Tag Archives: Chris Columbus

My 12 Favorite Christmas Movies

We’re one week away from Christmas and everybody’s making lists of their favorite movies. As always, some are debating whether or not Die Hard belongs on the list. Don’t be silly, of course it does. What says Christmas more than “Now I have a machine gun, ho, ho ho”…? Here are my 12 favorites, a mix … Continue reading My 12 Favorite Christmas Movies


GAME ON. In 1982, a time capsule containing among other things arcade games, is launched into space; three decades later, aliens use those games to attack Earth… The filmmakers expanded a 2010 short film for this comedy that looks like it wants to be a new Ghostbusters (1984), as it assembles a motley team (including … Continue reading Pixels

Mrs. Doubtfire

SHE MAKES DINNER. SHE DOES WINDOWS. SHE READS BEDTIME STORIES. SHE’S A BLESSING… IN DISGUISE. When Miranda Hillard (Sally Field) divorces Daniel (Robin Williams), he takes drastic means to be close to his three children, turning himself (with a little help from his makeup artist brother) into a sixtysomething, Scottish housekeeper. A huge box-office hit for … Continue reading Mrs. Doubtfire

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

New York City teenager Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) learns that he is actually the son of Poseidon, the Greek god, and that he’s in danger since Zeus believes that Percy stole his famed lightning bolt. This version of Rick Riordan’s first book in the Percy Jackson series is an obvious attempt to start another successful … Continue reading Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

I Love You, Beth Cooper

FIVE LITTLE WORDS CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE. In his high school graduation speech, nerdy Denis Cooverman (Paul Rust) tells the most popular girl (Hayden Panettiere) in school that he loves her… which leads to an unforgettable night. Director Chris Columbus returns to his roots with a John Hughes-type movie that shares a few traits with … Continue reading I Love You, Beth Cooper

Home Alone: Christmas With a Kick

A FAMILY COMEDY WITHOUT THE FAMILY. I love everything about Christmas. Most people would pick It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) as their favorite Yuletide-themed film, and it certainly is a wonderful classic. However, most Christmas Eves my brother and I have ended up watching another kind of blockbuster. Not because it’s the best Christmas movie ever made … Continue reading Home Alone: Christmas With a Kick

Harry Potter: The Education of a Wizard

LET THE MAGIC BEGIN. I don’t know what idiot decided that American readers would be too stupid to understand J.K. Rowling’s original title for her hugely popular novel “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”. Anyone with the slightest interest in alchemy knows what a philosopher’s stone is, but what the heck is a sorcerer’s stone? … Continue reading Harry Potter: The Education of a Wizard

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

SOMETHING EVIL HAS RETURNED TO HOGWARTS! Summer holidays are over and it’s time to go back to Hogwarts where the apprentice wizards find out that the Chamber of Secrets threatens to destroy the school. This dark sequel to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone came a year later and the two movies are pretty similar. Boastful professor Gilderoy … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

HE’S UP PAST HIS BEDTIME IN THE CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS. Kevin’s (Macaulay Culkin) family is ready for another vacation, but this time he gets lost in New York and runs into some familiar burglars… If I were a member of this family I’d think we were stuck in Groundhog Day; this is virtually a remake of … Continue reading Home Alone 2: Lost in New York