The Ratings Game

Back in 1987 I remember going to see Throw Momma From the Train, which was touted as the directing debut of one of its stars, Danny DeVito. Well, it was and it wasn’t. It was the first film DeVito directed to receive a theatrical release. However, a few years earlier DeVito directed another film which... Continue Reading →

Thief of Hearts

In 1984 the producing team of Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer were hitting it big. They ended up scoring the biggest hit of the year with Beverly Hills Cop. The year before they had a major success with Flashdance, and now Top Gun was on the horizon. However, they did have one other film released... Continue Reading →

No Small Affair

1984 is the year that saw the beginning of the John Hughes era of teen oriented films, and with it the birth of the so-called “Brat Pack.” Hughes made big stars out of the likes of Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Andrew McCarthy, Ally Sheedy, and others. A somewhat fringe member... Continue Reading →


In the late 70’s and early 80’s haunted house stories were quite popular, spearheaded by the book The Amityville Horror and the several movies it inspired. I remember when the ads for today’s film, 1986’s House, first hit the airwaves. There were many low-angle shots of a dark and ominous looking house…very Amityville. However, though... Continue Reading →

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