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The Blues Brothers Movie Review
From my other reviews it should be obvious: I have a deep, deep love of late-seventies-early-eighties comedies brought about by the perfect storm of the likes of John Landis and assorted Saturday Night Live inaugural cast like John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. Hereís the one with the best soundtrack.
Night at the Museum Secret of the Tomb Review
The latest film in the Night at the Museum series comes to a sincere and incredibly bittersweet end, with a sense of laurel-passing, while maintaining the campy humor found in the other two movies.
Home Alone Movie Review
A movie that introduced John Hughes to the 1990s and its children, directed by a guy who would make his name known to a generation of children in the 2000s by directing the Harry Potter films, who also wrote The Goonies. But does the film encourage violence against hobos? Maybe.
The Muppet Christmas Carol Movie Review
How do you take a classic Christmas tale that has some really screwed up imagery which we keep telling to our children and make it overly kid-friendly? You add the greatest comedy troupe in the world. Not the Monty Python. Not Broken Lizard. You add in Jim Hensonís Muppets. And they slay it.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas Movie Review
This was a perfectly serviceable live-action tribute to the works of beloved childrenís author Dr. Seuss that started an idea. A terrible, awful idea: copy-and-paste, pop-culture laden ransackings of childhood memories. But we can at least sit here and enjoy its sire, which is actually entertaining.
Trading Places Movie Review
Where John Hughes was the master of the PG-13 comedy in the 80s, John Landis owned the R-rated comedy category back then. This classic starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd amidst the high-stakes world of commodities training is a hilarious and surprisingly well-researched dive into the other side.
Dutch Movie Review
In this little-known John Hughes comedy, Ed OíNeill is the crass, no-nonsense Al Bun-- I mean, Dutch Dooley. His new girlfriend has a son whoís been a bit too influenced by his snot-nosed father, and Dutch agrees to escort the boy home for Thanksgiving, not knowing the horrors that lie in wait...
Liar Liar Movie Review
Fletcher Reede is an up-and-coming lawyer with a promising career and a terrible family life. Itís all about to change when his son makes a wish for him to stop lying, in what is possibly the most depressing plot MacGuffin used for massive comedic effect in the history of cinema.
Team America Movie Review
What happens when the demented geniuses behind South Park make a movie specifically to lampoon the United Stateís 2000ís-era foreign policy? You get, quite simply, the most raunchy, profane, over-the-top movie ever made (with puppets).
Beetlejuice Movie Review
This funny and spooky mashup from Tim Burtonís breakout period in the 80s is still a classic today. Itís classic Burton, with animation and art that canít be mistaken. Be wary though, even though this movie is rated PG, itís not really for little kids. But mom and dad will have a blast.
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