Be Kind Rewind –
Countdown to Curfew!
By Michael Nazarewycz
Midnight is a magical hour in many scenarios. It’s the hour when
Cinderella’s horse-drawn carriage turns into a pumpkin and six white
mice; it’s the hour every December 31st that we count down to a year of
new beginnings and resolutions we pray we can keep (or at least remember
come mid-March); it’s the hour that marks the transition from today to
tomorrow ... which would then make tomorrow today, right? Midnight is
also a popular hour for curfew (at least it was for me in the ‘80s), the
hour when teens hope their parents are already asleep so that when the
kids roll in closer to one (or, you know, two), the folks would be none
the wiser. So celebrate the hour that is important to so many with a
Starring Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Yaphet Kotto, John Ashton,
Dennis Farina, and Joe Pantoliano
Directed by Martin Brest
What could be worse than being an accountant for the mafia? How about
embezzling money from the mafia while you are their accountant? Such is
the poor choice of Jonathan “The Duke” Mardukas (Grodin), whose
nefarious ways have put him on the run from the Mafia, who wants their
money back, and the FBI, who wants him to testify against the mafia.
Only bounty hunter Jack Walsh (De Niro) is successful in catching him,
but getting him from New York to Los Angeles will take quite a feat.
This film answers the age-old question, “Remember De Niro when he was in
comedies that were actually funny?”
Starring David Naughton, Debra Clingler, David Damas, and Michael J. Fox
Directed by Michael Nankin
Hey everybody! It’s a scavenger hunt! And you get to pick who is on your
team! Your choices:
David Naughton, star of TV’s short-lived Saturday Night Fever-inspired
Debra Clinger, star of TV’s shorter-lived 60 Minutes-inspired
The American Girls.
Or, in his film debut, Michael J. Fox, who will go on to star in one of
the greatest comedies of the 1980s, Family Ties, as well as one
of the greatest films of the decade, Back to the Future.
I know who I’m picking.
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Michael Nazarewycz is a
US-based Writer for UK-based
He also blogs at
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