Thursday, March 31, 2016

Charade (1963)

On this day in History !!!!

The Eiffel Tower opens up in Paris, France in 1889. Article for The Eiffel Tower:

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A film directed by the legendary Stanley Donen .....

...... Charade (1963)

Run Time:  113 mins
Genre:  Comedy, Mystery, Romance, Drama
Format:  Widescreen Format, Color
Director:  Stanley Donen
Starring:  Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, James Coburn and George Kennedy Entry for the Film: Article for the Film: Article for Cary Grant: Article for Audrey Hepburn: Article for Walter Matthau:

Find the link to James Coburn's Article from our Magnificent Seven (1960) Post:

Find the link to George Kennedy's Article from our Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad (1988) Post: Article for Director Stanley Donen:

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Back in 1963 Universal Pictures published the movie with an invalid copyright notice, so the film entered the public domain in the United States immediately upon its release in the theaters, which gives us all a chance to easily see it.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

On the Waterfront (1954)

This day in Film History !!!!

On this day back in 1955 the 27th Annual Academy Awards took place ........ Article for the 27th Annual Academy Awards:

And the winner for Best Picture at the 1955 Oscars goes to.....

.......... On the Waterfront (1954)

Run Time:  108 mins
Genre:  Drama, Crime, Romance
Format:  Standard 4:3 Format, Black & White
Director:  Elia Kazan
Starring:  Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Lee J. Cobb, Karl Malden and Rod Steiger Entry for the Film: Article for the Film: Article for Marlon Brando: Article foe Eva Marie Saint: Article for Karl Malden: Article for Lee J. Cobb: Article for Rod Steiger:

Find the link to Director Elia Kazan's Article from our Splendor in the Grass (1961) Post:

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Terry Malloy dreams about being a prize fighter, while tending his pigeons and running errands at the docks for Johnny Friendly, the corrupt boss of the dockers union. Terry witnesses a murder by two of Johnny's thugs, and later meets the dead man's sister and feels responsible for his death. She introduces him to Father Barry, who tries to force him to provide information for the courts that will smash the dock racketeers.

Here’s how dumb I am! For the last 40 years of my life I thought this was a boxing movie, because every time I saw a scene from this movie, it was of the famous, and well deserving scene containing this dialogue:

“I coulda had class. I coulda’ been a contender. I coulda’ been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, which is what I’ll always be.”

I really wanted to love this movie, because I felt I had to from all the hype I have heard over the years. I felt it was a pretty good film. Other than the “Contender” scene, brilliant as it was, I felt that Brando, also brilliant, was overshadowed by the exemplary acting of the supporting cast, especially Karl Malden, Rod Steiger and Eva Marie Saint. Every scene was its own little short story and they did keep my attention. - Phil 

Marlon Brando Wins Best Actor: 1955 Oscars on YouTube:

When a co-worker saw I had the "On the Waterfront" DVD, he asked if I ever saw it. At the time, I hadn’t seen it yet. It was the last film on AFI’s Top 100 films that I never saw any part of. His reply, "It will rock your world." Big words to live up to. The film ultimately does…in so much as it provides classics scenes, moments, and dialogue that stand the test of time can engage the viewer’s mind, heart, and soul. Like most of the 1954 films in our list, it is a testament of its time - another film dealing with Union labor and Communism. Terry Malloy’s ultimate decision to name names … and the reaction of his peers (including kids in a gang he started)….mirrors the film’s director Elia Kazan’s own personal experience when he appeared before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1952 and named suspect Communists. The result was alienation from both his colleagues and admirers. Yet, Terry Malloy’s actions are portrayed in a heroic light. A cinematic wish fulfillment for Kazan, perhaps. Yet, this aspect of "On The Waterfront" is not the one that grabbed me by the collar and shook me. Nor was it the "contendah" speech, or even the innovative approach to the romance story. 

What "rocked my world" was the presentation of Father Barry, a Catholic priest in the midst of the turmoil surrounding Terry Malloy…as I’m always interested when films intertwine religion with cinematic reality. Father Barry’s character arc is like a model rocket. You know it will reach for the heavens (and, ultimately, "come down to Earth"), but it needs a spark to light the fuse. When we first see him, he’s your typical priest… showing up for Last Rights, offering the rehearsed speech "If there’s anything I can do…" to Edie Doyle played by Eva Marie Saint (in light of my overall review, I hope you will share my appreciation for the irony of this actress’ name in the overall scheme of things…especially since this was her first picture). 

