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...

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Robin Hood

Sly like a fox, that Robin Hood was. So, when Disney decided to bring the epic adventure to the big screen in animated form, they indeed gave the role to an anthropomorphic fox. And they found critters to play each of the famous roles. Marian was also a fox, Prince John and King Richard became lions. Little John was now a bear, Friar Tuck was a badger, and the sinister Sheriff of Nottingham was a wolf - in Walt Disney’s classic 1973 film, Robin Hood. Continue reading...

Rocky

Rocky

The rags-to-riches story of a nobody trying to make the best of his one shot began in the mind of an unknown actor named Sylvester Stallone. Stallone witnessed a boxing match between the legendary Muhammed Ali and virtual unknown Chuck Wepner and the spark was born. After mulling it over in his mind for about a month, Stallone sat down and punched out a first draft in only three days. Little did he know just how far that script would take him in his career, as Rocky and its multiple sequels would enthrall movie audiences for years to come. Continue reading...

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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...

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...