It doesn’t feel like there are nearly as many sports comedies geared towards kids as there were in the 90s. The decade brought hits such as The Mighty Ducks, The Sandlot, Angels in the Outfield, The Big Green, Space Jam, Cool Runnings and more. But one of my favorites as a child of that time was Rookie of the Year. The movie follows a young Thomas Ian Nicholas (a future American Pie star) as
Henry Gardenhoser Henry Rowengartner as an aspiring baseball player who really isn’t all that good at the game. But when a broken arm heals in a way that causes him to pitch insanely fast, he’s recruited by the Chicago Cubs as their new pitcher. Pretty believable, right?
The Chicago Cubs go on to win their division and eventually the World Series, though that last part happens off-camera. Well, it just so happens that the Chicago Cubs are making a run for the championship again in real life as they’re in the Major League Baseball playoffs (they’re even up 2-0 against the San Francisco Giants). They may not have a young kid as their pitcher, but they’re doing pretty well, and Rookie of the Year co-star Daniel Stern (Home Alone) thought this was a good time to bring back his wacky pitching coach character Phil Brickma to maybe help guide the Cubbies to the championship. Read More »
Just last week, Macaulay Culkin essentially reprised his role as Kevin McCallister from the Home Alone movies for a web series DRYVERS. In the first episode of the series, Moldy Peaches guitarist Jack Dishel played a passenger catching rides via an Uber-style car service, and the driver who picked him up just so happened to be Culkin, recounting a rather familiar tale of childhood trauma by way of two cat burglars. But now we get to see what’s happening on the other side of the fence.
Daniel Stern, who played the Wet Bandit Marv in Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, has created a response video, showing that he’s still terrified of what Kevin McCallister did to him and Harry all those years ago. Read More »
There’s been a lot of focus on the anniversary of Back to the Future this year, but plenty of other beloved films have anniversaries to celebrate too. In fact, this year marks the special anniversary of one modern holiday classic that audiences watch every year around Christmastime.
Home Alone is the movie that skyrocketed child actor Macaulay Culkin to fame, with a big help from a fun script by John Hughes and kid-friendly director Chris Columbus. It might be hard to believe, but this year marks the 25th anniversary of the holiday comedy that turned Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern into a couple of punching bags, and to celebrate, a Home Alone 25h anniversary theatrical re-release is happening in November. Read More »
It’s a thought we’ve all had while watching Home Alone. No, not that thing about the plane ticket. “If this movie was real, would Harry and Marv have been killed by Kevin McCallister’s fun house?” That answer is, of course, “Yes.” The next question is “Exactly how many times would they have died not only in the first movie, but the second movie, Home Alone 2: Lost In New York?”
To get the answer, Screen Junkies asked an actual doctor to watch the films, diagnose the injuries and figure out how many times the character would have kicked the bucket. Check out the video below. Read More »
What do you get for the kid who has everything, including a Red Ryder BB Gun? Either a car, or a copy of A Christmas Story 2 on Blu-ray. Yes, whether you like it or not, a sequel to the seminal 1983 film about a young boy named Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) who pines for the aforementioned piece of hardware during the holiday season is coming to a store near you.
Directed by Brian Levant, this movie follows Ralphie years later as he once again decides he has a big ticket item for the Christmas list: a 1938 Hupmobile Skyline Convertible. Braeden Lemasters plays the lead, Daniel Stern is the dad, Stacey Travis is mom and Valin Shinyei is the brother, Randie. The direct to Blu-ray and DVD film hits on October 30. Read more about the possibly unfortunate release after the jump. Read More »
Paul Haggis has directed two theatrical features since 2004: the divisive, Oscar-winning Crash, and the far less-seen In the Valley of Elah. This weekend he returns with The Next Three Days, which stars Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks in a remake of the French thriller Pour elle, aka Anything For Her.
When Lara Brennan (Elizabeth Banks), the wife of family man professor John Brennan (Russell Crowe) is arrested for murder, the family is shocked. Evidence damns Lara to a conviction, and as John struggles to raise the couple’s son (Ty Simpkins), he comes to a decision: he’ll break his wife out of prison. So, what are your thoughts on The Next Three Days? Is it an effective thriller, or a soggy, too-lengthy play on emotion? As usual with these posts, spoilers follow after the break. Read More »