Tag Archives: Dan Aykroyd

My Girl

WHEN YOUR DAD’S AN UNDERTAKER, YOUR MOM’S IN HEAVEN, AND YOUR GRANDMA’S GOT A SCREW LOOSE… IT’S GOOD TO HAVE A FRIEND WHO UNDERSTANDS YOU. EVEN IF HE IS A BOY.  Summer, 1972; funeral director Harry Sultenfuss (Dan Aykroyd) hires a new makeup artist (Jamie Lee Lee Curtis) but at the same time his 11-year-old … Continue reading My Girl

Twilight Zone – The Movie

ON JUNE 24TH, FOUR ACCLAIMED DIRECTORS, GEORGE MILLER, JOHN LANDIS, JOE DANTE AND STEVEN SPIELBERG, TAKE YOU TO ANOTHER DIMENSION.  The classic TV series that ran from 1959-1964 gets a big-screen adaptation where four episodes are reinterpreted by an excellent bunch of filmmakers; there’s also a very amusing prologue featuring Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks. … Continue reading Twilight Zone – The Movie

Ghostbusters II

BE READY TO BELIEVE US.  Five years after the events in the first film, the Ghostbusters have been forced out of business… but a new supernatural threat against New York City catches their attention. The charm from Ghostbusters (1984) is still intact in this sequel thanks to the wonderful cast, with Peter MacNicol adding fun … Continue reading Ghostbusters II


WHO YOU GONNA CALL? When one of New York City’s oldest buildings appears to be haunted, two parapsychologists jump at the chance to see an actual ghost, and drag a skeptical friend (Kristen Wiig) along. The folks behind the original franchise long tried to get a third movie made, but instead we got a remake … Continue reading Ghostbusters


THEY’RE HERE TO SAVE THE WORLD. Parapsychologists Pete Venkman, Ray Stantz and Egon Spengler (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis) start a business where they hunt ghosts in New York City, but a particularly dangerous demon is about to present itself. One of the biggest hits of the 1980s has become a much-loved classic with … Continue reading Ghostbusters

Trading Places

THEY’RE NOT JUST GETTING RICH… THEY’RE GETTING EVEN. Two wealthy brothers (Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche) make a wager where they scheme to have two men (one rich, one poor) switch places in life – what will be the outcome? An old formula for this comedy, but in the hands of John Landis it still feels … Continue reading Trading Places


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

Behind the Candelabra

What Steven Soderbergh announced as his “final” film (ha!) is a straightforward HBO biopic detailing the love affair between flamboyant Vegas entertainer Liberace and the decades-younger lover he took in the late 1970s. Seen from Scott Thorson’s perspective, it was a relationship begun with open eyes but turned into a bizarre rollercoaster of kitsch, drugs, … Continue reading Behind the Candelabra

Driving Miss Daisy: The Burden of an Oscar

When people list the movies they feel did not deserve to win a Best Picture Oscar, this one often comes up. I agree. The other nominees of that year included My Left Foot, Field of Dreams, Born on the Fourth of July and Dead Poets Society. Each one of them achieved something greater than Driving … Continue reading Driving Miss Daisy: The Burden of an Oscar

The Great Outdoors

THE WILDLIFE IS WILD, BUT HIS BROTHER-IN-LAW IS UNBEARABLE. Chet and Connie Ripley (John Candy, Stephanie Faracy) are enjoying their summer vacation in Wisconsin with the kids when a visit from Connie’s sister’s annoying yuppie husband (Dan Aykroyd) turns everything upside down. In John Hughes’s Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987), Candy was the overbearing one; … Continue reading The Great Outdoors

The Campaign

MAY THE BEST LOSER WIN. Four-term North Carolina Congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) usually stands unopposed, but this time he’s challenged by a Republican newcomer, the meek-looking Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis). The same year as Jay Roach chronicled Sarah Palin’s path to the GOP vice-presidential nomination in Game Change, he also poked fun at political … Continue reading The Campaign