Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

Congratulations - you've made it through the year and the first pass of Film366! To celebrate, watch our final video recommendation starring both Phil and I and my lovely daughters, We even do the mannequin challenge! All in honor of the ultimate New Year's Eve film...

And here is the trailer... Entry on The Hudsucker Proxy:

Thanks for following us this past year. Phil and I are quite proud of this blog. Stay tuned for more info on the next Film366 experiment!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Man With A Movie Camera (1929)

Vladimir I. Lenin established the U.S.S.R. on this day in 1922. 

This was the first film that came to mind !!!!

Trailer for the film on YouTube:

There's a quite a few versions of this film - in its entirety - available on YouTube. Each one has a unique soundtrack. My favorite is this one with the Cinematic Orchestra score... Entry on Man With A Movie Camera:

Thursday, December 29, 2016

True Stories (1986)

On this date in 1845, Texas was granted statehood. Article for Texas:

Here is our Celebration of Special-ness marking this historic day....

Trailer for the film on YouTube: Entry on True Stories:

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Cinema Paradiso (1988)

December 28, 1895 - Paris, France: The first movie theater opens for business. Ergo.... Entry on Cinema Paradiso:

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Bowfinger (1999)

Hey, it's Chris. And today is my birthday! Therefore, I get to pick BOWFINGER as the FILM OF THE DAY!

I took a tour of BOWFINGER film locations in LA. The pic above is in downtown LA (by Capitol Records) and the house was used as Bobby Bowfinger's house in the movie.

Before we get into more pictures, here's the trailer for the film...

After we hit Bowfinger's house, my buddy Josh and I went to the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood which doubles as "MindHead HQ" in the movie. Here's a still from Bowfinger...

And here is Josh at the same location as it looks today...

Then we motored over to Westwood Village for the theatre which hosted the premiere of Bowfinger's sci-fi epic "Chubby Rain"....

When we got there, they weren't showing Chubby Rain but some sci-fi film called "Transformers"?!

There's a great scene in Bowfinger where Bowfinger (Steve Martin) cons a pitch to Hollywood executive Jerry Renfo (Robert Downey, Jr.). The scene takes place at La Dome - an actual LA restaurant where many power lunches used to take place. Here's the scene...

At the end of this scene, Bowfinger exits the restaurant and jumps up into the air with joy about haveing a "go picture." That scene was also shot outside La Dome. Unfortunately, La Dome went out of business, but the building is still there. Here I am replicating Bowfinger's joyous jump...

The movie deals a lot with Bowfinger visiting, chasing and stalking Kit Ramsey (Eddie Murphy). Here is Kit's mansion with me acting like Bowfinger: yelling cut after we've secretly filmed Kit...

The most practical Bowfinger location to visit is Rae's Diner in Santa Monica - a still-operating diner. Here is the scene in Bowfinger shot in Rae's....

My friend Scott, his daughter and I were able to get the same table to eat at while in Rae's. Notice the  palm tree on the left is still there...

There’s plenty of additional locations I didn’t hit this tour – including the iconic Griffith Observatory (which I’ve been to numerous times - if you haven't been there, you should go). For most of the addresses and additional information regarding a BOWFINGER tour of LA, check out this link:

My tour took only 2 days – thanks to my friends Josh and Scott chauffeuring me around. But, in theory, you could hit all the above locations in one day – with careful planning and minimal traffic. Either way, it only costs a tank of gas and a meal at Rae’s – well worth it, in my humble opinion.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2003)

Happy Birthday, Temuera Morrison! (Star Wars fans know him as the bounty hunter Jango Fett from Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones)....

And here is the trailer for Episode II...

Chris' Digging Star Wars Blog covered Attack of the Clones several times. Here's one of his favorites that connects the dots between Close Encounters of the Third Kind and AOTC:

And here's another DSW about AOTC and Lawrence of Arabia... Entry on Temuera Morrison: Entry on Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones:

Sunday, December 25, 2016

The Nativity Story (2006)

Merry Christmas! We wrap up our 12 Days of Christmas Films with a movie that illustrates what it's all about...

