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Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

Earthlings have a long-held affinity for the jolly bearded fellow in the red suit who hands out Christmas presents each year. Is it any wonder that other planets might be a little jealous that we haven’t shared St. Nick with the rest of the Cosmos? Well, that all changed in 1964, when Martians took matters into their own hands in the campy sci-fi classic, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. Continue reading...

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Santa Claus: The Movie

Certainly a film called Santa Claus: The Movie would feature the jolly old bearded one in the starring role, right? Well, not so fast. Dudley Moore (Arthur) actually had top billing, as an elf named Patch, and Santa would have to suck it up and take a supporting role in this 1985 holiday feature. Continue reading...

Saturday Night Fever

Saturday Night Fever

The term “ground zero” describes a point where an explosion occurs. Concerning the explosion of the disco era, few would argue that the catalyst was the 1977 blockbuster film, Saturday Night Fever. Cross-marketed with a musical soundtrack that is still considered one of the most successful of all-time, the film managed to send a significant portion of the population to the nearest dance floor, to boogie the night away just like the film’s character, Tony Manero. It also marked the film debut of America’s favorite sweathog, John Travolta, whose slick dance moves were soon imitated in every disco in America. For better or worse, the disco era had arrived. Continue reading...

Scrooged

Scrooged

Hollywood has released countless versions of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol over the years, but none quite like Scrooged. Released in 1989, the film starred SNL funnyman Bill Murray in the lead role, surrounded by a bizzare but endearing cast of characters, the likes of which Dickens could have never imagined. Continue reading...

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Sleeping Beauty

In what would become the last animated feature produced by Walt Disney to be based upon a fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty was one of the most ambitious endeavors Disney ever embarked upon. Costing $6 million to produce (an unheard of sum in 1959,) requiring nine years of planning and three years of filming, and utilizing a new 70MM “Super Technirama 70” process, the result was an animated feature that was simply stunning - perhaps one of the finest achievements ever in animation and a film destined to become a timeless classic. Continue reading...

Smokey and the Bandit

Smokey and the Bandit

Audiences in the mid-70s seemingly expected two things from their movie-going experiences - car chases and Burt Reynolds. So, just like the “you got your peanut butter in my chocolate” commercials, it only seemed natural to pair the two for a wild and crazy adventure involving CB radios, a black Trans-am, and a whole lotta Coors beer in the madcap cross-country adventure, Smokey and the Bandit. Continue reading...

Song of the South

Song of the South

The “Uncle Remus” stories penned by Joel Chandler Harris provided a perfect vehicle for Walt Disney to employ a technology he had long experimented with – the merging of animation with live actors. The cartoon pioneer first explored the possibilities in a short called Alice’s Wonderland as far back as 1923. It was finally time to put the techniques to the real test in a feature film, the result of which was The Song of the South. Continue reading...

Space Jam

Space Jam

If there was ever a film that didn't lack in star power, it was Space Jam. Released in 1996, this live-action/animation hybrid teamed up two of the most popular pop culture icons of the day, Bugs Bunny and sports legend Michael Jordan to fight the forces of evil within the confines of a basketball court. The result delighted audiences of all ages and scored a big hit at the box office for Warner Brothers. Continue reading...