“Since the very first bedtime, all around the world, children have known that once their mothers and fathers tuck them in, and shut off the light, that there are MONSTERS hiding in their closets, waiting to emerge! What they don’t know is: it’s nothing personal. It’s just their job.” What a great way to advertise such a great movie. There are many wonderful family movies out there, and with films like these filling the genre, it’s no wonder that this is my favourite kind. In this movie, the are many kinds of monsters, but this story focuses on three. The big, lovable, furry blue, James P. Sullivan (John Goodman) “Sulley”, his wise-cracking best friend, the cyclopic, little green Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal), and the evil chameleon-like Russell Boggs (Steve Buscemi). Read more...(719 words, 104 images, estimated 2:53 mins reading time)
The 90s were a great time for Universal Studios. This was the time when they made some of their best movies, and Amblin was a name everyone knew would produce a hit movie. When Amblin took on Hanna-Barbera’s, The Flintstones, as a live action movie, somehow they knew they would produce a product that was pure family fun, and it remains so to this day. The formula for such a fun movie involves John Goodman as Fred Flintstone, and Rick Moranis as Barney Rubble. These hardworking cavemen would not be anywhere with there cute cavewoman wives, Wilma (Elizabeth Perkins) and Betty (Rosie O’Donnell). Pebbles (Elaine Silver, Melanie Silver) and strong boy Bamm-Bamm (Hlynur Sigurðsson) and Dino add to the cuteness, we even get to meet nerdy boss, Mr. Slate (Dann Florek), Add the BC-52s (fun alternative party band, The B-52s) to your soundtrack, and you got a movie that is about as fun as it gets. Read more...(691 words, 89 images, estimated 2:46 mins reading time)
This 1990s family film did not get much push or press, but it is one great movie. Based on the The Borrowers books by Mary Norton, the movie has a very warm 1930s UK look to it, even though the main family of “beings” are American. The Lenders live in a nice suburban house in some city we never learn the name of, which was left to them by Joe Lender’s (Aden Gillett) great aunt. They share the house with a family of Borrowers. Pod (Jim Broadbent), Homily (Celia Imrie), Arrietty (Flora Newbigin), and Peagreen (Tom Felton) Clock are people whom are are about four inches tall, have curly red hair, and “borrow” things from the Lenders to make their tiny lives a bit easier. Read more...(563 words, 54 images, estimated 2:15 mins reading time)
Take a break from the tradition fairytale, and come to the 1920s Big Easy, where the gumbo is hot, and the jazz is even hotter than a bottle of Tabasco sauce. The Princess and The Frog takes us from the antebellum mansions of New Orleans to the bayou which is home to trumpet-playing gators and a huge family of Cajun fireflies, but first we need to find out why Tiana, our heroine, is such a workaholic, and how she got caught up in a nasty bit of voodoo magic cast by the no-good Dr. Facilier, when that spell was only meant for Prince Naveen. Read more...(499 words, 4 images, estimated 2:0 mins reading time)
This film stars John Goodman and Peter O’Toole about a lost or should we say last royal and how he must be made into a king. I know that is some what simplistic but it is the plot of the film, it is in how the film is directed by David S. Ward that really makes it interesting. Who doesn’t want to see an average Joe or themselves become a king. Sounds good until you actually have to do the job.
In this film the entire royal family of England has been killed in a freak accident and Parliament and the royal staff must find a remaining royal heir. If they do not find one then the crown will pass back to the Stuart family and make a very distasteful member of that family King. That is where Ralph comes in, he is a down and out entertainer in Las Vegas. His grandmother had once has a tryst with the Duck of Warren and that is how Ralph becomes related to the royal family. It is there that the film really starts for all of the characters involved as they try to take a set in his ways American and turn them into a King Of England. Read more...(340 words, 2 images, estimated 1:22 mins reading time)