And here is the trailer... Entry on The Nativity Story:

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Friday, December 23, 2016

Scrooged (1988)

Put a little love in your heart and watch today's FILM OF THE DAY ......... Article for Scrooged:

Trailer for the film on YouTube: Entry on Scrooged:

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Elf (2003)

Christmas is almost here!

Settle down with the world's best cup of coffee and enjoy this holiday classic...

Trailer for the film on YouTube: Entry on Elf:

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

A Christmas Story (1983)

Chris' all-time favorite Christmas movie is today's FILM OF THE DAY. Here's Chris' reasons why he loves this holiday classic so much...

And here is the trailer on YouTube:

The house/street used in the exterior shots of the Parkers' home is in Cleveland, Ohio. A fan bought the house and turned it into an interactive museum of the film. Here's my whole brood standing infront of A Christmas Story House & Museum...

 The inside of the house is remodeled to look like the various sets used in the film. It's fully loaded - it has sink you can sit under and cry to mom...

...a toilet - complete with a little orphan Annie decoder ring...

...the stairwell Ralphie and Randy would fight each other on as they made their way to bed...

...Ralphie and Randy's bedroom...

...the shed...

 and, of course, the Leg Lamp. Entry on A Christmas Story:

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

White Christmas (1954)

Our 12 FILMS for CHRISTMAS continues with another great one and a classic .... Article for White Christmas:

Trailer for the film on YouTube: Entry on White Christmas:

Monday, December 19, 2016

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

On the 7th Day of Christmas our FILM OF THE DAY is Phil's favorite Christmas movie of all ........ Article for National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation:'s_Christmas_Vacation

Trailer for the film on YouTube: Entry on National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation:

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Star Trek: Generations (1994)

Chris' favorite Star Trek movie is today's Christmas FILM OF THE DAY...

Before Disney claimed the holiday season as the time to release a Star Wars movie, Paramount owned Thanksgiving to New Year's with the release of a STAR TREK movie. And this is the granddaddy of Trek holiday films: GENERATIONS - a trek film that not only has a Christmas scene, but also has Picard AND Kirk working together against one of the best villians Star Trek has ever offered. TNG fans also get a lot of stuff they've had on their own wishlist for awhile: Data having issues with his emotion chip, the saucer section proving its worth and more secrets of Guinan unraveled. I give you permission to abandon TNT's Star Wars marathon this weekend and, instead, encourage you to watch Star Trek VII: Generations. ~ Chris Entry for Star Trek: Generations:

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Son of God (2014)

Our dozen of Christmas flicks continues with...

And here is the official trailer... Entry on Son of God:

Friday, December 16, 2016

Die Hard (1988)

On the 10th Day of Christmas our FILM OF THE DAY is ........ Article for Die Hard:

Trailer for the film on YouTube: Entry for Die Hard:

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Scrooge: A Christmas Carol (1951)

On the 11th Day of Christmas our FILM OF THE DAY is ........ Article for Scrooge: A Christmas Carol:

Trailer for the film on YouTube: Entry on Scrooge: A Christmas Carol:

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

On the 12th Day of Christmas our FILM OF THE DAY is ........ Article for The Nightmare Before Christmas: Entry for the Film:

Trailer for the film on YouTube:

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Up (2009)

Happy Birthday to Christopher Plummer! Article for Christopher Plummer:

Trailer for the film on YouTube: Entry on Christopher Plummer: Entry on Up:

Monday, December 12, 2016

Anchors Aweigh (1945)

Happy Birthday to Frank Sinatra! Article for Frank Sinatra:

Trailer for the film on YouTube: Entry on Frank Sinatra: Entry on Anchors Aweigh:

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Indiana was granted statehood on this day in 1816. And so, Raiders is our FILM OF THE DAY. Check out our video review - completed by Peter Mich and Abigail Chichester. This is our first FILM366 video completed by two other film critics (and much younger film critics than ol' Mr. Phil and Chris). Thanks for all your hard work, Peter and Abigail!!

