Category movie lists

25 Films for St. Patrick’s Day

The history of the Irish people is a rich, complex, heroic, tragic and often joyous story, and it should come as no great surprise that there are many, many great films made in Ireland and about Ireland. So, for today, St. Paddy’s, get some corned beef and cabbage, grab a pint of Guinness and watch […]

The Best Films of 2014

I apologize for the lateness of my best films of 2014 list, but my usual rule is to at least have them done by the time the Oscars are presented, so luckily I’m safe by a couple of weeks. Every year, a few well-meaning but incredibly misinformed critics, authors and pundits bemoan the death of […]

10 Recommended Science Fiction/Fantasy Films from 1982…Besides “E.T.”

In the late seventies and early eighties, Hollywood seemed to be bursting at the seams with films depicting the supernatural and the fantastic. That being said, 1982 was an especially prolific year for science fiction and fantasy films. One film in particular, though,  broke box-office records and won the hearts of audiences and critics alike […]

The 25 Best Disney Movie Villains

In his review of the 1982 science-fiction classic Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, the great film critic Roger Ebert wrote: “Each film is only as good as its villain. Since the heroes and the gimmicks tend to repeat from film to film, only a great villain can transform a good try into a […]

How to Train Your Dragon 2 and 10 More Sequels That Raise the Stakes

Recently, I mentioned that usually sequels (or prequels, or later entries into film franchises) stick to the same formula, and usually these films will not be as good or interesting as the original. 2014’s 22 Jump Street and Muppets Most Wanted both parodied rather successfully the tired trends the Hollywood Franchise Machine can usually churn […]

Live from New York, It’s Oscar Night Live: “Saturday Night Live” and the Academy Awards

Traditionally, the Academy Awards have been rather cold to comedies, and to comic performers. Some of the most wonderful, bizarre, sublime and terrific performances have been ignored because they were, scoff, in a comedy. You could imagine then, that if one were to compile a list of all of the former “Saturday Night Live” cast […]

The 10 Scariest Muppets

     As you’ll see in a moment, there is such thing as a scary Muppet. Man, is there ever. I reached deep into my pop culture memory for this list. Some of these choices are obvious; some, not so much. Though a good deal of these Muppets really did scar me as a child (OK, and […]