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Baby Burlesks was one of the many Our Gang imitators in the 1930s. It was probably a lot less tasteful than Our Gang but it did launch the career of the greatest child star ever, Shirley Temple.

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Kill Them All

Posted: December 23, 2009 in Movie Review
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At the moment everybody is raving about James Cameron’s Avatar but I for one will never see this movie ever in my life time. Sure it’s a big budget 3D blockbuster with lots of special effects and critics have been raving about it… but…

Aaaaarrrrrrrrgggghhhhh!!!!!

Apparently we are meant to feel sympathetic about these creatures from Uncanny Valley, the Na’vi, losing there habitat, but in my opinion these things should be killed off. How could anyone see these things and not want them destroyed? What exactly was Cameron smoking when he thought that we could root for these freaks.

Like all CGI creations this one cannot smile. It just looks constipated.

I know that it’s cool to use CG and motion capture when making adventure movies but please give it a rest. I’m begging.

The stuff of nightmares.

James Cameron is usually a pretty dependable film maker unlike Robert Zemeckis who has made a couple of ventures into Uncanny Valley, the problem is that no matter how spectacular the film is these creatures will have me freaking out.

You know, it would probably have been better if they just got some actors to don some blue paint and make-up rather than to have these freakish computer generated images.
Apparently Cameron has loaded the film with criticisms of George W Bush and climate change sceptics but who cares really? Others have claimed that he lifted the plot from straight from the movie Fern Gully. I don’t really care about that as these disturbing creatures are just freaking me out.

It’s A Wonderful Life

Posted: December 20, 2009 in Movie Review
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Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?

The other day I purchased a DVD three pack of Paramount Christmas movies from Big W for $16. The three movies were all classics: White Christmas, It’s A Wonderful Life and The Bells Of St Mary’s. This was a real bargain and if you see this available at Big W you must get it as they are also selling White Christmas and It’s A Wonderful Life separately for $13. As I said $16 for three movies is a real bargain.

Look, Daddy. Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.

I must also make a warning here as Big W are also selling It’s A Wonderful Life for just $5. This is not the bargain it seems as this cheap version is through a public domain company and not Paramount. Years ago I bought the public domain version released through MRA for a cheap price. Unfortunately the soundtrack did not sync up with the movie correctly so the voices did not match the actors lips, making the film unwatchable. Thus I learnt a very important lesson about not buying DVDs from public domain companies.

A toast to my big brother George: The richest man in town.

Anyway onto Frank Capra’s It’s A Wonderful Life, one of the most corny, hokey, old fashioned, sentimental and truly wonderful classic films of all time. For some reason this is one movie that always gets me blubbering like a baby at the ending when the angel Clarence finally gets his wings.

Remember, George: no man is a failure who has friends.

For those who don’t know the story this film is about George Bailey, played by James Stewart, a man with big dreams that are never realised because he is tied down to a small town. He wants to travel the world and become wealthy but circumstances always cause him to miss opportunities and remain in Bedford Falls. Disaster strikes towards the films finale and George decides to end it all, until he meets Clarence, an angel who shows George how terrible the world would be if he had never been born. Naturally Clarence shows George just how important he really is while his friends and family repay George for his years of generosity and help him avert his disaster.

This film is an all time classic and one of my favourites even though my review does not do the film any justice at all.


This poster advertising the 1941 film version of Dr Jeckyll & Mr Hyde served as an inspiration to the look of Batman’s arch villain Two Face, who debuted that year.

The 1931 film version of Dr Jeckyll & Mr Hyde is said to have influenced the character as well, in the way Two Face would behave. Apparently Bill Finger used Frederic March’s performance as a template for the character’s actions.

I will do a review of both of these films in the next couple of weeks are see how they compare with each other.


 

Even a man who is pure in heart
and says his prayers by night
may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms
and the autumn moon is bright.

As a kid I was extremely scared of this movie and werewolves in particular. Even now I have a strange attraction/repulsion to werewolves and werewolf movies. The Wolfman is a classic Universal horror movie from 1941 starring Lon Chaney Jr. as Lawrence Talbot, the man who is unfortunately bitten by a werewolf. Having just watched this yesterday I would say that it is not so much as horror movie, as there are really no instances of tension or horror, however it does work as a great psychological study of a man who is tormented by the things he will do when the moon is full and he changes into a werewolf.

The screenplay was written by Curt Siodmak, a German Jew who fled the Nazi atrocities of the 1930s for America. He is the person responsible for many of the traditions that are today associated with the werewolf legend, such as the transformation at the full moon, the werewolves victim being marked by a pentagram and that the only way to kill a werewolf is with silver. According to the excellent documentary that accompanied the DVD Siodmak wrote The Wolfman as an allegory to the genocide occurring in Europe at the time and how even the nicest of men could become beasts if the conditions were right.

Then there is the performance of Lon Chaney Jr, as Larry Talbot, the man who must carry the terrible curse of the werewolf. His acting seems quite over the top and hammy here but it does add to the fun of the film. The Wolfman became Chaney’s signature role and makes this movie a lot of fun to watch.

Twelve Angry Men – Trailer

Posted: August 25, 2009 in Cinema, Movie Review
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Here is a movie which I hope won’t give me any nightmare in the coming couple of weeks, considering what I am doing at the moment. Still, this is one of the greatest movies ever made, and Henry Fonda’s character is one of the great heroes of the silver screen. (Along with Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird)The film also features Jack Klugman and Lee J Cobb.


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Foreign Correspondent is one of those Hitchcock films that doesn’t receive as much kudos as his later films but it is one of his best. It was nominated for best picture at the 1940 Academy Awards but lost out to Rebecca, another film directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

Here is the trailer to Foreign Correspondent.

Here is an interview between Hitch and Dick Cavett where he talks about Foreign Correspondent.