The Movie Dude: Dudley Moore makes any movie funny
Published 06/17/2010 at 2:23 p.m.
“Like Father Like Son” is a remake of “Freaky Friday” except this time it’s not Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster trading places, it’s Dudley Moore and Kirk Cameron.
The Movie Dude: After ‘Swingers,’ Vaughn and Favreau get ‘Made’
Published 06/09/2010 at 12:21 a.m.
Back in 1996, an independent movie called “Swingers” hit the scene and introduced mainstream Hollywood, and society, to two little-known actors named Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau. Since then they have become two of the most bankable names in Hollywood. ...
The Movie Dude: The Mel Gibson you might not remember
Published 06/03/2010 at 5 p.m.
Mel Gibson has created two distinct lives for himself in Hollywood. No, I’m not talking about things he says when he gets pulled over by the cops. Gibson has cultivated winning box-office careers both in front of and behind the ...
The Movie Dude: Families should flock to ‘Fly Away Home’
Published 05/27/2010 at 5 p.m.
One of the great things about a family is knowing someone has your back and that you have theirs. Another great thing about family is that it doesn’t have to be connected by blood or, in the case of “Fly ...
The Movie Dude: Jim Belushi is ‘Taking Care of Business’
Published 05/20/2010 at 5 p.m.
We all have problems. They can be big — buying a house with no credit — or small — trying to swat that mosquito that keeps buzzing around your ear at four in the morning.
The Movie Dude: Not feel good, but worth feeling
Published 05/06/2010 at 5 p.m.
There are obvious reasons for watching certain movies. If you watch “Animal House,” you want to laugh. If you watch “The Exorcist,” you want to be scared. Those movies give viewers a rush that many of us enjoy. But why ...
The Movie Dude: Remember when Tom Hanks was funny?
Published 04/29/2010 at 5 p.m.
Tom Hanks is one of this generation’s most revered actors. With films like “Forrest Gump,” “Philadelphia,” “Saving Private Ryan,” and “The Green Mile,” his body of work speaks for itself.
The Movie Dude: When a prank call turns terrifying
Published 04/21/2010 at 12:09 a.m. 2 Comments
I’m sure at some point in your life you’ve received a prank phone call. Annoying as they might be, they’re usually all in jest (at your expense, of course). But given the right scenario, they can be quite frightening.
The Movie Dude: Great preview leads to moving movie
Published 04/15/2010 at 5 p.m.
A few weeks back I wrote a review for “The Answer Man,” a low-budget comedy that ran around in the independent film circles. When I first popped it in, a few trailers (movie previews) played before it and one of ...
The Movie Dude: In ‘King of California,’ X marks the Costco
Published 04/08/2010 at 5:01 p.m.
One of the things that makes life interesting is sometimes it has to keep you on your toes. A flat tire here, a hurricane there. It’s not all bad, though. Sometimes, to keep you on your toes, you’re given a ...
The Movie Dude: Need to relax? Pop in ‘Captain Ron’
Published 04/01/2010 at 5:01 p.m.
Popcorn. One of the main staples of any movie-going experience. I like popcorn, but what I like even better than popcorn is a popcorn movie. A popcorn movie is something you watch knowing full well it’s goofy and ridiculous but ...
The Movie Dude: ‘Sunshine’ a hit even for those who don’t like sci-fi
Published 03/25/2010 at 11 p.m.
I’ve always had a tepid relationship with science fiction. Setting phasers to stun and robots named HAL just never really interested me.
The Movie Dude: The 'Answer' to a dull romantic comedy
Published 03/19/2010 at 3:37 a.m.
Part of what I love most about writing this column every week is getting to write about a newer movie, especially when it’s one I’ve never seen before. Don’t get me wrong, nothing beats a classic movie, but even those ...
The Movie Dude: 'Chill' with a few good friends
Published 03/11/2010 at 5:16 p.m.
The way I see it, there are two stages we reach in life — more and less. The first stage is when we all think we’re experiencing the best days of our lives. We know it all and we’re all ...
