"Risky Business" (1983)

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity) Genre: Comedy, Romance Directed By: Paul Brickman Written By: Paul Brickman Runtime: 99 minutes Studio: Warner Bros.
Tom Cruise slides into our hearts as the lovable teenager, Joel Goodsen, in this pre-Top Gun adventure. Thrilled at the idea of his parents being away for a few days, Joel takes advantage of his freedom by hiring the gorgeous Lana (Rebecca De Mornay) for a night of delight. However, stunned by the amount of Lana’s “bill” the next morning, and after crashing his father’s Porsche, Joel grows frantic. In an effort to raise a lot of quick money, a very desperate Joel turns his house into a brothel.  
Review:  I'd just like to say first that I love this film. It’s one of my favourites. 
Both Tom Cruise and Rebecca DeMornay are fantastic together. Two gorgeous people. Even their characters fit together really well, they both sort of need each other. There is one scene when things have sort of gone to shit (excuse the phrasing)…

"Ask Me Anything" (2014)

Rating: NR Genre: Drama Directed By: Allison Burnett Written By: Allison Burnett In Theatres: Dec 19, 2014 Runtime: 100 minutes Studio: Phase 4 Films

Summary:  Based on the novel “Undiscovered Gyrl” by Allison Burnett, “Ask Me Anything” stars Brit Robertson. She plays Katie, a young woman who chronicles her sexual adventures in an anonymous blog that exposes her innermost desires, shames and secrets. Martin Sheen and Christian Slater also co-star. The film was also directed by Allison Burnett. 
Review:  This is a surprising gem of a movie. I came across it a few months ago in a quandary over what to choose to watch on Netflix. I thought it was going to be just another rom-com of sorts or chick flick, light and easy-going. And to be fair, it does start off with what appears to be an opinionated rebellious slightly self-centred teenager worrying about first world problems. But there is so much more depth to each event that takes place and each of the characters than what initially appears. Every …

"Some Kind of Wonderful" (1987)

Rating: PG-13 Genre: Rom-Com, Teen Directed By: Howard Deutch Written By: John Hughes In Theatres: Feb 27, 1987  Wide Runtime: 93 minutes Studio: Paramount Home Video
Summary: Keith Nelson (Eric Stoltz), an artsy high school outcast, tries to land a date with popular girl Amanda Jones (Lea Thompson) with some help from his tomboy best friend, Watts (Mary Stuart Masterson). However, his advances draw the ire of Amanda's snobby ex-boyfriend, Hardy Jenns (Craig Sheffer), who makes plans to get even.
Review: I actually enjoyed this movie a lot. I wasn’t expecting to as much given that the plot in all honesty is fairly predictable. It’s your typical 80s teen rom-com really. But the characters are good. And the soundtrack is good. And the story is cute.
Eric Stoltz is good in the lead role as Keith. I haven’t seen him in anything else. I don’t think he’s particularly funny, but he’s sweet and suitably sensitive for the part. Lea Thompson is great as Amanda as well. I liked her character, she was p…

"Sixteen Candles" (1984)

Rating: PG Genre: Comedy Directed By: John Hughes Written By: John Hughes In Theatres: Jan 1, 1984 Runtime: 93 minutes Studio: MCA Universal Home Video
Summary: With the occasion overshadowed by her sister's upcoming wedding, angst-ridden Samantha (Molly Ringwald) faces her 16th birthday with typical adolescent dread. Samantha pines for handsome older boy Jake (Michael Schoeffling), but worries that her chastity will be a turnoff for the popular senior. Meanwhile, Samantha must constantly rebuff the affections of nerdy Ted (Anthony Michael Hall), the only boy in the school, unfortunately, who seems to take an interest in her.
Review:  It happens to be my brother's birthday this week. Still another year before he can refer to the movie's title, but I thought I'd review Sweet Sixteen in spirit of the occasion nonetheless!
This was John Hughes' first directorial film. And he certainly made an entrance with this one! Even more impressive to think he wrote over a weekend. It…

"My Girl" (1991)

Rating: PG-13 Genre: Comedy, Drama Directed By: Howard Zieff Written By: Barbara Benedek, Laurice Elehwany Runtime: 102 minutes Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Tomboy Vada Sultenfuss (Anna Chlumsky) has good reason to be morbid: her mother died giving birth to her, and her father (Dan Aykroyd) operates a funeral service out of their home. The other kids think she's a freak, and it certainly doesn't help that her best friend, Thomas J. Sennett (Macaulay Culkin), is a boy. To make matters worse, Vada is desperately in love with her English teacher, Mr. Bixler (Griffin Dunne). Such is life for an 11-year-old girl.