And here's the trailer...

While Chris' old blog dealt with digging Star Wars film references, he did do one episode about a classic film and it's tie to Raiders. Listen in on "Digging in the Wrong Place"... Entry on Raiders of the Lost Ark:

Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Mighty Macs (2009)

The first college basketball game was held on this date in 1896. Why not shoot a few hoops yourself...but first, watch our video recommendation for our FILM OF THE DAY:

And, here's the trailer: Entry on The Mighty Macs:

Friday, December 9, 2016

Citizen Kane (1941)

The American Minerva, New York's first daily newspaper was established on this day in 1793. 

Article for The American Minerva from UnTapped

What better way to celebrate than with the film every film student MUST see, plus Phil channels his inner Orson Welles and gives his best possible performance as we explore the greatest film ever made .......

.....  Citizen Kane (1941)

Trailer for the Film on YouTube: Entry on Citizen Kane:

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Yellow Submarine (1968)

On this sad day in 1980, John Lennon was assassinated. Article for John Lennon:

Our FILM OF THE DAY commemorates just some of his music in a most illustrious way .....

Trailer for the film on YouTube: Entry for John Lennon: Entry for Yellow Submarine:

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

From Here to Eternity (1953)

Today is the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. Article for Attack on Pearl Harbor:

And this is our FILM OF THE DAY ...

Trailer for the Film on YouTube: Entry on From Here to Eternity:

Monday, December 5, 2016

Treasure Planet (2002)

Happy Birthday, Walt Disney! So many films.... Article for Walt Disney:

We chose a lesser-known, but masterfully-done film from 2002...

Trailer for the film on YouTube:

IMDB Entry on Walt Disney: Entry on Treasure Planet:

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)

Today is National Dice Day. Dice appear in just 2 Star Wars films - A New Hope and Phantom Menace. Here's a proud member of my dice collection - a replica of the die Watto uses with Qui-Gon Jinn in Episode I...

And since we already covered  A NEW HOPE on August 24th....That's right, we're pushing Episode I as our FILM OF THE DAY! Oh, haters - quick your belly-aching! Episode I has merit. Just deal with it. Entry on Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace:

Saturday, December 3, 2016

A Dolphin Tale (2011)

Today is International Day of Disable Persons. While a number of movies came to mind for today's FILM OF THE DAY, we chose a Mich family favorite that illustrates what a person - or creature - can do if they have the help and support of people that care.... Entry on A DOLPHIN TALE:

Yes, the Miches made the trek to the actual aquarium that saved Winter (and the real location of used in the film). And, yes, that's Clare holding Winter's tale!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Napolean Dynamite (2004)

On this day in 1804, Napolean Bonaparte was crowned Emperor of France in Paris. We love another Napolean... on Napolean Dynamite:

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Philadelphia (1993)

Today is World AIDS Day. For more information on this health awareness event, visit:

Our FILM OF THE DAY was a pioneer film in AIDS awareness... Entry on Philadelphia:

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The King and I (1956)

Today marks the first use of videotape on TV in 1956. Article for Videotape: 

To celebrate this historic occasion, we're honoring one of the very first film titles to be offered as a VHS rental...

Trailer for the film on YouTube: Entry on The King and I:

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Them! (1954)

On this day in 1951, the first underground atomic explosion took place in Frenchman Flat, New Mexico. Article for Frenchman Flat: 

Who knows what consequences we'll pay for that one. 

Oh, wait...

Trailer for the Film on YouTube: Entry on Them!:

Monday, November 28, 2016

War of the Worlds (1953)

Spacecraft Mariner 4 was launched on this day in 1964, forever making this RED PLANET DAY.

Information on Red Planet Day from

There is no better classic film to watch on this day than ...

