Tag: film history

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As the last morn of 2021 dawned we witnessed a virtual tie for the funniest movie of all time. In classic New Year’s Eve fashion I decided to let the question play out till midnight. When the final seconds ticked off the clock ushering out the trainwreck known as 2021, Saint Augustine and Hartmann von […]

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Last week was full of tear-jerkers. We had war movies, chick flicks, classics, sports dramas, dogs dying, anime, and a few more that I just…I just…I just don’t want to talk about, okay. *blows nose* *sniff, sniff* But it was the simple, four minute and twenty-one second intro to a children’s film that stole the […]

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Last week we delved into the topic of films being elevated by cinematography. After six days of discussion it ended in a tie between Western Chauvinist and Some Call Me Tim. The honor of choosing the winner fell on Full Sized Tabby, who agreed that the cinematography in Lawrence of Arabia was more elevating than […]

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Seeing as that we all had trials on the mind two weeks ago, IM Fine decided to make last week’s fight an examination of movie trials. All of the big hitters were represented, and perhaps surprisingly, the little tough guy from New York showed them who’s boss. My Cousin Vinny stole the show and earned […]

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All Ricochet Movie Fight Club fighters are equal, but some are more equal that others. IM fine, with win number eight, sits atop the exalted throne looking down on the rest of us and shaking her head in pity. While servants bring champagne grapes and exotic drinks to wash them down she reaches into recesses […]

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Last week’s fight was decided almost from the get-go, and as the winning answer slipped through Philo’s fingers on comment #1, Dr. Bastiat wasted no time in claiming it on comment #2. Although Seawriter made a good run at it, he wasn’t able to finish strong. Blame it on a busy news week, perhaps. In […]

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail has taken the prize for two straight weeks.  First it won for having the best opening credits, then it won for having the best comic fight scene. It may be time to consider adding another film to the untouchable shelf, high above the kids reach upon which our beloved […]

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Our fight last week pitted creative animation against complex cinematography, and in the case of James Bond, graphic objectification (of a sort). However, as Seawriter pointed out, it was the plain, ordinary text over a black background that proved most impressive. Credit Monty Python for doing more with less, as always.  Seawriter asks: What movie […]

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In one of the most exciting Movie Fights yet we almost had a six way tie at… four likes each. Oh well. While Phil Turmel, LawstNThaw, and Henry Racette pondered the implications of their first win, and RushBabe49 considered the predicament of negotiating such an unprecedented situation, six time winner, IM Fine slammed the door […]

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Filming on Location, 1971

 

Why are those people in this crowded photo staring at you so intently? There’s a camera, so it’s a film shoot. For clues, look at the general surroundings. It’s an industrial area of New York. The styles of the cars, haircuts and clothes suggest the very early ‘70s. The man pointing a light meter at you is Gordon Willis. The anxious-looking man with the bushy beard is Francis Coppola. It’s the spring of 1971, fifty years ago, and you’re an actor in “The Godfather”. You have no idea what audiences will think of the finished film. In truth, neither do Gordy or Francis.

Acting is always tougher than it looks, and doing it in the streets, with crowds behind barricades, is often the toughest of all. On a sound stage, or on Broadway, you don’t have to outshout jets landing at La Guardia, sanitation men filling garbage trucks, sirens, dogs, or drunks yelling, “Where’s Brando?” When that camera rolls, you’re supposed to shut out all that you see and hear in front of you, and inhabit the mind of a mafia don’s son in December 1945.

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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.