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Movie Morsel: Throw Momma From the Train

People always ask me what my favorite film comedy is. I always reply, “Do you mean classic comedy or contemporary comedy?” If they answer, “classic”, I always reply with My Man Godfrey, one of the most sparkling, intellectual, and downright downright wacky film comedies of early Hollywood (it was made in 1936). If their answer is “contemporary”, I immediately announce Throw Momma From the Train as my choice. For the same reasons that I love My Man Godfrey, I marvel at the humor, timing, and insanity that just makes Throw Momma From the Train special. It allows itself to be entirely human and entirely wacko at the same time. It gets at the heart of who we are as people and how we let our egos control who we are. That’s funny stuff. We need to laugh at ourselves.

Movie Morsel: The Night of the Hunter

Up until a few months ago, my experience with the film noir genre was minimal. On a Facebook page dedicated to classic film, I found a thread discussing film noir and saw how passionate many of the writers were about it. I decided to give it a try. What an amazing world of film I had been missing. For my maiden voyage into film noir, I decided to watch The Night of the Hunter. Truth be told, I had been doing research on a stage musical based on the film, so I was killing two birds with one stone. The film was stunning, chilling even, in ways I had never experienced.

Movie Morsel: Clue — A Board Game Becomes a Movie

Clue is a board game where the players must guess who committed a murder, in what room, and with what murder weapon. From a list of suspects that include Miss Scarlet, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock, Colonel Mustard, Mrs. White, and Professor Plum, they must divine whether the culprit used a wrench, a lead pipe, a revolver, a knife, a candlestick, or a length of rope to kill a guest in a sprawling estate. Almost everyone has played some form of this game, as it has been around since 1947 when it was developed in Birmingham, England by Anthony E. Pratt. It was known as “Cluedo” at the time, but when it came to America in 1949, Parker Brothers shortened the title to “Clue”.

Movie Morsel: Double Feature (Ghostbusters and The Goonies)

I was thinking back to my childhood and how much fun it was to go to the local Colonia Movie Theatre and see movie with friends. We lived in the country, so going to the movie with friends was a rare occurrence for us, usually having to wait for our parents to drive us to see movies at night. There were, however, a few summers where we spent the weeks in town at a babysitter while my parent were at work. One summer, I believe it must have been the summer of 1985, we went to what we referred to as “The Double G Double Feature.” The movie theatre was showing, back to back, Ghostbusters and The Goonies. Could there be a better way for a kid in the 80s to spend their afternoon than watching these two films?