Friday, September 23, 2016

#101. Halloween (1978)

Director: John Carpenter
Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, P.J. Soles
Running Time: 92 Minutes
Fifteen years ago, Michael Myers brutally massacred his sister. Now, after escaping from a mental hospital, he's back to relive his grisly crime again, and again...and again.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Dusk to Dawn Scare-athon 2016

As in the past, the month I look forward to the most is October. Yep, the time of the year when the leaves change color and fall, everything seems to become pumpkin spiced, and best of all Halloween! For those of you who've been following Mike's Cinema (and/or Movie Madness) for the past few years, I've always called this the 31 Days of Horror Scare-athon, dedicating only the month of October to horror flicks but this year I got to thinking, 31 days is simply not enough for a horror fest so why not start on the official first day of autumn (fall) instead. New site, new year, new film series! Without further ado, I proudly present to you the 2016 DUSK TO DAWN SCARE-ATHON!

To keep some order, I've decided to come up with a couple guidelines, not rules per say, that I will follow along the way...
  • The challenge is to watch at least 50 horror (or Halloween-themed) films from September 22 at dusk to November 01 at dawn. 
  •  A new review will be posted daily, so check back often.
Lastly, I'm sure this may intrigue YOU to want to join in on this, so we've set up a dedicated thread in the Asylum for you to keep track of what you've watched. There's also the possibility of some guest bloggers to be chosen to post to the main site. Oh, and if you need another reason to take part? Free limited edition Film Crazy t-shirts will be given away at the end of the challenge!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

#100. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Director: Mel Stuart
Starring: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum
Running Time: 100 Mins.

Join the expedition visiting legendary Candy Man Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) in a splendiferous movie that wondrously brings to the screen the endlessly appetizing delights of Roald Dahl's classic book. Coated with flavorful tunes and production design that constantly dazzles the eye, this effervescent musical never fails to enchant young and old. On a whirlwind tour of Willy's incredible, edible realm of chocolate waterfalls, elfish Oompa-Loompas and industrial-sized confections, a boy named Charlie (Peter Ostrum) will discover the sweetest secret of all: a generous, loving heart. And you'll rediscover the timeless magic of a delicious family classic.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

#99. Hardball (2001)

Director: Brian Robbins
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane, John Hawkes
Running Time: 106 Minutes
Conor O'Neill (Reeves) is a down-on-his-luck gambler in debt to dangerous loan sharks. Desperate for cash, Conor reluctantly takes a job coaching a youth baseball team. The "team" turns out to be a ragtag group of tough-talking kids from Chicago's inner city. Secretly, Conor plans to desert the team after he wins a big bet. But the stakes are higher than Conor imagined: The kids need someone to believe in. As Conor wrestles with his past, the kids start to teach him some lessons that will forever change his future -- that responsibility and trust must be earned and hope can appear in the most unlikely places.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Coming Soon: The 4,000 Movies Challenge

As some of you know, despite the scarcity of reviews I watch hundreds of movies each year. There are probably a couple thousand movies currently in my film library which I have yet to watch, the goal of Mike's Cinema back in the day was to help remedy that but I never actually followed through. With Film Crazy, I've decided to make a personal challenge for myself. At last count, I had 4,000 movies in various formats and in time would like to have 4,000 reviews documented. This challenge could take months or more likely, years to accomplish. The ultimate goal is to make regular updates.

My original thought was to start this at the beginning of next year, but why wait? Best to start sooner than later. Oh, and for every significant milestone; I'll be giving away some exclusive Film Crazy swag to some lucky followers!! Be it a bumper sticker, a t-shirt, a mystery box of DVDs, a sports cap or coffee mug - all extremely limited as they won't ever be sold. Oh, and I'm confident that as this site takes off I'll gain some outside support from film studios to give away film screenings and other promotional items.

Let the journey begin continue . . . . . . .