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...

Father of the Bride

Father of the Bride

Back in the 50s, planning a wedding was one of the more stressful undertakings in life. Spencer Tracy and Joan Bennett gave us a comic demonstration in the classic 1950 film, Father of the Bride. In 1991, Steve Martin and Diane Keaton proved that nothing has changed in the past forty years, in this successful remake that charmed its own generation of filmgoers. Continue reading...

Last Action Hero

Last Action Hero

Dramas, romances, and comedies all perform well at the box office, but no genre quite captures the fancy of the American moviegoer like action. From war films to westerns to police in hot pursuit, action transports the viewer into a world where heroes win, villains lose, and average joes prove to be anything but. And with these movies ever so popular, it was inevitable that someone would come along and poke some good-natured fun at the whole phenomenon. Continue reading...

Arthur

Arthur

There's little to laugh about when it comes to alcoholism, but that's not to say that a drunk can't be funny. Movie audiences fell in love with one such man in 1981, a witty millionaire who never met a martini he didn't like in the box-office hit, Arthur. Continue reading...

Pink-Panther

The Pink Panther (series)

Of all of the bumbling personas ever to grace the big screen, there has perhaps never been one as beloved as Inspector Jacques Clouseau, a detective so inept that it is a wonder he ever solved a case. His antics redefined slapstick in a way few had since Chaplin, thanks to the comic genius of a man named Peter Sellers, who would forever be adored as the incompetent inspector from the numerous Pink Panther films. 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...

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...