Al Capone

There’s no place quite like Chicago.  I grew up there…it’s “my kind of town.”  One of my favorite things about Chicago is our unique crop of local celebrities.  Personalities like Harry Caray, Bozo the Clown, The Empire Carpet Man…but, of course, the one everyone knows, all over the world, is Al Capone.  The notorious gangster…

The Legend of Billie Jean

When it comes to the 80’s, “The Legend of Billie Jean” may be the ultimate forgotten film.  One of the many many teen films of the decade, it was forgotten shortly after it was released in 1985.  Thanks to home video and cable TV, many kids of the 80’s discovered the film.  But then VHS…

Young and Dangerous

I’ve shared several times about the fondness I have for the juvenile delinquent films of the 50’s.  They try, oh so slyly, to disguise themselves as exposing the dangers of letting your teens run wild, but they really just use that as an excuse to show the sort of nastiness that puts butts in seats.…

A Stranger Among Us

I’ve often thought that the mark of a movie that really makes an impact on pop culture is that rip-off films follow.  Take “Jaws,” for example, after it hit it big, movies were pitched (and eventually made) that were “Jaws with an octopus,” “Jaws with a killer whale,” “Jaws with piranhas.”  For genre flicks like…