My Stepmother is an Alien – Adverse Video Review

My Stepmother is an Alien movie poster art

Jimmy Durante by far is one of the best musicians to come out of America. In fact, every single time I hear him sing, it makes me think of at least one movie in particular: My Stepmother is an Alien.

Now, I know you are probably wondering “Why this connection?”

Have you ever had the feeling that you had some sort of connection to a film from your childhood that you just can’t seem to get away from? That one film that makes you think about your childhood and go “Yeah, that was a great moment.” As silly as this may be, for me that film was My Stepmother is an Alien.

The story goes like this: the first film that I ever saw by myself in the theaters just after sneaking out of school (sorry Mom) was this film. Granted the movie did come out in 1988, and I was still but a wee lass, the film was always being re-shown at the local dollar theater a few blocks away from where I went to summer school. (On a sidebar: Take you hats off to the Dollar Movie Theaters around the U.S.A. they work their butts off to give us cheap entertainment…pause for a moment of silence and a sip of whatever you may be drinking.)


By | 2017-09-24T23:02:37+00:00 June 7th, 2009|Adverse Video|0 Comments

Stuff You Need to Know: Ghostbusters 3 Still Has Some Life After Death In It. Allegedly.

Because if you want to read an entire site devoted to this stuff, be our guest. But trust us, the news is still fresh when we get around to sharing it. And we get it out of the way quickly so you can grit your teeth and get it over with. Enjoy.

  • Sherlock Holmes trailer is up. And even Doc thinks it has some promise, so all is definitely not lost. Yet.

    Direct link for the feedreaders.

    You can take a look at the round-up of various previous versions of Holmes here. Thanks to Occasional Superheroine (@ohsuperheroine) for the headsup.

  • Some bits from the Coraline musical are going up for auction over at the MCC Theater’s website. Check their site out for more information. Via The Neil (@neilhimself).
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:03:01+00:00 May 19th, 2009|Stuff You Need to Know|2 Comments

    Dan Aykroyd and the Vodka of the Crystal Skull

    So Dan Aykroyd believes in a lot of whacky stuff. Which is cool for him. But now we wants to take spirituals and spirits and combine them. But that’s okay, because this eight minute presentation about new Crystal Head Vodka is still better–and more believable–than the fourth Indiana Jones movie.

    Direct link for the feedreaders.

    Found by Ken at the Lair of the North American Hodgman who wonders if it can possibly be real. I would say yes as well, however if so why doesn’t the site have any information about where to purchase? Regardless, compare and contrast this vid with this classic vid. Show your work.


    By | 2017-09-24T23:12:02+00:00 October 5th, 2008|Headsup|0 Comments

    A Brief History of “Ghostbusters 3”

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    With word that Columbia is actually actively looking at Ghostbusters 3 again, it seemed like a good reason to take a look at the long, slow process of nothing that the sequel has been shambling through to get to this point. For many of us, Ghostbusters was an amazing cinematic experience. For almost all of us, there has never been a second film, after the Highlander Protocols were invoked for that incident in 1989. But the Law of Relative Development demands that a sequel exists in some form somewhere. So, here we go.

    Back in 1996, Dan Aykroyd said he was working on a script and negotations were in place to bring back Harold Ramis. At the time, neither Bill Murray nor Sigourney Weaver were interested in returning. The rumors for who might take part in the revamped team included Chris Farley (rumors that continued up through his death the next year) and Will Smith. With the previous team partly AWOL, at least in the case of Dr. Venkman, the idea was to have a Ghostbusters: Next Generation approach, with the old team training a new team. Other casting rumors included Jason Alexander and Jeff Daniels.


    By | 2017-09-24T23:13:36+00:00 September 5th, 2008|Stimuli|2 Comments

    Ray Charles With the Blues Brothers: They’re Going to Show You How to Do it Right

    Ray Charles and the Blues Brothers

    From the badassery of the last musical snippet to this, because as long as we’re talking musical numbers from classic films, it’s hard to outshine The Blues Brothers.

    This clip does leave out the scene before it, which has one of the funniest things I think I’ve ever seen: Ray Charles’ deadly accuracy with firearms.

    Oh, and speaking of Blues Brothers…did you know about this? Because we didn’t. And we want it. Bad.

    Direct link for the feedreaders.

    Found via VideoSift.

    By | 2017-09-24T23:41:09+00:00 August 25th, 2006|Stimuli|0 Comments

    Trading Places (1983) – DVD Review

    Trading Places DVD cover art


    Written by: Timothy Harris and Herschel Weingrod
    Directed by: John Landis
    Starring: Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kristin Holby, Frank Oz, James Belushi, and Al Franken

    Released by: Paramount
    Region: 1
    Rating: R
    Anamorphic: Yes

    My Advice: Rent it.

