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...

Hook

Hook

At the turn of the century, author J. M. Barrie created the beloved character, Peter Pan, the boy who refused to grow up. But what if Peter actually had grown up into the cynical world of adulthood? Would he be able to remember his fanciful childhood adventures or discard them completely? Such was the premise of the 1991, Steven Spielberg-directed film, Hook. With a star-studded cast, featuring Dustin Hoffman as Capt. Hook, Julia Roberts as Tinker Bell and manic comedian extraordinaire Robin Williams in the starring role, Hook was a fun-filled adventure that brought a dose of mid-life crisis to the faraway world of Neverland. Continue reading...

House of Wax

House of Wax

While the 1933 film, Mystery of the Wax was the inspiration for this flick, it simply couldn’t hold a candle to the 3D adventure that was 1953’s House of Wax. With the inimitable Vincent Price in the lead role and screen-popping special effects, House of Wax was destined to become a classic. 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...

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It’s a Wonderful Life

A family favorite. A holiday perennial. An American classic. Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life is all of these and more, a crowning achievement of both the director and his leading man, Jimmy Stewart. Under the banner of his new production company, Liberty Films, Capra debuted the masterpiece just before Christmas, 1946. Continue reading...

Jaws

Jaws

The era of the modern summer blockbuster came riding in on the fins of a great white shark. Jaws was not only the most successful film of 1975, it was the most successful film the world had yet seen. With an unforgettable cast, a delightfully ominous musical score, and two hours of white-knuckled suspense, Jaws did for the beach what Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho had done for showers 15 years earlier. Continue reading...

Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park

It's not nice to fool with Mother Nature. Unfortunately, billionaire entrepreneur John Hammond learned this lesson the hard way, courtesy of several scaly, flesh-eating dinosaurs. Michael Crichton's novel Jurassic Park was a dark, terrifying fable of science gone amok in the name of entertainment, and it became an instant bestseller. The dino-adventure had "summer blockbuster" written all over it, and with Steven Spielberg signed on as director, the story came to thrilling cinematic life in 1993. Continue reading...

Lady and the Tramp

Lady and the Tramp

In the illustrious catalog of feature-length Disney animation, perhaps no offering is more endearing, more charming and more beloved than this simple tale of two dogs from different sides of the tracks – whose paths cross in the timeless 1955 classic, Lady and the Tramp. Continue reading...