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: