This is what got me into his work as a kid and it never fails to grant me chills.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Monday, December 24, 2012
Sunday, December 23, 2012
In this Christmas-themed short film from 2010, an author (Alex Lattanzi) comes down with a case of writer's block and sets off on a mission to make some cookies and deliver them to the local nativity play, all the while being tormented by his strange neighbors.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Okay, picture this with me: It's Tuesday night. The week isn't even half over, but you're already tired. It's getting later and later into the year, and the dark of night is coming earlier all the time. As you get home, you're undoubtedly tired, but you also know that, if you go to bed now, the events of the day swimming around in your head (work, school, whatever) are going to keep you awake all night. You need a distraction. TV? No. Last time you tried that, there was nothing on, and you ended up marathoning QVC until 2:00 am, which led to the purchase of a gallon of rug cleaner, 8 yards of animal print, and several needlessly complicated desk lamps (wait, do you even own more than one desk?). Well, you can't decide which of the seven books you're currently "reading" to dive into, and there are only so many minutes you can play Doodle Jump before your eyes defocus... So, with a shrug and a sigh for emphasis, you decide to watch a movie. But what?
Friday, November 2, 2012
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Thursday, September 27, 2012
After long last, everyone's favorite podcast is back! This time, Joel, Alex, and Y2K sit down to discuss the wild world of ANIME, while going off on rabbit trails about Cartoon Network, Bernard Herrmann, and The Year Without a Santa Claus.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Yet Anna went beyond being a merely an actress and has been a writer, director, had a very successful singing career and has even recently written a children's book which is a retelling of the Ugly Duckling. Not to mention, she is, in my opinion, the most beautiful woman on the planet, with eyes on loan from heaven that one simply gets lost in. But I've spoken like a rabid fan enough, here is a wonderful scene capturing Anna in all her vivacious glory:
Thursday, September 20, 2012
The name may not be familiar to you but Hans Jurgen Syberberg is one of the most fascinating and controversial filmmakers in the world. His films have been hotly discussed among both film and art critics alike, especially his Parsifal and legendary, seven hour long Hitler: A Film from Germany (1977). The aesthetics of Syberberg are aptly summed up through this image from the latter film:
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Friday, August 31, 2012
One of the coolest cats in cinematic history, James Coburn is one of our absolute favorite actors here at The Cinemologists. With roles ranging from threatening baddies (Charade, 1963) to swashbuckling super spies (Our Man Flint and In Like Flint, 1966-67), Coburn's tough guy persona rang true every time he appeared on screen. He acted in a ridiculous amount of westerns, first on television and then on the silver screen, including The Magnificent Seven (1960), Sergio Leone's Duck You Sucker (also known as A Fistful of Dynamite, 1971), and Sam Peckinpah's Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973), in which he gave one of his greatest performances. Always a joy to watch, Coburn also appeared in many, many other movies both classic and obscure, including Hell is for Heroes (1962), The Great Escape (1963), Major Dundee (1965), Midway (1976), Cross of Iron (1977), The Muppet Movie (1979), Goldengirl (1979; if you've never heard of it, believe me, you're gonna want to track it down), and Monster's Inc. (2002; one of his last roles).
In lieu of any kind of suitable sign-off, I'll just leave you with a video of James Coburn kicking major amounts of butt:
Thursday, August 23, 2012
By far my favorite film of his is An American in Paris, which had its big dance sequence influenced by Powell and Pressburger's The Red Shoes (1948), (Gene apparently screened it repeatedly before shooting). Here he is dancing with the beautiful Leslie Caron:
Monday, August 13, 2012
A man who needs no introduction. He may be the greatest, if not at least one of the greatest directors who ever lived. Alfred Hitchcock's influence can be seen all over the the history of film, his unmistakable style burned unforgettable images onto our cinematic retinas. He's had the fortune of working with some of the greatest icons of the 20th century, from Cary Grant to Salvador Dali. Not only that but his film Vertigo (1958) has just been named greatest film of all time by the critics poll in Sight and Sound magazine. If you're unfamiliar with his work I urge you to dive into his films right away, you can't go wrong.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
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Friday, July 13, 2012
If you've seen my review of The Black Hole, you'll know why I picked Mr. Forster for the actor birthday today. Always a cool presence, Robert Forster's been in all kinds of films, from his debut, Reflections in a Golden Eye (1969) which also starred Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando, to Medium Cool (1969) where he plays an opportunistic news reporter, to Justine (1969) which also starred Anna Karina). He even joined Chuck Norris in The Delta Force (1986). In 1997, Forster was nominated for Best Actor for his role in Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown. A versatile and prolific actor, his career is definitely worth looking into.
