Chomp, Chomp, Chomp

Nice to see Mr. Johnson again... I'm starting to see a pattern in my reviews lately, kind of, and that is American actors starring in foreign-to-them films. We all know how this goes. They speak English while everyone around them utters their lines in their native languages, which only get dubbed into English in post-production. … Continue reading Chomp, Chomp, Chomp

Wax On, Wax Off

The 1984 Karate Kid is one of my absolute favorite back-to-school movies, well, it and the Harry Potter series. Every year we watch these at my house sometime around the first weeks of the new school year. While Kid is a classic anyway, anyone who lived through the nineteen eighties will remember how much Gen-Xers would quote … Continue reading Wax On, Wax Off

We’re On Our Way To France

I'm so glad travel is basically back to normal, those stupid inflated fuel prices notwithstanding. This summer we're staying pretty close to home because the cheapest gas in my part of Placer County is currently around seven dollars a gallon, and any traveling we do will have to be creative. Among other things we'll be … Continue reading We’re On Our Way To France

Stage To Screen: On Golden Pond

Every family has its problems. We all know this. We also all know that whether or not a family deals with its problems is another matter, and Ernest Thompson's On Golden Pond is a rather gorgeous and slightly tempestuous look at aging and reconciliation. Yeah, we've had a lot of family movies and dysfunction type stories … Continue reading Stage To Screen: On Golden Pond

It’s A Movie…Sort Of

Happy Valentine's Day! I've got a day off of work today. Don't know why, but I'll take it. As we all know, randomness can a beautiful thing. Or not. When the 1988 rom-com, Vibes came up in my Amazon Prime suggested viewing list, I was instantly curious. Who wouldn't be? This movie teams Jeff Goldblum with … Continue reading It’s A Movie…Sort Of

Five Musically Important Scenes In “Raiders Of the Lost Ark”

Here we are... One of John Williams's best-known works is 1981's Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. It was the first time George Lucas's iconic character was seen by the public, and as anyone who has watched the film can attest, it's something special. Directed by Steven Spielberg, it hits all the right … Continue reading Five Musically Important Scenes In “Raiders Of the Lost Ark”

Page To Screen: The NeverEnding Story

I don't know about anyone else, but one of my favorite movies as a tween was 1984's The NeverEnding Story. Jolly pink Luckdragons. Racing snails. Cute young warriors. A geeky kid who loses himself in a book. And we can't forget that cool earworm of a theme song by Limahl and Beth Anderson, the latter of … Continue reading Page To Screen: The NeverEnding Story

Page To Screen: Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday

Who's been to Cannery Row? For those who haven't, it was a group of fish canneries, flophouses and dive bars on Ocean View Avenue in Monterey, California. It was a tough, wild, colorful place, and its king was marine biologist Ed Ricketts, best friend of John Steinbeck and collector of strange scientific samples. Of course, … Continue reading Page To Screen: Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday

It Takes All Kinds

We all have unpopular opinions, and film is such a subjective topic that there's gonna be division somewhere (Last Jedi, anyone?). Ergo, the idea of coaxing a few secrets out into the open is fraught with intrigue. Here are two of my possibly unpopular opinions, and there are plenty more where these came from. *Impish … Continue reading It Takes All Kinds

You Jane, Me Not Tarzan

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan is one of my husband and in-laws' favorite movies. I have heard them quote the thing countless times over the years. "Moth-er." "Fath-er." "Ray-zor." You get the idea. I, however, have only seen it once, and recently I decided to take another look just for the heck of it. Do I … Continue reading You Jane, Me Not Tarzan

Page To Screen: Anne Frank Remembered

Miep Gies was the last of the Secret Annex helpers to survive, passing away in 2010 just shy of her 101st birthday. She and Anne had a special sisterly relationship from the time Anne was four, and naturally people wanted to know more about that. In 1987, she published a book, Anne Frank Remembered, with Alison Leslie … Continue reading Page To Screen: Anne Frank Remembered

Roger Christian’s Lost Film

"Lost media" is an intriguing phrase. Even Star Wars has its share of lost media, of course. It also has media that should be lost but isn't. The cringe-y, kitschy Holiday Special, for instance, would not be missed if it suddenly disappeared from YouTube, but that's another story for another time. The 1980 short, Black Angel was … Continue reading Roger Christian’s Lost Film

This Is My Neighborhood

Does your neighborhood have a Boo Radley house? You know, that abode that no one ever seems to go into or come out of? My childhood neighborhood does. I have been walking past this place for over thirty years and it never changes. It's always been a seventies-era mint green, the yard is always overgrown, … Continue reading This Is My Neighborhood

Stage To Screen: Steel Magnolias

Steel Magnolias is infamous in a good way. It's a film that plenty of women relate to deeply because it's about women forming community. That most of it takes place in a beauty parlor is just fun and apt because plenty of us ladies like that sort of thing. It's a movie a lot of … Continue reading Stage To Screen: Steel Magnolias

Under the Sea

Glug, glug... I'll be honest: I'm not a huge James Cameron fan. I think he's kind of a jerk, really. However, he's made some great movies, and one of them is 1989's The Abyss, a gripping story about creatures that lie beneath. And nukes. And a paranoid Naval officer. And possible annihilation by going too … Continue reading Under the Sea

Leaping Through Time

Happy Leap Day, all... The Monty Python guys are, of course, longtime friends, and it's always fun to see what new projects they come up with. 1981's Time Bandits is one of those. Written by Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin, Time Bandits is a crazy film that just keeps getting crazier, and nothing ends up … Continue reading Leaping Through Time

Smashie, Crashie

Here we go... Remember the 1984 Supergirl movie? I was in the second grade when it came out. I only got to see it once when it was released on VHS, but I had the Scholastic storybook of it, and I thought it was all pretty cool. Teenage girl becomes superhero, defeats the evil sorceress, and … Continue reading Smashie, Crashie