Almost 30 years ago, Adrian Lyne directed “Fatal Attraction.” His film took a fairly basic thriller premise and distinguished it with Oscar-caliber performances, a well-structured screenplay, and legitimate terror. Since then, we’ve gotten numerous retreads like “Swinfan,” “Obsessed” and now, quite possibly the dumbest of all, “The Boy Next Door.” Even if “Fatal Attraction” never existed, though, “The Boy Next Door” would still be a downright embarrassing standalone movie. How embarrassing is it? So embarrassing that the audiences for “General Hospital” and “Days of Our Lives” would boo it off-screen.
While 2014 brought us a ton of tremendous blockbusters about superheroes, LEGOS, and talking raccoons, it was also a banner year for smaller movies about life itself. No matter what the budget, this year had no shortage of great films. Today we’ll be taking a look at my 10 personal favorites.
A real life love story. Whether married forever, just thinking about marriage, or trying to avoid marriage, everyone laughs at the hilarious, romantic roller coaster ride towards happily ever after, which proves there is hope and happiness for even the most incompatible of lovers, husbands and wives on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 7 p.m. at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St. in downtown Phoenix.
FILE - In this May 17, 2011 file photo, Maya Angelou, left, and Oprah Winfrey laugh during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," in Chicago. Angelou, a Renaissance woman and cultural pioneer, has died, Wake Forest University said in a statement Wednesday, May 28, 2014. She was 86. Angelou was a mentor to Winfrey, whom she befriended when Winfrey was still a local television reporter, and often appeared on her friend's talk show program. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2009 file photo, actor and director Harold Ramis laughs as he walks the red carpet to celebrate The Second City's 50th anniversary in Chicago. Ramis died Feb. 24, 2014. He was 69. Ramis is best known for his roles in the comedies "Ghostbusters" and "Stripes." (AP Photo/Jim Prisching, File)
Filling the walls of Jerry and Dorothy Sidwell’s retirement apartment are dozens of celebrity photos — a shrine to Hollywood past. Dorothy flips an album to a picture of herself and middle-aged Elizabeth Taylor. Jerry flips the TV to a mock interview between himself and a fully-haired Bruce Willis.
The holiday season is upon us, which can result in additional stress and anxiety due to time crunches, obligations, and demanding schedules. Minimizing stress, getting plenty of sleep, daily movement and sunshine, foregoing demanding obligations, and healthy eating is especially important since colds, flu and even depression tend to be more prevalent this time of year.
“Horrible Bosses” provided a breath of fresh air the same summer that “The Hangover: Part II” came out. In an ironic, yet not especially surprising, turn of events, “Horrible Bosses 2” makes many of the same mistakes as “The Hangover: Part II.” While this sequel to the 2011 buddy comedy isn’t without its moments, “Horrible Bosses 2” really only exists to recycle the same old plot and make the studio some easy money. It’d be one thing if the film knew it was a retread like “22 Jump Street” or had a huge nostalgic factor going for it like “Dumb and Dumber To,” which was also co-written by director Sean Anders. There just aren’t quite enough laughs here to merit the film’s existence, though.
In Luke 17, there is an account of Jesus healing 10 lepers who immediately take off running, jumping, laughing and anxious to return to a normal life. The sad part is only one of them came back and said, “Thank you.” Why do you suppose the other nine never returned? Here’s what I think:
It’s been 20 years since “Dumb and Dumber” and almost 10 years since the awful “Dumb and Dumberer.” Unlike the needless prequel, “Dumb and Dumber To” finally reunites all the principle players that made the original a ‘90s comedy classic. This sequel is likely to be enjoyed by anyone who was a fan of the first film, meaning that the overall consensus will be split down the middle. Chances are you either despised “Dumb and Dumber” or you still find yourself quoting the movie in your day-to-day life. Fortunately, I’m among the latter group.
It’s hard to deny the magical feeling of Christmas when surrounded by sparkling decorations, the smell of warm turkey and a dozen beautiful ballerinas dressed in their holiday best and smiling and laughing together.