Here you can see him in the opening scene of Medium Cool.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen turns 92 today. This man, with the skill of a surgeon and patience of a saint, pioneered special effects through stop motion animation and sent children's imaginations (the Cinemologists included) soaring to new heights. Cinema would be a very sad place without Telos, Gwangi, Mighty Joe Young, Medusa, the Hydra, or the Minoton. Indeed, many special effects technicians working today owe their careers to the creative spark that Mr. Harryhausen ignited. Some of our favorite Harryhausen films include 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957), The Mysterious Island (1961), Jason and the Argonauts (1963), The First Men in the Moon (1964), The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973), and Clash of the Titans (1981). Modern audiences might also find it interesting to know that he provided the voice of the polar bear cub in Elf (2003).
Here's a montage of Ray's classic monsters, just to give you a taste of this man's great work!
Friday, June 22, 2012
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Sunday, June 3, 2012
So I'm a bit late in writing this (I have been fairly busy and lazy), but a little more than a week ago, we Cinemologists had a horror movie night! One of those movies was the infamous Hausu, a movie on this list.
|Not something to watch at 2 AM.|
Friday, June 1, 2012
Every year, as this time rolls around, where the days grow brighter and the air hotter, I feel a certain hankering for several films. Usually this is because of actual settings of the film, but many times it also comes down to a personal remembrance of days gone by or a nostalgia caused by these films. Sometimes they get you in the mood to go out on a warm day's adventure, or to unwind after one. Quite often I find myself wanting to watch some of these after walking through an antique store or a flea market on a hot, June day, or after a trip to the beach. The summer just seems to amplify the nostalgic atmosphere in these films, and its not always best to over explain the personal reasons why. So here I'm just going to go through the top 20 films I find myself eager to watch this time of year and give small recommendations for them as well.
Monday, May 28, 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
As we work hard on new reviews, enjoy this little vlog in which Alex, Joel, Y2K, and resident Beatlemaniac Jesse head out to the theatre to drink in a screening of Yellow Submarine, featuring a new restoration and 5.1 surround sound!
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Of all the aspects of filmmaking that Stanley Kubrick had mastery over, the one which he was always deeply involved in was the music. Most of Kubrick's films have used found music, foregoing a complete original score for selections made by Kubrick which he deems appropriate. The first of his projects where a wide and eclectic array of music was used was 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) where he combined modern and classical composers. Indeed, quite legendary is the fact that Kubrick rejected a score by Alex North because the temp music he had been scoring the film with up until then had worked so well. It seems that Kubrick knows best at how to make a work of music famous. The now overused main title music for 2001, Also Sprach Zarathustra, composed by Richard Strauss, is now used mostly in parody but is unmistakable. He changed the way we look at space travel by placing Johann Strauss's Blue Danube over the spinning images of a space station and shuttle. As with his next two films, A Clockwork Orange (1971) and Barry Lyndon (1975), he again championed pieces of classical music which either had completely different popular associations or were scarcely known to the general public at all. Such was the case with The Shining, however, there was certainly more of an impact.
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Anybody who knows anything about Lupin the Third knows what this is going to be, so lets not hold this up with pleasantries and get right into it.
So far it's been two movies in a row with a fantastic visual appeal to them, the animation and colors are fantastic in their hand drawn beauty. The movie itself is such a fun ride, it's a classic tale of a dashing thief, using his wits and allies ( and maybe even enemies) to pull off a grand heist. Though that basic plot is much too general for what goes on in Castle of Cagliostro ( pronounced Caliostro, don't ask me why) and it kept me pretty involved during the entire thing even with it's moments of sheer " How does that happen!?"
However it reminds me of just how amazing these fight scenes are, not only are they wonderfully animated, but also wacky. You simply cannot look away while one is going on.
Not to mention the villain, oh the villain, he is one mean monkey fighter. He is one of those amazingly evil characters who just screams " I'm evil!" but here it's never in a bad way, it's not the characters don't know he's evil, and if they don't they learn pretty quickly. Not to mention he is actually pretty threatening, implying and acting out brutal murder without a second thought.
