Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Based on screenwriter Cameron Crowe’s novel of the same name, Fast Times at Ridgemont High told the story of several teens navigating the difficult waters of love during their time in the fictional community of Ridgemont. Thanks to a memorable cast, including a show-stealing performance by a young Sean Penn, this 1982 comedy remains one of the most fondly-remembered teen films of all time. Continue reading...

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Truancy is no laughing matter, unless it is presented through the eyes of director John Hughes, whose coming-of-age films in the 80s and 90s are some of the most beloved from the era. This time around, we were introduced to a high school student, too intelligent and devious for his own good, who decided to skip school with his friends and embark on a rather adventurous day in the 1986 comedy, Ferris Bueller's Day Off. The film would become one of Hughes' most successful endeavors, and make Ferris a hero to millions. Continue reading...

Follow That Bird

Follow That Bird

The Muppets were able to turn their humble beginning on the long-running children’s educational show, Sesame Street, into their own highly successful television show, and eventually a few box office successes as well. At some point, Big Bird must have thought, “If they can do it, so can I,” so he took his own stab at film stardom in the 1985 feature film, Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird. Continue reading...

Free Willy

Free Willy

Films about a boy and his dog have tugged at our collective heartstrings almost as long as Hollywood has been making movies, able to make us laugh in delight one moment, and bawl our eyes out the next. Could such a winning formula succeed if a kid was instead paired with a killer Orca? 1993 proved that the answer was a resounding "yes!" as film audiences flocked to theaters to witness the loving relationship between two societal misfits, a young delinquent named Jessie and his aquatic pal in the box-office blockbuster, Free Willy. Continue reading...

Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters

They came, they saw, they kicked its…well, you know the story. Ghostbusters has become part of the pop culture Hall of Fame, spawning a film sequel, two cartoon series and a host of lines that are still quoted today- "Don't cross the streams," "Are you the keymaster?," "Back off man, I'm a scientist," "He slimed me!" and many more. Continue reading...

Grease

Grease

Grease is the word, alright. Based on the long-running Broadway musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, this 1978 film provided an homage to the 1950’s, complete with catchy songs, impressive dance numbers, and a classic love story. Much of the movie’s success can be attributed to stars John Travolta, who was hot off his starring role in Saturday Night Fever, and Olivia Newton-John, already a pop music superstar. They were joined by talented real life 50’s icons Eve Arden, Sid Caesar, Edd Byrnes and Frankie Valli, and the result was a movie still fondly remembered by a generation of fans. Continue reading...

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

On the second of February each year, we rely on some not-so-advanced technology to peer into the future and find out whether six more weeks of winter loom ominously ahead. That’s right, we're reminiscing about Groundhog Day and our forecaster remains a respected rodent named Phil, who resides in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Continue reading...

Halloween

Halloween

Director John Carpenter always held a particular fondness for the horror/thriller genre from the time he began making films. But it was the 1978 film Halloween, a gruesome story of a murderous stalker, that truly catapulted his career - and the genre of slasher films that would follow. Featuring the film debut of a very young Jamie Lee Curtis and the internationally acclaimed actor Donald Pleasence, Halloween is an annual favorite, a must-watch every time October rolls around. Continue reading...

Home Alone

Home Alone

When it came right down to it, Kevin McCallister had a few more sadistic leanings than your average eleven-year-old. And it turns out, that we rather like that in a young hero, especially during the season of giving. And make no mistake, Kevin had plenty to give, in the way of bowling balls, staple guns, BB guns, and that old archaic standby, a good old blast of fire – all in the name of protecting his beloved family home. His violent antics and precocious demeanor won the hearts of millions of moviegoers who made 1990’s Home Alone one of the most successful movies of all time. Continue reading...

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

The concept of “bumbling inventor” was a tried and true formula for Disney, dating all the way back to The Absent-Minded Professor. In 1989, they would dust off the concept and cast Rick Moranis in the role of eccentric genius. The result was the highly-successful Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Continue reading...