This year, April 23 marks the 455th birthday of William Shakespeare. The prolific writer penned dozens of plays and hundreds of sonnets. He coined terms that have become commonplace today. His brilliant characters and universal themes mean they have continued to influence stories through the centuries. From thrillers that will “make your hair stand on end,*” to Broadway musicals, these are not adaptations put to film. Rather, these movies use Shakespeare as a foundation to tell a story relevant to its audience. It’s been recommended that one “neither a borrower nor a lender be*, but we suggest making an exception in this case. And “as luck would have it,*” you can add these Shakespeare-inspired movies to your queue today.Read More
SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES (1980; Jay Sandrich)
This film was a discovery I was originally turned onto by the ‘80s All Over Podcast. Scott Weinberg professed his affection for it on one the episodes and got me on board (as did seeing the cast - which had a great deal of appeal). Written by Neil Simon, this film features one of Chevy Chase's best performances and yet another charming turn from Goldie Hawn. It also reminded me how much I miss Charles Grodin in movies these days and that I love that there was a time when he was the kind of high profile actor that headline.Read More
Researching movies from the 1950s, I found war movies, westerns, adventure films, and just a few that might have featured domestic life as more than just a backdrop. I found a few more made long after the 1950s. Neither of these depicted domestic life in glowing terms.Read More
There are few actors as prolific as Tim Curry. His 40+ years in the biz has introduced us to innumerable characters, from hotel concierge in Home Alone 2 to what nightmares are made of in the original IT. And as April 19th is his 73rd birthday, I’m celebrating by listing my top seven favorite roles of his in no particular order (because how can I possibly rank them?).Read More
Let us now praise terrible movies. And not just run-of-the-mill terrible movies. Today we’re going to look at movies that are so bad that they are worth a rental, if only for your amusement.