Everything Father Barry is doing is good-natured and helpful. Yet, it’s Edie Doyle’s bold statement, "What kind of saint hides in a church?" that lights his fuse. This is a profound statement in that Christ walked and preached among the people, and oft criticized those that preached in the Temple. Likewise, many saints – following what they believe to be the Will of God – leave what’s comfortable and go into the world to do good…and suffer because of it. So, Father Barry takes some steps towards what will ultimately be the height of his ministry. He goes to the docks to see firsthand what is going on. He holds a meeting in his church. He convinces Dugan to give testimony that will put Johnny Friendly in court. He is moving deeper and deeper into trouble and away from the once secure sanctuary, now-violated church (the mob breaking the windows of his church and brawling on church grounds pretty much marks the point-of-no-return for Father Barry). All this leads up to my favorite part of the film, Father Barry’s speech (a homily, actually) in the bowels of one of the freighters when Dugan was killed. Here is his speech – minus the interruptions and catcalls of the mob and dockworkers. Also, keep in mind, during this speech – the mob is throwing bits of food at him, and a bottle that winds up cutting Father Barry and causing him to bleed… - Chris

Karl Malden On The Waterfront 1954 Clip on YouTube:

What is so amazing about this speech is that it symbolically covers many areas. First off, just like Edie provided the spark to bring Father Barry to his defining moment of this speech, Father Barry’s speech provided the spark to Terry Malloy and his ultimate mission…speak up and tell the truth. Father Barry not only does this in what he says, but in what he endures…insults and physical harm from more than one man. And he stands firm! What fighter wouldn’t appreciate that? This is what Terry Malloy can understand…and will ultimately undergo within a few scenes himself.

Also, as a priest, Father Barry represents Christ himself and this speech is much like the discourse of the Last Supper. Christ knew Judas Iscariot was going to betray him and calls him out during the Last Supper, instructing Judas to do what he has to do…for 30 pieces of silver. Here, Father Barry is calling someone…anyone…to step forward, and betray the mob, BECAUSE money is the problem. And, in doing so, Terry Malloy eventually becomes a Judas – betraying the people that gave him a false sense of status ("a lofty position", as Johnny Friendly called it) by telling the authorities who was responsible for Joey’s death. Ironically, Terry has already served as a Judas when he turned over Joey to the mob in the beginning of the film. Another sweet bit of Father Barry’s speech is his recognition that Christ is everywhere…"the shape-up, in the hatch, in the union hall…kneeling right here beside Dugan." Again, remember Edie’s statement about "saints hiding in a church." Another thing to consider is this, while Catholicism asks its followers to see Christ in everyone (and therefore, Christ CAN be everywhere), it also supports that certain saints - Saint Margaret Mary Alocoque, Saint Rose of Lima, Saint Veronica Giuliani, and Saint Gemma Galgani to name a few – saw Christ in the real world. And not just in chapels and churches, these saints shared that they saw Christ beside them and other people in the streets, at weddings, school dances and other places. Moreover, they saw the crucified Christ free of His cross, yet still wearing a crown of thorns, bearing puncture wounds and covered in blood. Scary stuff when you think about it. And, it’s obvious, that Father’s speech – containing this truth – is scary. A nice cinematic touch was causing Father Barry to bleed during his speech (when he was hit by a thrown bottle). Flash forward to the end of the picture when Terry gets into a brawl with Johnny Friendly and his thugs. The filmmakers have taken this Judas character and turned him into a Christ figure – a battered, bloody savior that must endure brutality for the cause, and free his fellow men from evil. And, that long, long walk into warehouse is Terry’s Way of the Cross – his steps towards salvation for everyone in the film (or so it seems). While there is plenty of more layers to be analyzed…I’m sure I've gone on long enough. In conclusion, the speech is the pinnacle of the film for me since in covers a lot of ground in the First Act and Final Act. And sheds light not only into what were Terry Malloy’s motives and intentions, but maybe Elia Kazan’s real-life intentions as well. - Chris

Elia Kazan ‪Wins Best Director: 1955 Oscars on YouTube:

