue reading...

Annie

Annie

It's a hard-knock life. Nobody knew that better than Little Orphan Annie, who endured some personal tragedies before becoming star of comic strips, radio, stage and film. The fictional heroine ruled the radio waves during the 30s and 40s but later kept a low profile until a Broadway musical thrust her back into the spotlight. A movie based on the hit musical followed in 1982, simply called Annie. Continue reading...

Pollyanna

Pollyanna

If there is one thing that a little girl named Pollyanna taught the world, it was to never underestimate the power of positive thinking. Granted, it’s often easier said than done, but perhaps if everyone were to become better versed in “The Glad Game,” the world would be a happier place. Continue reading...

Field of Dreams

Field of Dreams

Baseball is sometimes described as a game of ghosts, with players competing not only against their peers, but also the records belonging to the hallowed heroes of yesteryear. In 1989, a group of these apparitions appeared at a corn field in Iowa, ready to take on Kevin Costner in the sentimental sports film, Field of Dreams. Continue reading...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arrived in comic book form in 1984. Within a few years, every kid on the planet knew their name. If you were a really loyal fan, you could eat their cereal in your Ninja Turtle pjs while watching their cartoon on television. Then you could play the Ninja-inspired Nintendo game until it was time for a healthy lunch of Chef Boyardee Ninja Turtle pasta. Kids would have to wait until the 90s, however, to finally see their heroes on the big screen. Continue reading...

The Parent Trap

The Parent Trap

For fans of Disney’s Pollyanna who didn’t get enough of young actress Haley Mills, there was a an easy fix – give her two roles in the next film. Up for the challenge, Mills delivered a delightful pair of performances as twin sisters, Susan and Sharon Mills in the beloved 1961 family classic, The Parent Trap. Continue reading...

Darby O'Gill and the Little People

Darby O’Gill and the Little People

Walt Disney long wanted to use Irish folklore in one of his films, visiting Ireland in 1947 to research ideas. He eventually decided upon the "Darby O'Gill" stories of Irish-American author H.T. Kavanagh and the result was an enchanting tale featuring leprechauns and OO7 himself, Sean Connery. Released in 1959, Darby O'Gill and the Little People remains an underrated and charming classic. Continue reading...

Oh, God!

Oh, God!

As the only character George Burns could portray who was actually older than he was, the aging comedian brought the Almighty to life in the Carl Reiner film, Oh, God! With a wonderful cast that included singer John Denver as his humble chosen disciple, this 1977 comedy was nothing short of divine. Continue reading...