A Love Story Worth Telling Again

They say there are only a handful of original stories in Hollywood, which may explain the trend for remakes, reboots, and revivals. And now we have the third remake of the classic love story A Star is Born, first made in 1937 as a non-musical with Janet Gaynor and Frederic March. That film was remade in Hollywood’s musical heyday in 1954 with Judy Garland and James Mason and is a beloved classic. Another musical version came around in 1976 with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, became the third highest-grossing film of the year, and introduced the world to the eventual […]

The Perfect Summer Movie

Back in July 1999, Warner Brothers released what could’ve been an utterly ridiculous Jaws-inspired shark movie – Deep Blue Sea – that might’ve made a few bucks during the summer season and disappeared quickly. But … that movie has a moment that became legendary and propelled the film to cult status (it didn’t even spawn a sequel until this year and that was a straight-to-video effort). And now the same studio is going back into the deep blue sea with a new shark movie, The Meg, a long gestating project based – very loosely – on the 1997 novel Meg. […]

Take a Chance on Mamma Mia! at Toby’s

I grew up with the music of ABBA, and it’s safe to say most people are familiar with their multitude of hits. And of course, most people also know those songs were folded into a Broadway musical that ran for more than 5,700 performances. I was fortunate enough to see the final tour of Mamma Mia! when it came to Baltimore in January of 2017. I enjoyed the show, the cast and, most of all, the music which actually seemed a bit more important than the story. It has to be difficult to construct a story around already established songs […]

Getting Really High

I was a kid during the “Golden Age of Disaster Movies” in the 1970s. Airport really launched the all-star disaster epic, but it was The Poseidon Adventure that took disaster movies to the next level. That was followed by The Towering Inferno and Earthquake, but a succession of cheaply-made disaster movies with B-level stars (or badly slumming A-listers, such as Paul Newman and Sean Connery) helped the genre quickly peter out. There wasn’t another really good disaster movie until Daylight in 1996 (a very underrated film with a great cast that captures the spirit of the best of the 70s […]

A Spirited Adventure

Star Wars fans were concerned but eager to see a new movie that picked up where the original trilogy ended and were justly rewarded. The second film in the new trilogy was polarizing to say the least, so the mood going into the third film is tenuous at best. When Lucasfilm and Disney announced they would start producing spin-off movies set in the same universe but not related to the ongoing storyline, fans again were worried that the studios were going to dilute or “ruin” the films they already loved. And then Rogue One: A Star Wars Story came along […]