Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Gerry Anderson 1929-2012


A pioneering legend of fantastic television, Gerry Anderson, died today at the age of 83.  His loss is indeed a sad one, as he was responsible for some of the most memorable sci fi television shows of all time.  Many of these were made famous by the use of his "Supermarionation", utilizing marionettes and puppetry in place of real actors.  Shows such as Thunderbirds, Stingray, Captain Scarlet and Supercar all employed not only this unique approach, but also spectacular vehicle design and model effects.  The live action shows he produced are as equally memorable from Space: 1999 to U.F.O., the former of which is a special favorite of mine.  Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (a.k.a. Doppleganger) from 1969 was an especially original theatrical film produced by Anderson.  His productions also gathered a lot of talent from people like composer Barry Gray to special effects wizard Derek Meddings.  Gerry will be sorely missed but, thankfully, his creations are very much timeless in their appeal.  

This is what got me into his work as a kid and it never fails to grant me chills.



Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas from the Cinemologists!


We wish you all a very merry Christmas and happy holiday! Stay safe, keep warm, and have fun!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Frustrated Novelist

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

Joel's Top 15 Weeknight Movies


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

Vertigo (1959) Appreciating Obsession

Alfred Hitchcock's more precarious masterpiece has been declared the #1 film of all time by the British Film Institute's Sight and Sound poll this year, so I figured that's a good reason to do a write up about it, but also because I myself consider the film very personal.  There are many people who can appreciate the film's artistic merits, but nothing more. To them it is a bleak film with a protagonist that is hardly likable through his actions later on in the film.  These seemingly despicable characters are hardly what one would expect from a film to come out in 1959 and audiences then were rather cold to it.  So it is today in fact, but due to most people's idea that we are supposed to root for them, or sympathize with their actions.  If it isn't already apparent, Vertigo is a highly personal film, and Hitchcock did not seem afraid to alienate most of his audience through it.  Indeed, for most of the audience, these characters are hardly relatable.  Yet this was not the case for Hitchcock and certainly not for those who fully appreciate it.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Cygnus Broadcasting Station: Let's Talk About ANIME

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

Born Today in 1940: Anna Karina


Today is the birthday of my all time favorite actress, the unforgettable Anna Karina.  Anyone who knows me is aware that I rave about her beauty, charms and acting ability. Her range can be from the adorably comedic, A Woman is a Woman 1961 to the dramatically serious, The Nun 1966.  I don't know many other actresses who are able to convey the sense of a real personality on screen as she does.  When watching her films we react to her as if she is someone we know.  We get frustrated or even mad at some of her actions on screen when it seems that we shouldn't.  This is because of what I love about her, she is her own person on the screen, especially in the films directed by her one time husband Jean-Luc Godard.  One can tell she is a spirit not easily quenched.  She does as she pleases, but we believe it, which is indeed a rarity among screen actresses of her time and even today.  Its part of what makes her so alluring.  Throughout her career she's starred alongside such people as Marcello Mastroianni, David Niven, Michael Caine, Robert Forster and so on.  Heck I even saw her in an episode of I Spy, alongside Robert Culp and Bill Cosby!


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

Hans Jurgen Syberberg's Parsifal (1982)



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

The Prisoner Music Video Madness

The Prisoner is one of the greatest shows in television history, so why is it so fun making silly music videos out of it?

Friday, August 31, 2012

Born Today in 1928: James Coburn


 

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

Born Today in 1912: Gene Kelly

Today would be the 100th birthday of one of the silver screen's greatest icons.  Gene Kelly is well known the world over for what could be the greatest screen musical ever, Singin' in the Rain (1952).  He rose to fame through his graceful and impressive dancing ability and his handsome charm.  Though known most famously for musicals such as that latter, Anchors Aweigh (1945),  An American in Paris (1951) and such, he also was in a plethora of swashbuckling films from The Pirate (1948) to The Three Musketeers (1948).  Later in his career he was in more dramas such as Inherit the Wind (1960) and yes, I do find it slightly awesome that he danced to music by ELO in Xanadu (1980).

