Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Walt Disney long held an affinity for Sir James M. Barrie’s classic children’s book Peter Pan. But even though he acquired the story rights in 1939, it would take until 1953 before his imaginative interpretation would enthrall theater audiences. Some six decades later, audiences of all ages remain hooked on this animated masterpiece. Continue reading...

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Anyone who has ever endured the horrors of holiday travel can appreciate this endearing tale of a man simply trying to get home to see his family. His adventurous and hilarious journey made Planes, Trains and Automobiles, released in 1987, a box-office hit for John Hughes and remains a beloved favorite among millions. Continue reading...

Planet-of-the-Apes

Planet of the Apes

One of the most successful science fiction franchises ever to emerge from Hollywood, Planet of the Apes (and the four sequels that followed) introduced film audiences to a world where apes ruled supreme, and with an iron fist. With Charlton Heston playing the lead human, and Roddy McDowell, Maurice Evans and Kim Hunter transformed into believable beasts (via loads of latex makeup), The Planet of the Apes continues to enthrall with its thought-provoking plot and colorful characters over four decades after its original release. Continue reading...

Poltergeist

Poltergeist

While many people have been sucked into a good television show from time to time, it’s far more unlikely to be sucked into the actual TV set. Carol Anne, however, was the rare exception - an angelic little girl caught up in the strange goings on of a house filled to the brim with spirits - some benign and others terrifying. The plight of her and her frightened family made the 1982 Steven Spielberg film Poltergeist one of the most beloved and highest-grossing horror films of all time. Continue reading...

Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink

Almost a hybrid of Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, this time around John Hughes offered a tale of true love, despite the hindrances of social class separation and ever-present high school peer pressure. Pretty in Pink, released in 1986, was one of the many films starring the “Brat pack” and perhaps the best of the bunch. Continue reading...

Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown

Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown

The iconic collection of characters from Charles M. Shulz’s beloved comic strip, Peanuts, were certainly no strangers to the big screen. In 1969, they reckoned with a National Spelling Bee in A Boy Called Charlie Brown and in 1972, searched far and wide for everyone’s favorite pooch in Snoopy, Come Home. It was time for a new adventure in 1977 as the gang tackled the perils of summer camp in the feature film, Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown. Continue reading...

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark

The two titans of the modern blockbuster teamed up in 1981 for an old-fashioned cliffhanging thrill ride. Raiders of the Lost Ark was the spectacular result of a collaboration between director Steven Spielberg (Jaws) and executive producer George Lucas (Star Wars), who also co-wrote the story. And with matinee idol Harrison Ford in the title role, this archaeological adventure would set the standard for dozens of blockbusters to come. Continue reading...

Real Genius

Real Genius

Geeks and nerds the world over had plenty of reason to rejoice over the 1985 film, Real Genius. For once, the brainy characters were the stars, rather than some misfit outcasts injected into a plot for mere comic relief. As a result, this endearing movie about a group of highly intelligent teens has remained a favorite, even a cult classic, ever since the film was originally released. Continue reading...