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August 13, 1991
If John Candy can't get any laughs with ''Delirious,'' no one can.In the film, Candy, a most ingratiating comedy actor, plays a soap writer who clunks himself on the chin and finds himself playing a role in the series he is writing.He soon discovers that he can take the plot wherever he chooses simply by writing it that way.The story sounds very promising, but nothing comes of it. The new film does have two or three laughs, but they are never enough to justify the length. ''Soapdish' also made fun of the soaps, but the producers of that film had considerably more success.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Sun Staff Writer | August 26, 1994
I don't remember exactly what it was that killed the comedian John Candy last year, but "Wagons East!" -- Candy's last film -- might have been at least partly responsible. This is a dog of a movie. Wait a minute -- it's even worse than that: It's a dog of a shaggy dog movie. This comedy is not only awful, its basic material meanders so mindlessly that you wonder what the joke is supposed to be. "Wagons East!" has about as much shape as Candy's potato sack of a body.As a woman behind me said at the preview I attended: "Is this a movie?"
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By Los Angeles Times | December 21, 1990
HOLLYWOOD -- Though she left the movie business 17 years ago, Maureen O'Hara can never really leave Hollywood. Too many of her films are classics and TV staples, including a certain holiday perennial about a gent named Kris Kringle.Reminiscing about "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947), O'Hara says, "We knew we were making a good movie -- the script was so wonderful, and there was such rapport among the cast -- but no one had any idea that the film would be with us, well, forever."Indeed, just weeks ago, as O'Hara walked home from church in New York City, a child asked her: "Aren't you the lady who knows Santa Claus?
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | April 25, 1994
Three telemovies will premiere tonight, which is one reason why TV critics are so fond of "Monday Night Football." -- at least during the season, ABC hasn't joined Fox and NBC in the Monday-movie sweepstakes. Tonight, though, ABC has Rebecca De Mornay in the best telemovie of the three, while Fox has John Candy both appearing in and directing a telemovie that marked his directorial debut -- and, due to his sudden death, his finale. Also tonight: Tom Snyder on "Late Show With David Letterman," one that Joe Franklin would say was "one for the archives."
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By Lou Cedrone | May 23, 1991
*''Backdraft'' Kurt Russell and William Baldwin are Chicago ,, firefighters whose lives are endangered by an arsonist.* ''Drop Dead Fred'' A comedy/fantasy in which Phoebe Cates is a young woman whose imaginary childhood friend reappears when she is in trouble.''Thelma and Louise'' A film starring Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis as two friends who take to the road when one of them kills a rapist.* ''Hudson Hawk'' Bruce Willis is a cat burglar who wants to retire but is forced to do one last job.''Only the Lonely'' A John Hughes comedy in which John Candy is an aging bachelor with an overly possessive mother.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Sun Staff Writer | August 26, 1994
I don't remember exactly what it was that killed the comedian John Candy last year, but "Wagons East!" -- Candy's last film -- might have been at least partly responsible. This is a dog of a movie. Wait a minute -- it's even worse than that: It's a dog of a shaggy dog movie. This comedy is not only awful, its basic material meanders so mindlessly that you wonder what the joke is supposed to be. "Wagons East!" has about as much shape as Candy's potato sack of a body.As a woman behind me said at the preview I attended: "Is this a movie?"
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By Lou Cedrone | November 19, 1990
''Home Alone'' is initially irritating, but once the movie gets under way it atones for the opening portion with continuous laughs.Do you like the Three Stooges? Do you like the Tom and Jerry cartoons? If you do, you'll certainly enjoy the new film, once those initial scenes are spent.John Hughes wrote and produced. He's the man who wrote ''Pretty in Pink'' and ''The Breakfast Club.'' A few years ago, he got away from the ''Brat Pack'' films and began doing things like ''Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | April 25, 1994
Three telemovies will premiere tonight, which is one reason why TV critics are so fond of "Monday Night Football." -- at least during the season, ABC hasn't joined Fox and NBC in the Monday-movie sweepstakes. Tonight, though, ABC has Rebecca De Mornay in the best telemovie of the three, while Fox has John Candy both appearing in and directing a telemovie that marked his directorial debut -- and, due to his sudden death, his finale. Also tonight: Tom Snyder on "Late Show With David Letterman," one that Joe Franklin would say was "one for the archives."
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By Lou Cedrone | May 28, 1991
The mother in ''Only the Lonely'' is an impossible woman, someone only a son could love. A first-generation bigot, she is a woman who hates everybody who isn't Irish. The fact that we can tolerate her, can appreciate the film that surrounds her, is tribute to the talents of Chris Columbus, who wrote and directed, and John Hughes, who produced.It was Hughes who wrote ''Home Alone,'' which Columbus also directed. ''Home Alone'' may be the funnier movie, but ''Only the Lonely'' is the better film, an all-round film that doesn't resort to the humor of the Three Stooges.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | May 24, 1991
In "Only the Lonely," Chris Columbus and John Hughes have tried to buck the summer tides and make a film that's sweet and intimate, that's concerned with real people and their problems, that's a veritable tapestry of the human condition. Too bad it sucks.Call it "Only the Phony." Lethargic and dull and about as close to authentic experience as Spam is to meat, it appears to be a clunky remake of Paddy Chayefsky's brilliant and biting and real "Marty" of 1955.In "Marty," the hero was a dumpy butcher; in "Only the Lonely" -- which, incidentally, seems to bear no relationship to the smoky, evocative Roy Orbison song from which it takes its title -- the hero is a cop. But where Ernest Borgnine was vulnerable, crotchety, bitter, desperate and truly only the lonely, John Candy is a blob of affability undistinguished by other personality traits.