*Possible Spoilers*
Review:  There are some movies that you just gain an instant connection with. My Girl is one of them. It’s a wonderful movie that pulls you in through the vibrant and beautiful friendship between Vada and Thomas J. We follow their adventures and time together, after which it rips out your heart and that is why movies should never be watched…

"My Girl 2" (1994)

Rating: PG Genre: Rom-Com Directed By: Howard Zieff Written By: Janet Kovalcik Runtime: 98 minutes Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

For a class project, Vada (Anna Chlumsky), now 13 years old, must write about someone she hasn't met but still admires, so she chooses her late biological mother. In order to learn more, Vada journeys to Los Angeles on a school break to stay with her uncle Phil (Richard Masur). Nick (Austin O'Brien), Phil's girlfriend's son, reluctantly agrees to show Vada around the city. But, before long, he's wrapped up in her search for truth.
Review:  This is a decent sequel. It’s quite different from the original, particularly since they venture to another Los Angeles this time round. But also a slight shift in genre. The previous film was more of a coming of age film, while this is moving closer towards being a romantic comedy of sorts. Vada is older now, she’s found a new friend who is now a girl (and who we met towards the end of the…

"When Harry Met Sally" (1989)

Rating: R Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance Directed By: Rob Reiner Written By: Nora Ephron Runtime: 96 minutes Studio: Columbia Pictures

In 1977, college graduates Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) share a contentious car ride from Chicago to New York, during which they argue about whether men and women can ever truly be strictly platonic friends. Ten years later, Harry and Sally meet again at a bookstore, and in the company of their respective best friends, Jess (Bruno Kirby) and Marie (Carrie Fisher), attempt to stay friends without sex becoming an issue between them. Directed by Rob Reiner. 
I really love this film. And I always forget how much until the next time I watch it again. It’s a fantastic romantic comedy. Apparently it wasn't expected to be a hit. But a hit it was! The film was up against blockbusters like “Batman”, “Ghostbusters II”, “Licence to Kill”, and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”. “When Harry Met Sally” opened in just 41 theatres on July 12…

"The Hard Way" (1991)

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence) Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy Directed By: John Badham Written By: Lem Dobbs, Daniel Pyne, Jeff Reno, Michael Kozoll, Ron Osborn Runtime: 111 minutes
Studio: MCA Universal Home Video
In an attempt to raise his credibility as an actor and to land a role as a tough ‘cop’ on a new show, Hollywood action star Nick Lang (Michael J. Fox) works a deal with New York City Police Captain. Brix (Delroy Lindo), who by chance is one of his fans. Nick will be paired with detective Lt. John Moss (James Woods) and learn how to act like a real cop. But when Nick drives John crazy with questions and imitating him, he gets in the way of John's pursuit of a serial killer (Stephen Lang).
Review:  This movie is good! I like it. There are some laughs to be had. The scene when Nick wakes up to realise he’s been handcuffed to the bed after John reached his tether was quite amusing. A later conversation between them at a bar in which Nick impersonate…

"Some Like It Hot" (1959)

Rating: G Genre: Comedy, Drama Directed By: Billy Wilder Written By: Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond In Theatres: Mar 29, 1959 Runtime: 120 minutes Studio: United Artists
After witnessing a Mafia murder, slick saxophone player Joe (Tony Curtis) and his long-suffering buddy, Jerry (Jack Lemmon), improvise a quick plan to escape from Chicago with their lives. Disguising themselves as women, they join an all-female jazz band and hop a train bound for sunny Florida. While Joe pretends to be a millionaire to win the band's beautiful singer, Sugar (Marilyn Monroe), Jerry finds himself pursued by a real millionaire (Joe E. Brown) as things heat up and the mobsters close in. 
Review:  This film has been popping up quite a bit in articles I’ve read or recommendations, and while watching an episode of Sex And The City, the name came up again so I decided – I’m going to finally watch it. And I really loved it!
The plot is extremely entertaining. There were many moments I laughed out loud. On…

"Sex And The City" (2008)

Rating: R (for strong sexual content, graphic nudity and language) Genre: Comedy, Romance Directed By: Michael Patrick King Written By: Candace Bushnell, Michael Patrick King In Theatres: May 28, 2008 Runtime: 142 minutes Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures

Four years after the TV Series left off, Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) and her lover, Big (Chris Noth), are in a committed relationship. Samantha (Kim Cattrall), having survived cancer, has a monogamous relationship with Smith Jerrod. Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and her husband live on Park Avenue, and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), now in Brooklyn, feels the pressure of family life. I really liked the opening of this film. It gave a quick and tasteful summary of where the characters are now, and how they got there, from the end of the TV Series. However. I’m sorry but that is where my enthusiasm for the film began and ended. 
Review:  I LOVED the TV series. It was so, so good. I binge watched it this summer after getting the box set la…