CPD Classics: My Neighbor Totoro (1988) Review

My Neighbor Totoro (1988) (or My NeighboUr Totoro if you’re in England) Tonari no Totoro Japanese: となりのトトロ IMDB Top 250 Rank: 165 as of 01/01/2013 Directed & Written by Hayao Miyazaki Starring Voice Actors: Chika Sakamoto Noriko Hidaka Hitoshi Takagi (English Dub Voice Cast: Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, Tim Daly) Running time: 86 minutes Plot … Continue reading

CPD Classics: The Stepford Children (1987) Review

The Stepford Children (1987) Directed by Alan J Levi Starring: Barbara Eden Don Murray Randall Batinkoff Tammy Lauren Richard Anderson Running time: 96 minutes Plot Synopsis: The Stepford Children is one of three made-for-TV sequels to the 1975 film The Stepford Wives. In this sequel, Steven and Laura Harding & their teenage children David and … Continue reading

CPD Classics: Night Of The Comet (1984) Review

Night Of The Comet (1984) Directed by Thom Eberhardt Starring: Catherine Mary Stewart Kelli Maroney Robert Beltran Sharon Farrell Mary Woronov Geoffrey Lewis Peter Fox John Achorn Michael Bowen Running time: 95 minutes Plot Synopsis: (via IMDB) A comet wipes out most of life on Earth, leaving two Valley Girls to fight the evil types … Continue reading

CPD Classics: The Breakfast Club (1985) Review

The Breakfast Club (1985) Directed by John Hughes Written by John Hughes Starring: Emilio Estevez Anthony Michael Hall Judd Nelson Molly Ringwald Ally Sheedy Paul Gleason John Kapelos John Hughes (uncredited – as Mr Johnson) Running time: 97 minutes Plot Synopsis: (via Wikipedia) The Breakfast Club storyline follows five teenagers, each a member of a … Continue reading

CPD Classics: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) Review

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) by ME! Directed by Jeremiah Chechik Written by John Hughes Starring: Chevy Chase Beverly D’Angelo Randy Quaid Juliette Lewis Johnny Galecki John Randolph Diane Ladd E.G. Marshall Doris Roberts William Hickey Mae Questel Miriam Flynn Nicholas Guest Julia Louis-Dreyfus Running time: 97 minutes Plot Synopsis: The Griswolds decide to stay … Continue reading

CPD Classics: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) Review

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) by ME, Cinema Parrot Disco! Finally writing some reviews! Directed by John Hughes Written by John Hughes Starring: Matthew Broderick Alan Ruck Mia Sara Jeffrey Jones Jennifer Grey Lyman Ward Cindy Pickett Edie McClurg Ben Stein Charlie Sheen Kristy Swanson Running time: 102 minutes Plot Synopsis: (via Wikipedia) The film … Continue reading

CPD Classics: Sixteen Candles (1984) Review

Sixteen Candles (1984) Directed by John Hughes Written by John Hughes Starring: Molly Ringwald Justin Henry Michael Schoeffling Anthony Michael Hall Gedde Watanabe Haviland Morris Paul Dooley Carlin Glynn Blanche Baker Edward Andrews Billie Bird John Cusack Joan Cusack Running time: 93 minutes Plot Synopsis: Samantha Baker’s (Molly Ringwald) parents forget her sixteenth birthday. Plus … Continue reading

CPD Classics: The Wizard Of Oz (1939) Review

The Wizard Of Oz (1939) Directed by Victor Fleming Based on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum Starring: Judy Garland Frank Morgan Ray Bolger Bert Lahr Jack Haley Billie Burke Margaret Hamilton Charley Grapewin Clara Blandick Pat Walshe Terry Running time: 101 minutes Plot Synopsis: Dorothy. Kansas. Toto. A scarecrow, tin man … Continue reading

CPD Classics: WALL-E (2008) Review

WALL-E (2008) Directed by Andrew Stanton Starring (mostly voice) actors: Ben Burtt Elissa Knight Jeff Garlin Fred Willard John Ratzenberger Kathy Najimy Sigourney Weaver MacInTalk Music by Thomas Newman Studio: Walt Disney Pictures Pixar Animation Studios Running time: 98 minutes Plot Synopsis: (via Wikipedia) The story follows a robot named WALL-E, who is designed to … Continue reading

CPD Classics: The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Review

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Directed by Frank Darabont Based on Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King Starring: Tim Robbins Morgan Freeman Bob Gunton William Sadler Clancy Brown Gil Bellows Mark Rolston James Whitmore Jeffrey DeMunn Music by Thomas Newman Running time: 142 minutes Plot Synopsis: Andy Dufresne is a banker sent to Shawshank … Continue reading

CPD Classics: Hardware (1990) Review

Hardware (1990) Directed by Richard Stanley Starring: Dylan McDermott Stacey Travis John Lynch Iggy Pop Carl McCoy William Hootkins Mark Northover Paul McKenzie Lemmy Running time: 94 minutes Plot Synopsis: (via Wikipedia) Hardware is a British-American post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film. Inspired by a short story in 2000 AD, the film depicts the rampage of … Continue reading

