1984, Ivan Reitman
It may be hard to believe, but I had strangely never seen Ghostbusters in my 24 years of living so I took advantage of its theatrical re-release to make my first viewing of the movie one in theaters. In a way I’m glad I had waited because it was a pleasurable experience after a particularly difficult day. Very amusing throughout with Bill Murray at the absolute top of his game, killing it from beginning to end. I prefer him laconic and he was aces here — just the ideal reactionary, deadpan figure. Harold Ramis and Rick Moranis were also slaying left and right, though there wasn’t really a sour note among the cast. Plus, on a more superficial note, I would do some nasty things to get up in Annie Potts circa 1984. The movie started dragging for me a bit in the final stages when the plot of it all began to take center stage (it felt so unimportant until like the last half hour where it became the main show and it wasn’t very engaging for me), but still made time for the genius reveal of Stay Puft, perfectly delivered by Aykroyd. Real fun movie. And now I’ve got this song stuck in my head forever.
HBO has firmed up the premiere dates for its miniseries drama Olive Kitteridge. The first two parts are set to debut on Sunday, November 2 at 9 PM, followed by the final two installments at 9 PM Monday, November 3. Oscar winner Frances McDormand (Fargo, North Country) and Oscar-nominated Richard Jenkins (The Visitor, HBO’s Six Feet Under) star in the mini based on Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.