WAR OF THE WORLDS (1953) Article for the Film:

Join Chris as he looks back at this classic tale .....

Trailer for the Film on YouTube: Entry on War of the Worlds:

Digging Star Wars Entry on War of the Worlds:

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Enter the Dragon (1973)

Celebrate Bruce Lee's birthday with his classic...

Phil and Chris chat about Enter the Dragon and it's ties to the Star Wars universe in the very first Digging Star Wars featuring a guest! Listen to it... Entry on Bruce Lee: Entry on Enter the Dragon:

Digging Star Wars Blog Entry on Enter the Dragon:

Saturday, November 26, 2016

GoldenEye (1995)

Happy Birthday, Tina Turner! Celebrate with her Bond song and our FILM OF THE DAY... Entry on Tina Turner: Entry on GoldenEye:

Friday, November 25, 2016

The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011)

Today is Buy Nothing Day. Yeah, some people call it Black Friday. Instead of fighting the crowd and searching for deals, make a leftover turkey sandwich and watch: Entry on The Greatest Movie Ever Sold:

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)

Happy Thanksgiving! Hopefully, you got where you needed to be today whether or traveling by plane...

...trains and/or automobiles. Entry on Planes, Trains & Automobiles:

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Hangover (2009)

Our research shows that this day is the Biggest Party Night of the Year.  So... Entry on The Hangover:

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

JFK (1991)

On this dark day in American History, President Kennedy was shot and killed in 1963. Article for John F. Kennedy:

Today's Film of the Day offers different angles on how it happened... Article for the Kennedy Conspiracy Theories:

Trailer for the Film on YouTube: Entry on JFK:

Monday, November 21, 2016

Ghostbusters (1984)

Celebrate the birth of Harold Ramis today with ..........

"Who You Gonna' Call"

Trailer for the film on YouTube: Entry on Ghostbusters: Entry on Harold Ramis: Article for Harold Ramis:

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Blade Runner (1982)

Celebrate Sean Young's birthday with our Film of the Day, Blade Runner...

Chris visits THE BRADBURY - a location used in Blade Runner. For more on his Blade Runner L.A. Tour, visit

Here's the trailer for Blade Runner...

Chris' Digging Star Wars did a pretty in depth study of Blade Runner - particularly the representation of nature through sci noir characterization. Here's the DSW episode: Entry on Sean Young: Entry on Blade Runner:

Friday, November 18, 2016

Bottle Rocket (1996)

Happy Birthday, Owen Wilson! Article for Owen Wilson:

Let's enjoy this one that he did with his younger brother Luke !!!!

Trailer for the Film on YouTube: Entry on Owen Wilson: Entry on Bottle Rocket:

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Hey! Today is Take a Hike Day!

Website for Take a Hike Day on

Best movie to watch? How about one with a lot of EPIC walking...

Trailer for the film on YouTube: Entry on LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring:

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Rocky (1976)

Happy Birthday to Burgess Meredith, who was born today back in 1907. We miss you !!!! Article for Burgess Meredith:

Here is his most famous win !!

Trailer for the film on YouTube:

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Nutty Professor (1963)

Today is National Philanthropy Day ..........

National Philanthropy Day Website:

....... and when it comes to film star philanthropists...few can hold a candle to the King of Comedy - Mr. Jerry Lewis. From 1966 to 2010, Jerry hosted and pioneered an annual Labor Day telethon raising millions of dollars for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. In honor of Mr. Lewis, we present...

Trailer for the film on YouTube: Entry on Jerry Lewis: Entry on The Nutty Professor:

Wikipedia link on Jerry Lewis and the MDA Labor Day telethon:

Monday, November 14, 2016

This Gun for Hire (1942)

Happy Birthday to Veronica Lake! Article for Veronica Lake:

Trailer for the film on YouTube: Entry on Veronica Lake: Entry on This Gun for Hire:

Sunday, November 13, 2016

The King's Speech (2010)

Today is International Tongue Twister Day. Instead of going silly, we went Best Picture serious when it comes to struggling with speech. Here's our video recommendation...

