Three great “vacation” movies — all with one common thread

So after much discussion, I realized there are “beach” movies, my list from yesterday, but there are also “vacation” movies. This category opens up the possibilities immensely given that “summer camp” movies are in the mix (I’m talking to you Meatballs and Wet Hot American Summer). And my wife will tell you that Dirty Dancing damn sure belongs on a list about summer movies. Continue reading

Happy Birthday to Wil Wheaton

Happy Birthday today to Wil Wheaton. This guy is such an endearing figure to Gen Xers thanks to his brilliant performance in Stand by Me (1986) as Gordie Lachance, the main character in Stephen King’s coming-of-age story, directed by Rob Reiner. His portrayal as the forgotten child after his older brother is tragically killed is gut wrenching. My favorite scene in the movie is when his character has a silent encounter with a deer in the forest. What a powerful performance all around.

And, count me in as someone who loves his role on TV’s The Big Bang Theory. His interactions with Sheldon — comedy gold for me.

So happy birthday to Wil Wheaton, a GenX Cafe favorite — always.

Biographical information provided by IMDB.com.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000696/?ref_=hm_brn_cap_pri_lk1_2

Top Five Beach Movies

Vacation (the movie and the event for my family) makes me think about my favorite beach movies. Yeah, I know Vacation  isn’t a beach movie, but it is a “vacation” movie and got me to thinking. This list pretty much covers all genres, which I kind of like. Continue reading

Stephen King movies

I can’t say I’ve read every book by Stephen King, but I do consider myself a fan. Same with movies based on his stories. My top three are Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and my favorite is Stand by Me. I love coming-of-age stories and Stand by Me is one of the best. This is from Rolling Stone and its readers.

http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/lists/readers-poll-the-10-best-stephen-king-movies-20150722

Flashback to the Cinema of 1983

Wow, the top box office earners from 1983 (credit to BoxOfficeMojo for the information) caused quite the smile from me when seeing some of these titles. First off, Return of the Jedi won the box office that year with over twice the business of its next closest competitor. Surprise anyone? Me neither. (Can we move on? I have plenty I can write about Star Wars movies in future posts). Continue reading