SpaceCamp

SpaceCamp

There are plenty of movies that revisit the childhood experience of attending summer camp. But, while most take place at some isolated lake in the woods where the biggest adventure is a canoe race, the 80s film SpaceCamp had loftier ambitions, instead choosing to launch its young guests into the stratosphere. Continue reading...

Splash

Splash

Don't ask why, but little girls always aspire to be the following: super heroines, career women, princesses and mermaids. Before The Little Mermaid's Ariel inspired little girls to centipede in their swimming pools, hold their breath as long as they could, and play mermaids all the livelong summer day…there was Daryl Hannah in Splash. Continue reading...

Stand By Me

Stand By Me

Based on a Stephen King novella about a group of young boys who take a trek to find a dead body in the woods, Stand By Me is a touching, coming-of-age tale about four inseparable friends growing up in Oregon during the late fifties. With an extraordinary ensemble of young actors, led by the directing skills of Rob Reiner, the film quickly endeared itself to millions for its poignant look at the power of childhood friendships. Continue reading...

Star Wars

Star Wars

When George Lucas spent $11 million to produce a little labor of love called Star Wars, he likely had high hopes for the ambitious science-fiction film. It is hard to imagine that he came even remotely close to envisioning the impact or success that the film would go on to achieve. In terms of box-office numbers, in terms of successful sequels (and prequels,) in terms of a massive marketing machine, in terms of astounding special effects, the film simply has few rivals. And if you were one of the first to stand in line in 1977, the first to see the text scroll up the screen, you likely remember the experience as if it were yesterday. Continue reading...

Superman

Superman

There has simply never been a comic book icon as popular as Superman. From his Action Comics origins in 1938 to radio, cartoons and movie serials in the 40's, to a television series in the 50's, to animated adventures in the 60's and 70's, the Man of Steel was the superhero's superhero, a mild-mannered good guy fighting for truth, justice and the American Way. Continue reading...

Swiss Family Robinson

Swiss Family Robinson

Apparently, most of America did indeed dream of a house in the trees. Disney's version of Johann David Wyss' Swiss Family Robinson allowed audiences to live that dream vicariously, and they responded by making the 1960 film Disney's biggest live-action hit to that date. 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...

The Apple Dumpling Gang

The Apple Dumpling Gang

Two of America’s most beloved funnymen, Tim Conway and Don Knotts, had appeared plenty of times together on television, but it wasn’t until 1975 that they began starring together in feature-length comedy films. Their first foray was as a pair of bumbling crooks in The Apple Dumpling Gang, one of the biggest live-action successes for the Walt Disney Company in the 70s decade. Continue reading...