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 Parent Trap

The Parent Trap

For fans of Disney’s Pollyanna who didn’t get enough of young actress Haley Mills, there was a an easy fix – give her two roles in the next film. Up for the challenge, Mills delivered a delightful pair of performances as twin sisters, Susan and Sharon Mills in the beloved 1961 family classic, The Parent Trap. Continue reading...

Darby O'Gill and the Little People

Darby O’Gill and the Little People

Walt Disney long wanted to use Irish folklore in one of his films, visiting Ireland in 1947 to research ideas. He eventually decided upon the "Darby O'Gill" stories of Irish-American author H.T. Kavanagh and the result was an enchanting tale featuring leprechauns and OO7 himself, Sean Connery. Released in 1959, Darby O'Gill and the Little People remains an underrated and charming classic. Continue reading...

Oh, God!

Oh, God!

As the only character George Burns could portray who was actually older than he was, the aging comedian brought the Almighty to life in the Carl Reiner film, Oh, God! With a wonderful cast that included singer John Denver as his humble chosen disciple, this 1977 comedy was nothing short of divine. Continue reading...

The Last Starfighter

The Last Starfighter

The Last Starfighter showed a new generation of video game maniacs the one secret their mothers didn't want them to know: if you practice really hard, spend enough quarters, and get really good at video games, you just might become the savior of an entire galaxy. Try shoving that one back in mom's face the next time she tells you to play outside. Continue reading...

Fame

Fame

Equal parts drama and musical, Fame treated viewers to a look inside the New York City High School for the Performing Arts to watch a group of talented teens struggle for their chance at stardom. For anyone who ever entertained a dream of seeing their own name in lights, this captivating 1980 film offered a glimpse of the hard work and dedication required to achieve that hallowed name recognition. Continue reading...

Fantasia

Fantasia

The pairing of classical music and animation might not seem all that revolutionary today, but it sure was in 1940, especially when the latter part was imagined by the creative visionary, Walt Disney. The result was Fantasia, a creative masterpiece that amazed audiences when it debuted, and is still beloved over seventy years later. Continue reading...

Independence Day

Independence Day

Of all the Hollywood-inspired alien invaders over the years, none were quite as bold and ruthless as those seeking to conquer the planet in the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day. Moviegoers lined up in droves to watch us defend our humble home from their destructive forces and, by proxy, ushered in a whole new era of disaster films. Continue reading...