I would go back and watch this again any day and it would never get old no matter how much I watched it, however i have 52 more movies to watch, so onward!.
|This is all you need to know|
|Fly Lupin, Fly!|
|Pirates of the Caribbean has nothing on this|
|Him!? Evil!? A-WHA-WHA-WHA!?|
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
So in passing conversation with Joel, I asked him to make me a list of movies that I should watch because I'm kind of the Jr. Cinemologist here having seen the least movies of all of us. What Joel sent me was a list of 54 movies, some of which I don't even own. So I thought as my real first solo on the site, I would give my first impressions on each movie as I watch them. What's up first?
Words cannot describe how I felt after watching this movie, it is wonderful. I was fortunate enough to grab the Blu-Ray version and wow was it worth it, the visuals are spectacular without a doubt! As for the movie substance itself, it's like nothing I've ever seen before. It gained that title fairly early on as well.
To be honest the movie had me a little confused for a while before I got into the idea that you have to take this movie in stride and not think to much about the very colorful dialogue. I found the "romance" between Marianne and Ferdinand ( Not Pierrot) to be very interesting, as neither seem to trust that the other loves them and you really never know. Pierrot Le Fou seems to go where you least expect it to.
At the end of the day I don't think I ever will know how to describe this movie, and I think I will leave it that way.
|Starting off with a bang that's all I can say|
|She sung such a happy love song before they revealed the dead guy on the other bed|
|Need I say more?|
Friday, May 4, 2012
Y2K has dragged Joel out to a small anime convention in Cherry Hill. Let's find out what happened next (or at least infer with the relatively small videographic evidence presented)
Big shoutout and thank you to Dan of perpetualgeekmachine.net. His gaming corner was easily the highlight of the evening!
Big shoutout and thank you to Dan of perpetualgeekmachine.net. His gaming corner was easily the highlight of the evening!
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Saturday, April 28, 2012
A video was released this week on youtube which shows, in full 1080p glory, a promo for the upcoming Blu-ray release of Macross: Do You Remember Love? After watching I am absolutely ecstatic. The transfer looks gorgeous and it also has a music video of sorts for the title song showing a generous amount of the film in HD. The video also goes into detail on everything that is included in the set from the booklets and film clip included, to the Flashback film and the PS3 game and even though its all in Japanese one can easily figure out and gawk at the goodies included. Again, its being released July 26th, so if you're a dedicated fan (like I am) don't hesitate to consider getting a piece of the action!
If this doesn't whet your appetite, I don't know what will.
If this doesn't whet your appetite, I don't know what will.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
Monday, April 9, 2012
A legendary actor of the French New Wave. Belmondo was elevated to recognition with Godard's Breathless (1960) as well as in other great Godard films such as A Woman is a Woman (1961) and Pierrot le Fou (1965). He's been best known for his roles in Leon Morin, Priest (1961) and Le Magnifique (1973). Belmondo is one of the most entertaining personalities of that great era of French cinema.
A wonderful trailer for Le Magnifique.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Nothing in this movie won't look good in HD.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
In these great United States (and no doubt other parts of the world as well), there is a myth that permeates nearly every aspect of the societal strata. It's really more of a carefully designed con, actually, centrally based in getting as much money from consumers as possible. This fateful lie has been perpetrated for decades (now almost a century), and it has become so ingrained into our culture that even a mere reference to the contrary can be met with offended glances. What's this great lie, you ask?
Sunday, April 1, 2012
A veritable force of nature in Japanese cinema. Toshiro Mifune is known the world over by film fans because of his star making performances in many of Kurosawa's films. Stray Dog (1949), Rashomon (1950), Seven Samurai (1954), Throne of Blood (1957), Yojimbo (1961), the list goes on. He's even starred in several American productions like Hell in the Pacific (1968), where he starred opposite Lee Marvin, he played Admiral Yamamoto in Midway (1976) and was even in Spielberg's comedy 1941 (1979). From the moment he walks on screen he grabs your attention and he's certainly a star who won't be forgotten.
Friday, March 30, 2012
The Criterion Collection is THE premier home video company and has been since its creation in 1984. They've spotlighted numerous directors and hundreds of films and given them the best possible treatment for home viewing. Only one of those films has been animated. That film was Katsuhiro Otomo's 1988 landmark, Akira. This film was only released on Laserdisc, as the rights have passed on. I don't understand fully why Criterion hasn't released any animated films. Perhaps because there are so many live action films which have been neglected or never gotten a proper release in America. This is certainly true, yet there are plenty of animated films which I know need a proper release Stateside, especially since we don't know the condition of many of them if more attention is being paid to live action films. So here is a list of films which I think are more than adequate candidates for the Criterion Collection.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Speaking of Flash, here's a great scene from that film with Dalton and the lovely Ornella Muti.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Here's the trailer for Get Carter, a side of Michael you may not have seen before!
