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Happy 4th Of July

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I want to wish everyone a very happy and safe 4th of July!! We’re finally getting some decent weather in Chicago so I am making some BBQ ribs today. Also deciding what movie to watch tonight in celebration. I’m leaning towards ‘Jaws’ because it sort of takes place around the 4th. And … I just love ‘Jaws’.

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Man Of Steel Score

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I recently saw ‘Man Of Steel‘ and thought it was great. When I noticed that Hans Zimmer was doing the music I was very excited since he is one of my favorite film composers and, in my opinion, one of the best today. His music is just so incredible. I was a little worried only because the original film versions with the amazing John Williams theme I love to no end. Luckily, much like the film itself, the score went a different way so it had its own take. It’s still hard not to hear the John Williams music but I can’t deny that Hans Zimmer created another incredible score. I just bought the soundtrack (the extended steelbook edition of course) and I’ve been listening to it over and over. Below is the one track that is basically the main theme which to me is just amazing. I can only […]

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38 Years Of Jaws

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Today marks the 38th anniversary of the release of one of my favorite films, Steven Spielberg’s ‘Jaws’. My love of ‘Jaws’ is huge. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I have watched it in my life and it is just as incredible each time. It has entertained and thrilled me time and time again and has inspired me creatively on some level in almost everything I have ever done. The film that almost died a horrible death from setbacks, over budget, a non-working mechanical shark, was saved by a young Spielberg doing all he could to make sure his film continued. I can’t even look at a water filled horizon without, at least for a moment, imagine a fin breaking the stillness. A classic in every meaning of the word.  

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George Romero Film Trip

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Some friends and I decided to make a trip to Pittsburgh and go check out some locations used in various George A. Romero (one of my idols) films. The main one being the Monroeville Mall where ‘Dawn Of The Dead‘ was made. A lot of these locations are changing so I wanted to see them before most of the recognizable things were gone. Going from Chicago to Pittsburgh is a good 8 hours so the drive was long but once we got there it was hard to hold in the excitement. We stayed at a hotel about 15 minutes from the mall. My room for the weekend. Saturday was mainly the mall. So most of the day was spent at the Monroeville Mall. I tried finding screenshots to try and match up as best I could some of the places. We parked by Macy’s. And under the famous number 30 […]

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When There Is No More Room In Hell … I Go To The Mall

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This month seems to be all about my top three favorite films. It started with May 4th which has become national Star Wars Day (May The Fourth Be With You). In the middle of the month I saw for the first time a really amazing documentary on TV on the making of ‘The Godfather’. The month ends with my friends and I taking a trip to Pittsburgh to visit the Monroeville Mall. Also known to fans all over as the ‘Dawn Of The Dead’ mall. Granted it may just be a regular mall to most people (and it is) but to horror fans over the world it was the setting to arguably one of the greatest horror films (and in my opinion greatest films in general) ever made. I will be in half professional mode as I am packing up my photography gear so I can photograph the mall and […]

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Restoring Colonel Blimp

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I absolutely love hearing about films being restored. I am fascinated by the process and giving new life to old films so they aren’t lost or forgotten. Here Martin Scorsese talks about the restoration of ‘The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp‘ which is coming out from Criterion.  

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Halloween Treats – Halloween III Season Of The Witch

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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.