Beach Ball

One thing that the beach party movies of the 60’s usually had was special musical guests. Usually these artists were new up-and-coming acts, so their…shall we say longevity…was not always certain. For every Little Stevie Wonder that appeared in one of those films, there was also The Pyramids. The 1965 film “Beach Ball” fared better…

Playing for Keeps

“Shakespeare in Love,” “Pulp Fiction,” “The Crying Game,” these are just a few of the great cinematic moments brought to the screen by brothers Harvey and Bob Weinstein.  They created Miramax and built a reputation for bringing art house fare to a wider audience.  In recent years, their films have often dominated the annual Oscar…

Victory Through Air Power

When Disney released “Tangled” a year or so ago, they promoted the film as being their 50th animated feature film.  Some Disney fans, this one included, have a problem with their math, however.  At least one film was left out of that count.  It is a film that very few have seen since it’s initial…

Belle of the Yukon

You’ve no doubt heard ads that promote films with the line, “nominated for 2 Academy Awards.”  But, that doesn’t mean whole heck of a lot.  I mean, Eddie Murphy’s “Norbit” was nominated for an Academy Award (makeup).  Being nominated does not insure a great movie.  Case in point: the 1944 RKO western musical “Belle of…