    Louis Winthorpe (Aykroyd) is an up-and-coming Wall Street tycoon who is about to get married. Billy Ray Valentine (Murphy) is a panhandler who has seen better days. Randolph and Mortimer Duke (Bellamy and Ameche) have other plans in mind for both of them. See, they have differing theories as to what makes successful people so successful. Randolph believes that people are influenced by their surroundings and Mortimer believes that breeding is what makes people successful. So, they place a bet with one another: They will have Winthorpe and Valentine will be forced to trade places with one another so that each can try to prove each other’s theories.


    By | 2017-09-25T00:01:09+00:00 December 7th, 2003|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments

    Pearl Harbor (2001) – DVD Review

    Pearl Harbor DVD set


    Written by: Randall Wallace
    Directed by: Michael Bay
    Starring: Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, Cuba Gooding Jr., Alec Baldwin, Jon Voight and Dan Aykroyd


    • Intro and Letterbox Explanation by Michael Bay
    • Three running audio commentaries with filmmakers:
      • With director Bay and film historian Jeanine Basinger
      • With producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Affleck, Hartnett and Baldwin
      • With cinematographer John Schwartzman, production designer Nigel Phelps, costume designer Michael Kaplan, supervising art director Martin Laing, and composer Hans Zimmer
    • Journey To The Screen: The Making of Pearl Harbor
    • “There You’ll Be” Music Video
    • Trailer/promo for Beyond the Movie: Pearl Harbor by National Geographic
    • Two fifty minute documentaries from The History Channel:
      • Unsung Heroes of Pearl Harbor
      • One Hour Over Tokyo
    • Oral History snippet
    • Soldier’s Boot Camp featurette
    • Three production mini-featurettes, two with optional commentary by director Bay
    • Pre-production footage
    • Theatrical trailer and teaser
    • Deconstructing Destruction effects sequence featurette
    • Interactive Attack Sequence
      • Four angles to view from, four audio mixes to choose from
      • Commentary by effects supervisor Eric Brevig
      • Commentary by storyboard artist Robert Consing
      • Commentary by survivors of the actual Pearl Harbor attack
    • When Cultures Collide: From Perry to Pearl Harbor history featurette
    • Still gallery
    • 24-page companion booklet
    • Four Collectible Postcards

    Released by: Buena Vista
    Region: 1
    Rating: R
    Anamorphic: Yes.

    My Advice: Own it, but only for the special features


    By | 2017-09-25T00:01:21+00:00 December 7th, 2003|Reviews|1 Comment

    Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) – DVD Review

    Grosse Pointe Blank DVD cover art


    Written by: John Cusack, D.V. DeVincentis, Tom Jankiewicz & Steve Pink
    Directed by: George Armitage
    Starring: John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Alan Arkin, Dan Aykroyd, Joan Cusack


    • Theatrical trailer

    Released by: Walt Disney Video
    Region: 1
    Rating: R
    Anamorphic: No.

    My Advice: Rent it.

    Martin Blank (Cusack) has received the dread call. You know the one I’m talking about. The ten year high school reunion call. But Martin is not your average prodigal son. You see, he’s a professional killer and he’s good at his job. He disappeared into the military after high school and well, here he is. But he feels he’s losing his edge, and to make matters worse: not only is he face to face with the girl (Driver) he ditched at senior Prom, but an enterprising fellow hitman (Aykroyd) wants Blank to join his new professional killer’s union–or else.


    By | 2009-03-01T00:03:49+00:00 November 28th, 2001|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments

    Antz (1998) – Movie Review

    Antz poster

    Written by: Todd Alcott & Chris Weitz
    Directed by: Eric Darnell & Laurence Guterman
    Starring: Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Sylvester Stallone, Gene Hackman, Christopher Walken

    My Advice: Don’t miss it.

    Z (Allen) is an ant that is, well, Woody Allen. So you can understand that when we meet him, he’s neurotic, complaining about being the middle child in a generation of millions, and only able to lift ten times his own body weight. He feels out of place as a worker, where all he does all day is move earth and hate his life. But then he meets the princess of the colony, Bala (Stone), and everything changes.

    This movie is not only funny (and quite funny at that), it also has quite a bit of social commentary going on. And it gets major points for doing so in a way that isn’t a forced “Think for yourself, schmuck!” like Robert Anton Wilson might say. Don’t get me wrong, that certainly has its place, but I never did like a movie’s message to be delivered like they used to at the end of each Super Friends episode. And I hope they killed that purple monkey. But I digress.


    By | 2009-12-17T20:57:24+00:00 October 3rd, 1998|Movies, Reviews|0 Comments