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!