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Hoosiers

Hoosiers

Some sports movies work even if you don’t like the sport. You don’t have to be a boxing fan to like Rocky, and you certainly don’t have to like basketball to love “Hoosiers.” “Hoosiers” is a sport movie that really isn’t about sports, or even about basketball...

The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia

The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia

The only reason I ever heard of this movie is that I saw it at least a dozen times.  I lived in a neighborhood that had a neighborhood movie theater, which played final-run movies for weeks on end.  “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” played for...

Nighthawks

Nighthawks

Once in a while, a movie comes along that was decades ahead of its time.  That’s “Nighthawks”. Perhaps it’s better to say it was caught between eras.  “Nighthawks” is a Sylvester Stallone vehicle that should’ve performed better than it did.  It paired...

Wall Street

Wall Street

I must confess an affinity for business movies and that has stayed with me through the years.  “Wall Street” was really my first. Oliver Stone make personal films.  He fought in Vietnam, so he makes “Platoon,” “JFK,” and “Nixon.”  His father was a stock...

Beverly Hills Cop

Beverly Hills Cop

There was a time when Eddie Murphy was the single most talented new force in film. Although not my absolute favorite Eddie Murphy film, “Beverly Hills Cop” remains a great example of a film that is absolutely nothing without its star. As the story goes, “Beverly Hills...

…And Justice For All

…And Justice For All

I sometimes get into an argument with myself if this is a Norman Jewison film or Al Pacino film. It’s not a Barry Levinson film, although he shared an Oscar nomination for the screenplay. The script isn’t the best thing about this film.  It’s not even in the top...

Moonstruck

Moonstruck

This is one of those films that you’d think would have a pretty select audience. I grew up with and around Italians in Philadelphia where every discussion was at a dinner table, everything was debated at a higher decibel level than average, and someone was making some...

Hero At Large

Hero At Large

Ever see a movie that looks, feels, and sounds like a TV show even though you’re sitting in the theater? That’s Hero at Large.  A director who, despite directing “Lords of Flatbush” which launched Sylvester Stallone, Henry Winkler and Perry King, spent most of...

Jaws 2

Jaws 2

The original Jaws is generally recognized as an amazing film that basically created the summer blockbuster movie model. Summertime was not traditionally the time for audiences to stay indoors to watch movies, and Jaws changed that. The Jaws sequels don’t have any...