The Iron Giant (1999)

Directed by Brad Bird Written by Tim McCanlies (based on the novel by Ted Hughes) Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr., Vin Diesel, Eli Marienthal Tagline: It Came From outer Space! Trivia: Pete Townshend produced the film and even made an album based on the novel by Ted Hughes. Retro is the word for The […]

Ladybug, Ladybug (1963)

Directed by Frank Perry Written by Eleanor Perry and Lois Dickert Starring William Daniels, Kathryn Hays, Jane Hoffman Tagline: Frank and Eleanor Perry, makers of David and Lisa, have produced a new motion picture . . . a picture dedicated to life. Trivia: Inspired by a real life incident that occurred at a school during the […]

The Andromeda Strain (1971)

  Directed by Robert Wise Written by Nelson Gidding (based on the Michael Crichton novel) Starring: Arthur Hill, David Wayne, James Olson, Kate Reid Tagline: The Suspense Will Last Through Your Lifetime! Trivia: Universal Studios used many of the special effects developed for the film for their TV productions throughout the decade. One of the […]

The Ninth Configuration (1980)

Written and Directed by William Peter Blatty Starring: Stacy Keach, Jason Miller, Scott Wilson, Ed Flanders, Robert Loggia Tagline: Madness is a soldier’s last retreat. Trivia: Budapest, Hungary served as substitute for the Pacific Northwest. William Peter Blatty’s adaptation of his own novel Twinkle Twinkle, Killer Kane takes place at a mental hospital for Vietnam Veterans.  The novel and […]

Cutter’s Way (1981)

Directed by Ivan Passer Written by Jeffrey Alan Fiskin (based on the 1976 Newton Thornburg novel) Starring: Jeff Bridges, John Heard, Lisa Eichhorn, Stephen Elliot, Patricia Donahue, Athur Rosenberg, Ann Dusenberry Tagline: Bone saw the killer. Cutter knew the motive. Trivia: Jeff Bridges got the lead role when United Artists executives were impressed with his supporting […]

Blow Out (1981)

Written and Directed by Brian De Palma Starring John Travolta, Nancy Allen. John Lithgow, Dennis Franz Tagline: Murder has a sound all of its own! Trivia: One of Quentin Tarantino’s favorite films, the reason he cast John Travolta in Pulp Fiction. Blow Out is bookended with two screams: one comically feeble; the other chilling and unbearable. […]

The Great Santini (1979)

Written and Directed by Lewis John Carlino (based on the Pat Conroy novel) Starring: Robert Duvall, Blythe Danner, Michael O’Keefe, Lisa Jane Persky, Stan Shaw Tagline: The Greatest Thing He Would Ever Was Let his Family Love Him Trivia: Author Pat Conroy based “The Great Santini” character on his own father. Set in the early […]