Author: Brian Watanabe

8 reasons to watch ‘Fight Club’

Truth is, I’ve never been in a fight.The closest I’ve been to a brawl? Blue belt judo classes in the 5th grade. Playing “Punch Out” on the Wii. Impulse-buying the 13-disc “Gracie Combatives” DVD (never opened). Pretty sure those don’t…

Nonstop Movies: Master Sommelier madness in ‘Somm’

Obsession is a funny thing. If you’re obsessive and successful, you’re considered brilliant. If you’re obsessive and a failure, you’re considered crazy.The obsessive pursuit of accomplishment is at the heart of “Somm,” a look into the arduous process of passing…

Why ‘Coming to America’ is the anti-‘Game of Thrones’

I was planning on writing an entirely different column about “Coming to America.” It would’ve been about the American dream and Eddie Murphy’s super-nova ’80s career, with maybe a joke or two about the royal wipers.Then I saw this weekend’s…

Why ‘The Last Crusade” was almost “The Monkey King”

One of my favorite comic books growing up was called “What If?” The stories were weird little one-offs about alternate, super-hero realities. They asked questions like, “What if Captain America Became President?” or “What if Wolverine Had Killed the Hulk?”…

Why ‘Top Gun’ means summer

Summer used to feel like forever.Let’s rewind. In May of 1986, a group of friends and I were dropped off by our parents at the Waikiki 2 to watch “Top Gun.” The guys were covered in Brut and spritzed with…

Why ‘The NeverEnding Story’ won

I have this theory. Sometimes the reasons why we love a movie have nothing to do with the movie itself. Sometimes our passion for a film is tied to the age we were when we watched it. On a likeability…

Why ‘Dirty Dancing’ is the female ‘Star Wars’

Being a teen in the late ’80s, “Dirty Dancing” put a lot of pressure on dudes. Not only were we supposed to look like Patrick Swayze, but we were supposed to dance like him too. The thing was, the only…

Why ‘Labyrinth’ became a cult classic

Full disclosure: I only watched “Labyrinth” recently.And when I say recently, I mean less than six months ago.Now you might ask yourself, why is someone with no childhood nostalgia for “Labyrinth” writing about it? Well, I’m not alone. When the…

Why the ‘The Breakfast Club’ matters

When I first saw “The Breakfast Club,” I was awkward, pimply and smelled like Clearasil. While George Lucas and Steven Spielberg may have defined my childhood, the films of John Hughes defined my clumsy puberty. On Wednesday, Dec. 12, the…