A real-deal movie critic joins us on “A Christmas Ham” this week to talk about the history and hypnotic effect of cheesy TV Christmas movies. Also, we somehow touch on the opioid crisis. I didn’t even know there was a dark side to my movie obsession until I talked to John!More
What novels, memoirs, and films with a business setting do you like? Most fiction seems to be about people who are lawyers, policemen, criminals, soldiers, spies, students, politicians, and noble but struggling writers. But there are indeed some works of fiction, and some vivid personal memoirs, in which business plays a central role without being […]
The 1953 film, Beneath the 12-Mile Reef, shot in Cinemascope is in the public domain. That means you can find it on YouTube and watch it for free. If you run across a DVD copy of it, you can also copy it without violating any copyright protection. There’s even a Blu-ray version of the film […]
My husband and I both like sci-fi and went to see Ad Astra yesterday. It was showing in a small room, and only a handful of viewers were there. So I wondered whether it would be any good. Without giving much away, I would say that I enjoyed the plausible technological and political vision of […]
Even though the car quickly became the most popular form of transportation in the United States shortly after the introduction of the Ford Model T in 1908, the train would remain an important form of transportation, especially transportation over long distances up through the middle of the twentieth century. As such, trains (both passenger and […]
This is part of an ongoing series on war movies and great lessons we can learn from them. Today, we take a look at a scene from Gettysburg (1993). More
Hidden Figures is an all right movie about black women working for NASA in Virginia during segregation. The movie hits the usual beats about racism being bad and woman being empowered in the usually overly sentimental and unrealistic ways that Hollywood has become so fond of.More
What was the greatest car chase scene of all time? I don’t really know; but, if I had to pick one – I’d pick the chase scene from the 1968 movie Bullitt. There were car chase scenes in the movies long before Bullitt (lots of ’em), and there have been even more car chase scenes in the movies since Bullitt. But, Bullitt is a dividing line — car chase scenes after were and still are measured against the Bullitt chase scene. That full scene (a little over ten minutes in length) is below. I should note that when I started to put this post together it took a while to find the complete scene (at least in a form that could be pasted here on Ricochet), which was a little surprising.More
I thought I’d do you the favor of listing some more quick Amazon Prime Video recommendations so you don’t have to waste your time wading through mediocre productions. This is assuming our tastes align, but have I gone wrong before?
The prerecorded disc market is about to disappear. At some point in the near future, UHD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and standard DVDs will no longer be sold by Amazon and other retailers because most content will be available for streaming in very high definition. As Jerry Del Colliano explains in his article “Netflix and Amazon are Killing Ultra HD Blu-ray and I Feel Fine” at Home Theater Review, Netflix and Amazon are leading the transition to eliminate the disc market because the economics of streaming content are so much more profitable than shipping a physical disc, even as it undercuts the traditional studio industry.
Long term, the silver disc is going the way of the dodo bird. That is going to piss off some people in the enthusiast home theater world, but the advantages that streaming bring to the table likely outweigh the downside of losing UHD Blu-ray someday. Yes, HD streaming kinda sucked as recently as a few years ago, but today it is so very close in performance to UHD Blu-ray that most people will want to just dial up a cover flow list of movie titles and shop that way versus having discs sent via USPS. Netflix could have kept the silver disc game going a little longer, but it was going to go away sooner or later, and they’ve got a horse in the race when it comes to the end of the silver disc.
In another conversation, some suggested that most movies today are for kids and those who have never grown up. For instance, there are lots of movies with big explosions and special effects, like in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But what is there for adults? Discuss, please. More
I rewatched the 2015 documentary about William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal debating each other during the 1968 presidential primaries (which they were supposed to be covering) for the unknownth time the other night. I might be the only person who has watched it 4-6 times, but it is well-made and tells a fascinating […]
The guys tackle Captain Marvel. Does Sonny think Wonder Woman is better? Vic takes a movie bathroom break. JVL witnesses a dishwashing atrocity. Sonny and Vic explain drinking games to JVL. More
There’s no real point to this post other than to briefly discuss and celebrate the career of one of the great character actors of all time — Ward Bond (1903-1960). First, I have to admit I don’t know much more about Bond’s life than that presented in his Wikipedia biography.
Let’s see … I did know that he’d played football at the University of Southern California along with John Wayne and that he and Wayne began their acting careers when they and other USC footballers were hired by director John Ford to appear in “Salute,” a 1929 movie about football. I also knew about the drinking and the conservative politics (among other things he was an early and proud member of the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals). I didn’t know about the B.S. degree in engineering nor did I know that he suffered from epilepsy.More
I’m watching a beautiful movie on Prime called Little Forest, cheering fare for dark winter evenings. A young woman returns to her rural roots, a Korean farming village, for reasons she can’t fully explain except that she was “hungry” after all the pre-packaged city food. In the gentle plot, she searches for her mother, reconnects […]
I’ll be seeing Glass and If Beale Street Could Talk tonight! Would love to hear some *SPOILERS* discussion on this post. Don’t worry, I won’t check until I get back from seeing them. More
I’ve a confession to make. I used to be a phillumenist. I have an excuse though – I was young. Plus, until about ten minutes ago, I didn’t know what a phillumenist was. As per the British Matchbox Label and Bookmatch Society (BML&BS), phillumenists collect items related to matches including but not limited to matchbooks […]
I will spare you my full review (with Film Culture and Did You Know) but if you’re interesting you can click this link: http://tomconinereviews.blogspot.com/2019/01/teen-titans-go-to-movies-direction-by.html Here’s a mini-summary: I watched the movie on a lark because a few friends of mine are compiling lists of Best Of for 2018. My job, being that I’m the resident geek (which is weird […]
I suppose I need to start by explaining what I mean by “the Casablanca Effect”. It’s not my idea or term. A decade or so ago, I read an article by an author whose name I can’t recall who described what he termed “the Casablanca Effect” referencing the classic 1942 movie. He described how both he and his brother (separately) had heard and read for years how great the movie Casablanca was, and when he and his brother (separately) eventually saw the movie, it more than lived up to expectations. When they became aware of each other’s experience they gave it the Casablanca Effect moniker, something which comes highly recommended (a movie, a book, a restaurant, a location, anything really) and lives up to expectations.More
Several weeks ago, @ejhill let us know about a new, and visually stunning, film by Peter Jackson. They Shall Not Grow Old is Jackson’s World War I film, taking Imperial War Museum footage and oral histories recorded from veterans and combining them into a seamless state-of-the art movie documentary using colorization, frame-rate shifts with interpolation to […]