Film History

With A Camera

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I love John Ford. The man made some of the best films ever committed to celluloid. He also didn’t have time to sit back and dissect everything. He kept moving forward with his career. In one of the more famous quotes that most filmmakers and film buffs hear about from him is the infamous answer to a question about how he filmed a particular scene while being interviewed by a young Peter Bogdanovich. John Ford’s answer is, much like his films, perfect. “With a camera.”

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30 Day Horror Movie Challenge – 16

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Day Sixteen – What is a horror movie with a great soundtrack? HALLOWEEN (1978) d: John Carpenter I debated a little over which way to go with this one. Do I go more with a song based soundtrack or a score. But I decided to go with one of my favorite horror film scores ever and one that is so undeniable in its effectiveness that I couldn’t go anywhere else. My pick is without a doubt John Carpenter’s amazing score to ‘Halloween’. The story of the score is sort of infamous but John Carpenter had shot and edited ‘Halloween’ and while trying to get more directing gigs he showed the film, before it had music or sound effects, to a representative from one of the studios. He noticed she wasn’t scared or anything. Unsure what to do he felt compelled to save the film with the music. With a musical […]

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30 Day Horror Movie Challenge – 11

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Day Eleven – What is your favorite horror comedy? AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981) d: John Landis This was a little hard to settle on but I stand by my choice. There are a lot of horror comedies. So many in fact that this might be the largest selection of a subgenre ever. But the question doesn’t lie with which one I feel is the best but which one is my favorite. Definitely one of my favorites is ‘An American Werewolf In London’. The story of two guys camping through Europe only while one night on the Moors they encounter a werewolf. One of them is bitten and so begins his transcending into becoming a werewolf as it gets closer to the next full moon. I sort of saw it for the first time when it actually came out. I say sort of because I didn’t see the whole […]

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Countdown To Star Wars Blu-rays 4

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Despite some people’s feelings on the romance part of the prequels (it’s supposed to be innocent) I enjoy it and the “Across The Stars” love theme John Williams did for Episode II is one I find incredibly beautiful. Here is the video from the ‘Star Wars A Musical Journey’ DVD.

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Countdown To Star Wars Blu-rays 1

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I have never hidden my geek-dom over ‘Star Wars’ and, as has already been evident, I am extremely excited over the upcoming Blu-ray releases. Counting down to it I will be randomly posting things whether it’s music tracks or trailers or different things that strike my fancy as my inner child jumps up and down in anticipation. Including a repost of the infamous ‘Star Wars’ post from an old blog about how it inspired me and changed my life. To start things off one of the videos from the amazing ‘Star Wars A Musical Journey’ DVD that was released with the ‘Revenge Of The Sith’ soundtrack with videos compiled with all of the different and amazing themes composed by the genius himself, John Williams. This one featuring the main theme. Enjoy!  

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Happy 4th Of July

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Happy 4th of July to all over you!! And a special shout out to the men and women serving in our military. Thank you!!!

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Harry And John

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This past weekend, at my favorite theatre The Music Box,¬† I got to meet two very cool people. The first was Harry Shearer who was showing his new documentary on Katrina ‘The Big Uneasy‘. He did a Q&A and also did an intro to ‘This Is Spinal Tap’. I must confess I had never seen it before. I know. Shame on me. But what better way to see a film for the first time than on the big screen? So I feel it is ok. Harry Shearer doing his Q&A for his film ‘The Big Uneasy’. The following night I got to meet the one and only John Waters. He is part of a new book “The Film That Changed My Life” which interviews 30 different directors and what film was the one that changed their life. For John Waters it was ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ so they showed that […]