Spaceballs finally reaches ludicrous speed with today’s Kino Lorber release of a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of the classic Mel Brooks spoof. The celebrated Star Wars spoof hits 4K with a number of bonus features. Unless noted, all bonus features appear on the Blu-ray disc and not the 4k UHD disc. What follows is my film review from the 32nd anniversary: Planet Spaceball–led by the inept President Skroob (Mel Brooks)–is out of clean air…"Spaceballs: Mel Brooks Spoof Arrives on 4K UHD"
Sleepless in Seattle, a timeless classic, marked the second pairing between Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in the Nora Ephron film. New York City may be the city that never sleeps but there’s no sleeping in Seattle. I kid, I kid. But seriously though, this film is recognized as one of the top romantic comedies of all time. The film hits all the basic genre beats while featuring the classic ending on top of the…"Sleepless in Seattle: A Classic Rom-Com"
A League of Their Own is a beloved comedy which not only celebrates women in baseball but continues to serve as an inspiration to women today. The 1992 baseball classic recently recieved an upgrade to 4K Ultra HD. This came in part due to the film being included in the Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection: Volume 1. Columbia has a vast library but this is an inspiring film to include. It comes with a…"A League of Their Own Is Still Beloved"
Dark Waters is a warning for All Americans and shows what happens when the federal government allows corporate regulation to go unchecked. A corporate environmental defense attorney from Taft Stettinius & Hollister is probably the last person to take on Big Chem. Yet this is exactly what Rob Bilott (Mark Ruffalo) did. While he was originally doing something as a favor to an acquaintance of his grandmother’s it became bigger than anyone could ever have…"Dark Waters: A Warning For All Americans"
Independence Day may be the typical Roland Emmerich disaster film but Will Smith, Bill Pullman, and Jeff Goldblum lift it up. “We will not go quietly into the night!” President Whitmore (Bill Pullman) declares. Whitmore’s speech will go down in history as one of the greatest presidential speeches of all time. All across the world, mankind must come together to find for survival. As with any presidential speech, David Arnold’s score gives the film the…"Independence Day Remains A Classic"
Spaceballs, Mel Brooks’ celebrated classic spoof of Star Wars and similar sci-fi films, marks its 32nd anniversary this year. Planet Spaceball–led by the inept President Skroob (Mel Brooks)–is out of clean air so they’re heading to planet Druida to suck all the fresh air. As soon as the opening crawl finishes, the camera tracks Spaceball One from the start of the ship all the way to the rear. The ship is so huge to the…"Spaceballs: Mel Brooks’ Star Wars Spoof Marks 32 Years"
Mixing both comedy and western, Trouble features a whole lot of funny in this contemporary family feud. Ben (Bill Pullman) and Maggie (Anjelica Houston) are a pair of siblings living in Vermont. Maggie still lives on the family farm that they grew up on. When she discovers Ben with a bulldozer one day, stakes heighten beyond belief. They’ve made it beyond clear that they don’t like each other. Don’t shed any tears for this dysfunctional…"Trouble: A Classic Western in Contemporary Vermont"
It’s surprising that Equalizer 2 is the first sequel in which Denzel Washington revisits any of his previous roles. The fact that this hasn’t happened already is astonishing in its own right. It bares noting that I went into the sequel’s screening without having watched the original 2014 film. Let me tell you from the get go, I don’t recommend seeing sequels without their predecessor. It won’t be the first time nor will it be…"Equalizer 2: More Equalizing"
The Ballad of Lefty Brown shows that the western isn’t dead and gives actor Bill Pullman a showcase role in the thriller. Written and directed by Jared Moshé, Pullman leads a cast that includes Bill Pullman, Kathy Baker, Jim Caviezel, Joe Anderson, Diego Josef, Tommy Flanagan and Peter Fonda. Edward Johnson (Fonda) gets elected as a senator of Montana and Lefty Brown (Pullman) is by his side when he’s shot to death. Nobody ever takes Brown–a sidekick for…"Chicago Film Festival: The Ballad of Lefty Brown"
On this 4th of July, we celebrate Independence Day and what better way to celebrate than by watching Bill Pullman’s speech as President Thomas Whitmore from the 1996 film, Independence Day. Between television and film, it’s one of the best speeches to be made by a fictional president. President Whitmore: Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial…"Independence Day: We Will Not Go Quietly Into the Night"