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“JAWS” movie poster cut (June 20, 1975)

Jaws (1975)

July 9, 2020 — It’s hard to categorize Jaws into a genre. It has elements of drama, suspense, comedy, and horror, and I guess that may be why it’s one of the best movies ever made. Based on a book by Peter Benchley and directed by Steven Spielberg, Jaws may have had a rough production that threatened its future, but there’s no denying its place in classic cinema today. When you mix in one of the most iconic music features of all time by the incomparable John Williams, you get an essential Criterion Collection film that may be in the top ten of all time.

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Independence Day (1996)

July 4, 2020 — Bill Pullman’s President Thomas J. Whitmore, wary of the suicide mission that looms ahead of him, steps atop a platform and surveys the sea of young, inexperienced pilots. They’re nervous, scared, and aware that this could very well be their last night alive. Whitmore knows this, too, but he doesn’t let anyone see his own reservations. Instead, he asks for a microphone and recites one of the greatest speeches ever to come out of Hollywood. 

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Lethal Weapon (1987)

June 24, 2020 — There has been a debate raging on the internet for years as to whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas movie. If Die Hard is a Christmas movie – which it is – then Lethal Weapon is definitely a Christmas movie. A significant scene in the first act takes place at a Christmas tree farm, the soundtrack is packed with holiday music, and the film ends on Christmas day. With all that considered, Lethal Weapon is not a movie to enjoy only once a year. There are plenty of reasons to watch this movie whenever you like… Read More »


Men in Black (1997)

June 17, 2020 — Not too long ago – or very long ago, depending on when your eyes grace this review – I was spinning frantically aboard the Men in Black: Alien Attack ride at Universal Studios Orlando. Somewhere between my stomach churning from the constant jarring motion and my lungs burning from laughter, my mind sparked a memory. It was of a 12-year-old me sitting near the middle of a theater, my still-impressionable mind about to observe a movie that would leave me fantasizing of civilizations beyond our own.

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Jurassic Park Poster Cut

Jurassic Park (1993)

June 10, 2020 —  Jurassic Park is the kind of movie that comes along once in a generation. There is so much to appreciate about this movie even 30 years later. Some people may not realize how quotable the film is, but we’ll get to that later. The more pressing issue is that this movie is nearly perfect and set precedents that films in 2020 strive to meet. Let’s delve into the magic of Jurassic Park and appreciate how great it was then and how great it still is now.

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Ghostbusters (1984)

June 9, 2020 — You know how people tend to latch onto movies and use them to completely define their personality? They watch the same movie ad nauseam until their significant other wants to lobotomize it from their memory? They’ll get tattoos inspired by the film, collect an absurd amount of apparel and merchandise over the decades, and will essentially become synonymous with the film to the point where anytime it’s mentioned, friends and family immediately think of them.

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The Goonies (1985)

June 2, 2020 —  Remember what it was like to be a kid and get into all sorts of trouble. You’d sneak down to the rock quarry or beach and make inappropriate jokes with one another, laughing about the most nonsensical stuff. Or maybe you’d scope out a friend’s attic, stumble upon a treasure map, and spend the weekend evading thugs while hunting down an old pirate’s stash of treasures… Read More »


He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

May 27, 2020 —  Animated television series. The mid-eighties to early nineties was quite the time to be alive for young boys. There were plenty of iconic cartoons like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, G.I. Joe and Transformers feeding our need for action. Before all of those iconic shows, though, there was one that kicked off the craze and remained popular even 30 years later. Of course, we’re talking about the one and only He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. To this day, anyone who was a kid in the early 80s will tell you how they look back at He-Man with fondness. To understand why this show about an alien bodybuilder fighting a living Skeleton was so popular, you must first know a bit about it… Read More »


Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

May 22, 2020 —  Beverly Hills Cop is a 1984 American action comedy film directed by Martin Brest, written by Daniel Petrie Jr. and starring Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley, a street-smart Detroit cop who visits Beverly Hills, California to solve the murder of his best friend.

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Top Gun (1986)

May 17, 2020 — When I sat down with Top Gun, I didn’t really know what to expect. Sure, I understood the basic premise and that Tom Cruise was some hotshot in the sky, but I guess I never contemplated just how “80s” the movie was going to be. To say it personified the generation may not be a strong enough statement, but more on that a little later. What I can say is that it’s not a movie for everyone, but it’s a movie that everyone needs to watch.

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