The Best of Times, starring Robin Williams and Kurt Russell, is now available to bring home on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics. The new Blu-ray release is sourced by a 2022 HD Master. While we know Ron Shelton for writing or directing some brilliant sports comedies, I’m afraid to say that The Best of Times is not one of them. That’s not to say that he doesn’t try–both Williams and Russell do their best…"The Best of Times Arrives on Blu-ray"
Insomnia is the third feature film for filmmaker Christopher Nolan and gives him a bigger playground with a trio of Oscar winners. This is the only film in Nolan’s career that he didn’t write. One, it is a remake of an earlier Norwegian film. Two, Nolan has his first studio film and a medium-sized budget. Slowly but surely, everything is coming into place for taking his career to the next level with The Dark Knight…"Insomnia: Another Christopher Nolan Psychological Thriller"
Robin Williams is a comic genius at work in Good Morning, Vietnam, which marks the 35th anniversary since its 1987 release. Not many people can do what Williams was able to do behind a microphone. I mean, they can try but this man was a genius. It’s not an unfair statement to say that Robin Williams is irreplaceable. When you get behind the microphone in stand-up, the audience is your scene partner. The same goes…"Good Morning, Vietnam Turns 35 Years Old"
The Oscar-winning Good Will Hunting, written by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, marks the 25th anniversary of its theatrical release in 1997. The film would earn $225 million worldwide against a production budget of $10 million. The box office to production ratios in the 1990s-2000s are statistics that we’ll rarely see again. You might have a film that takes off every once in a while but after the pandemic and shorter theatrical windows, we’ll never…"Good Will Hunting Marks 25th Anniversary"
FernGully: The Last Rainforest (30th Anniversary Edition) gets a new Blu-ray edition with a wealth of new and legacy bonus features. Years before James Cameron unleashed Avatar onto the world, Bill Kroyer directed FernGully: The Last Rainforest at a time when animation was changing. The film may only be 76 minutes long but there’s still a fairy tale ending even if focuses on the environment. FernGully: The Last Rainforest never gets too preachy in getting…"FernGully: The Last Rainforest – 30th Anniversary"
While a number of comedians discuss the joke in The Aristocrats, it is the late Bob Saget who draws the most laughs in telling his version. At first glance, comedians repeating the same joke and its origins is something that will probably get old really quick. Thanks to the direction of both Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza, who also edited the film with comedian Emery Emery, this doesn’t happen. A number of comedians appearing in…"The Aristocrats: Bob Saget Told The Best Version"
When a new security guard takes the job at the American Museum of Natural History, he is in for a surprise in Night at the Museum. “Some men are born great, others have greatness thrust upon them.” — President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt. Larry Daley’s life is falling apart. He can’t keep a job and fears that his10-year-old son, Nick (Jake Cherry), will turn against him. Despite the unstable work history, Cecil Fredericks (Dick Van Dyke)…"Night at the Museum: Where History Comes Alive"
Robin, the Robin Williams biography written by Dave Itzkoff, is a must-read and the definitive biography of the late comedy legend. I was late to reading this book and for good reason. Deep down, I knew it would crush me much in the same way that My Girls by Todd Fisher did. To no surprise, I found myself sobbing during the final three chapters. It was like losing Robin Williams all over again and it…"Robin: Robin Williams Bio Is A Must-Read"
Robin Williams may have been famous because of his comedy work but his non-comedy role in Dead Poets Society is one of his best performances. “Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” – John Keating (Robin Williams) I try and watch a film every year in Robin William’s memory. Last year, it was Hook. Next year might be Good Will Hunting even if I hold my review for the film’s 25th anniversary.…"Dead Poets Society: Remembering Robin Williams"
Popeye arrives on Blu-ray for the first time ever ahead of the Robert Altman film’s 40th anniversary of its 1980 theatrical release. The film starts out with a throwback to the classic cartoon during the Adolph Zukor era at Paramount. Popeye also marks the big-screen debut for Robin Williams. This film took producer Robert Evans and screenwriter Jules Feiffer some three years to get the film into production. Funny enough, Evans first got the idea…"Popeye Arrives On Blu-ray For The First Time"