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

Born Today in 1899: Alfred Hitchcock


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

The Cinemologists Unbox Macross: Do You Remember Love? on Blu-Ray

Born Today in 1922: Ron Grainer

One of the best of British film and television composers.  Grainer composed the immortal theme for Dr. Who.  He also wrote the main theme for my favorite television series of all time, The Prisoner.  However, my personal favorite work of his was the score for the 1971 "I Am Legend" adaptation, The Omega Man, with its very catchy themes and groovy 70s sound.  

Here's the main theme:

Friday, July 13, 2012

Born Today in 1941: Robert Forster


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

Born today in 1920: Ray Harryhausen


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

Born today in 1958: Bruce Campbell


Today it's time to say Happy Birthday to B-Movie legend Bruce Campbell! Fending off the undead time and time again, Campbell left his mark on cinema as the unforgettable Ash Williams in Sam Raimi's Evil Dead trilogy, and he continues to remain a memorable screen presence to this day with his multiple roles in film and television, including cult favorites such as Maniac Cop (1988), Bubba Ho-Tep (as the King, baby! - 2002), and Man with the Screaming Brain (2005). The hard-working actor/director/writer is probably best known to mainstream audiences for appearing in the television series Burn Notice and his awesome cameos in all three Spider-Man films directed by Sam Raimi.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

100 Posts!

When beginning this adventure of delving deeply into cinema's treasures, I hoped that we would make it at least this far.

So here's to 100 more!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

The 54 Movie Challenge - #3 - Hausu

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

Alex's Top 20 Favorite Summer Films


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

Happy Memorial Day from the Cinemologists

We at The Cinemologists honor those who have served and are serving our country in the armed forces.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Born today in 1909: James Mason

One of Cinema's most unforgettable screen presences, James Mason is the kind of actor whose name alone is enough to get you interested in a movie. He immortalized Captain Nemo onscreen in Disney's adaptation of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), arguably the greatest adventure film of all-time, and was versatile enough to play just about everyone else, including an unstable family man (Bigger than Life, 1956), a cunning and villainous smuggler (North by Northwest, 1959), a grumpy scientist (Journey to the Center of the Earth, 1959), Erwin Rommel (The Desert Fox, 1951) Nabokov's most famous protagonist (Lolita, 1962), a deadly treasure hunter (Lord Jim, 1965), and even Doctor Watson alongside Christopher Plummer's Sherlock Holmes (Murder by Decree, 1979). A lover of silent cinema, Mason also lent his incredible voice to Kevin Brownlow's fantastic documentary series, Hollywood: a Celebration of the American Silent Film.

The Cinemologists See Yellow Submarine (1968)

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

The Music of The Shining (1980)

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

The 54 Movie Challenge - #2 - Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro

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.

This is all you need to know
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!?"
Fly Lupin, Fly!
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.

Pirates of the Caribbean has nothing on this
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.

Him!? Evil!? A-WHA-WHA-WHA!?
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!.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The 54 Movie Challenge - #1 - Pierrot Le Fou

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?

Starting off with a bang that's all I can say
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.
She sung such a happy love song before they revealed the dead guy on the other bed
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.

Need I say more?
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.

Friday, May 4, 2012

The Least Thorough Anime Convention Coverage Ever Filmed

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!


Saturday, April 28, 2012

HD Promo Video for Macross: Do You Remember Love? 30th Anniversary Hybrid Pack

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.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Born Today in 1946: Tim Curry

With his inimitable voice, unmistakable charm, and implausibly varied acting career in film, television, and animation, Tim Curry is always a hoot to watch. After being launched into the public eye with The Rocky Horror Picture Show (a film he said distracted attention from his notable career to follow), Curry went on to feature in some absolutely wonderful films like Clue (1985) and Muppet's Treasure Island (1996). He's played everyone from Mozart (in the first Broadway production of Peter Shaffer's Amadeus with Ian McKellen as Salieri and Jane Seymour as Constanze) to the devil in Ridley Scott's Legend (1985) to Cardinal Richelieu in the 1994 adaptation of The Three Musketeers. Other notable appearances include the bloody awesome Wing Commander III video game and tons of work in animation including The Wild ThornberrysGargoyles, and Peter Pan and the Pirates. Happy birthday, Mr. Curry!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Monday, April 9, 2012

