Beethoven

Beethoven

Based on the title alone, one might assume that Beethoven was a period piece, chronicling the life and career of the prolific classical composer. But judging a book by its cover in this case would be unwise – this 1992 comedy film was instead about a big ol’ loveable ball of fur, a St. Bernard who loved children and finding ways to get into trouble. Continue reading...

AChristmasStory

A Christmas Story

Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoirs of his youth in the early 1940's were compiled into a Christmastime feature in 1983, with Shepherd himself as the off-screen narrator. The result was a film that may have looked and sounded like a period piece, but A Christmas Story's nostalgic wit turned it into an undeniable, modern-day holiday classic. 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...

Trading Places

Trading Places

Director John Landis rose to the top of his profession on the heels of the talented alumni from Saturday Night Live. He first hit gold in the late 70s with the box office hits, Animal House and The Blues Brothers. Then, in 1983, he paired Dan Aykroyd with big-screen newcomer Eddie Murphy in the socially-conscious comedy, Trading Places, one of his most endearing films to date. Continue reading...

Gremlins

Gremlins

In the 1980s, Steven Spielberg became a superstar director with hits like E.T. and Raiders of the Lost Ark. However, people often forget he scored just as many hits by producing films for his filmmaker buddies, including box-office champs like Poltergeist and The Goonies. One of the finest of these productions was Gremlins, a good old-fashioned monster movie that was just as funny as it was scary. Continue reading...

The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors

There’s nothing like taking the family on a little getaway to the wilderness, where the wild animals roam free and everyone can get in touch with nature. Such was the premise of the John Hughes comedy, The Great Outdoors. Released in 1988, the film paired funnymen John Candy and Dan Aykroyd together for the first time as polar opposite brother-in-laws, and their chemistry alone propelled this funny film. Continue reading...

Grumpy Old Men

Grumpy Old Men

Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon were the peanut butter and jelly of actor pairings, each bringing out the best in the other and always to hilarious results. Grumpy Old Men, released in 1993, was their sixth collaboration, and it proved to be one of the most endearing, with the two aging thespians at their cantankerous best. Continue reading...

The Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers

America got their first glimpse of the Blues Brothers during a 1978 episode of Saturday Night Live. Jake and Elwood (played by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd respectively) brought the house down with their energizing performance, leading to more appearances on the popular show and a well-received album. In 1980, they brought the pair to the big screen in The Blues Brothers, a beloved film filled with great music and plenty of car crashes. Continue reading...