30 Day Movie Challenge Part 3 in 3D

30 Day Movie Challenge Part 3 In 3D – Day Three

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What is one of your favorite films from the 1930’s? DODSWORTH (1936) D: William Wyler While there are so many other great films from this decade to choose from I always like to take the opportunity to recommend William Wyler’s ‘Dodsworth’ because it’s one of those hidden gems. Walter Huston plays Sam Dodsworth who retires so he and his wife Fran (Ruth Chatterton) can travel and see the world. They start to struggle with where their life is and where it might be going and this leads to some very honest outlooks on life making the film so endearing and heartfelt. It’s one of those movies you are surprised you never heard of before you see it. Turner Classic Movies plays it from time to time and if you see it’s on be sure to catch it. You will thank me that you did. The more I see it the […]

30 Day Movie Challenge Part 3 in 3D

30 Day Movie Challenge Part 3 In 3D – Day Two

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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 […]

30 Day Movie Challenge Part 3 in 3D

30 Day Movie Challenge Part 3 In 3D – Day One

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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) […]

30 Day Horror Movie Challenge 2

30 Day Horror Movie Challenge Part 2 – Day 5

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30 Day Horror Movie Challenge Part 2 – Day 5 – What is your favorite vampire film? FRIGHT NIGHT (1985) d: Tom Holland No doubt one of the most popular sub genre’s of horror is the vampire film. Stretching back to one of the most famous silent films F. W. Murnau’s ‘Nosferatu‘ in 1922 up until present day, which includes even the remake of this film, there have been countless vampire films of all different kinds. My personal favorite though has always been Tom Holland’s ‘Fright Night’. I first saw it on video when I was a kid and fell in love with it immediately. Sort of an Alfred Hitchcock version of a vampire film with a ‘Rear Window‘ homage with Charlie (William Ragsdale) looking out his window to his new neighbor, Jerry Dandridge (Chris Sarandon), where he sees a girl about to be fanged by him. No one believes […]

30 Day Horror Movie Challenge 2

30 Day Horror Movie Challenge Part 2 – Day 4

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30 Day Horror Movie Challenge Part 2 – Day 4 – What is your favorite Sci-Fi Horror film? INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1978) d: Philip Kaufman I know there are a lot of choices for this one. And a few I decided not to go with as they are picks for other things (I’m trying not to repeat titles in this). One science fiction horror film I do love a lot is ‘Invasion Of The Body Snatchers’. I do love the original but the 1978 version has always stuck out to me. I find it quite chilling and very effective. Aliens coming to Earth to turn into us by consuming our bodies while we sleep. Out comes a copy only devoid of emotion. Featuring a great cast with Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, and Jeff Goldblum and an atmosphere filled with creepiness and paranoia. Where the common seems strange. I […]

30 Day Horror Movie Challenge 2

30 Day Horror Movie Challenge Part 2 – Day 3

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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 […]

30 Day Horror Movie Challenge 2

30 Day Horror Movie Challenge Part 2 – Day 2

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30 Day Horror Movie Challenge Part 2 – Day 2 – What is your favorite slasher film? HALLOWEEN (1978) d: John Carpenter This was a bit of a hard choice because there are so many possibilities. However this goes back to personal favorites and John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’ is a personal favorite that is a part of my life. When I first saw ‘Halloween’ I was just as impressed with it as I was freaked out by it. There is a simple artistry to it and I don’t mean that disparagingly. It has an atmosphere about it and a mood to it that lends itself to the fear. A lot of the cliches we associate with the slasher film can go back to ‘Halloween’ so it might not be as easy to appreciate how groundbreaking it was. And every year I watch it either on or near Halloween. It is still […]