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.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Black Moon (1975) A Film of A Different Color


At the recent Criterion 50% off sale, I grabbed a title that had interested me since its first announcement from Criterion.  Louis Malle's 1975 Alice in Wonderland-esque dream film follows the escapades of a young woman fleeing from a literal battle of the sexes.  What follows is one of the more beautiful and compelling films of its kind.

Godzillamania

The Criterion DVD and Bluray releases of Godzilla (due to hit streets on January 24th) have got us completely giddy with excitement. Check out the recent buzz on this dreamy team-up of everyone's favorite monster with our favorite home video label:



Click here to read Bluray.com's glowing review of the new release.

Click here to check out Criterion's page for the film (including the unfathomable list of special features!)