Category: Throwback

“Halloween 2” (1981)

8.5

Similar to the transition between JAWS and JAWS 2, this film trims the nuance and goes straight for the jugular with straightforward action and creative kills. A continuation of “the night he came home.” A more simplified slasher flick than the comparable thinkpiece that was the original “Halloween.” A great film nonetheless. And really the last one of the original trilogy that made sense.

“E.T. The Extra Terrestrial”

8.9

Classic Spielberg.

The dynamics between the siblings, newly children of divorce. The soaring John Williams score. The perspective of the camera angles between filming the adults and filming the kids, much like JAWS, provides a subtext that really adds to the realism of the storytelling. The masterfully subtle, yet impactful touch of one of the all time great directors. Only Spielberg could make a creature like E.T. lovable.

“The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard”

7.9

Ari Gold selling cars. Supported by an all-star cast. Too many high profile comedy actors to count. A solid script that feels like it was lit on fire very early on to make way for “just roll the camera and let the improv fly.” Short, sweet, and to the point. Just like this movie.

And… since they play it to roll the credits, it gives me an excuse to play one of my favorite 38 Special songs. Rock on.

“Doc Hollywood”

8.2

Aside Marty McFly, this is a role that Michael J. Fox was born to play…

A newbie doctor on his way to live a live full of glitz and glamour in Hollywood is instead seduced by the charm of life in small town America. Doesn’t hurt that he (of course) falls in love along the way. A surprisingly strong supporting cast really shines in this one, elevating what could have disappeared into the ether as a simple popcorn flick into a cinematic classic. Woody Harrelson and Julie Warner in particular really play well off of Fox as the film rolls on.