Rudy, Rudy, Rudy…

"Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed...Nothing will be impossible for you." (Matthew 17:20, NIV) Mention 1993's Rudy¬†and a lot of sports fans will get misty-eyed. My dad is one of 'em. Based on a true story, the movie follows Rudy Ruettiger, a guy who flew in the … Continue reading Rudy, Rudy, Rudy…

The Robinsons Jump the Shark

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me... Except for maybe the 1940 version, it's odd that Swiss Family Robinson has several adaptations beside the 1960 Disney classic. Why mess with a good thing, right? On the other hand, it's an easily tweakable formula. Find a family who's at odds with each other, or … Continue reading The Robinsons Jump the Shark

The Course of True Love

And now for our second Austen film in a month. That's kind of a record for this blog... ūüôā One of the nicest Jane Austen films in my opinion is the graceful and lovely Sense and Sensibility.¬†This 1995 charmer won Emma Thompson an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as a Golden Globe … Continue reading The Course of True Love

Make Me A Match

*harp music playing* Nobody does romance quite like Jane Austen, and today we're going to look at the 1996 film,¬†Emma,¬†featuring a young Gwyneth Paltrow before Goop, a young Ewan McGregor before Obi Wan, and a young Toni Collette before almost everything else she's done. And we can't forget Jeremy North as the super-romantic Mr. Knightley. … Continue reading Make Me A Match

Coming To America

Homeward bound... Who can forget when Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman were the world's It couple? And their smoldering chemistry? Who can forget 1992's¬†Far And Away,¬†when they put on Irish brogues? I saw¬†Far And Away on VHS with my friend, Nikki in high school, and we kinda got into it. During the last ten minutes … Continue reading Coming To America

Burton Meets Irving

Yep, it's almost Halloween. Amazing, isn't it? I don't know about anyone else, but I always like visiting Sleepy Hollow around this time, and this year I thought I'd review the Tim Burton version of Washington Irving's immortal 1820 story. For those of you who haven't taken in this film, be warned: This isn't the … Continue reading Burton Meets Irving

All For One, One For All

Hello again, Mr. Breen... Ah, The Three Musketeers. I remember watching the film when it came out in 1993 and thinking it seemed a tad derivative in the wake of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.¬†Both movies start out in a prison with guys getting done in for stealing. Both movies were scored by Michael Kamen … Continue reading All For One, One For All

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