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.