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

TAG – Five Flaming Hotties

I was tagged by blogger MIB (of MIB’s Instant Headache) to participate in the Five Flaming Hotties blog game thingymabob. So here are the rules as that’s a requirement and I don’t want a kitten to die or something if I don’t post them: – Mention the name of the blog you were tagged by, … Continue reading

The Gift (2015) & Coherence (2013) Reviews

Okay, these two aren’t horror films but they’re “mystery thrillers” (one a sci-fi mystery thriller) and it feels right to review them as part of October Horror Month. I love a good thriller! And these two weren’t too bad. Let’s discuss…  The Gift (2015) Directed & Written by Joel Edgerton Starring: Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, … Continue reading

Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Review

Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Directed by Denis Villeneuve Based on Characters from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick Starring: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista, Jared Leto Music by Hans Zimmer & Benjamin Wallfisch (Blade Runner themes composed … Continue reading

My Top Ten Sigourney Weaver Movies

Happy Birthday (soon) to Sigourney Weaver, who turns 68 on Sunday. Ellen Ripley is one of my all-time favorite characters in two of my all-time favorite films (only the first two Alien films really count). I’m obsessed with those movies – they’re definitely going with me to my desert island. As for Sigourney Weaver as … Continue reading

My Top Ten Stephen King Books

Happy Birthday to Stephen King, who turns 70 today! Welcome to Day Four of Stephen King Week. I’m posting something King-related all week. One book review (End Of Watch), two movie reviews (including 2017’s It), and two Top Ten lists (including My Top Ten Stephen King Movies). Today I’m posting my list of My Top Ten … Continue reading

It (2017) Review

Welcome to Day Three of Stephen King Week! King turns 70 tomorrow so I’m posting something King-related all week. One book review (End Of Watch), two movie reviews, and two Top Ten lists (including My Top Ten Stephen King Movies). Today I’m reviewing the recent It film. It (2017) Directed by Andy Muschietti Based on … Continue reading

My Top Ten Stephen King Movies

Welcome to Day Two of Stephen King Week! King turns 70 on Thursday so I’m going to post something King-related all week. One book review (End Of Watch, yesterday), two movie reviews (including the new It film tomorrow), and two Top Ten lists. Here’s my list of My Top Ten Stephen King Movies. I love … 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