Life of the Party (2018) – Blu-Ray Review

With a recycled plot that is straight out of an 80s film, the Melissa McCarthy vehicle, Life of the Party hits blu-ray and DVD this week from Warner Brothers. Despite using all of the university and college tropes that have been in play since National Lampoon’s Animal House, the film arguably takes the story and…

Miami Vice (1984) – Calderone’s Return Part I & II

This two parter sees the threat of the pilot episode come back to wreak revenge on Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Micheal Thomas). The first episode, originally aired as The Hit List was written by Joel Surnow, and first broadcast on 19 October, 1984. Sonny is due in court for a divorce…

Quantum Leap (1990) – The Great Spontini and Rebel Without a Clue

After the heavier subject matter last week, The Great Spontini is a bit lighter fare (partially, though it does deal with a heartbreaking reality for families, divorce and custody battles)¬†for Sam (Scott Bakula). Written by Cristy Dawson and Beverly Bridges, this episode first aired on 16 November, 1990. Sam finds himself as a magician,¬†Harry Spontini,…

Sing Street (2016) – John Carney

  Sheer joy. There were no other words to express my experience with John Carney’s latest film. Sometimes a film comes along at just the right time in your life, and serves to reminds you of something you’ve always known but you kind of need that obvious callback. And music does that. It doesn’t matter…

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) – Chris Columbus

  The final recommendation from my screening of Way Out West in the family genre of the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book is this wonderful Chris Columbus film starring Robin Williams, who turns in a wonderfully fantastic performance as Daniel Hillard. Daniel is a fun-loving voice actor, who can rarely take anything…

Anna Karenina (1935) – Clarence Brown

  It’s time to return the romance and melodrama section of the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, and the title under examination time is the 1935 Greta Garbo classic based on the epic novel by Leo Tolstoy. Garbo is the titular Anna in 19th century St. Petersburg. Her husband, Karenin is played…

Airwolf (1984) – Echoes From the Past & Fight Like a Dove

Stingfellow Hawke (Jan-Michael Vincent) and Dominic Santini (Ernest Borgnine) put the supercopter Airwolf through its paces in this week’s installment. First up is Echoes From the Past, which aired 3 March, 1984, and was written by C.R. O’Christopher. When a mercenary claims to have a lead on String’s brother St. John, Hawke finds himself falling…

Possession (1981) – Andrzej Zulawski

A bizarre, and troubling tale was recommended to me by this odd list I came across listing horror movies, the majority of which I’d seen, but this one I’d never heard of… After his turn as Damien Thorn in the Omen III, Sam Neill took on the role of Mark in this haunting and troubling…

The Palm Beach Story (1942) – Preston Sturges

Preston Sturges wrote and directed this screwball romantic comedy that is one of the recommendations from Bringing Up Baby in the Great Movies – 1oo Years of Film book I am working my way through. This one is a little out there, and deals with sex, love, divorce and money in an entertaining way, that…