The Movie Dude: Pacino serves up 'Justice for All'
Published 03/04/2010 at 9:48 p.m.
I love a good courtroom movie. In life, a courtroom is the last place I’d want to be, but give me two hours of watching someone else having to stand before a judge and I’m entertained.
The Movie Dude: Just because it's Seagal doesn't mean it's bad
Published 02/25/2010 at 10:21 p.m.
Twenty years ago if you were to mention the name Steven Seagal you would get a friendly nod and a comment along the lines of, “Oh yeah, I loved him in ‘Hard To Kill’” or “He was great in ‘Above ...
The Movie Dude: Olympics? Time for 'Cool Runnings'
Published 02/18/2010 at 8:21 p.m.
The Winter Olympics are upon us, and while I’m not a huge sports fan (I spent too much time watching movies), I have to admit it’s a little exciting.
The Movie Dude: 'Forever Young’ a departure from the typical romance
Published 02/11/2010 at 8:08 p.m.
Many movies put out around Valentine’s Day are meant to be watched with our better halves in hopes of being swept off our feet. It usually doesn’t work, and we’re left with a bad taste that not even Listerine could ...
The Movie Dude: Martin's 'Roxanne' is divine
Published 02/04/2010 at 10:02 p.m.
I was flipping channels a couple weeks ago and came across “The Pink Panther;” not the classic 1963 film starring Peter Sellers, but the 2006 remake starring Steve Martin. It grossed more than $100 million. When you finish watching it ...
The Movie Dude: Things fall apart in ‘The Edge’
Published 01/28/2010 at 9:14 p.m.
In any given situation, if something terrible goes down you can simply pick up the phone and dial 911. On the flip side, if something minuscule happens, like a paper cut, you can cover it with a Band-Aid and call ...
The Movie Dude: ‘Homeward Bound’ tries to read your pets’ minds
Published 01/21/2010 at 9:29 p.m.
Ever wonder what your pets are thinking? You can be in the kitchen singing a Duran Duran tune and look over to notice your dog staring at you with his head cocked to the side, a bewildered expression on his ...
Actress Kathleen Turner to speak at Planned Parenthood lunch on Roe v. Wade anniversary
Updated 01/22/2010 at 8:51 a.m.
Today is the 37th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade landmark decision on abortion. The Daily News will be hosting live video — courtesy of our news partner NBC-2 — of anti-abortion protest along U.S. 41 and Golf Drive from ...
Movie Dude: Craven crafted this thriller without the horror
Published 01/12/2010 at 11:34 p.m.
We all have bad days. I’ve found that it makes me feel better when I’m having a bad day to watch a movie about someone who’s having a far worse day than I am. I can point at the screen, ...
The Movie Dude: Tommy Lee Jones superb in heartbreaking ‘Elah’
Published 01/07/2010 at 7:22 p.m.
People seem to have varying definitions for the term “humanity.” Some of us like to scream about others not having enough of it, while some think just the opposite. Regardless of how you feel, you can’t really deny that humanity ...
Move Dude: Hugh Grant is not himself as he learns no man’s an island
Published 12/21/2009 at 11:31 p.m.
When you live a certain way for a certain amount of time you get in the frame of mind that that’s simply the way things are. So if we do alter our lives, it’s usually not on our own, but ...
The Movie Dude: ‘Joyeux Noel’ is an overlooked Christmas film
Published 12/17/2009 at 8:01 p.m.
If you’re like me, you probably have a long list of Christmas movies that you have to watch every year. I have about 30 that I watch religiously each year. Most are classics: “Christmas Vacation,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Home ...
The Movie Dude: ‘Evelyn’ gave Brosnan opportunity to showcase acting ability
Published 12/10/2009 at 5 p.m.
When you hear the name Pierce Brosnan, the first thing you probably think of is a martini that is shaken, not stirred. Or maybe, if you are a TV fan, his dashingly cool detective in “Remington Steele.”
The Movie Dude: The holiday shopping antidote
Published 12/01/2009 at 10:47 p.m.
