Halloweek: The Craft (1996)

Happy Halloweeeeeeen! Halloweek, TMP’s celebration of all things spooky, wraps up today with a film that is somewhat of a modern classic (or at least a cult classic): 1996’s The Craft. “We are the weirdos, mister.” Sarah Bailey (Robin Tunney) has just arrived in Los Angeles, her family moving into an old villa. At her new school, she struggles to fit in, at first. And … Continue reading Halloweek: The Craft (1996)

Birth Year Films: The Five Heartbeats (1991)

Last year, on my 25th birthday, I started a new tradition by filling that day of the blog’s schedule with a film from the year I was born: 1991. Tomorrow, I turn 26. Since I don’t currently post on Saturdays, today I’m carrying on the tradition for a second year, with a review of The Five Heartbeats (1991). At the end of June, I went … Continue reading Birth Year Films: The Five Heartbeats (1991)

Movies with dad: Learning to Love His Daughters’ Favorite Rom-Coms

My sister and I share a frequently-celebrated ritual of “Sister Movie Time,” a movie night hangout session often filled with the “chick flicks” of our youth. “Of our youth” is the key here. We discovered these films years ago, mostly when we were in middle school or early high school, and have been watching them on loop ever since. Naturally, given our ages at the time of … Continue reading Movies with dad: Learning to Love His Daughters’ Favorite Rom-Coms

Remaking the Classics: The Bachelor (1999)

In 1925, Buster Keaton released Seven Chances — a film based on the play of the same name. Just over 70 years later, in 1999, a remake of Keaton’s brilliant marital comedy was released. The Bachelor takes the tale of a man who must marry within 24 hours to secure an inheritance and updates it to the modern day. Jimmie Shannon (Chris O’Donnell) has gone … Continue reading Remaking the Classics: The Bachelor (1999)

Second looks: Notting Hill (1999)

Will Thacker (Hugh Grant) owns a bookstore dedicated to travel-related books in the London district of Notting Hill. He lives a modest life, struggling to keep the book shop afloat and sharing his house with an eccentric man named Spike (Rhys Ifans). Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) is a major Hollywood star who has found fame, but at the cost of happiness. She first meets Will … Continue reading Second looks: Notting Hill (1999)

What Rats Won’t Do (1998)

Kate Beckenham (Natascha McElhone) is a successful London lawyer who is marrying a man named Graham. In her latest court case she’ll be facing off against Jack Sullivan (James Frain), a fellow thirty-ish lawyer with a great track record and reputation for never losing. Sullivan is representing a 20-something, floozy American lass (Parker Posey) who is suing her stepson for his inheritance after the death … Continue reading What Rats Won’t Do (1998)

Multiplicity (1996)

Doug Kinney (Michael Keaton) is a man with a high-pressure life. Between work, his marriage to Laura (Andie MacDowell), and raising a daughter, he has little time for himself. His priorities, in order: First, work. Second, family. And at a distant third, Doug. But Doug just may find a solution to juggling all of the different responsibilities of his life when he’s approaced by Dr. … Continue reading Multiplicity (1996)

Favorite things about… You’ve Got Mail (1998)

The favorite film: You’ve Got Mail, a 1998 romantic comedy from the great Nora Ephron The synopsis: Two feuding bookstore owners – one the head of a big-box chain store, the other an independent bookseller – unknowingly correspond with (and begin falling for) each other over e-mail. The cast: Meg Ryan as Kathleen Kelly Tom Hanks a Joe Fox Greg Kinnear as Frank Parker Posey … Continue reading Favorite things about… You’ve Got Mail (1998)