Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Our Man Flint (1966)

Today would have been James Coburn's 88th birthday. Article for James Coburn:

What a huge star this guy was.  So much that they gave him his own spy series beginning with this one in .....

Our Man Flint (1966) Article for the film: Entry for the Film:

Trailer for the film on YouTube:

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Apartment (1960)

Fred MacMurray was born on this day in 1908. Article for Fred MacMurray:

When people think of him they always think about the nice guy from The Shaggy Dog (1959) or from The Absent Minded Professor (1961) and it's sequel Son of Flubber (1963), but this time we want to tackle, one of his more different roles, from his normal style, as he plays a snobbish, wife-cheating jerk opposite Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine in the Billy Wilder simple masterpiece ........

The Apartment (1960) Entry on THE APARTMENT:

Monday, August 29, 2016

The Great Escape (1963)

On this day in 1923, Richard Attenborough was born. Article for Richard Attenborough:

You may remember him from Jurassic Park (1993), but long before that he was in another Top 10 film of all time with the great Steve McQueen and a cast of hundreds as they pull off the greatest escape in film history in ........

The Great Escape (1963) Article for the Film:

Trailer for the Film on YouTube: Entry on THE GREAT ESCAPE:

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Rope (1948)

Rope was released in theaters on this day in 1948.

Perhaps Chris' favorite Hitchcock movie. Entry on ROPE:

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Quicksand (1950)

The city of Santa Monica is named after the Roman Catholic saint, Saint Monica. Today is her feast day. So, why not watch a classic film noir that takes place in Santa Monica as our FILM OF THE DAY. Here's a fan-made trailer for Quicksand...

Mickey Rooney in a film noir? You betcha. Here's the whole movie: Entry on Quicksand:

Saint Monica...

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

On this sad day in 1930, we lost the legend Lon Chaney SR. 

However, his work lives on... Entry on The Phantom of the Opera (1925): Entry on Lon Chaney:

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Today is National Park Service Day and the 100th Birthday of the National Park Service! 

So, let's travel to Devil's Tower ...... Article for Devil's Tower:

........ and have a Close Encounter of the Third Kind in ...

National Park Service webpage about Devil's Tower:

Celebrate the Centennial of the U.S> Nation Park Service:

What's the connecction between the aliens in CE3K and Star Wars?

Chris has covered that in his blog. Listen in to one of the most entertaining Digging Star Wars entries ever... Entry on Close Encounters of the Third Kind:

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

Sadly, today is Pluto Demoted Day. That's right: the day commemorating when scientists destroyed the Planet Pluto by classifying it as a dwarf planet (instead of a full-fledged, regular "planet" of our Solar System). Since we're in the business of destroying planets, here's a little film about a space station that can blow up a planet in a single shot...

About Pluto Demoted Day: https://www.daysoftheye Entry on Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope: Entry on Star Wars: Episode IV- A New Hope:

I did 3 different audio blog entries on Star Wars: A New Hope on my Digging Star Wars blog years ago. My favorite Episode 4 DSW compared ANH to The Dam Busters. Give it a listen....

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)

It's "Ride the Wind Day." So, what better film is there for today than this screwy one where characters ride the wind, land and water to get to the big W? Here's 3 reasons you should watch it: Entry on IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD:

Monday, August 22, 2016

Papillon (1973)

This day in history !!!  The infamous penal colony on Devil's Island, French Guiana, South America is permanently closed on this day in 1952. Article for Devil's Island:

Now enjoy one of the best films ever made, that tells the story of what life is like in a penal colony on Devil's Island, starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman, in ....

Papillon (1973)

Trailer for the Film on YouTube:

Sunday, August 21, 2016

The Petrified Forest (1936)

Happy Poet's Day! Poetry plays a role in this classic pre-noir tale. We're not going to tell you how since we want you to watch it. So, watch it! (The movie, that is.)


Poet's Day 2016 link:

A much-younger Chris Mich drives his way through Arizona and The Petrified Forest.


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Radioland Murders (1994)

Happy National Radio Day! Let's celebrate with one of the best - but often-overlooked - movies about the golden age of radio...

Radioland Murders is one of my all-time favorite movies. One of my favorite stories regarding this movie involves Rosemary Clooney - who sings "That Old Feeling" onscreen in the film. A buddy of mine was meeting Ms. Clooney via work and asked me if I had anything I wanted her to autograph. Of course, I did: my Radioland Murders poster! So, he took it and faithfully rolled out the poster infront of her when he met her. When he asked her to sign it for me, she replied, "I don't think I was in that movie." My friend smiled and said, "If Chris says you were in this movie, trust me. You were in this movie." Clooney smiled and said, "Oh, that's right. I sang." And she promptly signed the poster.

Here's the trailer... Entry on Radioland Murders:

Special Thanks again to our friends at

Friday, August 19, 2016

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

Happy Birthday to Gene Roddenberry (and Jonathan Frakes) !!!

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, Jonathan Frakes, the original Star Trek series and the Next Generation series' Articles from our Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) Post: decided that we would honor all the Star Trek movies to celebrate Star Trek's 50th Anniversary this year.  We at have mentioned before that not all of the movies picked this year are complete gems.  Some are just picked, because of their imprint on popular culture, cult following, film history implications or something that could be considered an important film foot-note.  This film is one of those, for as bad as a reception that this film received back in 1979, this one marks an important part in Star Trek and film history, because it was the first ..................

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

Trailer for the film on YouTube: Entry on Star Trek: The Motion Picture: Entry on Star Trek: The Motion Picture:

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Birds (1963)

In 1961, an usual amount of birds "attacked" Santa Cruz. The event was reported in the Santa Cruz Sentinel on August 18, 1961. Alfred Hitchcock asked for a copy of the article and two years later released "The Birds."