Born Today in 1933: Jean Paul Belmondo


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

Macross: Do You Remember Love? Is Getting A 30th Anniversary Blu-Ray Release In Japan


Announced recently by the Anime News Network (and up for pre-order on bluray.com) is a very exciting upcoming release.  For the 30th Anniversary of the original Macross series, Macross: Do You Remember Love? will be released on blu-ray in a collector's box edition.  Even though this is a foreign release, (with probably no English subtitles) it is Region A, so the chance to own what may be my favorite animated film of all time in high definition is irresistible.  Its running for what is roughly $164 but the price is definitely worth it when considering what the box set contains.  Included is an immense amount of artwork featured in an archive book, some character sketches printed on separate pages, mini-posters, a reproduction of the original theatrical pamphlet and even a film clip!  The Blu-ray disc itself contains several interviews and featurette's on the making of the film and its impact.  Also included on its own disc is the special ending to the film done years later, Macross Flash Back 2012, part of which is in the ending of Do You Remember Love? Perfect Edition.  All of this combines to make a Macross fan's dream come true, the next best thing to a release over here.  Oh and there's a PlayStation 3 game based off the film included as well.  But that's not my area of expertise.  I will certainly be posting any and all updates on this I can find of value and especially those involving picture and audio quality.  I can't wait!    

Nothing in this movie won't look good in HD.



Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Everybody Doesn't Love Movies (and that's totally okay)


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

Born Today in 1920: Toshiro Mifune


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

My Top Animated Films Which Should Be In The Criterion Collection


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

The Adventures of Sarah Grable The Collector #7


Joel and Y2K Discuss The Hunger Games

Born Today in 1931: Leonard Nimoy

Happy Birthday to the one, the only, Leonard Nimoy.  It goes without saying what he is most famous for,  however he's also been a writer and a successful director (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)), as well as an avid photographer.  In his expansive career he's been in the original Outer Limits and Mission Impossible television series, as well as the 1978 remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.  He was even the Atlantean King in Disney's Atlantis the Lost Empire (2001).  Always a riveting presence, may you live long and prosper some more, Mr. Nimoy!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Born Today in 1944: Timothy Dalton

One of our favorite actors, here at the The Cinemologists, celebrates his birthday today.  Timothy Dalton is a Shakespearean actor who's been in every kind of film from The Lion in Winter (1968) to Hot Fuzz (2007).  I consider him one of the best actors to ever play James Bond, in The Living Daylights (1987) and License to Kill (1989), who brought a rougher edge to the character without losing what I love about Bond.  He's played villains, such as in The Rocketeer (1991), and swashbuckling types like Prince Barin from the irresistible Flash Gordon (1981).  Happy Birthday Timothy Dalton!

Speaking of Flash, here's a great scene from that film with Dalton and the lovely Ornella Muti.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Born Today in 1933: Michael Caine

The always entertaining and classy Michael Caine turns 79 today.  Most people today know and love him as the latest incarnation of Alfred, in the Christopher Nolan Batman films. However, he enjoyed wide success in his heyday with lead roles in such films as The Italian Job (1969), Get Carter (1971) and The Ipcress File (1965).  I definitely encourage you to look into his vast, colorful career.  Happy Birthday Michael Caine!

Here's the trailer for Get Carter, a side of Michael you may not have seen before!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Godzilla (1954) Criterion Blu-Ray Review


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

Born Today in 1924: Lee Marvin

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

Born Today in 1951: Jane Seymour

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

Born Today in 1933: Kim Novak

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

Born Today in 1917: Ernest Borgnine

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

Born Today in 1940: John Hurt

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

Born Today in 1904: Cary Grant

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

Starcrash (1978) Review

Born Today in 1949: Caroline Munro

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

Macross: Ai Oboete Imasuka (Do You Remember Love?) (1984)


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 Today in 1941: Faye Dunaway

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).

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Vlog: Going Through Alex's Film Books


Joel stops by Alex's house and the two go over the latter's collection of film books, among other objects in the collection.