The Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers

America got their first glimpse of the Blues Brothers during a 1978 episode of Saturday Night Live. Jake and Elwood (played by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd respectively) brought the house down with their energizing performance, leading to more appearances on the popular show and a well-received album. In 1980, they brought the pair to the big screen in The Blues Brothers, a beloved film filled with great music and plenty of car crashes. Continue reading...

Up in Smoke

Up in Smoke

For better or worse, the comedy team of Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong enjoyed quite the successful career in the 70s, portraying two drug-addled hippies in their popular stand-up routines. This led to a string of well-received comedy albums, enormously popular with the counter-culture youth. In 1978, the pair finally took their act to the big screen, in the first of many feature-length films, Up in Smoke. Filled with drug references and some surprising cameo appearances, the movie was a major success for the duo and has since gone on to become a cult classic. Continue reading...

Parenthood

Parenthood

It isn’t an easy job to raise a family. No matter how you prepare, no matter how you hope and pray you are making the right decisions, life has a way of lobbing curveballs, one after another. Sometimes the best you can do is hold on tight and prepare for a wild ride. Such was the premise of Parenthood, a 1989 film directed by Ron Howard. Thanks to an ensemble cast featuring Steve Martin, Jason Robards, Rick Moranis, Mary Steenburgen, Dianne Wiest, Tom Hulce, Keanu Reeves, and a very young Joaquin Phoenix (billed as "Leaf"), Parenthood captured the trials and tribulations of raising a family in heartfelt and amusing detail. Continue reading...

The Shining

The Shining

Stephen King's bestselling novel about a man who loses his mind amidst the claustrophobic confines of an isolated mountain resort made it to the big screen in 1980. Directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Jack Nicholson, The Shining has since gone on to become one of the most beloved horror films of all time. Continue reading...

Psycho

Psycho

When it comes to the psychological thriller, the undeniable master was Alfred Hitchcock, who knew that there were far scarier things in this world to ponder than just fanged monsters, giant insects and alien plotting to take over the world. With the release of Psycho in 1960, he gave the world a creature more terrifying than Frankenstein or Dracula – a soft spoken, awkward loner named Norman Bates who personified evil. The result was one of the most adored horror films of all time, containing perhaps one of the most chilling scenes ever filmed. 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...

Richie Rich

Richie Rich

For many a year, Richie Rich, the always kind and friendly “poor little rich boy” appeared in hundreds of Harvey comics. A Saturday morning cartoon was first attempted in 1980 but proved to be short-lived. It would take another 14 years before the mega-wealthy lad was brought to the big screen in the 1994 live-action film, Richie Rich. Continue reading...

Die Hard

Die Hard

Based on Roderick Thorpe' novel Nothing Lasts Forever, 1988's Die Hard made an action star out of Bruce Willis and a tourist attraction out of the Fox Plaza building in Los Angeles. With it's compelling storyline, wonderful casting and nonstop action, Die Hard proved that the action film genre was far from deceased. Continue reading...