Black Friday weekend led me to thinking of the movie I’m writing about this week, “Falling Down.” It’s not about society going crazy, it’s about a man driven over the edge by society who decides to call society out, with ...
The Movie Dude: A chick flick everyone can love
Published 11/24/2009 at 9:44 p.m.
It’s very hard to weed out the good chick flicks from the bad, and more often than not the good ones slip through the cracks. That’s why I picked “Return To Me” this week. It’s a good one that slipped ...
The Movie Dude: ‘The Rookie’ hits a home run
Published 11/03/2009 at 11:41 p.m.
Naples International Film Festival: Shorts a bounty of good films
Published 10/31/2009 at 5:05 p.m.
Perhaps one of the greatest strengths of the inaugural Naples International Film Festival is the excellent selection of short films. Here are equally short reviews of each.
The Movie Dude: A vampire flick not made for teenage girls
Published 10/27/2009 at 10:53 p.m.
For a while now we’ve been inundated with vampire material. The problem with a vampire-obsessed pop culture is that only the big stuff gets recognized. From the good (“True Blood”) to the bad (“The Vampire Diaries”) to the ugly (“Twilight”). ...
The Movie Dude: 'Werewolf' helped plant horror's tongue in cheek
Published 10/22/2009 at 4:38 p.m.
I’m always up for a good horror movie. Even a bad one, because much like pizza, bad ones are still pretty good. Not that scary movies require an occasion to enjoy them, but with Halloween creeping up there’s no better ...
The Movie Dude: The other side of John Wayne ... the Hollywood icon had more than just a home on the range
Published 10/08/2009 at 1:31 p.m.
When you hear the name John Wayne, I’m sure that a few things come to mind: The Duke. Cowboy. Legend. Cliché. I hate that last part, but it’s true. To most people, John Wayne was just a guy who wore ...
Joe the movie dude: Guys, time to suck it up and watch ‘Mermaids’ for mom
Published 05/07/2009 at 11:16 a.m.
Bottom line, this is a quirky, funny, movie that, while it certainly hasn’t changed the way the world looks at film, is still very enjoyable to watch on a lazy Sunday afternoon after the Mother’s Day cards have been opened ...
Joe the movie dude: Van Damme shows thespian skills in ‘JCVD’
Published 04/30/2009 at 11:33 a.m.
Joe the movie dude: Van Damme shows thespian skills in ‘JCVD’
Joe the movie dude: Great cast, acting in ‘Sleepers’
Published 04/23/2009 at 11:22 a.m.
What would you do if one of the most heinous crimes imaginable was committed against you, and you were only a teenager? Would you tell the authorities, would you plot revenge, or would you act like nothing happened? Hold that ...
Joe the movie dude: ‘The Lucky Ones’ a melding of three great thespians
Published 04/18/2009 at 6 a.m.
The movie I’m talking about this week is one of those rare little gems you come across every once in a while thanks simply to luck. My girlfriend and I were perusing the previously viewed section at a local video ...
Joe the movie dude: ‘Finding Forrester’ showcases Connery at his best
Published 04/10/2009 at noon
So when a decent movie about writing comes along, call me crazy, but I like to have it acknowledged. I’m doing just that this week by talking about a great movie about writing, “Finding Forrester.” It was directed by Gus ...
Joe the movie dude: ‘Rogue’ decent, somewhat realistic monster flick
Published 04/07/2009 at 9:27 a.m.
A while back I mentioned that “Jaws” was the greatest movie ever made. Don’t worry, that hasn’t changed, and I’ll stand by that statement until the day I die, no matter how great “The Godfather” and “The Dark Knight” are.
Joe the movie dude: Dark thriller, wonderful cast in ‘Gone Baby Gone’
Published 03/27/2009 at 11:58 a.m.
Well, everyone, this week I’m talking about something I never thought I would talk about, at least not in a positive way. That would be a Ben Affleck movie. Wipe the perplexed expression off your face, because it’s not a ...