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August 13, 1991
If John Candy can't get any laughs with ''Delirious,'' no one can.In the film, Candy, a most ingratiating comedy actor, plays a soap writer who clunks himself on the chin and finds himself playing a role in the series he is writing.He soon discovers that he can take the plot wherever he chooses simply by writing it that way.The story sounds very promising, but nothing comes of it. The new film does have two or three laughs, but they are never enough to justify the length. ''Soapdish' also made fun of the soaps, but the producers of that film had considerably more success.
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By Lou Cedrone | May 28, 1991
The mother in ''Only the Lonely'' is an impossible woman, someone only a son could love. A first-generation bigot, she is a woman who hates everybody who isn't Irish. The fact that we can tolerate her, can appreciate the film that surrounds her, is tribute to the talents of Chris Columbus, who wrote and directed, and John Hughes, who produced.It was Hughes who wrote ''Home Alone,'' which Columbus also directed. ''Home Alone'' may be the funnier movie, but ''Only the Lonely'' is the better film, an all-round film that doesn't resort to the humor of the Three Stooges.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | May 24, 1991
In "Only the Lonely," Chris Columbus and John Hughes have tried to buck the summer tides and make a film that's sweet and intimate, that's concerned with real people and their problems, that's a veritable tapestry of the human condition. Too bad it sucks.Call it "Only the Phony." Lethargic and dull and about as close to authentic experience as Spam is to meat, it appears to be a clunky remake of Paddy Chayefsky's brilliant and biting and real "Marty" of 1955.In "Marty," the hero was a dumpy butcher; in "Only the Lonely" -- which, incidentally, seems to bear no relationship to the smoky, evocative Roy Orbison song from which it takes its title -- the hero is a cop. But where Ernest Borgnine was vulnerable, crotchety, bitter, desperate and truly only the lonely, John Candy is a blob of affability undistinguished by other personality traits.
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By Lou Cedrone | May 23, 1991
*''Backdraft'' Kurt Russell and William Baldwin are Chicago ,, firefighters whose lives are endangered by an arsonist.* ''Drop Dead Fred'' A comedy/fantasy in which Phoebe Cates is a young woman whose imaginary childhood friend reappears when she is in trouble.''Thelma and Louise'' A film starring Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis as two friends who take to the road when one of them kills a rapist.* ''Hudson Hawk'' Bruce Willis is a cat burglar who wants to retire but is forced to do one last job.''Only the Lonely'' A John Hughes comedy in which John Candy is an aging bachelor with an overly possessive mother.
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By Los Angeles Times | December 21, 1990
HOLLYWOOD -- Though she left the movie business 17 years ago, Maureen O'Hara can never really leave Hollywood. Too many of her films are classics and TV staples, including a certain holiday perennial about a gent named Kris Kringle.Reminiscing about "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947), O'Hara says, "We knew we were making a good movie -- the script was so wonderful, and there was such rapport among the cast -- but no one had any idea that the film would be with us, well, forever."Indeed, just weeks ago, as O'Hara walked home from church in New York City, a child asked her: "Aren't you the lady who knows Santa Claus?
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By Lou Cedrone | November 19, 1990
''Home Alone'' is initially irritating, but once the movie gets under way it atones for the opening portion with continuous laughs.Do you like the Three Stooges? Do you like the Tom and Jerry cartoons? If you do, you'll certainly enjoy the new film, once those initial scenes are spent.John Hughes wrote and produced. He's the man who wrote ''Pretty in Pink'' and ''The Breakfast Club.'' A few years ago, he got away from the ''Brat Pack'' films and began doing things like ''Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
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By Lou Cedrone | August 8, 1991
* ''Delirious'' A comedy starring John Candy as a soap opera writer who discovers that he can script his own life. Rating: PG.* ''Double Impact'' Action film starring Jean-Claude Van Damme as twins who are separated as infants, then reunite as adults to look for the men who murdered their parents.* ''Pure Luck'' A comedy starring Martin Short and Danny Glover as an accountant and a detective who search for a missing heiress.
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By LOU CEDRONE | May 25, 1991
** Backdraft--The story line is not always discernible, but the special effects are spectacular throughout. Kurt Russell and William Baldwin are brothers who work as firefighters in Chicago where an arsonist is at work. Language, sex, violence. Rating: PG-13.*** Dances With Wolves--Oscar-winning film in which Kevin Costner plays a frontier soldier who befriends a tribe of Indians. The epic founders here and there, but for the most part is as big as its ambitions. Violence, sex, nudity. Rating: PG-13.
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