A framed photo of the legendary Rat Pack members sharing drinks and a laugh at Carnegie Hall in 1961 has hung in my apartment for a decade. The black and white image captures with it two things; a frozen moment in time, and the essence of coolness that these men were at the genesis of […]
In the world of police procedurals, the ‘buddy cop’ routine is fairly established. We’ve seen it before with films like “Rush Hour” and “Cop and a Half.” However, the 1989 film “Turner & Hooch” takes a different take on the genre, establishing as a cop’s buddy not a kid or a hardened officer, but rather […]
National Lampoons is known for producing its share of raunchy comedies, and the 1978 “Animal House” is no exception. It’s a college movie through and through, and a celebration of that side of college life sandwiched between sleep and good grades – parties, drinking, girls…fraternities. The film follows the exploits of a rowdy and black […]
Before he would star in “Ghostbusters,” Harold Ramis would direct “Caddyshack,” a wild time of an ‘80s movie released, aptly, in 1980. The film had a bevy of stars renowned today, such as Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, and Rodney Dangerfield, and mixed a posh country club setting with ‘80s hijinks aplenty. Oddly nominated for a […]
“Road Trip” is a zany movie, a film, like “American Pie,” that borders on raunchy yet is never cruel, that uses hijinks and sex to tell it’s story. It’s a college movie. This is unmistakeable from its opening, which features a dumbed down tour of Ithaca College by an aloof character named Barry (Tom Green […]
From the man who directed “Clerks,” “Mallrats,” and “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,” “Chasing Amy” remains one of Kevin Smith’s deepest and best. Smith’s later films have such a way of including zany or larger than life material (“Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” and “Dogma” the best examples of these), that we forget […]
Rediscovering old favorites has been a longstanding creed with The Movie Buff. Our recent countdown to Valentines day list brought me to an old favorite; a movie I own but hadn’t watched or thought of in over a decade.
Before Chris Evans starred in “Fantastic Four” or donned the garb of Captain America, he appeared in a film called “London.” In retrospect, the movie would be off color for him…not a lot of machismo or tough guy banter. No heroics. It was a film draped in melancholy, a film that chose exposition and the […]