Category: movies

chicago summer movies

Here in Chicago, the Chicago Outdoor Film Festival has become a tradition. Another tradition is me, comparing the current selection to that of previous years. I’ve completed my analysis.

news from 1982

I am proud to report on the completion of my latest mini-project, confiming that certain classroom scenes from the 1983 Dan Ackroyd feature, Doctor Detroit, were filmed in the building I work in, Swift Hall at Northwestern University, now home of the Psychology department.

Stills from the movie:

Recent pictures of the classroom (Swift 107):

chicago outdoor film festival 2000-2005

Ebert picks the highest rated season since the inaugural, and the youngest season ever. Also the first season without a musical.

Movie Year IMDB Rating IMDB Rank AFI Rank
Citizen Kane (b/w) 1941 8.7 10 1
Annie Hall 1977 8.3 89 31
My Darling Clementine (b/w) 1946 8
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial 1982 7.7 25
The Night of the Hunter (b/w) 1955 8.2 119
The Hustler (b/w) 1961 8 190
Star Wars 1977 8.7 12 15
Mean 1963 8.2
His Girl Friday (b/w) 1940 8.2 141
The Birds 1963 7.8
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (b/w) 1939 8.4 64 29
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner 1967 7.5 99
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (b/w) 1956 7.8
Roman Holiday 1953 8 225
Guys & Dolls (musical) 1955 7.2
Mean 1953 7.8
It Happened One Night (b/w) 1934 8.3 100 35
A Night at the Opera (b/w, musical) 1935 8.1 166
On the Town (musical) 1949 7.7
In the Heat of the Night 1967 8 231
Only Angels Have Wings (b/w) 1939 7.6
Pillow Talk 1959 7.3
Rear Window 1954 8.7 17 42
Mean 1948 8.0
Some Like It Hot (musical) 1959 8.3 63 14
Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (b/w) 1964 8.7 18 26
A Hard Day’s Night (b/w, musical) 1964 7.5
Carmen Jones (musical) 1954 7
Horse Feathers (b/w) 1932 7.7
Vertigo 1958 8.4 41
West Side Story (musical) 1961 7.8 61
Mean 1956 7.9
An American in Paris (musical) 1951 7.4 68
A Streetcar Named Desire (b/w) 1951 7.9 222 45
Top Hat (b/w, musical) 1935 7.8
Auntie Mame 1958 7.5
The Maltese Falcon (b/w) 1941 8.4 51 23
A Patch of Blue (b/w) 1965 7.7
Meet Me in St. Louis (musical) 1944 7.7
Mean 1949 7.8
The Wizard of Oz (musical) 1939 8.3 67 6
Casablanca (b/w) 1942 8.8 6 2
The Philadelphia Story (b/w) 1940 8.2 109 51
Singin’ in the Rain (musical) 1952 8.5 40 10
North by Northwest 1959 8.6 30 40
Mean 1946 8.5

also, it’s a piece of crap

So the American Family Association is always good for a laugh. Here’s something I came across yesterday that I found pretty risibile:

The AFA Journal had an article in November/December about the movie Shark Tale, one of those “let’s see how many celebrity voices we can cram into an animated movie” movies. You know it’s a great flick when both Ziggy Marley and Peter Falk contribute voice work.

Anyway, some relevant quotes from the AFA review, headlined ‘Something’s Swishy About Shark Tale . First the lede:

It is an axiom for many parents that, when it comes to teaching kids what they need to know, “It’s never too young to start.”

What happens when Hollywood applies the same axiom to teaching young people — even children — to accept homosexuality?

“What,” you’re saying? “This movie is about GAY FISH?” No, but it has “an undercurrent of approval for homosexuality.”

While it is difficult to prove intent when a film does not explicitly make a character “gay,” the story and dialogue demonstrate an implicit approval of homosexuality.


Of course, when it comes to kids, this is tricky stuff. The film does not come right out and say that we should all accept homosexuality. And, naturally, children should be taught to be accepting of others.

But as Plugged In’s Steven Isaac notes, “Had this movie been released 20 years ago, nobody would have been calling attention to this subject.” Two decades ago, accepting differences meant accepting a person who might have a different skin color, or be from a different ethnic background.

Such differences are immutable characteristics, however, and not sexual choices. In this respect, Shark Tale comes far too close to taking a bite out of traditional moral and spiritual beliefs.

And that’s probably swimming a bit too close to shore for many parents.

So yeah, pretty awesome, huh! I know my day is brighter!

followup on johnny rico

In case you’re wondering what happened to Casper Van Dien after he made Starship Troopers, apparently he got himself into a unique domestic situation — married to a crown princess of Serbia and Montenegro (and former cast member of Dynasty) and raising five kids from three different relationships.

Naturally, he’s going to be starring in a new reality series:

Dec. 07, 2004

Lifetime vows regal look at ‘Princess’ life

Lifetime Television is getting hitched to royalty with “I Married a Princess.” The cable network has ordered 13 half-hour episodes of the reality show produced by New Wave Entertainment. “Princess” is set to debut in the second quarter. “Princess” features married couple Catherine Oxenberg (“Dynasty”), whose mother is HRH Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia (now Serbia and Montenegro), and Casper Van Dien (“Starship Troopers”) and their “blended family” of five children — from three different relationships — as they deal with the obstacles of family life. The series also will follow them to Hollywood premieres, film and TV production sets and royal events.

– from the Hollywoood Reporter

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