Category: Movies

Close Channel D… Robert Vaughn is gone

I would be delinquent in my duties as an obsessive Man from U.N.C.L.E. fanboy if I did not note with great sadness the passing of the amazing actor Robert Vaughn. Vaughn played Napoleon Solo in the original series and had a score of other notable roles throughout a 60 year career, including seminal performances in Read More

I am Big Bird is a moving look at the man behind the Muppet

Carroll Spinney is a very kind man. That is the best way I can describe the core point conveyed in the absolutely wonderful documentary I am Big Bird. Released in 2014, I am Big Bird is a surprisingly moving look at the man who has played both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch for over Read More

One Day Since Yesterday: How we “lost” one of the great filmmakers

Imagine being a movie fan in the 1960s. No Internet, no cable TV, just revival theatres that show the classics. You LOVE movies, and so you soak them up like a sponge, seeing as many films as you can. You start to catalog films in a card catalog, typing up your thoughts and as many Read More

Fastball documentary is a great look at the world’s hardest pitch

I’m a baseball fan… well, OK, let me correct myself. I’m a “lapsed” baseball fan. I still watch some of the playoff games, especially when my team the Atlanta Braves are playing… which means I haven’t watched those games in a while. My mother and father in law are dedicated baseball watchers, and I envy Read More

Photos: Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Experience

While I was in Vegas with my son Hunter we made sure to visit the Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. experience at the Treasure Island hotel. Originally located in Times Square, the Marvel attraction is set up as a training center for potential S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, with Maria Hill from the Avengers films as your (video) guide. You go Read More

Movies 101: My “movie course in a box”

My friend Ariel confessed to me over dinner several months back she had never seen several movies that I considered seminal classics. Why she hadn’t done so was understandable. Ariel is much younger than me, over a decade. She grew up when the Internet wasn’t a new thing, but “newish”, and she had other things to Read More

Photos: #StarTrek 50 at the EMP Museum

In Seattle for work this week and was able to make some time to visit the Star Trek 50th Anniversary Exhibit at the EMP Museum. The display is fantastic, with Paramount opening up their archives to showcase props and costumes from the series and movies. Paul Allen, who owns and runs the EMP Museum, also Read More

All Things Must Pass is an amazing look at the glory days of Tower Records

When I graduated high school, my first real job was at a record store. Disc Jockey Records, part of the Kentucky-based chain owned by WaxWorks Inc., was opening a new location at the newly refurbished Eastwood Mall located just outside of Birmingham Alabama. I was hired as one of the many “associates” for the store, and Read More

Orion: The Man Who Would be King is a moving documentary about Elvis, hope, and loss

I don’t want to die. I also know that as much as I don’t want that to pass, it will happen.  And it will happen to you, too. When I was younger, the idea that the people I idolized would someday die was something impossible. Christopher Lee will live forever, right? And so would Prince. And Read More

Is there any way to know if a studio made a profit on a movie, beyond conjecture?

No, because of the wonderful system called Hollywood Accounting. Studios have been sued – repeatedly – around this practice, the most famous suit where this was a factor being Buchwald v. Paramount, which had Art Buchwald suing the studio who made Coming to America, claiming the studio stole his idea. Buchwald won, was awarded initial Read More

How do spies like James Bond and Jason Bourne think?

(The bulk of my answer is derived from the books, not the movies). Bond and Bourne come from a place that most of us never have to deal with – a space where danger and or death is right around the corner (sometimes literally). They have to be alert, and in “the field” have precisely Read More

“Should I watch Citizen Kane?”: My Answer

I’m going to an express a contrarian view to this question (most movie fans will scream “OF COURSE YOU MUST”): It depends. Do you like black and white movies? Can you pay attention to a movie that does not have explosions? Do you appreciate a good story? Do you love film? If you answered No Read More

Dick Tracy, Interviewed by Leonard Maltin

I just discovered this, and it’s wonderful. Warren Beatty made the Dick Tracy movie for Disney in 1990, and he REALLY loved doing it. So much so, that for the past few years he has been talking about doing a sequel. Thought, to be honest, I don’t see such a film succeeding in any way Read More

Return of the Coloring Books of the Planet of the Apes!

I’m an obsessive Apeophile. I adore the original Planet of the Apes films, flaws and all. When I was a child they played the films on Saturday afternoons and it was the first exposure I had to “unhappy endings”… and then, I started buying the merchandising and found that, well, some of the tie-ins aren’t Read More

Lost Soul is a fascinating look at one of the worse movies of all time

I think Marlon Brando is Loki. When I state that, I don’t mean that Marlon Brando should have PLAYED Loki, in some crazy imaginary never-produced Marvel movie – I mean that at some level Brando WAS Loki: The Norse God of Mischief. Because when you watch Lost Soul, a documentary on the making of one Read More

Star Trek vs. Star Wars: We have a winner…

As most people who read a blog like this knows, the new Star Wars film opened to a colossal amount of tickets sold  – $250 million in the US, and $500 million dollars worldwide, and that was just during the first weekend. To put that number in perspective, the last Star Trek film, Into Darkness, Read More

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