HE’S CRUDE. HE’S CRASS. HE’S FAMILY. When they have to leave for Indianapolis to deal with a family crisis, a suburban Chicago couple reluctantly call the unemployed, irresponsible uncle Buck (John Candy) to look after the kids. A comedy that offers perhaps Candy’s most likable performance as the ne’er-do-well whose sole purpose in the movie … Continue reading Uncle Buck
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
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
HEAVEN HELP US! Mary Cummings (Jena Malone), a good Christian girl who attends a Christian high school, gets pregnant and starts realizing what kind of hypocrites she hangs out with. It’s easy to sympathize with a movie that targets Christian fundamentalism, but director Brian Dannelly goes too far. After spending a lot of time making … Continue reading Saved!
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
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