Archive for the ‘Classic’ Category

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Director: Richard Donner
Writers: Steven Spielberg (story), Chris Columbus (screenplay)
Starring: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton
Release Date: June 7, 1985
Runtime: 1 hrs. 54 mins.
MPAA Rating: PG

In our lives, there are certain moments, events that will always stick with us and elicit the same emotions they originally wrought those many years ago whenever we think of them. Things like weddings, births, deaths, moves when we were young. But there are other, less dramatic events, that can have a similar effect. A concert, a trip taken with family, or a film seen at the right time, at the right age. For me, The Goonies is one of those films, and today marks the 29th anniversary of the film’s original theatrical release. For people of my generation, watching it again is an enjoyable ride down memory lane; for those of younger generations, read-on – I have a real gem to share with you, one that you may have missed growing up.
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Director: Ivan Reitman
Writers: Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis (uncredited)
Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis
Release Date: June 8th, 1984
Runtime: 1 hr. 45 mins.
MPAA Rating: PG

 

 

 

This last Monday, Harold Ramis passed away from a rare vascular disease at the age of sixty-nine. For a lot of people, this “Harold who?” may seem to have very little impact on their lives; but if you’re a fan of comedy, a fan of anything funny, you’ve likely either encountered Ramis already, or have watched those heavily influenced by his body of work. And if you grew up in the 1980s like I did, you couldn’t avoid him even if you didn’t have a funny bone in your body. He wrote and acted in some of the funniest films of all time: Animal House, Meatballs, Caddyshack, Stripes, and of course, Ghostbusters. If you think this reads like Bill Murray’s resume rather than Harold Ramis’s, you’d be half right: the two worked together, with Murray often being the star (or scene-stealing bit part, such as his groundskeeper in Caddyshack) of the movies Ramis wrote. Ramis never hogged the spotlight, allowing others to shine, but those movies he appeared in would not have been the same without his uncomfortable, dorky-yet-human characterizations. In honor of Ramis’s passing, I’m going to review my favorite of his films today: Ghostbusters.
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The Princess Bride (1987) 3

Director: Rob Reiner
Writer: William Goldman (Book and Screenplay)
Starring: Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Andre the Giant, Peter Falk, Chris Sarandon
Release Date: October 9th, 1987
Runtime: 1 hr. 38 mins.
MPAA Rating: PG

Released the year I graduated from high school, twenty-seven years ago, I didn’t actually see The Princess Bride until it came out on VHS; however, from the first time I saw it, it became one of my go-to movies, one of those films that, if I’m surfing through the channels and see it on, I’ll stop, sit back, and enjoy it to the end. There are only a handful of films that are in this category for me, and although it isn’t technically or artistically one of the best films out there, it’s one of my favorites, and can hold its own, thank you very much.

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