Remaking the Classics: Out of the Past (1947) and Against All Odds (1984)

I never hear anyone talk about the remake of Out of the Past, probably because Out of the Past is practically sacred territory among classic film buffs. The 1947 noir is a film that I, personally, adore. Everything about it is great: the photography, the dialogue, the performances, the drama, the chemistry! It’s a well-made film in every facet. For those unfamiliar, Out of the Past … Continue reading Remaking the Classics: Out of the Past (1947) and Against All Odds (1984)

Modern classics: Planes, Trains and Automobiles

I love Steve Martin, and I love John Hughes. Why had I never seen Planes, Trains and Automobiles until last year? This film is one of those comedies in which everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. Martin stars as Neal Page, a man who is desperate to get home in time for Thanksgiving. He struggles to get a cab, but finally makes it … Continue reading Modern classics: Planes, Trains and Automobiles

HORROR HALF-WEEK, Day 3: Inferno (1980)

Welcome to Day 3 of Horror Half-Week! Today we travel ahead several decades, to the ’80s, with a look at Dario Argento’s Inferno. Previous posts from this year’s spooky celebration: Day 1 | Day 2 Rose Elliot (Irene Miracle) is a poet who has been living in New York City, surrounded by very old things. She lives in a very old building, and at the antique … Continue reading HORROR HALF-WEEK, Day 3: Inferno (1980)

Classics of the Corn: The Apple (1980)

Those of you who were alive in 1980, I must ask, what did you think the music scene would look like by 1994? Did you imagine that it would look like this? …because the creators of The Apple did. In just fourteen years between the film’s release and the year in which it is set, the minds behind this film thought that all musicians would … Continue reading Classics of the Corn: The Apple (1980)

Classics of the Corn: Short Circuit (1986)

Techno music plays as something mechanical is built in an assembly-line process and keys are punched on a (very dated) computer system. What’s going on in the opening of Short Circuit? The United States military is building robots, of course. “The most sophisticated robot[s] on planet Earth,” to be exact. These experimental robots are being tested for combat, and the military is officially presenting them … Continue reading Classics of the Corn: Short Circuit (1986)

Classics of the Corn: The Lair of the White Worm (1988)

An archaeologist in Harold Lloyd-ish glasses yells “YEEEE-HAH!” when he finds something… An amazing Scottish band sings about fish while people dance around a giant model of some sort of worm-fish hybrid… A delicious dish of pickled earthworms is served at a party… and that’s just within the first ten minutes of The Lair of the White Worm, the latest film to enter TMP’s Classics … Continue reading Classics of the Corn: The Lair of the White Worm (1988)

Broadcast News (1987)

Jane Craig (Holly Hunter) is a network news producer who takes her work very seriously and is completely dedicated to her job. Her work is frantic and she’s willing to do anything to make sure the stories she produces turn out perfect, even when that means editing up until the very last second. She finds herself attracted to news anchor Tom Grunick (William Hurt) despite … Continue reading Broadcast News (1987)

Classics of the Corn: House (1986)

“This house knows everything about you. Leave while you can!” Roger Cobb (William Katt) has experienced plenty of horrors in his life. He’s a Vietnam War veteran whose son has disappeared and whose favorite aunt has recently committed suicide. Despite these troubles, Roger has chosen quite the morbid career: writing horror novels. It’s been a year since his last book was published, and his editor … Continue reading Classics of the Corn: House (1986)

The Thorn Birds (Miniseries, 1983)

This miniseries is being reviewed for the Barbara Stanwyck Filmography Project. The Thorn Birds is a miniseries that ran on ABC in March of 1983. Adapted from the eponymous 1977 novel by Colleen McCullough, the story spans many decades in the lives of the Clearys, a family living in Australia. The series aired in four episodes and was nominated for ten Emmy awards, taking home … Continue reading The Thorn Birds (Miniseries, 1983)