Sick Day Movies

October 30, 2008

My twins are sick today so we are hosting our own mini Scooby Doo marathon.  Scooby Doo has the most movies they can agree on. 

If it was just my daughter, we’d be watching princess movies all day.  My son would rather spend the day watch movies like Cars and Speed Racer.

But that’s okay, because sick days are meant to snuggle under a blanket, curl up on the couch and watch that one or two movies that really seem to connect to you.

My husband loves to watch the Matrix trilogy when he’s sick.  It’s the only time he really gets to watch them uninterrupted.

My sick day movies are little less cohesive:  Eddie and the Cruisers, The Lost Boys and A Knight’s Tale.

I know that Eddie is a little off beat, probably why I like it.  But I love the music in the show.  The Lost Boys has been a favorite of my since I was a teen.  And I don’t even know why I like A Knight’s Tale, except maybe for the eye candy Heath Ledger.

Yeah, I know it’s a weird collection, but that’s what sick days are for – to bring out those movies that you don’t necessarily watch with family and friends.

What is your favorite sick day movie(s)?


What Movie is Your Soul Mate Deal Breaker?

September 23, 2008

Last night on the Season 4 premiere of How I Met Your Mother, we find out that a recently engaged Ted spent the entire summer mooning over his fiancé only to discover that he really doesn’t know anything about Stella.

Eric McCandless/FOX

How I Met Your Mother - Season 4 - "Do I Know You?" - Sarah Chalke as Stella and Josh Radnor as Ted. Courtesy Eric McCandless/Fox

He doesn’t know the color of her eyes, the foods she is allergic to, her favorite color and most importantly what she thinks of his favorite movie.

In Ted’s quest to determine if Stella really is the woman he can spend the rest of his life with, he stages a movie watching session to determine how she reacts to Star Wars, his all time favorite movie.

Hilarity ensues as he watches her watch the movie.  In the end, Stella hates the movie, but tells Ted she loves it and in an ahhhhh moment confesses to Marshall that she’s comfortable with pretending to like Star Wars for the rest of her life if it means she can be with Ted.

But the scene immediately generated a conversation in our household.  What movie is so important to you that your significant other must like it if you two are to spend the rest of your lives together?

My husband immediately agreed with the Star Wars choice and added his favorite John Wayne movie, The Searchers – both of which, fortunately, I happen to like.

Then after a moment, he decides that it really is a wonder that he married me because his deal breaker movie is The Christmas Story

I quickly explain – you know my marriage is on the line here – that I do like that movie.  I just don’t feel the need to watch it for 24 hours straight.

My deal breaker is a little harder to define.  I know right off that any chick flick is out when talking to a guy.  If I go with my sick day movie, the movie I fall back on when I need cheering up or time to zone out, then I’d have to say The Lost Boys.

My husband will never watch the movie as often as I do.  And I can’t call it his favorite, but at least he didn’t boo at it.

I guess the morale of the story is that you don’t have to share the same favorite movies, but you do have to at least be able tolerate each other’s favorites.

So then, what movie is a deal breaker for you if your significant other doesn’t like it?  (Please say I’m not causing any divorces or break ups by asking this!)


Trailer for Lost Boys Sequel Promises to Raise the Stakes

March 14, 2008

Sleep all day.  Party all night.  Never grow old. Never die.

Every child of the ‘80s knows this tag line.  It’s from the cult hit The Lost Boys — one of my favorite guilty pleasures.

Edgar FrogFor the last 20 years, I have enjoyed the tale of Sam Emerson (Corey Haim) partnering with Edgar (Corey Feldman) and Alan (Jamison Newlander) Frog to save his brother Michael (Jason Patric) from becoming a vampire and joining the likes of David (Keifer Sutherland) and his bloodsucking friends.

So when I heard about a sequel last April, you’d think I would have been ecstatic.  But then I read that it was going to be a direct-to-DVD release and involve surfing vampires.

Since I can’t recall ever being impressed by a direct-to video sequel and the thought of surfing vampires (I thought they couldn’t be in the sun) seemed absurd, I put The Lost Boys 2:  The Tribe out of my mind.

