Preview #5: Big Fan (2009)

The Trailer: Why did I pick this movie?: It’s about sports fans and the various psychoses that manifest themselves in deep fandom. I’ve been a sportswriter (Ed.: And John Belushi was actually a samurai, I suppose?) for twenty years now and I’m familiar with the world of the sports fanatic. Most sports fans are normal,Continue reading “Preview #5: Big Fan (2009)”

Preview #4: The Straight Story (1999)

The Trailer: What do I know about this movie?: Quite a lot. It’s based on the story of Alvin Straight, a man from a small town in northwestern Iowa, who learned that his estranged brother was sick. He wanted to see that brother and try to put things right between them, but he no longerContinue reading “Preview #4: The Straight Story (1999)”

Preview #3: I Don’t Buy Kisses Anymore (1992)

The Trailer: Why did I choose this movie?: First of all, is that not just a great title for a movie? Can’t you almost imagine the movie just from hearing it? Sure, it’s probably a Doris Day/Rock Hudson movie from like 1959, but can’t you just imagine it? Or can you imagine Jerry, Elaine, andContinue reading “Preview #3: I Don’t Buy Kisses Anymore (1992)”

Preview #2: In Country (1989)

Why did I choose this movie? Against my better judgement, I chose it because I enjoyed the book it’s based on. In Country was the 1985 debut novel of a very good writer named Bobbie Ann Mason. If her name sounds familiar, it’s probably not because of her writing but because of a by-the-numbers, vaguelyContinue reading “Preview #2: In Country (1989)”

Preview #1: L.A. Story (1991)

The Trailer: Why did I pick this movie? It’s a highly-regarded Steve Martin movie that I haven’t seen. Really, that’s all it takes for me. Steve Martin is one of my favorite entertainers. I have no explanation for why I’ve never seen this movie; I just, well, haven’t. What do I know about this movie?Continue reading “Preview #1: L.A. Story (1991)”