Coming to America – 30th Anniversary Edition: Blu-Ray Review

Coming to America, another classic pairing between Eddie Murphy and John Landis hits its 30th Anniversary with a blu-ray release from Paramount Pictures. Murphy created the story which Landis seems to delight in bringing to the screen. Basically a Cinderella story, the story follows Prince Akeem (Murphy) who objects to the idea of marrying someone…

The Lion King (1994) – Roger Allers & Ron Minkoff

Magnificent. The descriptor still applies to this now iconic Disney masterpiece, and one I got to revisit when I returned to the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book. Coming back to the family genre, this was the next stop. Containing themes of, well the circle of life, ranging from that of the ecological…

Judge Dredd (1995) -Danny Cannon

You need to worry about any movie that thinks it’s a good idea to use Rob Schneider as your comic relief, and this, my next stop in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book is filled with potential, but those involved just didn’t seem to get the source material. Danny Cannon presents a busy MegaCity, a fairly familiar…

Field of Dreams (1989) – Phil Alden Robinson

  The next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my screening of Raging Bull is this beautiful and highly enjoyable film from Phil Alden Robinson who wrote and directed the film based on the book Shoeless Joe Jackson by W. P. Kinsella. Kevin Costner plays Ray Kinsella, an Iowa…

Traielr Tracks: The Hunt For Red October (1990) – John McTiernan

To pair up with my look at Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit today, I thought it would be nice to go back and have a look at the original trailer for the first film in the series, the still amazingly brilliant techno-thriller, The Hunt For Red October. Starring Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Sam Neill, Scott Glenn,…

Trailer Tracks: Field Of Dreams – Phil Alden Robinson

Still another entry on my Top 10 of All Time list is Field Of Dreams.  I saw this in the theatre almost by accident.  Wasn’t sure what to see that night, and someone came out of an earlier screening and told me to go see that one, so in we went.  From the opening scene…

Trailer Tracks: Sneakers (1992) – Phil Alden Robinson

Now this is how you put a trailer together, it gives you a taste of the plot, and seriously ups the tension the entire way through its 2 minute run. With a star-fueled cast like this – Robert Redford, Ben Kingsley, Sidney Poiter, River Phoenix, Mary McDonnell, Dan Akroyd, David Strathairn, and James Earl Jones –…

Trailer Tracks: Conan The Barbarian (1982) – John Milius

My first introduction to Arnold Schwarzenegger was Terminator in 1984, but at that point, I was putting my parents’ video membership to good use, and coming home with 2 to 4 movies every weekend, and I finally got a look at this one. Co-starring James Earl Jones, Max Von Sydow, Mako and Sandahl Bergman, this…

Clear And Present Danger (1994) – Phillip Noyce

  Jack Ryan in the person of Harrison Ford returns to the 101 Action Movies list along with Patriot Games director Phillip Noyce in this adaptation of the Tom Clancy techno-thriller. This time out Jack is serving as the acting Deputy Director of Intelligence for the CIA while his boss, Admiral Greer (James Earl Jones)…

Patriot Games (1992) – Phillip Noyce

Phillip Noyce takes over for John McTiernan, Harrison Ford takes over for Alec Baldwin, and Tom Clancy’s techno-thriller follow-up to The Hunt For Red October, Patriot Games finds its way onto the 101 Action Movies list. Jack Ryan (Ford) and his family are on a working vacation in London, when he foils a kidnapping/assassination attempt…

The Hunt For Red October (1990) – John McTiernan

Tom Clancy’s techno-thriller, which I remember reading back in grade 9, when my friend Michael introduced me to it and after that, every Christmas until I 1989, I would receive Clancy’s new novel in hardcover for Christmas, was put to film by John McTiernan. Coming off of the incredible run of success that Predator and Die…