All posts tagged: Rob Reiner

Dw. Dunphy On… Crawling Through a Winter Wonderland

Hey, East Coast, are you feeling a little European today? It’s the last great Blizzard of 2010, folks. I have just finished digging out our driveway (thanks to the neighbors for the snow blowing, shovel assistance and the salt) and the sun has come out. Even so, with a six-foot drift in the backyard, icy winds blowing and the main roads still awaiting a plowing and salting, now may be a good time to try out that Wii you got for Christmas, or maybe hit Netflix for some movies. Here then are some movies you may not want to rent today. The Shining (1980) – The Stanley Kubrick classic based on Stephen King’s novel about a family taking care of a hotel for the winter. Hijinks ensue when the ghosts of the manse, as well as the snow outside and the stir craziness inside, start to take their toll. Writer Jack Torrence (Jack Nicholson) seethes, hyperventilates and hacks away, terrifying his wife and son. This is not a feel-good snowball fight kind of flick. Misery …

Blu-ray Review: “Flipped”

Flipped (Warner Bros., 2010) Remember the pre-North era, when Rob Reiner could do no wrong? Those days were long ago. Now, we count ourselves lucky if a Reiner movie is only a little bit maudlin — which is why the largely positive advance buzz for Flipped was so intriguing. The box office never lived up to the early hype (and later reviews weren’t quite as kind), but for anyone who remembers the days when Reiner knew how to find the magic intersection between smart and sentimental, it’s hard to give up hope for a return to form for the Stand by Me director. So…is this it? Synopsis: When second-graders Bryce and Juli first meet, Juli knows it’s love. Bryce isn’t so sure. Beginning that day, and for the next six years, young Bryce (Callan McAuliffe) does everything he can to keep his outspoken wannabe girlfriend at arm’s length…which isn’t easy since they go to the same school and live across the street from each other. Smart, dreamy, independent and willing to stand up for what …