Movie of the Week: ‘The Howling’

“The Howling” (1981) – If you haven’t guessed, “The Howling” is a werewolf movie, but 45 minutes into Joe Dante’s (“Piranha” (1978), “Gremlins” (1984)) 91-minute picture, you wouldn’t know it. He spends nearly half of his film’s runtime establishing his leads, supporting characters, and the setting, but it’s all worth the wait. Early in the movie’s first act, L.A. television reporter Karen White (Dee Wallace) plays the bait and helps police catch her own stalker, but the harrowing experience left her with a brief case of amnesia.  A TV doctor,…

Movie of the Week: ‘The Thing’

“The Thing” (1982) – “I don’t know who to trust.” – Dr. Blair (Wilford Brimley) We’ve all heard that phrase before.  Perhaps you attended MBA school, competed in a beauty pageant, or watched “Survivor”, the reality television show in which contestants compete for a million dollars in the remote locales of Borneo, the Pearl Islands, or Cambodia.  Although Richard Hatch, Sandra Diaz-Twine, and Jeremy Collins voted their “Survivor” castmates off the island, no one felt like their lives were in jeopardy. (Now, wear a Michigan Wolverines jersey to an Ohio…

Movie of the Week: ‘Let the Right One In’

“Let the Right One In” (2008) – Oskar (Kare Hedebrant) doesn’t have a friend.  Bullies emotionally and physically push around this 12-year-old loner (who sports a blonde-haired 1960s George Harrison haircut) during the day and his mom leaves him to his own devices afterwards.  She works nights, so he has plenty of free time.  However, his world changes after a brief encounter with Eli (Lina Leandersson).  She just moved in next door, and one evening, she meets him at their apartment complex playground and asks him questions and vice-versa.  Are…