Revival House: Return of the Jedi

It was a three year wait to find out what happened to Han Solo, who was last seen frozen in carbonite and loaded onto Boba Fett’s spaceship. 30 years ago, on May 25, 1983, Return of the Jedi, one of the most ...

Revival House: 2013 Oscar Predictions

As I begin putting together my annual Academy Awards predictions, one thing is certain — if Ben Affleck had been nominated for Best Director as he should have been, this year would be a whole lot easier. I don’t recall a ...

Revival House: “I’ll Be Right Here.”

The third time I saw E.T. in the theater, I ended up sitting next to a huge biker dude. When the lights came up at the end, his eyes were puffed from crying and tears were streaming down his burly cheeks.

Revival House: “You guys wanna go see a dead body?”

Twenty-five years ago, on August 8, 1986, Rob Reiner’s Stand By Me opened in limited release (opening in wide release on August 22).

In 1982, one of my favorite Stephen King books Different Seasons was published, consisting of four novellas that ...

Revival House: “They mostly come at night … mostly …”

So many things didn’t sound right. For one, the original film’s director Ridley Scott had nothing to do with it. Secondly, the plot would involve the sole survivor of Alien, Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), to be somehow convinced to return to the ...

Revival House: “From the Eternal Sea He Rises …”

35 years ago, on June 6, 1976, a seminal film in both the Satan-on-earth and creepy kid genres opened in the U.K. and would later open June 25 in the U.S. For about a year around that time, the only way ...

Taking Liberties: Six Myths About Online Poker

Full disclosure right off the bat: I am an online poker player. I’m certainly no pro making millions at it, but I’ve done okay over the years, enough to keep me in the game. I consider myself a recreational player, generally ...

Revival House: “You and the Land are One.”

It’s what many people, myself included, consider to be the definitive telling of the King Arthur legend. It introduced a new generation to the massive choral piece “O Fortuna” from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. Beyond that, it also made ...

Revival House: Seven Great Rejected Film Scores

Composing the music for a film is one of the last creative stages of the filmmaking process. If there’s still something in the movie that’s not quite working, rejecting the score and replacing it with another is often a desperate last-minute attempt ...

Revival House: 2011 Oscar Predictions

Here we go with my annual Oscar predictions. Last year, I got 17 right out of 24 possible categories, which isn’t terrible. The 83rd Academy Awards will be broadcast this Sunday, Feb 27.  If I change my mind on ...

Revival House: “Quid pro quo. Yes or no?”

“I find myself much more interested in satisfying large numbers of other people than in amusing myself. What has great potential for this film is Tom Harris’s book, Tom Harris’s story, his characters, and we don’t need some director coming in ...

Revival House: “You talkin’ to me?”

“The serendipity of this particular film was that the three of us were in the same spot at the same time. We were in sync and we didn’t really need to communicate that much to each other. We understood exactly what ...

Taking Liberties: The TSA — “A Little Temporary Safety”

“Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” —Benjamin Franklin

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and ...

Revival House: “Has Anybody Seen Sam Lowry?”

25 years ago, on December 18, Terry Gilliam’s Brazil was released in the U.S. — thus ending one of the most famous battles in Hollywood history of a director taking on a movie studio and winning.

Brazil is set “somewhere in ...

Revival House: “Rame Tep! Rame Tep!”

On December 4th, Young Sherlock Holmes turns 25. Unlike its other ’85 Amblin alumni The Goonies and Back to the Future, there probably won’t be much hype over this particular anniversary; there unfortunately won’t be any special edition Blu-ray reissues or ...

Revival House: Ten Cool Alien Invasion Flicks

I’m a bit of a sucker for this genre and will pretty much watch anything involving aliens vs. humans, even the bad ones. Whether it’s a slow infiltration, a pod possession, or a straight-up fight, aliens have been portrayed as a human-harvesting ...

Revival House: “I want to play a game …”

This Friday sees the release of what is reportedly the final movie in the Saw series, Saw 3D. There’s been so many of them — one every Halloween since the first movie came out in 2004 — ...

Revival House: 10-plus Badass Cinematic Seniors

With Red about to hit theaters this weekend, I thought I’d take a look at a few other notable older movie characters who happen to be badasses. I decided to limit this list to humans only, so sorry there’s no Yoda here. ...