Going Italian With Mama Valerie

Up goes the curtain... Muppet Show alum Valerie Harper was always a versatile lady, and one of my favorite credits of hers is The Great Mom Swap. Released in 1995, the year of my high school graduation, it's vaguely based on the Betsy Haynes novel of the same name and is unusually well-done for a TV movie. … Continue reading Going Italian With Mama Valerie

Page To Screen: The Sarah, Plain and Tall Trilogy

Remember the Hallmark Hall of Fame movies? I used to watch those with my parents all the time, and I don't know about anyone else, but my favorites next to Harvest of Fire was the Sarah, Plain and Tall trilogy. Based on Patricia MacLachlan's novels of the same name, they are prime examples of how to … Continue reading Page To Screen: The Sarah, Plain and Tall Trilogy

Walk Like A Ghost

One of my favorite movies from the nineties is 1993's Heart and Souls, which I first saw at the long-gone CineDome in Concord, California with my cousin, Cindy. She and I have always been Hekyll and Jekyll, and after a wild grab at a popcorn bucket (don't ask) we were hooting and giggling before the movie … Continue reading Walk Like A Ghost

Legend Has It

Remember when I said I would not, under any circumstances, review slasher films? Well, a slasher has sliced its way in (See what I did?). It's mild compared to others out there, but it's still a slasher. Yep, we're talking about 1998's Urban Legend. This movie came out when I was in college. It's about … Continue reading Legend Has It

Magic In the Kitchen

It's been a long time since we've had a good old guilty pleasure movie review here on the blog, and one of my favorites is 1999's Simply Irresistible, starring Indiana Jones, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and a magic crab. I couldn't make this up if I tried. Well, maybe I could. Some of the things about this … Continue reading Magic In the Kitchen

With the Crew of the “Memphis Belle”

As we all know, a big part of the Second World War was each side bombing the other for various purposes. Britain and the United States tagteamed their bombing of German war production sites; the Brits went at night, but the Americans chose to drop their bombs during the daytime. Both actions were risky, but … Continue reading With the Crew of the “Memphis Belle”

Indiana Jones Vs. the Red Baron

Contact... Ever see the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles? Also known as The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, it was on in the early nineties and one of my favorite shows in high school. Not only was Sean Patrick Flanery really, really cute, but Indy got around. Forrest Gump would be jealous of the number of historical figures Indy … Continue reading Indiana Jones Vs. the Red Baron

Shamedown #1: The Beautician And the Beast

Shamedown Numero Uno, people. If anyone missed my Shame List post and wants to know what the heck a Shamedown is, please click here. Fran Drescher's brand always seems to be that of the big-haired, nasal-voiced misfit creating her own niche (Who remembers The Nanny? Or that pantyhose commercial?), and what I always liked about … Continue reading Shamedown #1: The Beautician And the Beast

Swing Heil

In my opinion, Robert Sean Leonard is one of the most competent and interesting actors of my generation. This guy has been in it since he was a young kid. He can sing, dance, read Shakespeare, and handle both drama and comedy. Basically everything that's respectable in show business. And of course, Leonard is a … Continue reading Swing Heil

Rudy, Rudy, Rudy…

"Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed...Nothing will be impossible for you." (Matthew 17:20, NIV) Mention 1993's Rudy and a lot of sports fans will get misty-eyed. My dad is one of 'em. Based on a true story, the movie follows Rudy Ruettiger, a guy who flew in the … Continue reading Rudy, Rudy, Rudy…

The Robinsons Jump the Shark

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me... Except for maybe the 1940 version, it's odd that Swiss Family Robinson has several adaptations beside the 1960 Disney classic. Why mess with a good thing, right? On the other hand, it's an easily tweakable formula. Find a family who are at odds with each other, … Continue reading The Robinsons Jump the Shark

The Course of True Love

And now for our second Austen film in a month. That's kind of a record for this blog... 🙂 One of the nicest Jane Austen films in my opinion is the graceful and lovely Sense and Sensibility. This 1995 charmer won Emma Thompson an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as a Golden Globe … Continue reading The Course of True Love

Make Me A Match

*harp music playing* Nobody does romance quite like Jane Austen, and today we're going to look at the 1996 film, Emma, featuring a young Gwyneth Paltrow before Goop, a young Ewan McGregor before Obi Wan, and a young Toni Collette before almost everything else she's done. And we can't forget Jeremy North as the super-romantic Mr. Knightley. … Continue reading Make Me A Match

Coming To America

Homeward bound... Who can forget when Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman were the world's It couple? And their smoldering chemistry? Who can forget 1992's Far And Away, when they put on Irish brogues? I saw Far And Away on VHS with my friend, Nikki in high school, and we kinda got into it. During the last ten minutes … Continue reading Coming To America

Burton Meets Irving

Yep, it's almost Halloween. Amazing, isn't it? I don't know about anyone else, but I always like visiting Sleepy Hollow around this time, and this year I thought I'd review the Tim Burton version of Washington Irving's immortal 1820 story. For those of you who haven't taken in this film, be warned: This isn't the … Continue reading Burton Meets Irving

All For One, One For All

Hello again, Mr. Breen... Ah, The Three Musketeers. I remember watching the film when it came out in 1993 and thinking it seemed a tad derivative in the wake of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Both movies start out in a prison with guys getting done in for stealing. Both movies were scored by Michael Kamen … Continue reading All For One, One For All

Stage To Screen: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

When I was going for my degree, I had to read a lot of plays, and one of my favorites at the time was Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. It's an existential absurdist spinoff about Hamlet's two college friends, and it's like Groundhog Day in that the action takes place around the title characters. … Continue reading Stage To Screen: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead