The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes

The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes

Science has yet to find a way to merge a computer with the human brain, but that didn’t stop Disney from exploring the possibilities all the way back in 1969, in The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes. Starring Kurt Russell as lovable student Dexter Riley, it was the first in a trilogy of films that would follow his adventures on the campus of fictional Medfield College (last seen in the 1961 film, The Absent Minded Professor). Continue reading...

A Hard Day's Night

A Hard Day’s Night

The Beatles are such an accepted part of pop culture that it's easy to forget how dramatic their rise to worldwide fame was. The eruption of Beatlemania in the early 60s shook up the entertainment world in a way that few overnight sensations have before or since. Inevitably, the 'Fab Four' ended up in a movie designed to capitalize on their success. Released in 1964, A Hard Day's Night is so good that it stands on its own. In fact, many film fans consider it to be the greatest rock and roll musical of all time. Continue reading...

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...