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Christmas with the Kranks (2004)
"Good Holiday Comedy!"
Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd and Julie Gonzalo star in this 2004 comedy based on the novel. Allen (The Santa Clause) plays Luther Krank, a businessman who has a wife, Nora (Curtis) and daughter, Blair (Gonzalo). When Blair goes on a Peace Corps assignment in Peru, Luther decides to skip Christmas to save money and go on a cruise with Nora. Luther's plans change when Blair comes home and he and Nora try getting Christmas ready at the last minute with help from their friends and neighbors. Luther eventually learns he can't be selfish and that Christmas is about giving. Aykroyd (Trading Places) plays neighbor, Vic Frohmeyer. M. Emmett Walsh, Cheech Marin and Jake Busey are also featured. This is a good holiday comedy with a good cast I recommend.
"Good 80's Drama!"
Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, Chris Penn, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dianne Wiest, Frances Lee McCain and John Lithgow star in this 1984 drama. Bacon (Wild Things) plays Ren, a rebellious teen who moves from Chicago to small town, Bomont with his mother, Ethel (McCain). He learns that Rock music and dancing have been banned in the town for some time by Reverend, Moore (Lithgow). Ren also has difficulty fitting in at first, but soon makes some friends and finds romance. Ren eventually persuades Moore and the townspeople to allow dancing and rock music for the town's offspring. Singer plays Moore's carefree daughter, Ariel who falls for Ren, the late, Penn (Reservoir Dogs) plays Ren's new pal, Willard whom he teaches to dance, Parker (Sex and the City) plays Rusty, Willard's girlfriend and Wiest (The Lost Boys) plays Moore's wife, Vi. This is a good 80's flick with a good cast & great music. I recommend this.
Fast Getaway (1991)
"Not Bad Action-Comedy!"
Corey Haim, Leo Rossi, Cynthia Rothrock, Ken Lerner and Marcia Strassman star in this 1991 action-comedy. The late, Haim (The Lost Boys) plays teenager, Nelson who has spent most of his life with his father, Sam (Rossi) robbing banks. Soon, they have a falling out with former partners, Lily (Rothrock) and Tony (Lerner). Nelson and Sam attempt to rob another bank without them, but get caught by police thanks to Lily. Nelson meets Lorraine (Strassman) who claims to be an old friend of Sam's, but after Nelson breaks Sam out of Jail, he learns she's his mother he never knew. Soon, Lily and Tony decide to get payback by kidnapping Nelson and Sam attempts to rescue him with Lorraines's help. I remember when this used to be on TV a lot years ago, it's not bad and Haim and Rossi were great together. I recommend this.
"Pretty Good 80's Drama!"
Teri Garr, Peter Weller, Christopher Collet, Corey Haim, Sarah Jessica Parker and Robert Downey Jr. star in this 1984 drama. Garr (Mr. Mom) plays Wendy, a divorcée who has 2 children, Jake (Collet) and Brian (Haim). Weller (Robocop) plays Sam, the new man in her life who seems like a decent guy until Jake learns he's an abusive, drug-dealer. Jake intends to look out for his family and stand up to him. Parker (Sex and the City) plays Jake's girlfriend, Lisa and Downey Jr. (Iron Man) plays his friend, Lee. I remember this used to be on TV a lot years ago. It's pretty good, Weller is great in it and the rest of the cast isn't bad. I recommend this.
The Polar Express (2004)
"Good Holiday Fantasy!"
Robert Zemeckis' 2004 animated fantasy features the voices of Tom Hanks and Daryl Sabara based on the book. It focuses on a young boy (Sabara) who doesn't seem to believe in Santa Claus. On Christmas Eve, he finds himself on a magical journey when he boards an express train with other children heading to the North Pole which may help change his mind. Hanks (Forrest Gump) is great as usual, he provides the facial expressions of the boy and voices of 5 other characters. There's also nice visuals, a good score and Josh Groban's song, "Believe" is also great. I recommend this good holiday fantasy that will make you believe.
