Tag Archives: Penny Marshall

Hocus Pocus

IT’S JUST A BUNCH OF HOCUS POCUS. During Halloween, a teenager (Omri Katz) in Salem, Massachusetts resurrects by accident three wicked witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who have been dead for 300 years… At the time of its premiere, neither critics nor audiences cared much for this fantasy/horror comedy, but it has … Continue reading Hocus Pocus

Awakenings

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A SIMPLE MIRACLE.  In 1969, physician Malcolm Sayer (Robin Williams) arrives at a Bronx hospital; after successfully using a different drug for catatonic patients, he sees them miraculously ”wake up”. This adaptation of Oliver Sacks’s experiences depicts the obvious anxiety and joy of coming back to life after being … Continue reading Awakenings

A League of Their Own

A WOMAN’S PLACE IS ON HOME, FIRST, SECOND, AND THIRD. When America enters World War II, Major League Baseball is forced to change; a newly formed women’s league attracts unorthodox players… and one very reluctant coach (Tom Hanks). Big (1988) director Penny Marshall reunited with the star of that film for another charming comedy, this … Continue reading A League of Their Own

New Year’s Eve

THE ONE NIGHT ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. Garry Marshall followed up his ensemble piece Valentine’s Day (2010) with a similar film, made to entertain young and old as we contemplate the (romantic?) possibilities of a new year. The cast is full of stars, but focus tends to lie on younger, popular talent. What everybody has in common though … Continue reading New Year’s Eve

Jumpin’ Jack Flash

SHE DIDN’T KNOW JACK ABOUT BEING A SPY. Bank employee Terry Doolittle (Whoopi Goldberg) suddenly receives a coded message on her computer that turns out to have been written by a British spy. Whoopi’s first bad career move after breaking through in The Color Purple (1985) would be followed by many others. This is also the subsequently successful … Continue reading Jumpin’ Jack Flash