These Movies Are All Celebrating 25 Years of Amazingness
“Silence of the Lambs” (February 13)
The first film of the Hannibal Lecter series, starring Anthony Hopkins, “Silence of the Lambs” follows Jodie Foster (Clarice) as a young FBI agent on the trail of a serial skin collector, Buffalo Bill, using Dr. Lecter as her imprisoned psychiatrist informant.
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze” (March 22)
The green guys returned after their beloved feature debut in 1990 with a somewhat solid sequel and a few newcomers to the cast. With the return of Shredder, along with a little “Super-Shred,” New York’s most underground ninja foursome must go topside, using the help of their little karate kid friend, Keno. Not only do they throw down once more with Shredder, but this time they battle a couple mutants of their own while getting down with Vanilla Ice, ninja rap, fire extinguishers and some random floozies in a club who had to be so drunk not to know what was going on.
“What About Bob” (May 17)
In a hilarious turn of events, multi-phobic personality Bob Wiley (Bob Murray), meets and befriends his newly successful, reluctant psychiatrist, Dr. Marvin, before slowly overtaking his family with his wacky antics and co-dependent lovesick puppy syndrome. In the end, it’s the psychiatrist (Richard Dreyfuss) who may need some serious therapy.
“Ernest Scared Stupid” (October 11)
Ernest P. Worrell is the live action inspector gadget of our childhood years, and after unleashing a sacred burial ground for trolls just before Halloween, the small-town trash man has to put the trolls back in the tree before it turns the whole town to stone. The late Varney was one of the last great character actors of our generation, like Robin Williams, coming up with multiple character personalities within his movies, some of which would comment on the film as a sort of silly sidebar.
“Terminator 2: Judgment Day” (July 3)
Following the 1984 original, the sequel is set 11 years later and John Connor is endangered by a shape-shifting T-1000, and Arnold is back, new and improved, to save him. While on the run, Arnold, the boy and his mother develop a relationship in one of the best sequels in movie history.
“The Addams Family” (November 22)
They’re creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky, the Addams family makes its feature debut following a 1960s TV series. Christopher Lloyd stars as a suspected impostor of Uncle Fester to the Addams, and Morticia (Anjelica Huston) is the suspecting mother to two creepy kids, Pugsley and Wednesday (Christina Ricci).
“Point Break” (July 12)
Of all the worst reboots in movie history, “Point Break” follows a federal agent (Keanu Reeves) who runs a sting on a group of surfer thieves, led by Patrick Swayze. The film was rebooted in 2015, but it holds nothing on the original, which has reenactment bars dedicated to its bizarre surfer bro script.
“Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead” (June 7)
Sue Ellen (Christina Applegate) is a bit of a teenage party girl, and when her mom goes out of town for the summer, it’s an endless party until her plans are ruined when the babysitter dies on the job. Now she has to get an adult job and take care of her troublesome siblings. A young David Duchovny stars, too.
“Hot Shots!” (July 31)
The “Top Gun” spoof starring Charlie Sheen makes Topper come out of retirement for a classified mission. It’s like “Top Gun” meets “Mission: Impossible” in a conspiracy film full of hilarious parody, thanks to Sheen and Lloyd Bridges. Anybody who appreciates this will die over the sequel, “Hot Shots! Part Deux.”
“Backdraft” (May 24)
One of the most powerful firehouse stories trails the blaze of Chicago’s best firefighters: the firehouse gags, the everyday firefighter life and a longtime rivalry between Stephen (Kurt Russell) and Brian (William Baldwin). Robert De Niro investigates a string of fires with Brian, who helps lead the trail back to Stephen while trying to prove himself, which ends with a fiery finish.
“The Rocketeer” (June 21)
This is the latest in Hollywood’s plans to do a modern reboot, the story of a stunt pilot, Cliff Secord, who discovers a jet pack and ends up becoming his own brand of leather-toting superhero. There is a girl (Jennifer Connelly), of course, but when the Nazis get involved, Cliff has to use his rocket pack to save the day and the girl, of course.
“Naked Gun 2-1/2: The Smell of Fear” (June 28)
Lt. Frank Drebin, played by the classic late Leslie Nielsen, is back for more hysterical hijinks. The comedy parody sequel follows Drebin into another conspiracy spoof involving powerful corporate heads, including the man who has taken his former flame. Nielsen goes in with confidence and a lot of clumsy luck in order to take down the man and win back his woman.
“Cape Fear” (November 13)
Max Cady (Robert De Niro) is a recently released convict from a 14-year sentence who visits his former counsel (Nick Nolte) and progressively torments him more and more for not properly representing him in court. As he grows more agitated, the lawyer fights back only to find his world being destroyed by the clever psychopath until it comes down to a final blow outside the law. The film is directed by Scorsese, a reboot of the 1962 thriller.
“City Slickers” (June 7)
Of the greatest comedy trios, the city boys in the outback are up in the ranks. Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern and Bruno Kirby take a break from their urban lives and annoying wives and head into the cattle-driven lifestyle. Elder cowboy Jack Palance attempts to keep these city boys safe from the dangers of cowboy life and the fears of getting on in years in the funniest way possible.
“Problem Child 2” (July 3)
Ultimate troublemaker, little Junior, found himself a family in the first film, but now his dad is finding new love, and Junior is finding he’s not the only troublemaker on the block. After the two go head to head for the throne of top juvenile delinquent, they redirect their angst and team up to keep Junior’s dad from marrying a monster, and hook up their single parents. Did you know they made a third one of these? Of course they did!