Saturday, June 30, 2012
Zip-a-yee-doo-dah! My, oh, my, what a wonderful day! Joel Chandler Harris' heartwarming stories were the focus of this Walt Disney Animation Studios live-action/animated musical set in the South. Wondeful feeling, wonderful day! Watch the full movie above.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Arnold Schwarzenegger in the original Total Recall, released by TriStar in 1990.
Colin Farrell filled in the shoes left by Schwarzenegger in Columbia's new re-imagining of Total Recall. Notice Farrell's hair (the equivalent of Schwarzenegger's).
(via Sony Pictures)
Thursday, June 28, 2012
In honor of humorist-turned filmmaker Nora Ephron's death, I have uploaded the following trailers and television advertisements for all of her films.
When Harry Met Sally, above, and Sleepless in Seattle, below, are two of the many films Ms. Ephron was involved in during her entire career.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Dave Sheridan stars in the title role of an insurance claims investigator whose father was killed in a motorcycle accident in this 2002 farce from Arlene (I'll Be Home for Christmas) Sanford.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
This short-subject featurette, starring Charles Fleischer as the voice of Roger Rabbit, opened nationally in 1989 in front of SFX wizard Joe Johnston's feature directorial debut Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, starring Second City alum Rick Moranis.
Above: Roller Coaster Rabbit.
Below: Trail Mix-Up.
Above: Roller Coaster Rabbit.
Below: Trail Mix-Up.
25 year after Robert Zemeckis directed the 1973 featurette A Field of Honor, the Chicago native followed up Back to the Future - Part 3 with a live-action/partially animated mystery comedy starring Bob Hoskins as Eddie Valliant, a private investigator who unravels a random case of allegory involving Roger Rabbit (voiced by Charles Fleischer), who gets into trouble with Baby Huey in a series of distracting, highly disgusting misadventures. Roger Rabbit would go on to star in 1989's Tummy Trouble, which was released by Disney to coincide with Joe Johnston's Honey, I Shrunk the Kids the same year, and Roller Coaster Rabbit, directed and animated by a pre-Lion King Rob Minkoff (the Stuart Little films).
There are two feature films starring the amazing dolphin Flipper. Above, Chuck Connors and Flipper starred. Below: Flipper the dolphin returned to the big screen after a three-decade hiatus, this time with Paul Hogan filling in the shoes left by the late Connors, with Universal releasing the film in May, 1996.
Click below for the opening credits to the television series version of Flipper, starring Brian Kelly.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Finding a man dead is reason enough to live.
Fred Gipson's legendary novel of canine courage and friendship was the basis for the Walt Disney Pictures drama of the same name. This film was meant to cash in on the popularity of Gipson's literary animal novels;
and Old Yeller, one of the highly famous cinematic companion-animal characters of traditional popular culture, remained the Mouse House's top non-human stars at the time.
The celebrated adventures of The Amateur Cracksman came alive in the British cult favorite Raffles, in which the world famous gentleman thief, played by Ronald Colman, tackled the most daring cases and arousing mysteries in early-1900s London. The characters in Raffles kept United Kingdom filmgoers glued to their seats at the box office with astonishing shootouts, robbery and chicanery - a classic mystery adventure that has long been a part of European popular culture for generations.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
A shockingly suspense-filler thriller that leaves YouTubers at the edge of their seats.
Friday, June 22, 2012
Passion. Power. Political intervention.
Alex Gibney wrote and directed this documentary focusing on the rise and fall of a defunct energy company and their effect on its executives, including Kenneth Starr.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Monday, June 18, 2012
A pre-Blue Bloods Tom Selleck and country music legend Jerry (She Got the Gold Mine, I Got the Shaft) Reed play a couple of Montana cowboy opening a detective agency in Nashville, Tennessee in the legendary CBS made-for-television movie Concrete Cowboys.
Danger. Mystery. Suspense. Edmund O'Brien stars in the fast-paced, high-tension thriller from United Artists about a man who risks his own life and conspires his enemies with vengeance, power and deceit. A must see for all film noir fans young and old alike in the pre-Spielberg/pre-Emmerich era.
Disney Enterprises released the 1980s version of DO.A. starring Dennis Quaid and directed by Rocky and Annabel.
Friday, June 15, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures celebrate their respective 100-year centenaries this year with their different slates of films and combined 200-year histories in Hollywood.
