The Coca-Cola Kid

Product placement in movies can be a big deal, and it often draws complaints from viewers. When Back to the Future Part II was released in 1989, there was a lot whining about all the products that were prominently featured, although I always thought it was completely appropriate to see future versions of companies like…

Heaven Help Us

I was a public school kid who spent most of his childhood walking back and forth to school each day. I only got to ride the bus to school for the two years I attended middle school. You had to live a mile and a half from the school to get free bussing and, as…

Hero and the Terror

I’ve heard said that back in the 80’s Cannon Films would divide the potential action scripts into two piles depending on which “Chuck” they were best suited for…Charles Bronson or Chuck Norris. Well, our film today is one that ended up in the Norris stack, apparently. As usual, the film is not terribly heavy on…

Avenging Angel

Back in the 80’s, you always knew you were in for something unique when you saw that logo for New World Pictures. The company started by Roger Corman had a unique batch of films during my teenage years, and they were quick to jump on any opportunity to do a sequel to one of their…

Smokey and the Bandit Part 3

Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 already has a strike against it as soon as the title hits the screen. It commits what I consider a cardinal sin when it comes to movie sequels…it switches the numerals. 1980’s Smokey and the Bandit Part II utilizes roman numerals to indicate it being the second chapter in…

Great Balls of Fire!

Th 80’s saw more than its fair share of musical biopics. From Coal Miner’s Daughter to La Bamba to, heck, Amadeus…there were plenty of them covering all sorts of music genres. Plus, the timing was right to look back at the golden age of rock’n’roll and its pioneers. Ripe for the biopic treatment was the…

Nutcracker: The Motion Picture

At the elementary school I attended it was a tradition that the third grade classes presented a production of The Nutcracker each year. No, it’s wasn’t the ballet, it was just a simple play. There were kids who played candy canes, snowflakes, sugar plum fairies, and all the various ethnic dancers. I ended up with…