Category Archives: Review

The Thing About My Folks

Last night Allison and I watched a very nice movie by Paul Reiser called The Thing About My Folks. The movie starred Paul Reiser and Peter Falk as father and son. I love father and son movies. I love road trip movies and I think Paul Reiser has an excellent flair for dialogue. Both Allison and I loved the movie. It was touching in parts, heartbreaking in others and humorous as well. The Amazon plot synopsis goes like this:

Plot Synopsis: Ben’s dad Sam shows up one night with a note from Ben’s mother (Sam’s wife of 46 years), that she has left. While Ben’s wife and his three sisters try to find her, Ben takes Sam on a day trip to see a farmhouse that’s for sale. The day trip turns into a road trip while dad and son explore their past, their relationship, and why Sam’s wife might have left him. The road trip includes fishing, drinking, playing pool, sleeping under the stars, and frank discussion. Anger simmers close at hand, as do love and hope. Where Sam’s wife is – and why she left – leads to the movie’s resolution.

The movie is worth checking out.

Big Shots…

I love the buddy movie. The road trip movie. And the movie about finding out who you are. When I was a kid I really liked the movie Big Shots. Big Shots starred a young Darius McCrary, Eddie Winslow on Family Matters, as Scam. Amazon gives the synopsis of the movie as.

Following the death of his father, suburbanite Obie runs away from home and winds up on Chicago’s South Side. After being mugged, he befriends con artist Scam. The two then embark on a Down South adventure involving gangsters, the police, and a search for Scam’s father.

I remember the two kids driving, getting scared by a tough guy gangster who said something line, “I eat bullets and S#it Ice Cream.” As a kid I loved that line, it was so tough. I remember watching the movie more than once and it was a good little movie. Unfortunately it is not on DVD at this time. But it is on VHS.