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…

Youngblood

Sports was never my thing. I played a little bit of soccer as a kid and a lot of baseball in the cul-de-sac at the end of the street, but I can’t say I was ever any good. Hockey was certainly never a game that was in my wheelhouse. Sure we played it in gym…

Kill and Kill Again

Today it’s time for a return to the world of martial arts cinema. Specifically, the martial arts cinema of South Africa. Yes, you read that correctly. The film even opens with a sequence filmed at Sun City, as in “I-I-I-I ain’t gonna play Sun City.” Following up his 1976 film Kill or be Killed, James…

King Solomon’s Mines

Back in the days of VHS, I taped tons of movies off of television. My mom, on the other hand, did not. There was one big exception, though. I remember her taping the miniseries The Thorn Birds. That thing took up like three tapes in our collection! To a teenage movie freak, that felt like…

Johnny Be Good

When talking about The Breakfast Club, the subject of which of the five teens we most closely identified with often comes up. I was definitely closest to the Anthony Michael Hall character. He was pretty much the resident geek of the brat pack in the 80’s, which made it more than a bit surprising when…

Shag

1985 was one of low points in Saturday Night Live history. It was the year Lorne Michaels returned to the show after being away for several seasons. For some reason, instead of bringing in a bunch of young comedians, most of the cast was filled with established film actors, both young and old. This is…

Forgotten Filmcast Ep 92: Wild Thing

We visit the urban jungle on the next episode of the Forgotten Filmcast for a film that borrows heavily from the Tarzan legend. Todd is joined by Rik Morgan and Danny Bennett from the Hail Ming Power Hour to discuss a 1987 film written by John Sayles, Wild Thing. Download the Show: iTunes Podomatic Your…