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

Rocky (1976) Blind Spot Review

Happy Birthday to Sylvester Stallone, who turns 71 today! Guess I better review Rocky, which I’ve finally watched for Blind Spot 2017. Finally, right?! Rocky (1976) Directed by John G. Avildsen Written by Sylvester Stallone Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith Music by Bill Conti Plot Synopsis: (via IMDB) Rocky … Continue reading

The King And I (1956) Blind Spot Review

The King And I (1956) Directed by Walter Lang Based on The King and I by Oscar Hammerstein II Starring: Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Rita Moreno, Maureen Hingert, Martin Benson, Rex Thompson Music by Richard Rodgers Plot Synopsis: (via Wikipedia) The King and I is a 1956 American musical film based on the Richard Rodgers … Continue reading

My Top Ten John Cusack Movies

Happy Birthday to John Cusack, who turns 51 today! I love John Cusack. I’m of the age where I had (and, okay, still have) a massive crush on Cusack’s Lloyd Dobler from Say Anything. Thanks a lot, John Cusack! No boy can ever live up to Lloyd Dobler. You made a generation of girls have … Continue reading

My Top Ten Morgan Freeman Movies

Happy Birthday to Morgan Freeman, who is 80 today. Freeman is easily one of my favorite actors. Who doesn’t love Morgan Freeman??? Plus that VOICE of his! Perfect for God in Bruce Almighty. And just thinking of his Shawshank Redemption narration gives me happy goosebumps. Looking at this list, he’s only been in one movie … Continue reading

Alien: Covenant (2017) Review

Alien: Covenant (2017) **Spoiler-free ranting below** Directed by Ridley Scott Starring: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir Plot Synopsis: (via IMDB) The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination, and must attempt a harrowing escape. My Opinion: I’ll … Continue reading

My Top Ten William Sadler Movies

Happy Birthday to William Sadler, who turns 67 today. Sadler is a great “Hey, it’s that guy!“. I doubt many people other than hardcore movie fans could name him but most people will know his face. He’s been in 165 things according to IMDb. I’m a fan thanks mainly to his Frank Darabont/Stephen King connections. … Continue reading

My Top Ten John Ratzenberger Movies

Happy Birthday to John Ratzenberger, who turns 70 today. Ratzenberger was of course first mainly known for playing Cliff Clavin on Cheers & then for doing voices in the majority of the Pixar films. Thanks to this, he probably has the absolute best Top Ten of the many actor/actress top ten lists that I’ve done … Continue reading

Get Out (2017) Review

Get Out (2017) Directed & Written by Jordan Peele Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephen Root, Lakeith Stanfield, Catherine Keener Plot Synopsis: (via Wikipedia) Get Out follows a young interracial couple who visit the mysterious estate of the woman’s parents. My Opinion: Get Out was a pretty good and enjoyable … Continue reading

Artist Jordan Bolton Puts Objects From Studio Ghibli Films Into Movie Poster Form

It’s Studio Ghibli-related movie art so you know I have to post this… 🙂 I noticed an article about artist Jordan Bolton HERE at creators.vice.com because of my love of anything Studio Ghibli-related. You can see a couple more of his Ghibli object posters at my link to that article. I then discovered that he’s … Continue reading

La La Land (2016) Review

La La Land (2016) Directed & Written by Damien Chazelle Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt Music by Justin Hurwitz Plot Synopsis: (via IMDB) A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. My Opinion: So, this movie got a record 1,582 Oscar nominations yesterday (roughly). I finally saw it … Continue reading

2017 Movies

I’ll be ranking all the movies I watch in 2017 in order from favorite to least favorite, just like I have for the films I’ve watched every year since 2012. And if I’ve reviewed them, I’ll include the links to my reviews below. 🙂 2017 UK Cinema Releases: Baby Driver – 8.5/10 Guardians Of The … Continue reading