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.