"Good 80's Romantic Comedy-Fantasy!"
Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, Eugene Levy and John Candy star in Ron Howard's 1984 romantic comedy-fantasy. This takes place in New York and Hanks (Big) plays Allen Bauer, a produce supplier who hasn't found love. That changes when he meets a mysterious woman, Madison (Hannah) who saves his life in Cape Cod. He eventually learns she's no ordinary woman, but a mermaid who also saved his life as a child. Levy (American Pie) plays scientist, Walter Kornbluth who runs into bad luck and the late, Candy (Planes, Trains & Automobiles) plays Allen's free-spirited, older brother, Freddie. This is a good 80's flick with a good cast & Hanks & Hannah have good chemistry. I recommend this.
Funny Farm (1988)
"Good 80's Comedy!"
Chevy Chase and Madolyn Smith Osborne star in this 1988 comedy based on the book. This tells of sports writer, Andy Farmer (Chase) and his wife, Elizabeth (Osborne) who give up city life and move to the country in small, Vermont town, Red Bud. Soon, things go terribly wrong for them when meeting odd, new people, getting into mishaps and finding unexpected things on their property. Andy also tries writing a novel and when Elizabeth decides to write too, they drift apart. I watched this growing up and always liked it. Chase is great as usual, he & Madolyn have good chemistry and the late, Elmer Bernstein's score is great as well. I recommend this good 80's comedy.
Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
"Beware Of Santa Claus!"
This 1984 horror film stars Robert Brian Wilson, Lilyan Chauvin and Gilmer McCormick. Wilson plays Billy, a teen who has been disturbed since he was a child because his parents were murdered by a thief dressed as Santa Claus. He's been in a Catholic orphanage where he was abused by the Mother Superior (Chauvin), but her assistant, Sister Margaret (McCormick) was always nice to him. Soon, Billy gets a job as a store clerk and when he's asked to play Santa on Christmas Eve, he goes into a homicidal rage making his way back to the orphanage. Scream Queen, Linnea Quigley (Night of the Demons) also appears as Denise, one of the victims. This is a pretty good slasher flick with a decent cast and chilling score. If you're a fan of holiday horror flicks like "Halloween" or "Black Christmas," you may want to check this out.
Children of the Corn (1984)
"Not Bad Horror Flick!"
Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, John Franklin, Courtney Gains, Robby Kiger and Anne Marie McEvoy star in this 1984 horror film based on Stephen King's short story. Horton (Thirtysomething) plays Burt, a doctor and Hamilton (The Terminator) plays his girlfriend, Vicky who travel through Nebraska and find themselves in a nightmare when they enter small town, Gatlin. They discover a cult of children who worship an evil god in the cornfields that forces them to kill adults. Franklin plays their leader, Isaac, Gains (The 'Burbs) plays Malachai, one of his followers, Kiger (The Monster Squad) plays Job and McEvoy plays Sarah, 2 orphans who help Burt and Vicky. This is a weird, creepy flick that isn't bad and features a decent cast & eerie score. If you're into supernatural or occult horror flicks, I recommend this.
Grudge Match (2013)
"Good Sports Comedy-Drama!"
Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Kim Basinger, Kevin Hart, Jon Bernthal and Alan Arkin star in this 2013 sports comedy-drama. This takes place in Pennsylvania focusing on retired boxers, Henry aka "Razor" (Stallone) and Billy aka "The Kid" (De Niro), 2 rivals who haven't fought each other in 30 years. Soon, they meet promoter, Dante (Hart) who talks them into having one last fight with each other since they never got to. They train for the event and deal with their personal lives in the process. Basinger (Batman) plays Sally, Henry's ex-girlfriend, Bernthal (The Walking Dead) plays her son, B.J. who is also Billy's son and Arkin (Edward Scissorhands) plays Henry's trainer & friend, Louis aka "Lightning." LL Cool J, Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield also appear. This is a good flick that obviously pokes fun at "Rocky" and "Raging Bull." It has funny and dramatic moments and Stallone & De Niro are great as usual. I recommend this.