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Demolition Man

Demolition Man

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic made quite a few people remember the many outbreak films Hollywood has made.  It made me remember “Demolition Man”. Of course, it wasn’t for the main plot point of the movie – a violent cop and a violent criminal are...

Police Academy

Police Academy

When a comedy has 6 sequels, each of which got progressively worse until the final in the series hardly even made it onto a theater screen, it’s hard to judge the first one fairly, especially since it never would’ve happened without the classic film “The Right Stuff”....

Dead Man Don’t Wear Plaid

Dead Man Don’t Wear Plaid

In 1982, I was a big fan of movies I couldn’t possibly have seen from the 30s and 40s.  We actually had a VHS VCR in the house, but the small video store near my house had very few movies from that era.  But I read about them in tons of books at the...

Heaven Help Us

Heaven Help Us

Every once in a while, you find a film from youth that is full of great scenes with great actors who most people didn’t know at the time, but today has the makings of a classic. “Heaven Help Us” follows a group of Catholic School boys through pranks, dates and other...

Witness

Witness

There’s hardly any part of “Witness” I don’t love.  In fact, I wonder how a film like this even got green-lit.  Much of the supporting cast and the two writers were perennial television workers, the director had never directed an American film, and films...

Class of 1984

Class of 1984

I’ll admit it.  Many of the films I enjoyed as a child were supremely influenced by a PBS show called “Sneak Previews” with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert. They left the show in 1982 and went to network syndication with “At the Movies”.  “Sneak Previews”...

The Long Kiss Goodnight

The Long Kiss Goodnight

How the hell did this cost $65 million? That’s almost as much as it cost to make “The Rock” the same year, and that got us Sean Connery, Nicholas Cage and Ed Harris, and it got the studio more than twice that at the box office. But darn it, I love “The Long Kiss...

When Harry Met Sally

When Harry Met Sally

I became a fan of rom-coms because of “When Harry Met Sally.”  For once, the guy was a smart alec who didn’t look like a Ken doll.  One of those “He could be me” situations. And Meg Ryan was everybody’s high-maintenance but sweet girl next door. In fact, I...

The Incredible Shrinking Man

The Incredible Shrinking Man

I can’t tell you how many times I saw “The Incredible Shrinking Man” on television as a kid, but it was a lot.  This film is emblazoned on my childhood. Oddly, it gets very little respect.  It wasn’t a huge hit, and took a few re-releases to make a...