CPD Classics: Adventures In Babysitting (1987) Review

Adventures In Babysitting (1987) (aka A Night On The Town in some territories. That title is even worse!) Directed by Chris Columbus Starring: Elisabeth Shue Maia Brewton Keith Coogan Anthony Rapp Penelope Ann Miller Bradley Whitford Calvin Levels Vincent Phillip D’Onofrio George Newbern John Ford Noonan John Davis Chandler Ron Canada Albert Collins as himself … Continue reading

CPD Classics: Pump Up The Volume (1990) Review

Pump Up The Volume (1990) Directed by Allan Moyle Starring: Christian Slater Samantha Mathis Mimi Kennedy Scott Paulin Cheryl Pollak Annie Ross Ahmet Zappa Billy Morrissette Seth Green Robert Schenkkan Ellen Greene Andy Romano Anthony Lucero Lala Sloatman James Hampton Running time: 105 minutes Plot Synopsis: Christian Slater, known only as Hard Harry to his … Continue reading

CPD Classics: Big (1988) Review

A note before I start the review: Since starting this blog, I’ve only reviewed movies I’ve just recently watched instead of attempting to review old favorites of mine. This felt too difficult for me as I’m not always great with words & feel like I won’t do these movies justice. I’ll attempt to do very … Continue reading

Watched, Read, Reviewed: October 2022

Guess I better post my October roundup before it’s time to post my November one. I don’t know if many people are still around on WordPress but I’ve set up a new Mastodon account here. I don’t plan to give up this blog – just going through a tough time. Am still on Twitter as … Continue reading

Watched, Read, Reviewed: June 2022

Happy July! Where has this year gone? And will it ever actually be summer in the U.K.? And will I ever stop complaining about shitty U.K. weather after 20 years of living in England? I know by now that we’re lucky to get summer weather for maybe two weeks each year. But when the hell … Continue reading

Watched, Read, Reviewed: April 2022

Happy May! I feel bad as I’ve been neglecting the blogs again. I also recently joined Letterboxd (finally) & I’m finding it far too easy to just quickly log & write very short reviews of films there instead of taking the time to put a full post together for each movie I watch. (Here’s my … Continue reading

Turning Red (2022) Review

Turning Red (2022) Directed by Domee Shi Starring: Rosalie Chiang, Sandra Oh, Ava Morse, Hyein Park, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Orion Lee, Wai Ching Ho, Tristan Allerick Chen, James Hong Plot Synopsis: (via IMDb) A 13-year-old girl named Meilin turns into a giant red panda whenever she gets too excited. My Opinion: First of all, here’s my … Continue reading

Watched, Read, Reviewed: February 2022

Hi All. I managed to review all of the below so here’s what I watched in February… MOVIES WATCHED IN FEBRUARY (ranked best to worst): – High Noon – Caught this on Film 4 & was happy to be able to cross another film off the list for my IMDb Top 250 Project that I … Continue reading

Watched, Read, Reviewed: January 2022

Hi All. Hope everyone is well. I’ve not been around as things are bad at the moment. But I do miss the blogs & have still been watching stuff (more TV shows than movies but still some movies). So I’m keeping logs of what I watch in Drafts & try to write short reviews when … Continue reading

Watched, Read, Reviewed: December 2021

Happy New Year, everyone! 2022. My god. Tried in December to catch up on the shitloads of 2021 films I missed. Missed everything in the cinema & the 2021 leftovers on services that I missed didn’t look that great anyway so it’s likely I’ll never bother with those now (but I do wish I’d seen … Continue reading

Ron’s Gone Wrong (2021) Review

Ron’s Gone Wrong (2021) Directed by Sarah Smith, Jean-Philippe Vine & Octavio E. Rodriguez (co-director) Starring: Zach Galifianakis, Jack Dylan Grazer, Ed Helms, Justice Smith, Rob Delaney, Kylie Cantrall, Ricardo Hurtado, Olivia Colman Music by Henry Jackman Plot Synopsis: (via IMDb) The story of Barney, an awkward middle-schooler and Ron, his new walking, talking, digitally-connected … Continue reading

My Top Ten 1970-1999 Horror Movies

Oh man – this was a hard list to do since the majority of my favorite horrors are from the ’70s & ’80s. I’ll also have watched shitloads, so am sure I’ve forgotten to add some great ones & I’ll be annoyed I forgot them. Oh well – I can update the list if so! … Continue reading

The Bachman Books by Stephen King aka Richard Bachman (Book Review)

I re-read The Bachman Books this year (a collection of four Stephen King stories originally published under his pen-name Richard Bachman). I don’t normally re-read books but it had been over 20 years since I read these. I remember absolutely loving one & really liking another but couldn’t remember anything very specific from either. The … Continue reading

Color Out Of Space (2019) Review

Color Out Of Space (2019) Directed by Richard Stanley Written by Richard Stanley & Scarlett Amaris Based on The Colour Out of Space by H. P. Lovecraft Starring: Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Elliot Knight, Madeleine Arthur, Q’orianka Kilcher, Tommy Chong Plot Synopsis: (via IMDb) A secluded farm is struck by a strange meteorite which has … Continue reading