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Out on Screen

Film and Television

Any movie fan worth his weight has certainly seen Steven Spielberg's groundbreaking dinosaur movie Jurassic Park. You may have seen it on the big screen when it was released in 1993, or a few years ago when it was re-released in 3D, or on video or television. Even if you haven't seen you're probably familiar with it.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Breakfast in Beverly Hills

There are many reasons that The Breakfast Club (Universal), the late John Hughes’ second film, remains so popular and beloved 30 years after its initial theatrical release. The story of five suburban high school students spending almost nine hours in detention on a Saturday (!) in the library at fictional Shermer High School, still rings true, striking a nerve in viewers in and out of high school.

I’ve been a fan of Melissa McCarthy since she stole the show in Bridesmaids and gave us a variety of characters to laugh at during her first hosting stint on Saturday Night Live (I have never watched Mike & Molly). Since then, however, she seems to be stuck in a rut playing the same slovenly, unappealing, annoying, sometimes repulsive character in film after film (usually written by her and her husband Ben Falcone). She tried to bring a little redemption to that character by letting it grow a bit in Tammy, but it was a little too late. Audiences seemed to tire of that persona and wanted something more from McCarthy.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Truly Fast and Furious

Movies featuring car chases have been around for almost as long as cars and movies have existed (see The Keystone Cops). 1968’s Bullitt is credited for having the first real “car chase” scene that made audiences feel they were part of the action, and The French Connection amped up the cinematic car chase scene by filming in the real streets of New York City with real traffic and pedestrians unaware of what was going on. Of course, more recently we’ve had the Fast and Furious franchise which features some ridiculously over-the-top stunt and effects work that have made audiences cheer.

I’ve been looking forward to the remake of Poltergeist because the trailer and the TV spots had given me hope that the familiar bits from the original would be there, especially that spooky clown, and they’d amp up the scares with some new stuff as well.

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