Binge Watch: Ivan Reitman

The latest installment of Ghostbusters releases next Friday. I’m pumped to see it as I’m a fan of the franchise and director Jason Reitman, who helms the film. He is actually succeeding his father, who directed the first Ghostbusters film! Over the next two weeks I’ll be celebrating the release by looking at five films from each Ivan and Jason Reitman. First up today is Ivan Reitman, with films appearing in chronological order!

Stripes (1981)
This was one of his first big films, a classic starring Bill Murray and the late Harold Ramis. This one settles on two friends who are dissatisfied with their lives and decide to join the army. Hilarity ensues. This is a classic 1980s comedy and a fun showcase for Murray (one of many). It’s not a personal favorite, but I appreciate it.

Rating: 2 out of 4.

Ghostbusters (1984)
This is the reason we’re all here! This film stars Murray, Ramis and Dan Aykroyd as a trio of scientists who use some cutting-edge technology and research to help battle the supernatural. Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson and Rick Moranis are part of the cast, too. This is an iconic classic and a really fun film that spawned a direct sequel, an all-female re-boot and the new film coming from Jason Reitman.

Rating: 3 out of 4.

Kindergarten Cop (1990)
This is a fun film that finds Arnold Schwarzenegger, previously best known for his action roles, in more of a comedy role. He’s playing a hardened cop who has to go undercover as a kindergarten teacher. This formula has become all the rage for a certain group of action stars, but this was one of the first of its kind I remember. And it’s pretty good.

Rating: 2 out of 4.

Evolution (2001)
I was a big X-Files fan, so I was pumped about an alien comedy starring David Duchovny. I remember being excited to see this one and a little under-whelmed by the finished product. I like Julianne Moore, Orlando Jones and Seann William Scott fine, and the movie is OK, but it’s more of a forgettable goofy adventure than I’d hoped.

Rating: 2 out of 4.

Draft Day (2014)
Based on his cinematic history, you wouldn’t predict Ivan Reitman would deliver a stirring sports film. But here we are. This one, starring Kevin Costner, is one of my favorite sports films. It takes place on the day of the NFL Draft, following the GM of the Cleveland Browns (Costner) on a great adventure. It brings passion and drama to the draft and, until recently, was likely the best part of the return of the NFL to Cleveland.

Rating: 4 out of 4.

Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. He is a member of the FSWA. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast.

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