Retro Review: The Gift

Written: January 15, 2001 Ever wish that you had proof of psychic phenomena? Ever wonder if this kind of magic exists? What if that kind of phenomena inhabited a widowed mother of three in the Southern US? These and many other questions are asked as director Sam Raimi allows the audience to unwrap his film, “The…

Retro Review: Basic

John Travolta returns to the silver screen as a disjointed ex-military man turned DEA agent who is trying to unravel a mystery. Maybe John should be looking at the mystery of his fading cliché-ridden career, instead. Charismatic Travolta plays Agent Tom Hardy, who is summoned by friend Chief Warrant Officer Pete Wilmer (Tim Daly) to…

Retro Review: Sky Captain & the World of Tomorrow

During the age of the motion picture serial, people of all ages would flock to cinemas to catch the next chapter of their favorite hero’s latest adventure. Their admiration went to epic pulp heroes like “Tarzan”, “Flash Gordon”, “Buck Rogers”, “Commander Cody” and of course “The Masked Marvel”. This golden age of action-adventure paved the way for literally hundreds of other motion picture heroes in the years to come.