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: August 2021

Happy September. September?! Holy shit – when did that happen???? Here’s all I watched & read in August, spent mostly in bed recuperating after a hospital stay. So I was allowed to watch a lot of stuff (what else could I do??). 🙂 MOVIES WATCHED IN AUGUST (ranked best to worst): – Man On Fire … Continue reading

Luca (2021) & Raya And The Last Dragon (2021) Reviews

Can’t believe I didn’t review these two big new Disney & Pixar releases right away. Well, I’ll be posting my June Roundup post next week but figured I better give these slightly more than just the mini-reviews in those posts. Here we go… Raya And The Last Dragon (2021) Directed by Don Hall & Carlos … Continue reading

Timecop (1994) Review

Timecop (1994) Directed by Peter Hyams Based on Timecop by Mike Richardson & Mark Verheiden Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Ron Silver, Mia Sara, Bruce McGill, Gloria Reuben Plot Synopsis: (via IMDb) Max Walker, an officer for a security agency that regulates time travel, must fend for his life against a shady politician who’s intent on … Continue reading

The Mitchells Vs. The Machines (2021) & Abominable (2019) Reviews

Here are two quickie reviews of two fun family films that I really enjoyed. The Mitchells Vs. The Machines (2021) Directed by Mike Rianda Starring: Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Mike Rianda, Eric Andre, Olivia Colman, Fred Armisen, Beck Bennett, John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Blake Griffin, Conan O’Brien Music by Mark Mothersbaugh Plot Synopsis: … Continue reading

Watched, Read, Reviewed: April 2021

Happy May! I watched way too many movies in April. I actually managed to review some, too! I’ll post the links to those & discuss the rest below. Here’s a quick list of everything I watched & read: Promising Young Woman, Spontaneous, Swallow, Bloodsport, Battleship Potemkin, The Innocents (1961), Audition, Sound Of Metal, Cat People, … Continue reading

Spontaneous (2020) Review

Spontaneous (2020) Directed by Brian Duffield Based on Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer Starring: Katherine Langford, Charlie Plummer, Hayley Law, Piper Perabo, Rob Huebel, Yvonne Orji Plot Synopsis: (via IMDb): Get ready for the outrageous coming-of-age love story about growing up…and blowing up. When students in their school begin exploding (literally), seniors Mara and Dylan struggle … Continue reading

Watched, Read, Reviewed: March 2021

Happy April! Hope everyone had a nice Easter. Here’s my monthly roundup of all I watched & read in March. As there was so much, here’s a list of everything I’m reviewing. So you can decide now if you can be bothered to scroll through all my blathering below… 🙂 Moxie, Elvis And Anabelle, Papillon, … Continue reading

Watched, Read, Reviewed: February 2021

Happy March, everyone! I watched way too many movies in February. To be fair, though, I did have a week off of work so what else was I going to do?! 🙂 Here are my quickie reviews of every movie & TV show I watched (and two books I read)… MOVIES WATCHED IN FEBRUARY (ranked … Continue reading

Remembering John Hughes On His Birthday

Today would have been the 71st Birthday of John Hughes. Being a part of Generation X, his movies obviously meant a lot to me as a big-haired ’80s teenager & it was very sad when he passed away in 2009. It’s also Molly Ringwald’s 53rd birthday today. How cool is it that they had the … Continue reading

Watched, Read, Reviewed: January 2021

Happy February! Will try to stick to my resolution to at least post these monthly roundups (and hopefully on time) this year. As January, the absolute dreariest & most depressing month of the year, was extra depressing this year thanks to the C word (not that C word) I watched way too many movies in … Continue reading

2021 Movies

I’ll be ranking everything I watch in 2021 in order from favorite to least favorite, just like I have for the films I’ve watched every year since 2012 (on separate blog pages). And if I’ve reviewed them, I’ll include the links to my reviews below. 🙂 2021 UK Movie Releases: Promising Young Woman – 8/10 … Continue reading