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First Blood

He served his country with valor, but there would be no hero's welcome for John Rambo upon his return home. A misunderstood outcast trying to make sense of the horror he experienced in Vietnam, Rambo would soon find that society had no place for his kind. Starring Sylvester Stallone in the title role, this 1982 film would go on to become a cult classic and spawn a trio of sequels based on the violent but endearing soldier. 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...

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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Wonka Bars and golden tickets, Oompa Loompas and a chocolate river, snozzberries and lickable wallpaper, golden eggs and seven-course gum, Everlasting Gobstoppers and the Wonkavator. In a world of pure imagination, all things are possible. This was the world of Willy Wonka - candy man, inventor, and scourge of naughty children. Like the Roald Dahl book on which it was based, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory was a dark fantasy with strong ideas about the nasty habits of children. It is also one of the most beloved children's films ever created. Let's take a stroll to the chocolate factory and revisit this childhood classic. Continue reading...

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The NeverEnding Story

When The NeverEnding Story was released in 1984, it was without the blessing of the author who wrote the original book of the same title. Michael Ende was displeased with the creative liberties the film took. His disowning of the movie did little harm to the box office receipts, however, as The NeverEnding Story would go on to win the hearts of many a young fantasy fan. Continue reading...

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Blazing Saddles

The king of parodies, Mel Brooks, took on the wild west in his 1974 classic, Blazing Saddles. Featuring an all-star cast, this tale of a black sheriff in an all-white town pulled no comedic punches (not even in regard to a horse), delivering what is considered to be one of the funniest movies of all time. Continue reading...

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My Bodyguard

The pressures of grade school are traumatic enough for most kids. Throw a bully into the mix, however, and they become far more complicated. Such were the tribulations of a boy named Clifford in the cult-classic film from 1980, My Bodyguard. Continue reading...

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The Breakfast Club

"How come Andrew gets to get up? If he gets up, we'll all get up, it'll be anarchy!"And as soon as hooligan John Bender took that screw out of the library door in 1985's The Breakfast Club, that's exactly what erupted. It was anarchy because members of five different high school social cliques got together, and even better than that, they actually got along. It was anarchy because by the end of the movie, the five high-schoolers were volumes more enlightened and mature than when they were dropped off just a few hours earlier. If Saturday detentions really taught so much about life, love, growing up and the regrettable fact that they just don't make overhead roof ducts as sturdy as they used to…well then, lock us all up. Continue reading...

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Cat abuse, snooty French guards, perilous virgins, animated monsters, killer rabbits, holy hand grenades, clacking coconuts, and Knights Who Say "Nee" were just a few of the zany contributions from the madcap Monty Python group to the Arthurian legend, in the 1975 film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Continue reading...