Category Archives: Movies

Steven Spielberg On the Couch


In the early nineties, Steven Spielberg was floundering.  He had enough success in the previous decade to establish himself as a movie mogul.  But his attempts to “grow up” as a filmmaker did not yield the desired results.  Following the critical and commercial failure of Always, Spielberg returned to the childlike wonder of Peter Pan.  But Hook was an odd take on the fairy tale in that it envisioned its protagonist as a middle aged man grappling with his own childhood and his role as a parent.  The parallels to Spielberg himself are painfully obvious.

Dr. Harvey R. Greenberg put the director on the metaphorical couch for a little psychoanalysis in this article from the Dec 1991 issue of Movieline Magazine.

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Starlog Archives: Star Trek: First Contact

The original cast of Star Trek couldn’t make movies forever.  In 1991, the original crew went into retirement with their sixth feature film.  Three years later, the torch was passed to the crew of The Next Generation with the lackluster Star Trek: Generations.  That movie was a big enough hit to warrant a sequel, but as was the case with Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Generations was not highly regarded by fans.

Going into the 1996 sequel, First Contact, hopes were high that the franchise could bounce back with a worthy entry.  While not on the same level as Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, First Contact did mark a high point in the Next Gen Trek movies.  Starlog offered a sneak peak in the December issue.

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Whatever Happened to Nikki Blonsky?


NBC’s Hairspray Live premieres tonight. I have to be honest I’m surprised they decided to remake Hairspray again (technically) considering the 2007 version is barely 10 years old but I guess they needed a version for the youngsters who don’t even know that John Travolta and Amanda Bynes exist.

Actually, is it me or have most of Hairspray 2007’s cast members careers cooled down A LOT since then? Not only have Amanda Bynes and John Travolta’s personal lives become more publicized than their actual film choices lately (though, in Amanda’s case, that’s because she’s no longer acting anymore) but Christopher Walken and Queen Latifah, who seemed to pop up all the time in theaters back in the 2000’s, seem to have to stuck to doing independent films for the most part and rarely pop up in something that goes to theaters nowadays. Then there’s the star of the movie, Nikki Blonsky. It seemed like she was the next big thing (no pun unintended) but she’s rarely acted since and, when she has, she’s stuck to independent films and TV work. She also started working in a salon. But why didn’t she become more famous?

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Tony Scott: Where the Boys Are


Tony Scott, brother of Ridley, was known for making splashy action movies.  In the mid-eighties, he had back-to-back hits with Top Gun and Beverly Hills Cop II.  Then in 1990, Scott helmed back-to-back disappointments, Revenge and Days of Thunder.  Writer Michael Angeli visited the director on the set of his next feature, The Last Boy Scout, for an interview that was included in the December 1991 issue of Movieline magazine.

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Review: Rules Don’t Apply (2016)


Poor Warren Beatty. The man hasn’t made a movie since Town & Country all the way back in 2001 and now he’s come back 15 years later for a passion project he’s wanted to do ever since the 70’s and…no one saw it. When I went to see it in the theater, I was literally the only person there and it was the pre-show. I also work at a movie theater and, when I took tickets one time, only three people went to see it. It seems that, unfortunately, the world has forgotten about Warren.

That being said, I wish I could say this is an underrated movie, an instant classic, and it’s a shame more people aren’t going to see it. I want to see the guy, after having hid out for all these years, come back with a great movie, maybe even a masterpiece. Unfortunately, however, his new movie isn’t that great. To be fair, though, it’s not awful, it’s just…uneven.

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Movieline Cover Gallery 2007-2011

Starlog Archives: Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors wasn’t the biggest movie of 1986.  In fact, 24 other movies had higher grosses that year.  Over the last 30 years, movies like Legal Eagles and Cobra have faded from memory.  But time has been kind to Frank Oz’s adaptation of the Off Broadway musical.  In the December 1986 issue of Starlog, the magazine devoted its cover story to the quirky comedy.

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Bette Midler: Playing to Win


Today is Bette Midler’s 71st birthday.  To celebrate, we’re revisiting an interview she did with Movieline magazine 30 years ago.  After a string of hits in the 80’s, Midler’s movie career hit a stretch of bumpy road in the 90’s.  Stella and Scenes From a Mall both bombed.  Her new movie, For the Boys, was expected to be a comeback vehicle for Midler, but that didn’t pan out either.  In this frank interview with Lawrence Grobel, Midler shares opinions on Bob Dylan, Bruce Sprinsteen and anyone who isn’t Madonna.

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Movieline Cover Gallery 2005-2006

Is Kevin Bacon the Center of the Universe?



Younger readers may not remember this, but in the mid-nineties, the internet was a new and confusing world and Kevin Bacon was the center of it.  Bacon used to be so ubiquitous that a popular game developed in which the goal was to link him to other actors based on movies they appeared in.  The game coincided with the rise of the internet, so one of the first things a lot of people did online was to play Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.

In the November 1996 issue of Movieline magazine, Martha Frankel asked Bacon about the on-line game, his marriage to actress Kyra Sedgwick and how he feels about the Footloose soundtrack.

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Movieline Gallery 2003-2004

Starlog Archives: Logan’s Run

I have been looking forward to getting into some of the early issues of Starlog magazine.  This article comes from the second issue released in November of 1976.  At this point, the magazine was not yet on a monthly schedule.  It still feels very much like the fan-produced magazine it was.  This article on Logan’s Run contains none of the on-set reporting or interviews that you would see in a major publication.  Instead, the author laments that the movie left out so many details from the book and attempts to fill in the gaps for readers who are unfamiliar with the movie’s source material.

Logan’s Run was released one year before Star Wars.  If you want to know what science fiction movies looked like pre-Lucas, Logan’s Run is an excellent example.  While the effects were state-of-the-art for the time, Star Wars came along and made movies like Logan’s Run feel antiseptic and outdated.

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Who’s the Best Actress in Hollywood?


In the November 1996 issue of Movieline, the magazine followed up their list of the 10 Best Actors in Hollywood with ten choices for best actress.  There are some notable absences from this list and a couple of choices that don’t hold up as well twenty years later.  These are ten very talented actress ranked in no particular order as chosen by ten different Movieline contributors.

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