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Safety Last!

content discovered on Friday, April 29, 2016 in classic cinema, comedy, filmmaking techniques, movie stars, silent films

Safety Last!TCM viewingWhen Tom Cruise scaled the Burj Khalifa in Dubai for a scene in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, it got a whole lot of attention, and rightly so. At 2722 feet off the ground, it's the tallest building in the world, and the fact that Cruise was willing to do the entire stunt himself likely enticed audiences to see the movie in large numbers. It was a rare feat achieved by one of the world's biggest stars who, by many accounts, is a great perfectionist and diligent worker. It was ...

And the Children Shall Lead: Two Nimoy docs

content discovered on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 in documentary, family, health, movie stars, television

The death of Leonard Nimoy continues to be felt throughout Trek fandom and the world at large, over a year later. Now, his children have chosen to honor his legacy with two different forthcoming documentaries. Adam Nimoy, an experienced actor, director and author, is helming For the Love of Spock, a doc that started out as a meditation on the Spock character and his impact on the world, but after Leonard's death, it morphed into a much more personal story about Adam and his relationship with his father....

Everybody Wants Some!!

content discovered on Friday, April 22, 2016 in childhood, comedy, games, music, race, writing

Everybody Wants Some!!seen @ Kew Gardens Cinemas, Kew Gardens, Queens NYIt just so happens that the main character in my novel is a former baseball player from Texas. I didn't really go into Everybody Wants Some!! expecting to get any further insight into what the life of a Southern college-age jock was like. The machismo, the competitiveness the party lifestyle, and yes, even the subtle homo-eroticism in places, none of it came as much of a surprise, and anyway, we never see my character during his coll...

Footlight Parade

content discovered on Monday, April 18, 2016 in beyond nyc, classic cinema, comedy, friends, loew s jersey theatre, movie industry, musical, race

Are Ruby and Joanie supposed to be nudein this poster? Sure looks like it!Footlight Paradeseen @ Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre, Jersey City, NJA long time ago, when they used to be shown in venues opulent and lavish enough to be worthy of the name "palaces," movies used to be preceded by live stage shows called "prologues." As I understand it, they were the brainchildren of exhibitors, who put them on as a supplement to the movie, a kind of stage-setter, as it were. Imagine seeingBatman v. Supermanat Ra...

The Blair Witch Project

content discovered on Friday, April 15, 2016 in experimental cinema, filmmaking techniques, friends, horror, television

The Blair Witch ProjectIFC viewingI didn't believe it was real. Not completely. I remember the tremendous hype for it and I remember following it until the release, so I kind of had a pretty good idea that while they were trying to pass The Blair Witch Project off as real, I kinda knew it wasn't. But I wanted it to be real. I remember wanting to believe in it, too, because it was so completely unlike any horror movie - hell, any movie - that had come along. I mean, it made the cover of Time.I saw it with...

28 Days Later

content discovered on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 in foreign cinema, health, horror, sociology and politics

28 Days LaterIFC viewingWhy do we love zombies? They've always been around in one form or another, long before Night of the Living Dead made them cool, but they seem to be on an upswing these days. The Walking Dead, of course, is a big reason why; a show so popular it has spawned a spin-off. I was a big fan of the original comic book for quite awhile, but I had to stop reading because it became painful to see all the crap Rick, the protagonist, goes through. No joke. So what is it about the flesh-eating ...

High Sierra/On Dangerous Ground

content discovered on Monday, April 11, 2016 in beyond nyc, classic cinema, crime drama, filmmaking techniques, movie stars, pets

High SierraOn Dangerous GroundTCM viewingsSo the common denominator in both High Sierra and On Dangerous Ground is actress-director Ida Lupino. (That, and they both end with dudes falling off of mountains.) TCM devoted a day to her last week and I took advantage of it to watch a couple of her films as an actress. Alas, I wasn't able to check out any of her directorial efforts that day. I'd like to at some point.I'd seen Sierra before. It still holds up - although in watching it again, something new occur...

About a Boy

content discovered on Friday, April 08, 2016 in blog a thons, books, comedy, movie makers, writing

The Beyond the Cover Blogathon is an event devoted to films adapted from novels, hosted by Speakeasy and Now Voyaging. For a complete list of participating bloggers, visit the links at either site.About a Boyseen online via YouTubeOkay, so you probably know by now that Nick Hornby is one of my absolute favorite authors. Why do I like him? His style of writing, for one thing: he has a really sharp sense of humor that shows through in his work, and even when he makes references to something British that I ...

This is Spinal Tap

content discovered on Wednesday, April 06, 2016 in bloggers and critics, comedy, music, pop culture

This is Spinal Tap from my DVD collection ...Let's face it: a lot of music being heard on the radio waves today does suck, particularly pop music. I know because I was forced to listen to it in work a few weeks ago. My work station is currently the front reception desk until our expanded office space is ready to use (we don't actually have a receptionist, but it was one of the few available places for me.)In the front reception area is a speaker. I have no idea who turned it on one afternoon, but all o...

One fandom to rule them all?

content discovered on Monday, April 04, 2016 in big ideas, fandom, pop culture

So when I was at LunaCon last month, I went to several panel discussions. A couple of them were Star Trek related, and during the talks, there were tangents that led off to brief mentions of other SF/F properties, like Babylon 5, Firefly, Harry Potter, and so forth. As always, whenever this sort of thing happens, my eyes tend to glaze over and my mind wanders off in another direction until the discussion returns to its original topic.Maybe it was always thus, but it seems like these days, to be a fan of ...


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