I’ve often written of my love of Star Wars. If you’ve known me for longer than 5 minutes then you know this about me. The original 1977 film changed my life. Star Wars is a very personal thing for me but I know no one really knows fully why so I figured it was time I said. When I was 3 going on 4 I saw Star Wars in the theatre and it was the first time I became fully aware of the moving image. I immediately became invested in what was happening on the screen. The profound images of a galaxy far, far away with characters and visuals unlike anything I could imagine. In those moments I fell in love with movies and with visual storytelling. Everything was different for me. I became much more interested when I watched other movies or even TV shows on television. The way […]
What is one of your favorite film epics? BEN-HUR (1959) D: William Wyler This has always been one of my favorite epics on many levels. The story of Judah Ben-Hur which goes through the story of Rome in the time of Jesus Christ with the Jesus aspects sort of a side story until the third act which also makes it one of the best Biblical epics as well. On a scale like very few (if any) films ever made it can be almost jaw dropping the mere scope of the film. Plus it was shot in MGM Camera 65 which gives it an aspect ratio of 2.76:1 (your standard widescreen film is 2.40:1). Winner of 11 Academy Awards including Best Picture the film works on several levels least of which is the fact that despite its very long running time (222 minutes) it is never boring. Plus it has one […]
What is one of your favorite films from the 1920’s? METROPOLIS (1927). D: Fritz Lang There are films that are almost so incredible they sort of defy words. On its own ‘Metropolis’ is a wonderful science fiction film with imagery that is stunning and powerful even 86 years later. When you take into account when the film was made, especially compared to other films during the same period, and the incredible scope of the film plus putting the time in which the film was made into consideration from a filmmaking standpoint, it is almost hard not to watch the film with your eyes wide and your mouth open. The complexity of the film is rich and its set pieces and iconic images have been burned into our brains before having seen it because they have become a part of film history having been used (or offshoots and homages of them) […]
I admit I am not an avid comic book reader. So when a movie comes out that is based on a comic book I am approaching it fairly raw in not knowing more than just standard knowledge if any. On one hand the film has the potential to stand on its own because I’m not bringing prior knowledge or even expectations to it. On the other hand if it requires a lot of knowledge of the source material then I’m in the dark. Obviously with your more well known superheroes most of us know a lot of the general so Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, don’t have to develop as much as other films for me. But the lesser known ones (as far as specifics go not in name or character identity) I require some more information in the film itself. While I knew of the character of Iron Man I knew […]
The initial maligned ‘Halloween III Season Of The Witch‘ has found its fans over the years who see that just because it lacked the iconic Michael Myers did not mean it was a bad film. An attempt at creating an annual horror film that takes place at Halloween could have worked had they dropped the ‘Halloween’ title and just called it ‘Season Of The Witch’. But hindsight is always 20/20 as they say. The key is the film has garnered its following and with the recently released special edition Blu-ray and DVD of it from Scream Factory it will also find a new generation of fans. Giving it an ongoing legacy for Halloweens to come. Here is the trailer: Here is the infamous jingle from the film which has, in itself, become a Halloween tradition. Warning the flashing pumpkin is constant through the whole 90 seconds.
30 Day Horror Movie Challenge Part 2 – Day 3 – What is your favorite werewolf movie? AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981) d: John Landis Easily my favorite werewolf film is ‘An American Werewolf In London’. It is scary and horrifying and funny and entertaining and features what is arguably the best werewolf transformation ever committed to celluloid by the amazing Rick Baker. I some how convinced my dad to show this film to me as a small kid and it scared me so badly that if I was outside at night I would look over into the woods and wonder if a werewolf was there. Living in Connecticut at the time there were enough wooded areas around to feed my fearful wonderment. I actually never got to see the whole film until a few years later on TV late at night. Not sure watching it late at night […]
Day Three – What is your favorite classic horror movie? FREAKS (1932) d: Todd Browning So many amazing films to choose from for this one. Obviously the great Universal horror films are among the best and have so much love. But this whole thing is about what I feel and what I think so I had to go with a personal favorite of mine which is Todd Browning’s ‘Freaks’. A film that was so shocking in its day that all prints were ordered destroyed where the film was thought to be lost forever. Luckily a few prints survived and the film resurfaced in the 50’s where audiences saw Brownings vision. He was not exploiting the freaks in the film as much as celebrating them. And I think there is a love of this film among many horror fans as we often feel like freaks ourselves. Outcasts because of our love […]