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New release roundup for March '15

content discovered on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 in documentary, food, sports drama, world events

- Deli Man. My first 2015 movie of the year is this delightful little documentary about the traditional Jewish deli, its glorious past and its diminished-but-still-thriving present, including testimonials from notable Jewish celebs such as Jerry Stiller and Larry King. We see the difficulty and the stress of working such a hectic place as a deli, as well as the camaraderie and the fun, and Jewish culture and history get their fair share of attention. Not as New York-centric as you might imagine, although...

Bernard Herrmann

content discovered on Monday, March 30, 2015 in fantasy, lists and compilations, movie makers, music, science fiction, television

900th POST!Everyone remembers Bernard Herrmann as Hitchcock's composer: Psycho, North By Northwest, Vertigo, etc. - all memorable, all epic, and NONE Oscar nominated, which is insane. You may know he composed the scores to Citizen Kane and Taxi Driver as well. But a large portion of his career was also spent composing scores for sci-fi, fantasy and horror movies and TV shows as well. Long before guys like Hans Zimmer, Michael Giacchino and Danny Elfman (who was a huge fan), Herrmann was practically the g...

Frank Capra

content discovered on Thursday, March 26, 2015 in finance and economy, lists and compilations, movie makers, sociology and politics, world events

Frank Capra always struck me as one of those directors who were almost too good to be true. His films were polemics, coming from a specific point-of-view, and yeah, sometimes they were preachy - I don't think one could dispute that - but they were products of their time as well, a time of tremendous economic hardship followed by a period of world war.Capra was the perfect filmmaker for the New Deal era of President Franklin Roosevelt. FDR entered the White House during the heart of the Great Depression a...

Great Speeches: The Wizard of Oz

content discovered on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 in lol, writing

The Wizard of Oz (1939) screenplay by Noel Langley Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Woolf based on the book by L. Frank Baum performed by Bert LahrCowardly Lion costume sold at auction for $3 million

QWFF 2015 Day 5: One of those days

content discovered on Sunday, March 22, 2015 in foreign cinema, queens world ff, strangers, suspense

This was a crappy day. I had to wake up at seven in the morning on a Saturday just so I could go to Starbucks to write, because Starbucks on the weekend is always crazy packed with people and it's next to impossible to get a table. I missed breakfast (a tea and a pastry doesn't really cut it) so I went to a bagel shop right before heading back to the Secret Theater for a 12:30 show. It was one I had never been to before, and I neglected to check if their grilled chicken sandwich comes with mustard, which...

QWFF 2015 Day 4: And then it snowed

content discovered on Saturday, March 21, 2015 in documentary, music, neighborhoods, queens world ff, weather

It snowed. On the first day of spring, it snowed. Actually, it wasn't as terrible as it sounds; it's more the timing, I think, that has bothered everybody. And can you blame us?This winter wasn't as brutal as last winter, but it felt almost as bad, and for a brief moment, it looked as if we had finally put it behind us. It's like the killers in horror movies - never count 'em out until you're absolutely sure they're out! (Sometimes not even then.)I came to P.S. 69, the third venue for the Queens World Fi...

QWFF 2015 Day 3: Sentimental journeys

content discovered on Friday, March 20, 2015 in animation, foreign cinema, movie industry, movie makers, queens world ff, technology

My first night at P.S. 69 in Jackson Heights was a relatively short one. It was also Parent-Teacher Conference night, so the Queens World Film Festival activities didn't get under way until around 9:30, but it was worth the wait. All four movies I saw were good:- Dollar Night. The ancient projectionist of a movie theater on its last legs tries to bring back the patrons with a promotional event. Shamelessly saccharine and manipulative, with a way-over-the-top score specifically designed to tug at your hea...

QWFF 2015 Day 2: They say it's your birthday

content discovered on Thursday, March 19, 2015 in dance, drink, fantasy, horror, neighborhoods, queens world ff, science fiction, sexuality

St. Patrick's Day always comes right before my birthday, but Tuesday night was the first time I had ever bothered to take advantage of it by getting drunk the night before. Who cares if everyone else is getting plastered for a completely different reason? I've always considered myself a kind of honorary Irish by virtue of being born the day after, anyway!The crazy part is that it only took me one beer to get drunk! But that one beer looked like this. I think the bar where the Queens World Film Festival O...

QWFF 2015 Day 1: Parental guidance

content discovered on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 in animation, foreign cinema, movie makers, neighborhoods, queens world ff

Five years may not seem like a big milestone, but for the Queens World Film Festival, it's a sign of rapid and remarkable growth. From its humble beginnings, it has drawn together the Queens film community at large and linked it up with filmmakers worldwide, giving independent films of every stripe an opportunity to shine.Credit, as always, must go to the dynamic duo who put it all together, Don Katha Cato. The amount of energy and passion they put into this festival, as well as the truckloads of genuin...

Our Man Flint

content discovered on Friday, March 13, 2015 in action adventure, blog a thons, classic cinema, comedy, movie industry, movie makers, technology

The CinemaScope Blogathon, hosted by myself and Becky from ClassicBecky's Brain Food, goes on all this weekend. Check the list of participating bloggers to find out who's writing about what. Once again, a big thanks to everyone for joining us for this. The turnout has been incredible and I appreciate everyone's enthusiasm for this event!Our Man Flintseen online via YoutubeI'm fairly sure I had seen Our Man Flint once before, during my video store days, but that was a long time ago and I didn't remember t...

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