(via the Universal Pictures 100th Anniversary official homepage)
(via Paramount Pictures)
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Mark Zuckerburg's revolutionary social networking site Facebook allows persons young and old to like them while searching for more friends to go online. In The Social Network, an all-star cast sheds light on the newly publicly traded social network as the secret life and career of Zuckerburg begins to unfold.
Here is some footage from the Cartoon Network original series MAD, which spoofs The Social Network's cast, including a post N*SYNC Justin Timberlake.
Friday, June 8, 2012
Thursday, June 7, 2012
The early 1980s paved the way for horror cult classics featuring bizarre, terrifying creatures hitting multiplex theater screens around the planet, and one of the best classic horror films featuring those supernatural creatures already finding audiences screaming for more was the 1981 Jensen Farley Pictures cult favorite The Boogens. As the title implies, The Boogens was a simple, yet mysteriously riveting R-rated film noir which focused on a turtle-prototype supernatural creature with teeth so real, they can bite off human flesh for as long as a human being died. But, where did the Boogens come to murderously kill one human body after another... or had these creatures kill someone?
The critics who wrote daily-newspaper articles covering The Boogens loved this timeless horror flick; and I was impressed when I caught a classic television commercial promoting this skin-ripping thriller airing nationally in 1981, when Jensen Farley opened The Boogens in theaters from coast to coast.
Simply, The Boogens paid homage to the terrifying days of supernatural horror cinema in the previous days of the twentieth century. These critters, in the form of turtles with sharp jaws, invaded a small mining town in Utah
- and, in the end, came to terrorize the men and women their age, proving how blood curdling a motion picture should be. However, Jensen Farley also made their foray into sexually-focused comedies, such as the begotten
Sylvia Kristel feature Private Lessons, which featured a pre-Mama's Family Eric Brown in his very first-ever and most memorable big-screen appearance in an independently produced full-length theatrical feature film, and the Eric Till-directed, fact-based drama If You Could See What I Hear, which depicted the life and career of singer and songwriter Van Stephenson, whose had had a string of popular hit albums and singles during the 1980s, among them the #1 top-selling Interscope Geffen A&M cult favorite Modern Day Deliah.
To me, The Boogens was my most top-secret weapon for fending off creature-driven horror films in the early days of the Golden Age of Cinema.
Only more so, I think.
Other 1980s box office blockbusters having had successful wide-release runs at the box office included Arthur, which starred Dudley Moore in the title role (Russell Brand filled in the shoes left by Moore in the 2011 version of that film), the Orion Pictures golf-themed comedy Caddyshack, the celebrated Cannon Group teen-angst comedy The Last American Virgin, Ivan Reitman's supernatural ghost-removal comedy Ghostbusters, Where the Boys Are '84, TriStar Pictures' debut big-event tentpole title, the Ron Howard trio of Night Shift, Splash (which launched the Walt Disney Studios' adult-targeted banner Touchstone Pictures into orbit) and Willow, the Blake Edwards parodies S.O.B., Victor/Victoria and Sunset, Sean S. Cunningham's youth-gone-wild horror epic The New Kids, the first film in TriStar's Look Who's Talking franchise, Who's Harry Crumb?, the all-time Disney science-fiction comedy/fantasy Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, the independent action comedy Murphy's Fault, and Universal Pictures' literary adaptations Brewster's Millions and Fletch.
In this 1981 television spot for The Boogens, a pre-Knight Rider Rebecca Balding is terrified by turtle-like monsters, as she screams in perpetuity when the Boogens come to haunt her. Surprised?
You may know them; meanwhile, audiences, especially horror-film goers, have experienced The Boogens ever since they discovered those horrible monsters invading other people's residences. Perhaps these critters did not stand a chance unless they had the tenacity to rip into human flesh.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Science-fiction veteran Ray Bradbury died on Tuesday at the age of 91. He will be remember to the fans of the genre for his classic outer space extraterrestrial action thriller The Martian Chronicles.
Watch the entire mini-series version of The Martian Chronicles posted on YouTube.
Buy The Martian Chronicles on DVD at http://www.mgm.com/dvd.
(via Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios)
Watch the 60-second spot for Sunsweet Pitted Prunes starring Bradbury above.
This nuclear-war TV-movie, directed by novelist-turned-filmmaker Nicholas Meyer, tells the story of a bomb threat in Missouri.
Filled with special visual effects and an all-star cast of characters, The Day After depicts a nuclear attack - and how the citizens of Kansas City were killed, died or survived, one way or another. The telefilm premiered on the ABC Television Network, followed by a town meeting at 10 Eastern/Pacific in 1983.