About 10 years ago, myself and a group of my friends, had a movie club and we explored the year 1954 based on the book "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die" and On The Waterfront (1954), was one of those movies.  Here are some of those responses to the film:

Ross Brakman:
What can one say about a film as famous as "On The Waterfront" that hasn't already been said? It's quite a melodrama, with stellar performances by everyone in the cast, notably the really odd looking (by my account, anyway) Marlon Brando. It's those freakish eyelids and Karl Malden's noses. Not that that has anything to do with the movie itself, they were just distracting. Another movie closely associated with the witch hunts of McCarthyism, what little I know about the film is that it was Kazan's intention to show what happens to a man when he follows his convictions when he feels he's doing right. Considering that Kazan helped destroy the careers of Hollywood types based on the suppositions that they were Communists and that, as Communists, they were destroying the ethos and mores of Americans, it's difficult to feel much sympathy for him. But it is very thought provoking, and excellently executed, despite that it's been parodied so prolifically it's almost difficult to disassociate it from all that followed. It's impressive too, to see Eva Marie Saint debut in this film, only to go on to other films including "North by Northwest." - Grade A

Eva Marie Saint Wins Supporting Actress: 1955 Oscars on YouTube:

Adam: Gastonguay:
I was initially afraid of this movie since it has such a lofty status in the film community. I honestly thought I might not get it. But boy, did I get it. I have never seen such fantastic acting from so many leads before. Sure, everyone talks about Brando, but Charlie, Father Barry. they were all fantastic. And it was also a nice surprise to see Eva Saint Marie in this....while she looked much more "natural" in this compared to North by Northwest, she was still beautiful and compelling. I'm sure someone will mention the "contender" scene, and yes, the whole taxi ride was fantastic. The naturalness of that tête-à-tête drew you in, it played much more like reality TV than a movie. But I thought there was a better scene in the movie, and that was Father Barry standing amidst broken bottles of whiskey, giving a sermon to a congregation that doesn't want to hear it. I loved it, simply loved it. - Grade A-

Rod Steiger talks about Marlon Brando & the taxi-scene from On the Waterfront (1954) on YouTube:

Russ Fama:
The Karl Malden "This Is My Church" speech is priceless. Worth the price of admission.. Amen. From the bowels of the shipyard to the roof top TV antennas the lighting is moody yet crisp. Definitely inspiration for "Rocky" & "The Sopranos". I enjoyed the non-stop scene after scene no frill approach to the editing. Every shot was a compositional classic suitable for framing. Charlie on the meat hook, two brothers who sold their souls in the back seat of a taxi, Father Karl Malden with tomato on his face, Dugan pilfering a bottle of scotch, etc... All in search of righteous redemption from the human condition... Was that Fred Gwyn & George Kennedy I saw lurking about? - Car 54 where are you? - Grade A

Jennifer Congleton:
Nobody likes a rat bastard, but did that kid really have to kill all of Marlon Brando’s pigeons? I like how this movie has a bleak tone that is emphasized by its abrasive characters. No one is happy in this movie. Karl Malden is awesome as the priest who is intense like the other characters, but offers some humor a few times throughout the movie. The ending is compelling and strong. - Grade: A

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

This day in Film History !!!!

The 48th Annual Academy Awards was held on this day back in 1976. Article for the 48th Annual Academy Awards:

And the winner for Best Picture at the 48th Annual Academy Awards goes to ........

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

Run Time:  133 mins
Genre:  Drama
Format:  Widescreen Format, Color
Director:  Milos Forman
Starring:  Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Will Sampson, Brad Dourif, Sydney Lassick, Christopher Lloyd and Danny DeVito

One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest Wins Best Picture: 1976 Oscars on YouTube: Entry for the Film: Article for the Film: Article for Jack Nicholson: Article for Louise Fletcher: Article for Will Sampson: Article for Brad Dourif: Article for Sydney Lassick:

Find the link to Christopher Lloyd's Article from our Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) Post:

Find the link to Danny DeVito's Article from our Man on the Moon (1999) Post:

Find the link to Director Milos Forman's Article from our Man on the Moon (1999) Post:

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Jack Nicholson on ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at AFI's NIGHT AT THE MOVIES in 2007 on YouTube:

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Monday, March 28, 2016

The China Syndrome (1979)

This Day in History !!!

