The Naked Gun: From The Files Of Police Squad! (1988) Review

The Naked Gun: From The Files Of Police Squad! (1988) Review

Concluding my contribution to Realweegiemidget Reviews & Thoughts All Sorts ‘Now & Then’ Blogathon, we leap forward 32 years from the 23rd century sci-fi kitsch of “Forbidden Planet” to the mean streets of 1980s Los Angeles in hard-boiled detective spoof “The Naked Gun: From The Files Of Police Squad!”. Los Angeles Police Detective Frank Drebin ..

The present’s so grim, we oughta wear shades! They Live! (1988) Review

The present’s so grim, we oughta wear shades! They Live! (1988) Review

One question springs immediately to mind when watching John Carpenter’s 1988 sci-fi action B-movie “They Live!”: why aren’t they remaking this right now!? Don’t get me wrong, Carpenter’s original is a great movie in its own right, but the themes of the story – its very core conceit – is so on point now, nearly ..

Guilty Pleasures: My Stepmother Is An Alien (1988) Revisited

Guilty Pleasures: My Stepmother Is An Alien (1988) Revisited

Court is back in session and first in the dock is jolly 1988 sci-fi romantic comedy “My Stepmother Is An Alien”. When a Klystron tube experiment conducted by Dr Steven Mills (Dan Aykroyd) runs out of control and sends a radar beam to a distant galaxy, the inhabitants send Celeste (Kim Basinger) on a secret ..

Craggus’ Christmas Countdown Day 2: Scrooged (1988)

Craggus’ Christmas Countdown Day 2: Scrooged (1988)

Reinterpretations of Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” are almost as old as the original story itself. Indeed, it’ll crop up in various forms three or four times before The Craggus’ Christmas Countdown comes to an end. By lucky dip, we’re starting with one of the best riffs on the theme, 1988’s “Scrooged”. Bill Murray stars as ..

Without A Clue (1988) Review

Without A Clue (1988) Review

Realweegiemidget Reviews are celebrating Michael Caine’s 85th birthday with a Marvellous Michael Caine Blogathon and I’ve used it as an excuse to revisit one of my favourite comfort movies: “Without A Clue” Dr John Watson (Ben Kingsley) uses his keen analytical mind and powers of observation to solve crimes but, seeking not to jeopardize his ..

Moonwalker (1988) Review

Moonwalker (1988) Review

Last Christmas, a friend of the family gave us four tickets for the touring show “Forever Jackson” featuring Michael Jackson impersonator Robin Parsons, because Mrs Craggus has long been a fan of the ‘King Of Pop’. The show’s a lot of fun and Parsons pretty much nails his Jackson impersonation (as long as you don’t ..

Poltergeist III (1988) Review

Poltergeist III (1988) Review

For all the myriad of rumours, innuendo and tragedy which dogged this franchise, it seems like “Poltergeist III” suffered the most from the burden of the alleged curse, due in large part to the sad death of star Heather O’Rourke at the age of 12 shortly after production wrapped. In content and casting, it’s an ..

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) #Rediscovered

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) #Rediscovered

I’d been toying around with an idea for an occasional blog feature called #Rediscovered where I’d sit with Mertmas and we’d watch films that I loved when I was around his age but I haven’t watched in years, sometimes decades – possibly even unearthing forgotten gems I’d never even seen the first time round. I’d ..

Happy Thanksgiving! Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1988)

Happy Thanksgiving! Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1988)

Marking a sea-change in the surprisingly short directorial career of John Hughes, “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” sees the famed writer/ director move on from his high school teen-angst wheelhouse and branch out into the trials and tribulations of middle-age. Neal Page (Steve Martin), an advertising executive on a business trip to New York is heading ..