That is until I saw the trailer for the new movie.

The trailer looks like a second-generation of the first movie, complete with the Frog brothers to the rescue.  Sure the movie doesn’t look it’s going to score high in the originality category with blood being substituted for wine again and more vamps on motorcycles, but it still looks like a fun movie.

Besides the movie stars Autumn Reeser who I came to love as the chatty, but insecure Taylor Townsend that eventually wins the heart of Ryan Atwood (Benjamin McKenzie) on The O.C.  I would enjoy seeing her again.

The Tribe picks up 21 years after its predecessor.  Feldman and Newlander reprise their roles as the Frog brothers, who have embraced their life as vampire slayers, becoming the leading authorities in their field (I’m not sure Buffy would agree).  In addition, word is that Haim will return as Sam, although he is not seen in the trailer. 

Recycled plot aside, the film links itself back to the original through character connections.

In the sequel, Sam’s niece and nephew lose their parents in a car accident.  Would that make Chris (Tad Hildenbrink) and Nicole (Reeser) Emerson Michael’s children?  I wonder if Star (Jami Getz) was their mom.

Needless to say, as orphans they are sent to live with their Aunt Jillian (Gabrielle Rose) in Luna Bay, another small seaside town.  I’m not sure who Jillian is – Sam’s wife or a maternal relative.  But either way, you can expect the brother-sister duo to run into an undead problem.

And who’s the big bad in this movie?  A vamp named Shane (Angus Sutherland, Keifer’s younger half-brother).  When Nicole falls under his spell, Chris turns to the Frog brothers for help.

Although the movie continues to be listed as direct-to-DVD, Feldman said in an interview with MTV that it hasn’t yet been decided whether it will be a theatrical or a DVD release.

If the movie does go to the theaters, although I think Feldman is just being optimistic, I’ll be shelling out my nine bucks.  I’m not really buying into the tag line “Raising the Stakes” and I know I’m probably in for a let down, but the thought of a Lost Boys franchise is so appealing.

The movie is currently scheduled for a July 2008 release.

So what do you think?  Is the movie worth seeing?


What’s Your Favorite Movie to Watch at Halloween?

October 26, 2007

It’s that time again — for all things creepy and spooky to come out and play.  But the real question is what will you snuggle up with on your couch in the darkest corner of your living room for a spine-tingling night of the best of the best in hair-raising Halloween films?

The array of frightening and suspenseful movies is unending this time of year.  What is on your plate for an eerie and scary night of Halloween movie delight?

Below is my Top 10 list of Movies to watch for Halloween fun.  I will warn you that I not a big horror movie fan, so you won’t find much in the way of slasher films on my list.  Feel free to add your favorites in the comment section below.

Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes1.  Something Wicked this Way Comes
Ray Bradbury’s tale of two boys who discover the secrets of an evil carnival where everyone in their town goes to make their dreams come true tops my viewing list.  This movie gave me goose bumps as a kid and for that reason alone I watch it every year at Halloween.

2.  Sleepy Hollow
Although the story of the headless horseman has been told many times, Tim Burton’s version is still my favorite.

3.  Scream
As I said I’m too big of a chicken to watch many slasher films, but the way this movie pokes fun at them keeps me laughing too much to be too afraid.

4.  Practical Magic
Not really a scary movie (unless you get on the wrong side of these witches), Practical Magic is a fun look at the love lives of (as my husband would say) two hot witches.

5.  Brothers Grimm
The dark and scary said of all our favorite fairytales.  How can you miss this one on Halloween?

6.  Van Helsing
This movie has all your favorite monsters — vampires, werewolves, even Frankenstein. 

7.  Underworld
A look at the epic battle between Vampires and Werewolves.  Who knew the undead’s life was so complicated?

8.  The Lost Boys
Okay, I have a thing for vampires.  But you have to admit this movie has one good-looking group of vamps.  And beside, who wants to miss the ’80s hijinx of the two Coreys.

