Category: Retrospectives

Who You Gonna Call? Ghostbusters: 30 Years Later

Just like most cinephiles out there, many of the movies I’ve seen throughout my life have a way of linking themselves permanently to specific memories or time periods.  Sometimes the memories that resurface are expected ones that are often remembered fondly, and other times they pull forward a time and place I had otherwise forgotten.  I was excited when I read Ghostbusters was being re-released in theaters for the 30th Anniversary, not because it had special meaning, but because I jump at every chance to have a theater experience with a movie I enjoy.  Recently, the trailer for the new...

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Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Retrospective

I did not have the pleasure of viewing Mary Poppins upon its initial release 50 years ago in 1964. Nor did I see it when I was a young child. I was first introduced to this practically perfect lady when I was in high school. Mulling through these teenage years, I did not lose sight of the awe and wonder threaded into the antics of the two British children, Jane and Michael, and the lessons from a woman who appeared with the changing winds. I recall being fascinated by the diluted colors, the faint colloquialisms, and the catchy musical...

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The Sixth Sense – Fifteen Years Later

The Sixth Sense came out in 1999. I was 5 years old (almost 6). I don’t remember very much from that time, but I do vividly remember watching this film for the first time and being absolutely chilled to the bone. It has always taken a lot to scare me. I was raised on the horror genre. I can remember staying up late at night, clinging to my covers and craving the adrenaline rush that came with watching a really bone-chilling scary movie. But The Sixth Sense terrified me. Not because it was violent or gory, but because The...

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The Iron Giant – A 15th Anniversary Retrospective

The Iron Giant isn’t the first movie I ever saw. It is the first movie I remember wanting to see. In fact, I wanted to see it so much that I overcame my trepidation surrounding movie theaters (the loud noise made me anxious) and convinced my parents to take me twice. I remember buying the VHS as soon as it came out, and I remember my dad exchanging it for the fullscreen version because he thought the letterboxing was a mistake. Though the prevalence of other movies from that time in popular culture drowned it out, The Iron Giant...

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Mean Girls: Ten Years Later

Overview: A teenage girl (Lindsay Lohan) struggles to find her place when she is introduced to the cattiness and cliques that make up high school girl world. 2004; Paramount Pictures; rated PG-13; 97 minutes. Fetch Is Still Happening:  Where Mean Girls excels is in its innate ability to relate to the mind of the teenage girl in a manner that is now proven timeless.  Your average teenage girl has two all-consuming burning desires:  1) Popularity.  2) Hot Boyfriend.  These desires haven’t changed over the years and they probably never will. Even though the basic premise of high school cliques...

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