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Happy 32nd Anniversary Creepshow

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Today, November 12th, celebrates the 32nd anniversary of one of my all time favorite films, George A. Romero’s Creepshow. Written by Stephen King and directed by George Romero and featuring an all star cast Creepshow features five “jolting tales of horror” inspired by the old E.C. comics like “Tales From The Crypt” and “The Vault Of Horror”. The film mixes the perfect blend of horror and comedy with portions (like the story “The Lonesome Death Of Jordy Verille”) mixing the perfect blend of camp in as well. When things turn to horror it doesn’t skimp whether it’s grossing us out with some amazing make up effects by Tom Savini or the actual terror of creeping corpses, cockroaches aplenty, or a monster in a crate that scared me so much every dark corner or unopened crate to this day inspires feelings of unease in me. Somehow I convinced my father to […]

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A Hidden Classic On TCM Tonight

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Tonight on Turner Classic Movies they are showing the William Wyler film Dodsworth from 1936. Starring Walter Huston, giving a truly amazing and touching performance, Ruth Chatterton, and Mary Astor, this is an often overlooked film. Having caught it on TCM one night (maybe 6 or 7 years ago) with host Robert Osborne saying it was one of his favorite films I knew I had to give it a chance. I am so happy I did because over the years the film has grown more important to me and is also becoming one of my personal favorites.¬† A film that in many ways was before its time. A look at marriage, growing older, losing and finding love, where we belong in life and where we think we belong. It is funny, dramatic, heartbreaking, and touching. Do yourself a favor and watch it. You may thank me for it. Then tell […]

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Movie Of The Day – The Avengers

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‘The Avengers‘ just came out on video and it is a really fun movie. What I really like that Marvel did was create the single movie versions for the main characters having portions of their respective stories also having elements which come into play in this film. That alone is a big gamble because what if the other films didn’t do well? Luckily they did and we get this film. However you don’t have to have seen the other films to understand this one. It helps flesh things out and to familiarize yourself with the characters but not essential. I admit I am not overly knowledgeable of the comic books to a certain degree which only speaks more about the film because someone not coming with the knowledge is able to enjoy the film and not sit there lost. Needless to say a sequel is already in the works from […]

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Movie Of The Day – The Dark Knight Rises

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THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (2012) d: Christopher Nolan I finally got to see the final film in the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, and all I can say is it is amazing. It’s a film that does not stand on its own however. It relies on your knowledge of the previous two films, ‘Batman Begins‘ and ‘The Dark Knight‘. I am such a huge fan of the first two films so I knew them very well having watched them so many times. For me this film was a huge pay off and also a great resolution. I loved every minute of it. And despite its length (clocking in at 2 hours and 45 minutes) I made it through (plus trailers) without having to take a pee break. I am very happy with myself. A lot of times the third film in any trilogy is the weakest of […]