And here is the trailer... Entry on The King's Speech:

Thanks again to our friends at for providing our location for presents THE KING'S SPEECH.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Friday, November 11, 2016

The Dam Busters (1955)

On Veteran's Day, we'd like to thank all our veterans - living and deceased - that gave their all for the common good. With too many films to choose from to honor these brave men and women, we humbly give you THE DAM BUSTERS (1955). 

And here is one of the very best Digging Star Wars ever on this classic movie: Entry on The Dam Busters:

Trailer for the Film on YouTube:

Thursday, November 10, 2016

2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984)

Happy Birthday to Roy Scheider! Article for Roy Scheider:

We already did JAWS, so let's do another really good one ...........

Trailer for the film on YouTube: Entry on 2010: The Year We Make Contact:

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Nude Bomb (1980)

Regardless of who you voted for yesterday, one fact that is true today is, today is National Chaos Never Dies Day.  Yep!  That's a real thing.

See info on Chaos Never Dies Day here at

What better way to observe the Holiday and get over your post-election blues, but with a film starring Chaos' #1 enemy...

Agent 86 in ........ on The Nude Bomb:


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Fay Grim (2006)

Happy Birthday to Parker Posey! Article for Parker Posey:

Trailer for the Film on YouTube: Entry on Fay Grim: Entry on Parker Posey:

Monday, November 7, 2016

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

On this day in 1908, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid met their fate in San Vicente, Bolivia. Articles for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid:

Butch Cassidy:

Sundance Kid:

What else would we pick for today?  Join Paul Newman and Robert Redford in this classic ......

Trailer for the film on YouTube: Entry on Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid:

Sunday, November 6, 2016

The Graduate (1967)

Celebrate the great Mike Nichols birthday with this classic he gave us... Entry on The Graduate: Entry on Mike Nichols:

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Back to the Future (1985)

On this day in 1955, Doctor Emmett Brown conceived the Flux Capacitor - the very component that makes time travel possible!

Oh, and BTW, most of the movie takes place on this day in 1955 as well...

Info on Back to the Future, including the significance of November 5, 1955: Entry on Back to the Future:

Friday, November 4, 2016

Westworld (1973)

Michael Crichton passed away on this day in 2008. Article for Michael Crichton: 

Here's one of our favorite works of his...

Trailer for the film on YouTube: Entry of Westworld: Entry of Michael Crichton:

And, yes, the new HBO series is based on this film. Here's a trailer for the latest Westworld:

Thursday, November 3, 2016

The Dirty Dozen (1967)

Happy Birthday to Charles Bronson! Article for Charles Bronson:

We already did The Magnificent Seven (1960) and The Great Escape (1963) this year, so let's do this one ......

Trailer for the film on YouTube: Entry on Charles Bronson: Entry on The Dirty Dozen:

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns (2002)

Today is the birthday of James Knox Polk, the 11th President of the United States of America. Article for James Knox Polk:

Naturally, we needed to feature a film of the day about They Might Be Giants: Entry on Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns:

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972)

Today is the feast of ALL SAINTS DAY - as celebrated by the Catholic Church. for All Saints Day:

We thought we'd pick a film about the very saint that the current Pope is named after: St. Francis of Assisi.

Join Chris in this video as he explains the importance of this film: 

Here is the trailer for Brother Sun, Sister Moon on YouTube: Entry on Brother Sun, Sister Moon:

Friday, October 28, 2016

Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

Celebrating our 4 Days to Halloween 2016 with one of Phil's favorite films to watch, during the Halloween season ........

Phil and the Dying Breed Movie Club did an extensive write up on the Universal Pictures Horror Movies back in 2014.  It also includes a write up about this movie. Entry on Abott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948): Article for the Film:

Trailer for the Film on YouTube: