REVIEW: THE MOVIES THAT MADE US – SEASON 1

The Movies That Made Us (2019)

Featuring

Wayne Knight (3rd Rock From The Sun)
Devin Ratray (R.I.P.D)
Daniel Stern (City Slickers)
Dan Aykroyd (Grosse Pointe Blank)
Ernie Hudson (The Hand That Rocks The Cradle)
William Atherton (Die Hard)
Reginald VelJohnson (Mike & Molly)
Bonnie Bedelia (Anywhere But HEre)
De’voreaux White (Trespass)

die_hard_prequel-2048x1152Following in the same vein as The Toys That Made Us, Netflix’s interesting and wholesome documentary series returns with a new flavour and four highly enjoyable episodes. With a mixture of comedy, face to face interviews and some really interesting film facts, The Movies That Made Us is another hit for the streaming giants, one that has plenty of scope to expand for more series.MV5BMTc1OTU5OTM1MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTUxMDQ3NTE@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,1502,1000_AL_From Dirty Dancing and Home Alone, through to Ghostbusters and Die Hard, The Movies That Made Us picks out an iconic film from different genres in the 80’s and dissects them from the concept through to production woes and final audience and critical reception. With each episode clocking in at around 45 minutes or so, there’s plenty of time to dive into the nitty-gritty of each film and anyone with a love of cinema or an enthusiasm to see behind the scenes material should absolutely check this one out.nvMjK1uiIN5PDHwA6BF7ij8SUFBEach episode begins with an introduction to each film, breaking down a basic synopsis of the plot before diving into the first draft of the script and early conceptual ideas. From here, the episode breaks down a mix of studio push-backs, budget problems, cast and crew woes and more on the road to creating some of the most beloved films from the 80’s. All of this culminates in a final 5 or 10 minutes that show how successful each film has been and what effect it’s had on the industry. The narration takes cues from The Toys That Made Us, injecting the same mischievous, comedic style to proceedings. The face to face interviews with the crew and cast offer a lot of insights into the making of each film too and as a self-proclaimed movie and TV geek, I love watching this sort of material and this show was right up my alley.MV5BMTY4MDA2ODcxNF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNDUxMDQ3NTE@._V1_SY1000_SX1500_AL_The archival photos, deliberately chosen segments from each film and unabated positive enthusiasm oozing through each episode make this a light and breezy watch, whilst offering a lot of educational content along the way.  Every facet of the film-making process is explored here too, including special effects, costumes, acting and even script-changes, combining to make a pretty comprehensive breakdown on how films are made. If you’re a fan of movies, The Toys That Made Us or even light and breezy documentaries, The Movies That Made Us is well worth a watch and a highly enjoyable effort from start to finish.

REVIEW: LEGACY OF SIN: THE WILLIAM COIT STORY

CAST
Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother)
Bonnie Bedelia (Die Hard)
Meredith Salenger (Lake Placid)
Jon Pennell (George of The Jungle)
Terry Kiser (Lois & Clark)
Ernie Lively (American Pie 2)
Gary Graham (Alien Nation)
Steven Williams (Jason Goes To Hell)
Plagued throughout his life by fuzzy, disturbing memories, Coloradoan William Coit Jr. (Neil Patrick Harris) realizes that these memories may put a crimp in the happiness of his recent marriage. In his efforts to get at the root of his anxieties, Coit ruminates over his unhappy, unstable childhood — and his much-married mother Jill (Bonnie Bartlett), who, in addition to her other peccadillos, has cheated her children out of their late father’s inheritance. Can it be possible that the wanton Jill actually murdered William’s father? And if so, what horrors are in store for Jill’s brand-new husband.
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After seeing this movie I searched the web to see if the story was true-as I was relatively sure of- because it’s one of those Ripley’s tales that makes you pause and say “That couldn’t have really happened, could it?” Well, it did, and this 95 TV movie depicts all the sordid events in apparently true-to-life detail. The story is told from the perspective of William Coit, the son of a Colorado woman who may or may not be responsible for the death of his father many years earlier. Played very convincingly by Neil Patrick Harris, the son has managed to displace many of his early-life memories, having escaped from the dysfunction and started a seemingly well-adjusted adult life. The “legacy of sin” begins to unravel when he attends his mom’s ninth marriage and that’s when the movie takes off. Well-acted by all involved.