Just twelve days after the official theatrical release of THE CHINA SYNDROME, Three Mile Island nuclear power plant had a cooling malfunction which caused part of the core to melt-down in the #2 reactor. The TMI-2 reactor was destroyed and some radioactive gas was released a couple of days after the accident. Article for Three Mile Island Accident:

So, let's check in with...........

The China Syndrome (1979)

Run Time:  122 mins
Genre:  Drama, Thriller
Format:  Widescreen Format, Color
Director:  James Bridges
Starring:  Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon, Michael Douglas, Scott Brady, James Hampton, Peter Donat and Wilford Brimley Entry for the Film: Article for the Film:

Find the link to Jack Lemmon's Article from our The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1960) Post: Article for Jane Fonda: Article for Michael Douglas: Article for Wilford Brimley: Article for Director James Bridges:

Trailer for the Film on YouTube:

What is really done very well in this film is the acting.  Having big names like Lemmon, Fonda and Douglas in this film was a great idea.  Lemmon gives a performance alone that keeps you at the edge of your seat.  This is a huge history lesson.   Twelve days before the Three Mile Island accident back in March of 1979, this Michael Douglas produced film was released in theaters.  Directed by James Bridges, this film depicts what would happen if an accident happened at a nuclear power plant and the possible cover-up or response from the plant itself. - Phil 

Three Mile Island Pennsylvania Nuclear Power Station Meltdown - Top Documentary Films from the History Channel on YouTube:

Jane Fonda plays Kimberly Wells, ace reporter from a Los Angeles based TV station, who is tired of doing dumb, boring, local stories about pets and silly human interest stories.  While doing an interview in the Ventana Nuclear Power Plant facility, she and her cameraman, Richard (Douglas), witness what they feel was an accident at the plant.  They soon realize Ventana is covering up the accident and a conspiracy begins to emerge.  The Shift Supervisor of the Control Room at the plant, Jack Godell, played amazingly well by Jack Lemmon, also stumbles across a cover-up and evil-doings by his superiors and he begins his own investigation in an attempt to stop Ventana from staying online.  

The American conscious even back then was nervous about paranoia and big brother cover-ups.  There is a moment when Kimberly talks about people listening in on the telephone and that it isn’t safe, totally giving in to a Post-Watergate world.  Michael Douglas produced this film and he puts all his energy into his acting.  There is even a pretty good car chase scene in the film too. I could feel the stress coming off of Lemmon’s face.  He delivers an amazing performance.  You really do feel like you are in the room with him agonizing over what he knows. This is a very suspenseful and nail-biting film and it has to be good.  It predicted something that would happen twelve days after it came out in the theaters. - Phil

Classic Fred Saxon Interview with Jane Fonda for China Syndrome on YouTube:

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

God's Not Dead (2014)

Happy Easter! offers you one of the most popular Christian films on this glorious day...

God's Not Dead (2014)

Run Time:  113 mins
Genre:  Drama
Format:  Widescreen Format, Color
Director:   Harold Cronk
Starring:  Kevin Sorbo, Shane Harper, David A.R. White and Dean Cain Entry for the Film: Article for The Film: Article for Director Harold Cronk: Article for Kevin Sorbo: Article for Dean Cain:

And here is the trailer on YouTube...

God's Not Dead wins it's simple, straight-forward approach to talking about God. And, in an age over-saturated with CG superhero movies, a conversation film talking about God was more than welcome. In other words, the film's budget was a modest $2 million and it grossed $60 million! Why I'm not sure how I feel about a sequel to this movie, I'm glad that there is a continuing desire for films of this nature. Happy Easter! ~ Chris

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Yes, there is a sequel. And it's about to be released in a few days...

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)

Happy Birthday !!!!!

Today is Leonard Nimoy's birthday !!!!!!

Find the link to Leonard Nimoy's Article from our Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) Post:

50 years ago the first episodes of the original Star Trek series began airing in 1966 and creator Gene Roddenberry's vision began to take shape.

Find the link to Gene Roddenberry and the original Star Trek Series' Articles from our Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) Post:

or from our Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) Post: decided that we would honor all the Star Trek movies to celebrate Star Trek's 50th Anniversary this year. We also are celebrating the release of the new Star Trek Beyond (2016), coming out later this year.