9.  Ghostbusters
What’s Halloween without a few ghosts and spirits?  And don’t forget the StayPuft Marshmallow Man.  Hmmm . . . suddenly I’m in the mood for s’mores. 

10.  It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
I don’t care how old you are.  It’s not Halloween until you’ve seen Linus waiting in the pumpkin patch for the Great Pumpkin.

So now you know my DVD line up for the weekend, what’s yours?


What’s with all the sequels to ’80s movies going directly to DVD?

May 3, 2007

Is Warner Brothers single-handedly trying to ruin my favorite ’80s movies with less than stellar sequels that go directly to DVD?

BeetlejuiceFirst, WB announced that it would do a direct-to-DVD sequel to the cult favorite The Lost BoysNow, apparently WB is planning a Beetlejuice 2, also directly to DVD.

You won’t get any argument from me that several of these movies do indeed deserve sequels.  In fact, I’d love to see a quality sequel to either of the above movies.  But if you are going to do a sequel, do it right.  Don’t ruin the franchise in the process.  We all know that direct-to-DVD means cheap with minimal effort.  Can anyone name one direct-to-DVD movie that is worthwhile?

But direct-to-DVD seems to be Warner Brothers’ new motto.  In fact, last summer, WB set up a new division, Warner Premiere, for exactly that purpose.

“Consumers today have more ways than ever to access content, which naturally increases the need for all forms of programming, especially in the DVD originals arena,” said Kevin Tsujihara, President, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group.  “With Warner Premiere, we’re creating an additional stream of new, high-quality, ‘fan-ready’ DVDs that will be supported by top-notch marketing to help them standout in the increasingly crowded marketplace.”

In other words, WB has found another way to pull money out of the pockets of the same die hard fans that have kept these cult favorites alive and turned them into classics. 

WB is even planning sequels to movies that haven’t hit the theaters yet.  Already in the works is a sequel to the big screen version of the ’60s TV series Get Smart to be released just 10 days after the movie hits theaters next summer. 

The sequel will not be a traditional follow up to the main characters; instead it will focus on the secondary characters.  And according to the Wall Street Journal, more studios are trying to cut these package deals with actors and writers to include the theatrical release and the DVD sequel.

Warner Premiere’s goal is to release 15 of these DVD movies annually and they are promising quality. 

“While the films and shorts produced by Warner Premiere will be produced under a new business model, they will have no creative constraints on them and should not be thought of as low-budget or second-rate in any way,” said Jeff Robinov, President, Production, Warner Bros. Pictures. 

But without the theatrical release, WB will never get the same stars to reprise their roles, let alone the directors.  Anyway you cut it, you end of with a second-rate product.

I know WB isn’t the only one doing it.  Disney has been making DVD sequels for years.  And even as a huge Disney fan, I haven’t found any of them interesting enough to watch, let alone buy.

My only hope is that no one will buy or watch these sequels and the studios will give up on these efforts.  And long live the originals!


‘The Lost Boys’ part of the 2007 Rolling Roadshow

May 1, 2007

The ’80s film, The Lost Boys will be featured as part of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s Rolling Roadshow.  The roadshow takes a large projection truck and travels across country showing classic movies and cult favorites in cool locales that usually have some connection to the film itself.

The Lost BoysFor instance, The Lost Boys will be shown on Wednesday, July 25th at 8:45 p.m. on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk as a part of the boardwalk’s 100th anniversary.   Several of the scenes from The Lost Boys were filmed on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

But the roadshow is more than just a screening of the film.  Each showing includes lots of extras for the die hard fans from original movie trailers to movie-specific trivia and games to a chance to meet some of the film’s stars.  Currently the roadshow is in talks with Corey Haim and Corey Feldman to be on hand for the screening of The Lost Boys.

The Rolling Roadshow is free.  However, each showing offers special VIP passes for a mere $30.  These passes include special reserved seating, a limited edition event poster, and an invitation to the After Party sponsered by Dewars.

