Tag: film history

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We went with an easy question last week, going toe to toe on who was the all-time greatest actor. It was mostly men in the fray, although Bette Davis and Kathy Bates managed to throw their weight around a little (no pun intended). Despite a last minute surge by Daniel Day Lewis, Robert Duvall managed […]

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We’ve had some complex questions the past two weeks, so this time (since I won last week) I think I’ll keep it simple. Who is the greatest actor* of all time, and why? *male or female. The Rules: Post your answer as a comment. Make it clear that this is your official answer, one per member. Defend your answer […]

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With the crumbling of western civilization upon us we spent a little time debating which movies are most worth saving. At it turns out, 1939 and 1980 have the most movies worth saving of any two years. IM Fine made the correct call, earned a sixth win, and therefore gets to ask: What is the […]

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It’s the year 2029. The Second Civil War is almost over and you and a few of your patriot allies have just infiltrated the last server on earth with digital copies of every film ever made. The system is wiping the catalog from existence and you have mere seconds to select which films are preserved, […]

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Harry Dean Stanton was on the man last week and watching him die seemed to be the preferred performances. It came down to him getting mowed down as Mr. Eckert in Red Dawn, versus him getting xenomorphed in Alien. Eustace C Scrubb provided the winning answer and earned (for the sixth? time) the right to […]

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Last week we discussed the great private eyes, except for any played by Humphrey Bogart, that would have been too easy. Hoyacon got his pick in first, and as it turned out everyone else was just a spectator from that point on. This week Hoyacon asks: Harry Dean Stanton has appeared in over 100 movies. […]

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Last week, love was mixed with hate. We loved the villains we were supposed to hate. Or, if we didn’t exactly love them, we at least rooted for them over the heroes we were supposed to love. Right? In any case, we confirmed that Charlotte hates Captain Marvel, and so do most of you, which […]

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In our previous fight, Drew came out of the gate swinging and secured what LC would probably agree was the best answer. She was forced to go with her second pick, which as luck would have it, most of you liked better. Sorry, Drew. As LC stumbled into her sixth victory she tied  Eustace C […]

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In our last fight we took a page from the gang at Cheers and discussed which movie featured the most sweat. While Bogie and Hepburn made a good run, and a bunch of guys in a submarine did their best, it was Stryker who won the day, thus earning DJEJ his third victory and the […]

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3D: Still Comin’ At Ya! 

 

Millions of people stood in line for hours to see the three-dimensional theater in the Chrysler Pavilion at the New York World’s Fair 1939-’40. Eager viewers donned cardboard glasses to see stop motion animation set to bouncy music, of real car parts magically flying around in the air, seemingly right in front of the dazzled audience, before neatly assembling themselves into a Chrysler sedan. It was one of the biggest hits of the future-oriented fair. In fact, it was so popular that unlike most other fair exhibitors, who discreetly cut back their budgets for the 1940 “repeat” edition, Chrysler more than doubled down, reshooting their short 3D film in full color.

The Fair opened before war broke out in Europe; by the time it closed, it was clear to most Americans that the magic of the future was going to have to wait a few years. But arrive it did, with highways, cars, suburbs, nylon stockings, and television. And by the dawn of the Fifties, stereoscopic movies, slides, and comic books were ready to join them, in a brief, spectacular, three-dimensional false dawn. That wave lasted only three years, 1952 through 1954, but to this day, whenever a more modern movie like Back to the Future (1985) wants to evoke the pop culture of the Fifties, the designers have someone don a pair of 3D eyeglasses.

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Last week was all about animals – mostly dogs and horses, with a few cats, an orangutan and pig thrown in.  We also had a few wildcards of the Belushi and Plisskin variety. A three way tie was the result, forcing Eustace C Scrubb to choose IMFine as the winner. IMFine asks: Name the best […]

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This was a memorable week in many ways, from national news to family tragedy. We spent part of it reviewing the best westerns (no pun intended) and their heroes, part of it memorializing a cool character who left the stage too soon, and a few days wishing we were as cool as any of them. […]

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RMFC Exhibition Match: In Honor of Boss Mongo

 

Brendan was one of the coolest characters I’ve ever been blessed to know. He was also one of the all-time great Ricochet members. His humor and unique insight into the world around us will be sorely missed. In honor of him I’d like to posit this question: Who is the coolest movie character you wish you could know in real life? 

Nothing on the line here. Just for kicks and giggles. 

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Last week we fixed some of our least favorite movies, giving them subtle changes that would have made them so much better. If only things had been different. DJEJ tore apart Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit offering several improvements that will leave us fuming over what might have been, and earning him the right to ask: […]

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Time to put your thinking caps on. Last week we discussed bad on-screen chemistry. Revenge of the Sith took the prize over Twilight and showed how a few bad decisions can destroy an otherwise interesting story. So this week the question is more of task: Fix a movie. Take a movie that was flawed in […]

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Last week we dealt with dark comedies about waring married couples, loveable assassins, down-on-their-luck Bible era side figures, and a few rednecks here and there. All of them took a back seat to Stalin though, which is fitting I guess. LC called it and thus gets to ask: What movie has the worst on-screen chemistry […]

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RushBabe49 took the competition back to school last week and ended up pitting a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal, against Delta House. Which is kind of like pitting a Delta team against Antifa – It was no contest. Philo chose Animal House for the win and earned the right […]

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Dr. Bastiat managed to rack up back-to-back victories on the strength of Rocky, and Psycho, in fights 60 and 61. But nobody has ever three-peated, and so RushBabe49 took the prize last time around with Apollo 13, earning herself the right to ask: What is the best movie set in a school, any level school?  […]

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The villain stole the show last week with Darth Vader, Hannibal Lecter, and a T-800 terminator doing their darndest to take down the psycho pipsqueak known as Norman Bates. And even though it was close, the mamma’s boy managed to pull it off giving back-to-back wins to Dr. Bastiat and also earning him the right […]

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