Part of the original Santa Cruz Sentinel article can be found at this link: Entry on The Birds:

Trailer for the Film on YouTube:

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Eddie Murphy: Raw (1987)

Eddie Murphy's Delirious was recorded on this day for HBO in 1983, Article for Eddie Murphy: Delirious:

which launched the need for this film ......  So, let's get raw...

 Entry on Eddie Murphy: Raw:

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)

We lost the King of Rock 'n' Roll on this day in 1977. Article for Elvis Presley:

So, witness the film that tells the story of what really happened to Elvis Presley ............ after he died ..... in one of the best campy cult classic films of the last 15 years in ......

Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)

Trailer for the film on YouTube: Entry on Bubba Ho-Tep:

Monday, August 15, 2016

Apocalypse Now (1979)

On this day in 1979, Apocalypse Now was released...or, should we say, unleashed. Entry on Apocalypse Now:

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Allures (1961)

Worldwide Art Day was just a few days ago, so we figured we'd offer some free art here with's original (and probably the first ever) video recommendation for an experimental film...

Interested in seeing more free art? On some Sundays you can visit various art museums around the country for free! Phoenix, New York and Chicago have art museums that offer FREE SUNDAYS (or "Pay As You Wish" for those feeling guilty about soaking up culture without paying for it). Here's a few links about art museums you can attend today for nil:




Original art work by Clare Mich, Age 6.

Philly Art Lovers, be sure to visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art or The Barnes Foundation the first Sunday of the month for a FREE/Pay As You Wish visit.



But before you head off to the the whole film of Allures right here!

Jordan Belson's Allures is hard to catch online. One day it's on Vimeo, next day it's not. One day it's on a Russian website, the next...not. One day on YouTube... you get the idea. Here's an embedded video of Allures that's good today, and hopefully still playable by the time you read this...

Purchase DVD of Jordan Belson's work...including this link:

Saturday, August 13, 2016

North by Northwest (1959)

Happy Birthday, Alfred Hitchcock! Entry on North by Northwest:

Now, as many of you know, I'm one of those Star Wars-crazy guys. This became a bit viral a few months ago. If you missed it, it's worth a looksy... ~ Chris

Friday, August 12, 2016

Goldfinger (1964)

On this day in 1964, the world lost Ian Fleming - the man who created James Bond. Article for Ian Fleming:

Enjoy's 2nd big James Bond recommendation of 2016 and probably the greatest James Bond film ever in ...... Entry for the Film:

Goldfinger (1964)

Trailer for the film on YouTube:

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

Happy Birthday, Ian McDiarmid - a.k.a. Emperor Palpatine...or, should I say Darth Sidious?! Entry on Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith: Entry on Ian McDiarmid: Entry on Emperor Palpatine:

Chris' film history DIGGING STAR WARS blog explored classic film connections several times. Here's some audio entries:

And yet another Digging Star Wars entry on Revenge of the Sith (written entry/no video) :

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

Celebrate Skyscraper Appreciation Day with Koyaanisqatsi...

Godfrey Reggio's Koyaanisqatsi is an example of the Photo-Film-Essay. I made a Prezi about this type of thing. Check it out... Entry on Koyaanisqatsi: Entry on Godfrey Reggio:

I even had lunch with Mr. Reggio at the now-defunct Cloud Cliff Bakery in Sante Fe, NM. Simply put, it was the best conversation I've ever had with a fellow filmmaker...

And here's a link to an illustrated paper I wrote on Godfrey's Qatsi trilogy:

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The NeverEnding Story (1984)

August 9th is Book Lovers Day! So, read a a movie about an enchanted book... Entry on The NeverEnding Story:

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Friday, August 5, 2016

Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Happy Birthday !!!!!!

Legendary B-movie actor John Saxon turns 81 today ... Article for John Saxon:

You may not know who he is, but I'm sure you have seen him in numerous movies/TV shows.  You may know him as the American guy from Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon (1973) ......

.... and you may know him from our next recommended film, as the Police Chief who lives on Elm Street in the campy cult classic ............. 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Herbie Fully Loaded (2005)

Happy Birthday to 4-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion, 3-time Daytona 500 Winner and 5-time Brickyard 400 Winner...Jeff Gordon!

Gordon - along with additional big name  NASCAR drivers - make appearances in this well-done, modern take on everyone's favorite, lovable Volkswagon, HERBIE! Entry on Herbie Fully Loaded:

Yeah, Herbie's huge in our house.... Entry on Herbie Fully Loaded:

Official Jeff Gordon website:

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

A River Runs Through It (1992)

Fishing is a hard sport to capture on film and truly show it's beauty, excitement and connections to life. But dang it if this film doesn't come awfully close to succeeding in celebrating the sport and art of fly fishing. Celebrate National Catfish Month by taking in this movie that proved to the world fishing is cool and Brad Pitt can act.... Entry on A River Runs Through It:

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

M (1931)

Today in film history !!!

On this day in 1976, the world lost Fritz Lang, a cinematic genius ......... Article for Fritz Lang:

........ who gave us many ground-breaking films including this intense and eerie one...

Trailer for the film on YouTube: Entry for the Film:

Monday, August 1, 2016

Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Yes, Virginia, there is a Spider-Man Day (and there is a Santa Claus, too)...

Original Spider-Man artwork by Clare Mich, Age 6.

August 1st is Spider-Man Day! So, watch the very best Spider-Man movie (and best superhero movie ever - according to Chris)....

So, go out and celebrate Spider-Man Day. Watch the flicks. Climb the walls. Don the mask and strut your stuff... Entry on Spider-Man 2: