Flashdance (1983)

For too many years, the cliche has been that movies no longer have plots. I think what that really means is that in the past four decades, movies have become more focused on visuals, special effects, and music than dialog and pure narrative. The results are loud pictures full of fast cuts and set pieces […]

Bull Durham (1988)

After almost two weeks of focusing on the Boston bombing and keeping this site quiet, I’ve decided to restart film blogging. However, I’m not going to jump in by spouting off about something overly light on the assumption that it’s deserved. As a Bostonian, the attack was personal and is still fresh. It’s unlikely to […]

Holiday Movies

It’s the season for parties, decorations, fireside relaxation, and holiday movies. Many holiday movies. Too many holiday movies. Old holiday movies. New holiday movies. Some classics and some dreck. I’ll focus on the classics–at least, the better. We’ve all seen It’s A Wonderful Life (1945). If you haven’t, you must. It’s not just a Christmas […]

Blue Velvet (1986)

Blue Velvet (1986) was audacious, exciting, and original when it premiered more than 20 years ago. In retrospect, however, director David Lynch’s work doesn’t seem as groundbreaking as it once appeared.¬† I first saw the movie the night it opened in Washington, D.C. Based on media buzz and the interest of friends, I was so […]

John Hughes, 1950-2009

One of the people who made the 1980s such a great decade (at least for me) passed away suddenly on August 6. This loss is tragic, but we actually lost Hughes cinematically more than two decades ago. Beginning with National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983) (which he wrote), John Hughes wrote, directed, or produced some of the […]

Sixteen Candles (1984)

With his directorial debut, John Hughes sets the bar much higher than most teen comedies that had preceded Sixteen Candles. [imdb Sixteen Candles] Molly Ringwald gives an accomplished performance that shines brighter than most of her other work. Pretty in Pink was really the only other time she was provided a proper showcase for her […]