Movie Review: Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House – I Really Don’t Want to Relate to This!

Written by Eric Hodgins, Norman Panama, and Melvin FrankDirected by H.C. Potter At the suggestion of a fellow writer, I rented this movie to see how it compared to what I was going through with selling this house on Long Island and moving to rural New Hampshire. What I got was a very funny movieContinue reading “Movie Review: Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House – I Really Don’t Want to Relate to This!”

Movie Review: Anywhere But Here – Another in the Long Line of Films About Mothers and Daughters

Written by Mona Simpson and Alvin SargentDirected by Wayne Wang Being the mother of a teenager is never easy. As is often the case, mothers and teenage girls tend to clash often and sometimes quite brutally. Anywhere But Here is one of those movies that gives me some comfort. I can point to the motherContinue reading “Movie Review: Anywhere But Here – Another in the Long Line of Films About Mothers and Daughters”

Movie Review: Red Heat – A Cop-Buddy Film With a Commie Twist

Written by Walter Hill, Harry Kleiner, and Troy Kennedy-MartinDirected by Walter Hill I don’t know whether or no it worked against the film Red Heat was released in 1988. Communism was crumbling at the time, almost a year after Ronald Reagan’s famous tear down this wall… speech. The wall itself would come down just aContinue reading “Movie Review: Red Heat – A Cop-Buddy Film With a Commie Twist”

Movie Review – Captain America: The First Avenger – It’s Always Been Right to Punch Nazis

Written by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Joe Simon, and Jack KirbyDirected by Joe Johnston There will never be anything like the Marvel Cinematic Universe again. Over the course of more than a decade, a series of films and television shows were created that told not only their own, individual stories, but also an overall story-arcContinue reading “Movie Review – Captain America: The First Avenger – It’s Always Been Right to Punch Nazis”

DVD Review: Mickey Mouse in Living Color Volume 1 – 1935 to 1938

Sometimes it’s hard to believe there was once a time when Mickey Mouse was seen as more than just a character wandering around a theme park. With the release of Mickey Mouse in Living Color, we are once again shown of just why this character has grown to be one so beloved by so manyContinue reading “DVD Review: Mickey Mouse in Living Color Volume 1 – 1935 to 1938”

Movie Review: The China Syndrome – Yes, Let’s Build More “Nucular” Power Plants Part II

Written by Mike Gray, T.S. Cook, and James BridgesDirected by James Bridges I’ve heard people lately – mainly those lobbying for us to start building atomic energy plants again – stating that Three Mile Island was proof that all of the safeguards at the plants worked. I say they were damn lucky. The China SyndromeContinue reading “Movie Review: The China Syndrome – Yes, Let’s Build More “Nucular” Power Plants Part II”

Movie Review: Eye of the Needle – The Downfall of a Top-Spy is Almost Always a Woman

Written by Ken Follett and Stanley MannDirected by Richard Marquand I’d never been a big fan of spy thrillers, but Eye of the Needle is a film I’ve watched a few times over the years and enjoyed quite a bit. This was one of the first “adult” films my parents ever took me to see,Continue reading “Movie Review: Eye of the Needle – The Downfall of a Top-Spy is Almost Always a Woman”

Silkwood – Yes, Let’s Build More “Nucular” Power Plants Part I

Written by Nora Ephron and Alice ArlenDirected by Mike Nichols I have heard arguments lately for less regulations on corporations – that they will do the “right thing” and the regulations are often unnecessary and costly. Everyone who honestly believes that should view Silkwood. It’s based on actual events that took place, and highlights whatContinue reading “Silkwood – Yes, Let’s Build More “Nucular” Power Plants Part I”

Movie Review: Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds – Not As Scary As I’d Been Led To Believe

Written by Daphne DuMaurier and Evan HunterDirected by Alfred Hitchcock For quite some time I’d been terrified of this film. All I knew from my parents was that it was hideously scary, and not being a particular fan of horror films (and wanting to avoid nightmares), I’d shied away from it for years. When itContinue reading “Movie Review: Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds – Not As Scary As I’d Been Led To Believe”

Movie Review: Innerspace – A Comedic Adventure Inside the Human Body

Written by Chip Proser and Jeffrey BoamDirected by Joe Dante I can’t remember what my motivation was for renting this DVD. However, after watching Innerspace with my kids, I must say it was a good pick. Part Fantastic Voyage and part swashbuckling adventure, it made for a fun evening for all of us. Dennis QuaidContinue reading “Movie Review: Innerspace – A Comedic Adventure Inside the Human Body”