More than 30 years ago, stand-up comedian Joel Hodgson created a unique comedy show for a St. Paul, Minn., television station. “Mystery Science Theater 3000” featured Hodgson and a pair of robots forced to watch old B-movies, with only their running commentary keeping them sane. MST3K became a cult TV show, moved to cable networks like Comedy Central and Syfy, and even produced a feature film.
Despite some societal and legal progress made in the LGBTQ community over the past two decades (albeit with recent setbacks), queer cinema has not kept pace in the mainstream as superhero and animated blockbusters dominate the marketplace. But for so many more reasons, "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar" became a breakout hit in 1995 in a way that seems impossible today.
The true greatness of “Die Hard” lies not in its relationship to Christmas, but its status as one of the best studio action films of all time. It features a great premise, brilliant set pieces, memorable quotes, a screwed-tight script and career-making performances from stars Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman (in his first film).
We’ve cheered for many cinematic heroines over our lifetimes, particularly in the past few years, as women are headlining action, adventure and superhero films more and more. But even more than 30 years later, Sigourney Weaver’s journey as Ellen Ripley in “Aliens” uniquely stands tall among her peers.
Last week I got the chance to chat up Jay Mewes, star of several Kevin Smith movies including the iconic “Clerks” from 1994. Mewes is super talkative, as he awaited his next opportunity to play the game “Fortnight” on his Facebook Live stream, which is pretty much what you would expect from the pop culture persona he’s developed for 25 years.
"Superman: The Movie" succeeds in so many areas that it's easy to see why it's still revered, while many other superhero movies, popular when released, have faded from memory. "Superman" inspired millions in the middle of a dark, cynical decade for the United States. Of course it's still relevant today.