25th Anniversary of The Goonies!

If you happen to live near the town of Astoria, Oregon, you are well aware of today’s significance. This past weekend, actors Sean Astin, Corey Feldman, Jeff Cohen, Joe Pantoliano, and director Richard Donner, arrived in Astoria for a full weekend of celebration in honor of the 25th anniversary of the cult-classic, The Goonies. Released [...] Continue reading...

30 Years of Friday the 13th

It may not seem as if three decades have passed since we were first introduced to Camp Crystal Lake and a psychopathic killer named Jason Voorhees, but tomorrow, May 9,2010, marks the 30th anniversary of one of the most successful horror film franchises of all-time, Friday the 13th. Made on a shoestring budget and grossing [...] Continue reading...

30th Anniversary of Fame!

It was 30 years ago today, on May 16, 1980, that audiences were introduced to the (fictional) students of the (real) New York School For The Performing Arts, in the hit musical film, Fame. From the audition process on through to graduation, audiences followed the trials and tribulations of five gifted students, each with a [...] Continue reading...

50th Anniversary of Pollyanna!

On May 19, 1960, Walt Disney Productions released the heartwarming film, Pollyanna. The story of a happy-go-lucky orphan who tries to cheer an entire town with her optimism, Pollyanna wasn’t one of Disney’s more successful films at the time. Over the years, however, it gradually worked its way into people’s hearts – both for its [...] Continue reading...

A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story movie

Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoirs of his youth in the early 1940's were compiled into a Christmastime feature in 1983, with Shepherd himself as the off-screen narrator. The result was a film that may have looked and sounded like a period piece, but A Christmas Story's nostalgic wit turned it into an undeniable, modern-day holiday classic. Let's take a look back at this beloved film. Continue reading...

A Nightmare on Elm Street

A Nightmare on Elm Street

You awake from a horrific dream, gasping for air, your pulse pounding, as you try desperately to get your bearings on reality. Slowly you realize that it was nothing more than a nightmare, a figment of your overworked imagination. You’ve returned to the safety of reality – or maybe not. Such was the premise that a group of teenagers faced in the disturbing 1984 film, A Nightmare on Elm Street, where they first caught a glimpse of the weatherworn hat and sinister grin of one of the most popular movie villains ever conceived - Freddy Krueger. With his formidable glove, equipped with a set of razor sharp knife blades, he forever blurred the line between dreams and reality and made A Nightmare on Elm Street one of the most beloved and successful horror film franchises in history. Continue reading...

Actor John Forsythe Dies

Noted film, stage and television actor, John Forsythe passed away on April 3, 2010, the result of complications from pneumonia. He is best remembered as the star of the television series, Bachelor Father, which ran from 1957-1962, and for his role as Blake Carrington on the 80s series, Dynasty. His off-camera voice was also heard [...] Continue reading...

Airplane!

Airplane movie

David and Jerry Zucker and Jim Abrahams teamed up in 1980 to direct the spoof to end, or rather, start all spoofs. Airplane! took the disaster movie genre and wrung every hilarious contrivance from it, distilled the essence and presented audiences with pure comedy gold. With jokes and sight gags fired at a machine-gun pace, there is nary a minute of this film that isn't funny, even after years of multiple viewings. Let's take a look back. Continue reading...

American Graffiti

American Graffiti

In 1973, as the Vietnam War wound down and the Watergate hearings fired up, it is no wonder that Americans were nostalgic for the simpler days. Filmmaker George Lucas certainly was, as he took us all on a virtual trip back to a small town in California, circa 1962, in his acclaimed film, American Graffiti. Filled with fast cars, angst-filled teens, sock hops, carhops, and a smorgasbord of classic rock and roll, American Graffiti won the hearts of anyone who happened to live through that bygone era, and many that didn't. Continue reading...