..... and since it's one of the holiest weekends of the year it's fitting that we get to witness the resurrection of ...........

..... It's also fitting that this is our third visit to Star Trek this year.  

Star Trek III:  The Search for Spock (1984)

Run Time:  105 mins
Genre:  Science Fiction, Action, Adventure, Futuristic
Format:  Widescreen Format, Color
Director:   Leonard Nimoy
Starring:  William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Robin Curtis, Merritt Butrick and Christopher Lloyd 

 Entry for the Film: Article for the Film:

Find the link to William Shatner, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols and George Takei's Articles from our Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) Post: Article for Robin Curtis: Article for Merritt Butrick: Article for Christopher Lloyd: Article for Writer/Producer Harve Bennett:

Trailer for the Film on YouTube:

After the success of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), Star Trek was on a role and this one had to be good, because everyone knew that it was a vehicle to resurrect a cherished character.....  Directed by Leonard Nimoy and appropriately so, it settled the minds of those who wondered, deeply, what happened after the events of the last film.  It takes place just mere months, really, after the last film and has a lot of interesting and thought provoking, philosophical, thoughts that make you interested in seeing how it pans out. - Phil   

On the Set of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock on YouTube:

It was also awesome seeing Christopher Lloyd in this film as the bad guy. 

Star Trek III: The Search For Spock - EW Interview (1984) on YouTube:

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Friday, March 25, 2016

The Passion of the Christ (2004)

Simply put: the most powerful Good Friday film...ever. 

The Passion of the Christ (2004)

Here is our review and recommendation...

Run Time:  127 mins
Genre:  Drama
Format:  Widescreen Format, Color
Director:   Mel Gibson
Starring:  Jim Caviezel, Maia Morgenstern, Christo Jivkov, Francesco De Vito and Monica Bellucci

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Find the link to Director/Writer/Actor Mel Gibson's Article from our We Were Soldiers (2002) Post: Article for Jim Caviezel: Article for Monica Bellucci: Article for Maia Morgenstern:

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Despite the controversy that Mel Gibson brought upon himself shortly after this film's release (and had already garnered impressive box office results), The Passion still stands as a powerful film. Perfect? Maybe not. But Gibson's did something that hasn't been done in a long time, he made a successful religious film that prompted its main audience to seriously contemplate a basic truth of their faith. That is: Christ suffered grueling torture before he died in a cruel, barbaric fashion...and, of course, by doing this and rising from the dead, gave those who believe eternal life. Revelation 21:5 tells us how God can make "all things new." Gibson - in his own mysterious way - did just that. He took a story that every Churchgoer knows by heart and made us see it in a new way that is haunting, unsettling and inspiring.

Not for the faint of heart, The Passion of the Christ asks viewers to understand that His suffering and death was no easy task...and He did it out of love for us. Quite frankly, this film will make you think twice whenever you see a crucifix. And this is why The Passion of the Christ is our Film of the Day for Good Friday. ~ Chris

The Making of 'The Passion of the Christ' Part 1/5 on YouTube (Parts 2-5 are on YouTube too):

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Magnificent Seven (1960)

Happy Birthday !!!!!!

The birth of Steve McQueen occurred on this date in 1930. Article for Steve McQueen:

So, since yesterday was the day we celebrated Akira Kurosawa's Birthday with the Seven Samurai (1954), this would be an excellent time to highlight the American version and one of Phil's top 10 favorite movies of all time ................

The Magnificent Seven (1960)

Run Time:  128 mins
Genre:  Western, Action
Format:  Widescreen Format, Color
Director:   John Sturges

Starring:  Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, Horst Buchholz and James Coburn Entry for the Film: Article for the Film: Article for Yul Brynner:

Find the link to Eli Wallach's Article from our The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (1966) Post: Article for the Charles Bronson: Article for Robert Vaughn: Article for Brad Dexter: Article for Horst Buchholz: Article for James Coburn: Article Composer Elmer Bernstein: Article for Director John Sturges:

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As awesome as this movie is with the action, the drama, the intensity, the color and the spirit.  All these things are great.  I even love the acting and the campy dialogue.  However, what really makes this movie one of my favorites ever is the music provided by Composer Elmer Bernstein.  It is amazing stuff. 
- Phil

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