The 1980′s was the high point of what is known as the “slasher film” genre. You could bet your bottom dollar that every October you’d see a sequel to FRIDAY THE 13th, NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, and yes, HALLOWEEN, playing at your local movie theater. It was a fun time in film, and moviegoers really got into these over the top gore fests, no matter how bad they were. However, many of these franchises burned themselves out, and became movie marathons for those die hard fans, in their own homes.
The Stephen King “It’s A Dollar Baby”, film program has been around since the late 1970′s. This program allows Independent filmmakers to direct a film adaptation based on one of Stephen King short stories. Director, Billy Hanson, took part in this program with his version of the Stephen King short story, SURVIVOR TYPE. This film was quite impressive, and has won many film awards.
When we think of those things in life that scare us, many come to mind. Disease, war, death, can be a few of the big ones, but there are simple things as well, spiders, snakes, clowns, claustrophobia, and even the fear of heights. However, there is another fear many people have, FLYING!
When it came time to write this weeks article, I had originally planned to write “Tony’s Fall/Winter Preview”, but that changed once I heard of the passing of Actor Burt Reynolds (an icon in the film industry for many years), at the age of 82, on Thursday, September 6th, 2018. It’s always sad to lose someone, but it is sometimes hard to lose those people that are part of the celebrity world as well, especially if we have been a fan of their work. I felt some of you would appreciate a closer look at this legendary actor and his career, as there are many of us throughout the years who have enjoyed Burt Reynolds films.
James Douglas was born in Oshawa, Ontario Canada, and currently resides in Barkerville, British Columbia. He’s also spent time in the United States, studying acting in New York City. He studied Theatre History at the University of Victoria, as well as English Literature. When James switched from acting to screenwriting, his love for film and Stephen King collided, and in 2017 he brought Stephen King’s short story, THE DOCTOR’S CASE, to life.
THE DOCTOR’S CASE, was first published in 1987, in the Centennial Collection of, The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. It was later reprinted in the Stephen King short story collection, NIGHTMARES & DREAMSCAPES, in 1993. The story is narrated by an aged Dr. Watson, who tells the tale of the murder of Lord Hull, which brings the famous Sherlock Holmes out of retirement to solve what just might be his last case.
This review takes us back into the MARVEL Comics Universe with…ANT-MAN AND THE WASP. It’s the sequel to the 2015 hit, ANT-MAN, and the 12th film in the MARVEL Universe. Director Peyton Reed, once again returns to bring this action-superhero film to the big screen.
It’s hard to believe that 25 years ago in June of 1993, the first JURASSIC PARK film was released in movie theaters world wide. I saw it with my family at the theaters across the boulevard from my home, in Sherman Oaks, CA. I remember the mind blowing experience of seeing the amazing dinosaur F/X for the first time. Steven Spielberg opened the door to a whole new world when he created JURASSIC PARK. That film made a zillion dollars, and was the number one film of all time, for a very long time.
In 1977, John Travolta was a box office superstar with his disco hit film, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER. Not only did he return to the big screen dancing, but this time he sang his way in to our hearts, with yet another box office smash, GREASE, which takes place in the 1950′s. The film GREASE was based on the hit stage musical of the same name, and featured an all-star cast.
JAWS 2… is the other film that was released on June 16th of the same year, and is a sequel to JAWS, the box office mega hit. This film is the polar opposite to that of the musical I just reviewed. I’m talking about returning to the dark, frigid waters of Amity Island, which was also the setting of the first film. You might be asking yourself, what’s so special about this film? Well, besides being the 40th anniversary, it is also a decent sequel, and horror film.