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Well, ladies and gentlemen... the wait is finally over. As you may know, I was absolutely ecstatic when the Criterion Collection announced that they would be releasing Godzilla, the original 1954 classic, on Blu-Ray. So it comes as no surprise that, when I finally stopped running around the block screaming, I ordered it. Now it's arrived, and, to be perfectly honest, I'm still pretty ecstatic. This new Blu-Ray release is even better than I had hoped for, and let me tell you why...
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Lee Marvin is one of a few actors who immediately grabs my attention once I see him in a film. His rough dog face and low, rumbling voice let you know that he is a force to be reckoned with. I remember him as a kid from The Dirty Dozen (1963). He's had so many memorable roles, from Point Blank (1967) to the drunk from Cat Ballou (1965). Personally he made a big impact on me as Charlie Strom, the ruthless and remorseless hitman of the duo in Don Siegel's The Killers (1964).
Lady, I don't have the time...
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
I think most of us know who the unbelievably beautiful Jane Seymour is, if maybe only from contemporary television or jewelry commercials. However, she's had a wide and varied career. Starring in everything from fantasy with Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977) to James Bond with Live and Let Die (1973). She's become almost a cult star, especially for sci-fi fans for being in the first few episodes of the original Battlestar Galactica. I fondly remember her as Marguerite in the TV movie of The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982). She's aged incredibly well and I hope she continues to do films. Happy Birthday Jane!
Joel still thinks I'm crazy, but I'm pretty sure I saw her in the Metropolitan museum once.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Kim Novak is an always fascinating and beautiful presence, she has to be in my top 5 actresses. Her first film role of notice was in Picnic (1955), a film she immediately set herself a reputation with. It goes without saying her most quintessential role was as Madeleine/Judy in Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958). A personal favorite of mine is Bell, Book and Candle (1958) where she was been teamed up again with Jimmy Stewart (albeit for a much more beneficial romance). Always a captivating screen presence, I wish her a happy birthday.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
One of the great character actors of all time. He won an Oscar for the title role of Marty (1955) and became an instantly recognizable and greatly loved actor. He's appeared in everything from The Wild Bunch (1969) to Jesus of Nazareth (1977). I'll always first know him as the journalist Harry Booth from The Black Hole (1979).
Sunday, January 22, 2012
A really versatile and active actor in every sense of the word. Whether he's playing the unforgettable first victim in Alien (1979) or hardly recognizable as The Elephant Man (1980) his talents are certainly instantly identifiable. I just recently discovered his chilling performance as Caligula in the I, Claudius miniseries (1976), and I really enjoyed his voice acting as Hazel the rabbit in Watership Down (1978).
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Sometimes sophisticated, other times goofy, but always charming, Cary Grant is one of the greatest stars of the golden age of Hollywood. I first saw him in North by Northwest (1959) and other Hitchcock films such as To Catch a Thief (1955) and Suspicion (1941). I've since come to love his comical side as well, wonderfully exhibited in Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) and Charade (1963). He'll definitely be charming film lovers for decades to come.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Whether you know her from her fleeting performance in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), or many of her fantasy film roles such as The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973), At the Earth's Core (1976) or just appearing in the Dr. Phibes movies, the lovely Caroline Munro always leaves a lasting impression.
Happy Birthday Caroline!
Saturday, January 14, 2012
For those like me who have plumbed the history of anime and its great classics few films have stood as high and shined as brightly as the 1984 Macross film Do You Remember Love?. Made as a follow up to the immensely successful and superb TV show, this film was a theatrical event and advance sale tickets sold for 1,100 yen. The film was one of the top Japanese films of the year (the #1 film in the country being Ghostbusters) and the now famous titular song from the film was the first song from an anime to reach #1 on the charts.
Born on the same day of the year as yours truly is one of my favorite actresses, Faye Dunaway. She first jumped to fame as the glamorized felon in Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and went on to star in other classics of the New American Cinema such as Chinatown (1974) and Network (1976). I Personally love her as the beautifully villainous Milady in The Three Musketeers (1973).