National Lampoons Vacation

National Lampoon’s Vacation

They say that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. And if you need demonstrable proof of that statement's validity, look no further than the 1983 blockbuster comedy, National Lampoon’s Vacation. With its semi-autobiographical screenplay by teen angst-king John Hughes, the directing skills of Harold Ramis (Ghostbusters, Caddyshack, Groundhog Day,) and a cast of wonderfully colorful characters, this chronicle of a suburban family’s summer road-trip vacation delivered laughs by the carload. Continue reading...

Old Yeller

Old Yeller

No other “boy and his dog” film has ever unleashed a collective waterfall of tears like the classic 1957 Walt Disney production, Old Yeller. Based upon a novel of the same name (written by Fred Gipson), Old Yeller is a touching, coming-of-age story that rarely leaves a dry eye in the house. Let's take a look back at this memorable film. Continue reading...

Pee-wee's Big Adventure

Pee-wee’s Big Adventure

After years of working in animation, director Tim Burton took a healthy plunge into the world of live-action film and created a beloved cult classic in the 1985 release, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. The film starred the inimitable Paul Reubens as everyone’s favorite man-child, Pee-Wee Herman, in an adventure unlike any ever witnessed before. Continue reading...

Pete's Dragon

Pete’s Dragon

With the popularity of films like Mary Poppins and Song of the South, Disney proved that they could successfully mix live-action and animation. For their next such endeavor, they would once again meld the two mediums in 1977 for Pete’s Dragon, a comedic film about a boy and his invisible, fire-breathing friend. Continue reading...

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...