Stage To Screen: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

When I was going for my degree, I had to read a lot of plays, and one of my favorites at the time was Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. It's an existential absurdist spinoff about Hamlet's two college friends, and it's like Groundhog Day in that the action takes place around the title characters. … Continue reading Stage To Screen: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

I Am Spartacus

I've touched on 1996's That Thing You Do! before, and including it in our Five Days At the Fair fest is a no-brainer. That, and the recent untimely death of Adam Schlesinger, writer of the title song, make the timing of this review slightly more fortuitous. Written, partially composed, directed by, and starring Tom Hanks, That … Continue reading I Am Spartacus

Anybody Could Be Anybody

Good evening (oh, wait)... Every prestigious filmmaker has had their imitators, and there's probably more homage paid to Hitchcock than anyone. One instance of this is the 1997 David Mamet film, The Spanish Prisoner, a tale of twists, turns, betrayal, and secrets. Oh, and it features an unusually serious Steve Martin, but we'll get to that. … Continue reading Anybody Could Be Anybody

Run, Truman, Run

We all know that reality TV is ubiquitous nowadays. Any remotely unique scenario is potential gold, from building a tiny house to raising nineteen children to looking for The One. However, there's plenty of fakeness and staginess going on, even in the seemingly simplest of ideas. It's a pretty safe bet us normal folks don't … Continue reading Run, Truman, Run

Gettin’ Prehistoric, Bu-ddy

I was going to review The Mortal Storm this week, but it seems a wee bit too depressing and on the nose, so I decided to save it for later and go for something light. 1992's Encino Man was the winner. I got it a few weeks ago from the DVD rack at WinCo, and now seemed like … Continue reading Gettin’ Prehistoric, Bu-ddy

Selena, La Reina

Today is Selena Day in Texas. For those who aren't familiar with Selena Quintanilla-Perez, she was shot on March 31, 1995 by her fan club president, Yolanda Saldivar and died soon after. I had never heard of her before her murder, probably because she had been a niche artist on the verge of going mainstream … Continue reading Selena, La Reina

We Can Shop It Out

Malls. Remember those? OK, so it hasn't been that long since we've been able to hit a mall, but it feels like it. Anyway, malls are good for more than shopping and hanging out. Sometimes they're a good place to drop some deep, earth-shattering confessions. Woody Allen and Bette Midler did just that in the … Continue reading We Can Shop It Out

Johnny Depp Cleans House

How may I serve you? It's a pretty good bet that one of the more unusual films to come out of the nineties is 1993's Benny and Joon. Starring Aiden Quinn, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Johnny Depp, it paints a misty picture of mental illness, romance, quirk, and plain old love of many kinds. The … Continue reading Johnny Depp Cleans House

Grumpy Old Presidents

Well hello, Mr. Garner... OK, so 1996's My Fellow Americans is a political satire and, I'll admit, an ironic choice for an election year, but we're gonna roll with it. Heck, we're going to lay the irony on thick here, because 1996 was the year Bill Clinton and Bob Dole locked horns for the Presidency. However, I'm … Continue reading Grumpy Old Presidents

Entertaining Angels

When it comes to remakes, my longtime readers know I'm pretty ambivalent with a variable degree of distaste. Every once in a while, though, a remake will nail it, or turn out even better than the original. One of the good ones is The Preacher's Wife, the 1997 remake of The Bishop's Wife. Directed by Penny Marshall, … Continue reading Entertaining Angels

Wakey, Wakey

One of my all-time favorite holiday movies is 1995's While You Were Sleeping. I remember when this came out my guy friends were telling me I should go see it. Guys and rom-coms don't always mix, but the film is such a fun one anyone can talk about it and not lose street cred. Those who know … Continue reading Wakey, Wakey

Go Ask Shirlee

Siskel and Ebert At the Movies... Dolly Parton is a versatile lady, and we all know how she likes dipping her big toe into Hollywood. She doesn't do a ton of acting, and most of her film credits are now behind the scenes, but she starred in some classics. One of her last movie appearances … Continue reading Go Ask Shirlee

I Feel Fine

Nice to see you, Mr. Goldblum... I'm really not surprised that Gill decided to host a Jeff Goldblum Blogathon. We used to have Follow Fridays With Jeff Goldblum on Twitter, where a bunch of us would post Goldblum gifs and wish each other a happy weekend and stuff like that (Goldblumers represent!). I figured it … Continue reading I Feel Fine

Travels With Papa

Summertime, and de livin' is easy... Ah, summer. And ah, vacation season. Unless one is a too-cool-for-school teenager who's suddenly allergic to Mom and Dad, especially when there's someone cute to impress. Katherine Heigl in her pre-Grey's Anatomy days takes this to the extreme in the 1994 father-daughter comedy, My Father the Hero. It's an unusual movie, especially … Continue reading Travels With Papa

Go, Pre

Steve Prefontaine is known as the "James Dean of track" and is a legend among runners. A native of Coos Bay, Oregon, he was born in 1951 and died in a car accident in 1975 at the age of twenty-four. Though his life was short, he was a major star. Naturally, he's been immortalized in … Continue reading Go, Pre