Stripes

Stripes

Take a group of SCTV alumni, dress them in Army fatigues, add a grizzled Drill Instructor, some mud-wrestling and one heavily-armed recreational vehicle and you have Stripes. Released in 1983, this military-based comedy had all the ingredients needed to achieve a resounding victory at the box office. Continue reading...

Summer Rental

Summer Rental

Absent the charm and comedic skills of the late John Candy, Summer Rental might not be a movie worth remembering. Instead, the beloved comedian's portrayal of a stressed-out father trying to enjoy a summer vacation with his family turned it into a film that one couldn't help but like. 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...

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The Aristocats

For their first animated feature without Walt at the helm, Disney introduced audiences to a lovable collection of felines in the 1971 film, The Aristocats. Featuring an all-star cast of voices including Eva Gabor, Phil Harris. Scatman Crothers and Sterling Holloway, this entertaining romp through Paris and the surrounding countryside proved that, with or without their leader, the Disney name would remain synonymous with quality animated films. Continue reading...

The Bad News Bears

The Bad News Bears

Written by Bill Lancaster (Burt's son) and directed by Michael Ritchie (who had helmed adult fare like The Candidate and Smile), this winning 1976 film worked on a lot of levels-and not just the "hey, those naughty kids are cussing" level either. There was the underdog triumph story at the movie's core; there was the satire of the uniquely American institution of Little League and its overly-involved bench parents (in the year of our country's bicentennial, no less). There was also a redemptive character piece at work, as Buttermaker, via his group of misfits, tried to get his shambled life together once and for all. Continue reading...