Articles by Michael Pflug

Transylvania 6-5000

May 28, 2002 // 0 Comments

1985’s ’Transylvania 6-5000’ was the first — and so far only — feature film directed by frequent Mel Brooks collaborator Rudy De Luca. Featuring a cast of easily recognizable faces and playing with horror characters and settings that [...]

Swiss Family Robinson

May 16, 2002 // 0 Comments

Not content to merely rule the world of animated feature films, Walt Disney set out early on to corner the market for live-action family fare as well. The late-1950s through the mid-1960s saw the appearance of many great Disney films such as "20, 000 [...]

I Am Sam

May 6, 2002 // 0 Comments

I must admit that "I Am Sam" flew well under my radar during its initial theatrical release. The only buzz concerning the movie that I recall hearing was that it was nothing but a blatant attempt to snag a best actor Academy Award for Sean Penn. [...]


May 1, 2002 // 0 Comments

"Khartoum" is one of those classic, sweeping historical epics from the waning days of Hollywood’s golden years. Likely an attempt to follow on the heels of 1962’s critically-acclaimed "Lawrence of Arabia, " "Khartoum" [...]

The Vikings

April 30, 2002 // 0 Comments

1958’s ’The Viking’ was a pet project of star and producer Kirk Douglas and, while it may seem a bit cheesy and over-the-top to some, the film is a rousing adventure packed with action and excitement. When Viking chief Ragnar (Ernest Borgnine) rapes [...]

The Devil’s Brigade

April 29, 2002 // 0 Comments

Among war movies there’s a specific subgenre that focuses on the heroic exploits of a group of rough-and-tumble types who finally come together as a team to wreak havoc on the enemy. Films such as ’The Dirty Dozen’ and ’Kelly’s Heroes’ [...]

Justice League

April 22, 2002 // 0 Comments

"Justice League" is the latest animated series from the creative folks at Warner Brothers Animation who forever changed the way "cartoon" superheroes were treated with their critically-acclaimed "Batman: The Animated Series" [...]

Joe versus the Volcano

April 17, 2002 // 0 Comments

In most modern movies the driving force seems to be to make things appear as realistic as possible. With the advent of CGI it’s now possible to make even the most otherworldly of settings look lifelike. Very few things are left to the viewer’s [...]

Session 9

April 8, 2002 // 0 Comments

’Session 9’ is an effectively creepy thriller that received almost no attention during its brief theatrical run. Hopefully, this USA Film DVD release will bring this underappreciated movie the audience it deserves. Gordon Fleming (Peter Mullan) and [...]

Watership Down

March 28, 2002 // 0 Comments

Based on Richard Adams’s bestselling novel, ’Watership Down’ stands as one of the finest animated features ever made and the constant attempts to market the film as kiddie fare does a great disservice to both the movie and the impressionable tots [...]
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