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9 Variations on the ‘Nanny Fixes a Family’ Movie Plot

I’ve written about Mary Poppins and Uncle Buck recently, and those films got me thinking about their niche within the wider comedy genre. These are movies that follow what I call the “Nanny fixes a family” plot. A quirky nanny … Continue reading

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Why Uncle Buck Is an Almost Impossible Film to Categorize

Uncle Buck is so many things that they all seem to cancel each other out, making it extremely difficult to fit the film into a single category or genre. I’ve always liked it, but I’ve never been able to put … Continue reading

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Pleasant Surprises: Ernest Goes to Camp

Ernest Goes to Camp perfectly captures childhood in a way I’ve never seen another film pull off. I loved this movie as a kid because it spoke to me on a very personal level. That might sound strange because it’s … Continue reading

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Forgotten Film Gems: The Boy Who Could Fly

The Boy Who Could Fly deserves to be recognized alongside E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and Stand By Me as one of the best coming-of-age films of the 1980s. It’s that good. I gave director Nick Castle some grief in my last … Continue reading

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Joke of the Week: James Bond

If Charlotte’s Web was remade as a James Bond movie, what would it be called? The answer is…

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Forgotten Film Gems: Christmas Eve on Sesame Street

Merry Christmas! I love this time of year. Even though the weather seems to get worse every day, my spirits brighten more and more as I approach that happy holiday on December 25. That’s the day when I’m reunited with … Continue reading

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