Here’s the list of the rest of the tour:

  • July 18 — Fandango in San Elizario, Texas
  • July 20 — Friday in South Central Los Angeles, California
  • July 28 — Stand By Me in Brownsville, Oregon
  • July 31 — North By Northwest at Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota
  • August 3 — Goldfinger at Fort Knox, Kentucky
  • August 5 — A Christmas Story at the newly renovated Christmas Story house in Cleveland, Ohio
  • August 10 — A Dusk-to-Dawn John Waters Marathon in Baltimore, Maryland
  • August 12 — Deliverance on the Chattooga River near Clayton, Georgia
  • August 14 — A Burt Reynolds-athon at the Starlight Six Drive-In in Atlanta, Georgia
  • August 15 — Smokey and the Bandit at The Four State Fairgrounds in Texarkana, Arkansas

Too bad we couldn’t get the Rolling Roadshow out to Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia for the 20th anniversary of Dirty Dancing.  Now, I have to figure out how to get my husband to head to Santa Cruz at the end of July. Hmm . . .


Top 10 ’80s Movies I Can’t Live Without

April 24, 2007

Here are the Top 10 ’80s movies that I cannot live without.  Let me warn you this list isn’t about box office blockbusters or award-winning films.  No, these movies are hits of my youth and remind me of a time when I had few cares and was focused on the living in the moment.

This list is about those movies that I watch when I need a pick me up.  These films are what my husband calls “sick day” movies — you know, you watch them when you are sick.  These movies are the ones I watch when I don’t want to be challenged intellectually, when I don’t want to be educated, when I don’t want to be wowed with their artsy perspective — just when I just want to be entertained.

Here’s my Top 10 ’80s movies:

The Lost Boys1. The Lost Boys (1987)
What’s not to love about this teen angst movie filled with sexy vamps.  The movie’s tagline says it all:  “Party all night.  Sleep all day.  Never grow old.  Never die.  It’s fun to be a vampire.”

2.  The Breakfast Club (1985)
The original brat pack movie, proved that we are all misfits.  It didn’t matter what click we belonged to or what walk of life we came from, the teenage years were hard on us all.  And this movie made me very thankful that my high school never had Saturday detention.

3.  St. Elmo’s Fire (1985)
In high school we all dreamed about the time when we would finally be out of high school and living the “high life.”  This movie taught us that growing up isn’t as easy as it looks.  Now looking back, this movie makes me appreciate my life — no matter how much I’ve screwed up, at least I’ve managed better than this group.

Eddie and the Cruisers4.  Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)
Although a bit obscure, this movie is one great rock ‘n roll film.  I absolutely love the music in this movie.  Who hasn’t wondered about life in a hit rock ‘n roll band?

5.  Dirty Dancing (1987)
It’s not the timeless love story that does it for me.  It’s the dancing.  I love a movie with guys that dance well — especially if one of them is Patrick Swayze!   And remember, “nobody puts Baby in a corner.”

6.  Goonies (1985)
Who doesn’t want to go on this adventure with the “goonies” with a lost pirate map through booby traps to find a hidden treasure to save their parents and their homes?  Ahh, to be that young and impetuous again . . .  And did I mention Sloth?  I’ve never look at a Baby Ruth the same again.

7.  Beetle Juice (1988)
You gotta love a movie where you cheer for the dead guys!  By and far one of Michael Keaton’s best performances.  Just the right blend of spooky, funny and imagination. 

8.  Ghost Busters (1984)
Stay Puft Marshmellow ManThe Stay Puft Marshmallow Man?  Need I say more.  Seriously, this movie had a fabulously funny cast that will have you shouting “Ghost Busters” every time you hear someone say “Who ya going to call?”

9.  Weekend at Bernie’s (1989)
No matter how bad I’m feeling, at least I’m better off than Bernie.  This movie is every working joe’s revenge for an unsatisfying job (or at least unsatisfying day on the job).

10.  Sixteen Candles (1984)
Everyone’s had a less than stellar birthday where they felt like they were forgotten.  John Hughes gives us a reason to appreciate even those birthdays in this romantic comedy about the difficulties of growing up. 

I know each of you have a list like mine.  What movies are on yours?