Ghostbusters (1984)

1984 Columbia Pictures Directed and Produced by Ivan Reitman Written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis Music by Elmer Bernstein “Ghostbusters” written and performed by Ray Parker, Jr. Parapsychologist Dr. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) is conducting important ESP research at Columbia University (which involves tricking one of his students into believing she has psychic powers […]

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Breakin’

1984 Canon Films/MGM/UA Entertainment Company Directed by Joel Silberg Produced by Allen DeBevoise/David Zito Screenplay by Charles Parker/Allen DeBevoise/Gerald Scaife Music by Michael Boyd/Gary Remal Those of you who have listened to episodes of Better In the Dark where Tom Deja and I talk about 1980s movies already know how I feel about BREAKIN’. I’ve […]

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A Million Ways To Die In The West

2014 Universal Pictures Directed by Seth MacFarlane Produced by Seth MacFarlane, Scott Stuber and Jason Clark Written by Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild I’ll give Seth MacFarlane credit for his ambition in making a western comedy. Mel Brooks pretty much had the last word in that genre with his side-splitting “Blazing Saddles” a […]

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

  2014 American Empirical Pictures/Fox Searchlight Studios Directed by and Screenplay by Wes Anderson Produced by Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steve M. Rales and Scott Rudin Story by Wes Anderson and Hugo Guiness One of the main characters in THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL works in Mendl’s, a bakery that is renowned throughout the fictional European […]

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The Wolf Of Wall Street

2013 Paramount Pictures Directed by Martin Scorsese Produced by Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Riza Aziz, Joey McFarland, Emma Tillinger Koskoff Screenplay by Terence Winter Based on “The Wolf of Wall Street” by Jordan Belfort I suppose it had to happen sooner or later. With THE WOLF OF WALL STREET this now makes five movies Martin […]

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The Family

2013 EuropaCorp/Relativity Media Directed by Luc Besson Executive Producer: Martin Scorsese Produced by Ryan Kavanaugh, Virginie Silla and Tucker Tooley Written by Tonino Benacquista based on his novel “Malavita” If you’ve seen the trailer for THE FAMILY then perhaps like me, you were expecting a mob/crime comedy with plenty of laughs and inside jokes at […]

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My Favorite Year

1982 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Directed by Richard Benjamin Produced by Michael Guskoff and Art Levinson (Mel Brooks and Joel Chrenoff uncredited) Unlike a lot of people I didn’t fall in love with Peter O’Toole from watching “Lawrence of Arabia.” I didn’t appreciate a proper respect of that role until I watched that movie years later and had […]

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