Tue, 10 May 2016
"I'm afraid to close my eyes, I'm afraid to open them."
The term "viral marketing" wasn't known in 1999 in the months before The Blair Witch Project premiered, but it practically invented the process. With a rumor mill that began at the Cannes Film Festival, a creepy website, and stories that the film was actual found footage discovered in the woods after the disappearances of three hapless film students, it was destined for greatness.
The film began the "found footage" craze, and founded a sub-genre that is generally frowned upon today as lazy and cheap. Nevertheless, props should be given to the film for its influence on horror and the effect it still has on audiences who dare to watch it in the dark.
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Sat, 9 January 2016
Based on the novel of the same name by Johan Daisne, Andre Delvaux's The Man Who Had His Hair Cut Short (1965) is quite possibly Belgium's most critically acclaimed film. the first of Delvaux's short directorial career, it's a story of obsession, anxiety, and loneliness, all couched in the facade of a psychological thriller.
Delvaux would go on to make a handful of films (including Un soir, un train , also based on a book by Daisne) until the late 1980's, although none would bring him as much acclaim as The Man Who Had His Hair Cut Short. He died in 2002.
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Direct download: Episode_32_The_Man_Who_Had_His_Hair_Cut_Short_1965.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:01pm CDT
Sat, 31 October 2015
After making A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and For a Few Dollars More (1965), Sergio Leone outdid his European contemporaries who were churning out spaghetti Westerns with The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). After the trilogy was released across the Atlantic, Leone revitalized the Western, a genre that was born with The Great Train Robbery (1903) but was dwindling by the mid 1960's.
Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach starred as the film's three titular characters, and everyone involved eventually went on to prosperous characters, particularly Clint Eastwood and composer Ennio Morricone. The movie is widely available on Blu Ray and DVD.
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Thu, 1 October 2015
With audiences still reeling from the success Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), we turn our sights to the one that started it all, George Miller's Mad Max (1979), which turns out to be a revenge flick set in a dystopia rather than a post-apocalyptic action movie, much like its sequels.
Not only did Mad Max jump start Miller's career, but it was also the breakthrough role for a young and handsome Mel Gibson, who was cast to play Max. Inspired by the injuries Miller observed while working in an emergency room, the film still remains a breathtaking glimpse of "guerrilla filmmaking", with remarkable onscreen car crashes and close calls with the stuntmen.
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Sat, 12 September 2015
If you ever want to see a grown man cry, show him Chris Noonan's Australian Babe (1995), the hit movie about a little pig that went a long way. The movie flew under the radar until it was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture, and it's been called "the Citizen Kane of talking pig movies." While the special effects are groundbreaking (it won an Oscar for Best Visual Effects), the tale of the unprejudiced heart of a baby pig and how he changes the world of those around him is touching and timeless.
Babe is currently widely available on DVD and Blu Ray and can also be seen for free by Amazon Prime members.
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Wed, 19 August 2015
The birth of the American Western, as well as the birth of narrative filmmaking, began with Edwin S. Porter's The Great Train Robbery (1903). A product of Thomas Edison's production company, it was the first breakthrough film since George Melies' A Trip to the Moon (1902).
With a running time of only ten and a half minutes long, multiple versions of The Great Train Robbery can be seen on YouTube and it's also available on DVD. It is only the second film listed in the book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
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Wed, 5 August 2015
Vittorio De Sica may have been nominated for an Oscar for his supporting role in A Farewell to Arms (1957), but he's remembered for directing Italian neorealist films like Shoeshine (1946) and Bicycle Thieves (1948).
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970), made just four years before his death, was De Sica's last great film, made at a time when critics were beginning to think that his career as a great director had screeched to a halt. It brought his name back into the spotlight and, among others, earned the film an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, as well as a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.
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Direct download: Episode_27_The_Garden_of_the_Finzi-Continis_1970.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:37pm CDT
Sun, 12 July 2015
When you think of the Soviet Union, their accomplishments in filmmaking will probably not come to mind. In fact, prior to 1964, Soviet cinema consisted almost exclusively of social realist films, until director Sergei Paradjanov made Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, which told the tale of a Carpathian love story in the 1800's.
Paradjanov, who would later make The Color of Pomegranates (another film on the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die list), was blacklisted for Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, which was just one tragic milestone in his tumultuous life. It remains a landmark in Soviet cinema.
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Direct download: Episode_26_Shadows_of_Forgotten_Ancestors_1964.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:40pm CDT
Wed, 1 July 2015
Known for Bad Day at Black Rock (1950) and The Magnificent Seven (1960), director John Sturges had established his career making dramas with strong male ensemble casts. The Great Escape (1963) became his pet project after he established himself in Hollywood, and it's no exception to Sturges' other films, letting the actors shine brilliantly.
The Great Escape is an amazing true story based on the book by an actual prisoner who was involved in the events. The film was a resounding success, and earned an Oscar nomination for editor Ferris Webster. It is currently widely available on DVD and Blu-Ray.
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Sun, 7 June 2015
On the outside, Claire Denis' Beau Travail (1999) is slathered with homoeroticism, which is exactly why the French Legion wasn't too happy that she made it. However, it's really a film about alienation and one man's downward spiral into isolation, insanity, and tragedy. (And, yes, I've just described every other French film prior to 2000 ever made.)
The film is currently available on DVD, and those of you who frequent speciality shops (or want to drop $30 for a copy of your own) may be able to find it.
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