Foul Play

Foul Play

While most films can be conveniently boxed up into a single genre, the very best - the most enduring and endearing - are those that seem to combine the very best of many. An "E Pluribus Unum" sort of storytelling philosophy, if you will. The 1978 movie Foul Play fit the criteria of not-quite-fitting-in perfectly. Continue reading...

Stripes

Stripes

Take a group of SCTV alumni, dress them in Army fatigues, add a grizzled Drill Instructor, some mud-wrestling and one heavily-armed recreational vehicle and you have Stripes. Released in 1983, this military-based comedy had all the ingredients needed to achieve a resounding victory at the box office. Continue reading...

Summer Rental

Summer Rental

Absent the charm and comedic skills of the late John Candy, Summer Rental might not be a movie worth remembering. Instead, the beloved comedian's portrayal of a stressed-out father trying to enjoy a summer vacation with his family turned it into a film that one couldn't help but like. 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...

Camp Nowhere

Camp Nowhere

For every kid that ever endured a boring trip to summer camp, the 1994 Disney comedy, Camp Nowhere allowed them to dream of a magical alternative, a place where parents and authority figures were nowhere to be found. Continue reading...

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

Michael Douglas once stated that “greed is good.” It can also be downright hilarious with the right participants. In the case of It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, the question wasn’t who was involved, but rather, who wasn’t? Nearly every funny man in Hollywood appeared in this epic 1963 film that has kept audiences laughing ever since. Continue reading...

Sixteen Candles

Sixteen Candles

Of the genres popular when the 80s arrived, teen movies ranked towards the bottom of the list. Sure, there was an occasional gem in the crowd (My Bodyguard is an excellent example), but these rare treats were overshadowed by mostly crude offerings. When 1983 rolled around, a director named John Hughes raised the bar considerably, offering a film called Sixteen Candles that would define him as the genre's new master. Continue reading...

SpaceCamp

SpaceCamp

There are plenty of movies that revisit the childhood experience of attending summer camp. But, while most take place at some isolated lake in the woods where the biggest adventure is a canoe race, the 80s film SpaceCamp had loftier ambitions, instead choosing to launch its young guests into the stratosphere. Continue reading...