Thursday, September 7, 2017

Frankenstein (1910)



FRANKENSTEIN
J. Searle Dawley
1910 • 14 Minutes • 1.33 :1 • United States
Edison Manufacturing Company

Cast: Augustus Phillips, Charles Ogle, Mary Fuller
Written by: J. Searle Dawley Based on Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Described as a "liberal adaptation" of the Frankenstein story by Edison, the film packs a lot into its 14 minute runtime. The film wastes no time in getting right to the good stuff, practically skipping right to the experiment.  Instead of lightning bringing the monster to life, you see the monster materialize from skeleton to flesh. The special effects for the time are quite impressive and terrifying. The film is in the public domain, which you can check out below.

The Haunted Castle (1896)



The #CountdownToHalloween continues with our #HistoryOfHorror

THE HAUNTED CASTLE (1896)
Director: Georges Méliès
Writer: Georges Méliès
Starring: Jeanne d'Alcy, Jules-Eugène Legris, Georges Méliès

Genre: Haunted House

One of the earliest examples of horror on film comes from the imagination of Georges Méliès. Clocking in at a little over 3 minutes, Méliès packs a lot into the single shot short film. A bat bursts through a window in a castle and transforms into Mephistopheles. What follows is a series of in-camera magic tricks as the devil conjures up a series of supernatural creatures.

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Essential Films Episode #014: Star Wars (1977)



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A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away. On today’s podcast adventure, Adolfo and Mark discuss the 1977 George Lucas classic: STAR WARS! On this week’s show:


  • Growing up Catholic as a Star Wars fan
  • More Alamo Drafthouse discussions
  • Christopher Nolan’s distaste for CGI
  • What’s the perfect date movie of 2017?
  • The Star Wars/San Diego Comic-Con connection
  • All the trailers coming out of Comic-Con 2017
  • Disney hunting down trailer leaks
  • Jeff Goldblum makes everything better
  • A tribute to Martin Landau, George Romero and John Heard
  • Star Wars’ 40th Anniversary
  • The many titles George Lucas went through before settling on “Star Wars”
  • Why is A New Hope so good? Was it a fluke?
  • George Lucas was not tested in a big budget environment
  • George Lucas, the world’s biggest independent filmmaker
  • Star Wars changed the movie licensing game
  • The complex ownership between 20th Century Fox and Disney
  • When did we first experience Star Wars?
  • The Special Edition releases in 1997
  • Star Wars action figures!
  • Fast Food Star Wars tie-ins
  • The multiple VHS releases
  • Star Wars as a holiday film
  • Why did Adolfo get in trouble when he saw Star Wars in theaters in 1997?
  • Who won that damn Star Wars Hummer?
  • When did “Star Wars” become “Episode IV: A New Hope”?
  • How the naming convention was inspired by the old chapter movies of the 30s and 40s
  • Serials were not meant to be watched all at once
  • How the film was plagued with multiple production problems
  • Hammer Horror icons Peter Cushing and his on-screen rival Christopher Lee both appeared as Star Wars villains
  • The use of CGI to bring back younger versions of older actors (or dead actors)
  • Empire of Dreams: the best documentary on Star Wars
  • How Star Wars changed the sci-fi game in the 70s
  • How the crew completely disrespected George Lucas
  • George Lucas: Control Freak
  • The New Hollywood directors
  • The director has final say on a film
  • What Brian De Palma and Steven Spielberg thought of the film when they saw the rough cut
  • “It rhymes.”
  • Why Jabba the Hutt isn’t needed in Star Wars Special Edition
  • Marcia Lucas is the real MVP
  • Star Wars: a space fairy tale
  • Did Lucas rip-off The Dam Busters?
  • David Prowse was not pleased he was dubbed over
  • The movie was really made in post-production
  • Ben Burtt: Sound genius
  • Inventing new technology just make the film
  • The birth of Industrial Light & Magic
  • How the Death Star trench run was filmed
  • The Prequels and their loyal defenders
  • The joint casting sessions for Star Wars and Carrie
  • Who was Mark Hammill’s competition for Luke Skywalker
  • The wacky names considered for Han Solo
  • Harrison Ford and Alec Guinness grew to resent the films
  • “I Was Going to Toshi Station to Pick Up Some Power Converters”
  • Is Princess Leia English?
  • Are you Luke Skywalker or Han Solo?
  • The great chemistry between Fisher, Ford and Hammil
  • Anthony Daniels does not have a career outside of C-3PO
  • The inspiration for C-3PO and R2D2
  • The second act problems of Return of the Jedi
  • Boba Fett: a great looking character without substance
  • What is the proper viewing order of the saga?
  • What Adolfo considers to be the WORST Star Wars movie
  • The most recognizable movie theme of all time
  • Star Wars launched a merchandising empire
  • Adolfo’s vintage Burger King Star Wars glasses
  • The “Empty Box” campaign
  • The Star Wars Holiday Special
  • Prequels, sequels, spin-offs and sequels
  • “When will then be now?” “Soon”
  • George Lucas can’t leave well enough alone
  • How can you watch the original theatrical versions (legally). Hint, it involves going on eBay and some outdated technology
  • The “De-Specialized” Editions
  • Han shoots first!




FILM REFERENCES IN THIS EPISODE:

  • FLASH GORDON (1936)
  • BATMAN (1943)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA (1944)
  • BATMAN AND ROBIN (1949)
  • THE DAM BUSTERS (1955)
  • THE HIDDEN FORTRESS (1958)
  • NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)
  • NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968)
  • PLANET OF THE APES (1968)
  • THX 1138 (1971)
  • A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971)
  • AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973)
  • THE GODFATHER PART II (1974)
  • JAWS (1975)
  • LOGAN’S RUN (1976)
  • CARRIE (1976)
  • DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978)
  • SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE (1978)
  • THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL (1978)
  • MAD MAX (1979)
  • STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE (1979)
  • THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980)
  • RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)
  • THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO (TV Series, 1981-1983)
  • BLADE RUNNER (1982)
  • RETURN OF THE JEDI (1983)
  • THE A-TEAM (TV Series, 1983-1987)
  • SCARFACE (1983)
  • A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984)
  • MUPPET BABIES (TV Series, 1984-1991)
  • BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985)
  • DAY OF THE DEAD (1985)
  • STAR WARS: DROIDS (TV Series, 1985-1986)
  • BIG (1988)
  • SPACEBALLS (1988)
  • CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS (1989)
  • HOME ALONE (1990)
  • JURASSIC PARK (1993)
  • ED WOOD (1994)
  • PULP FICTION (1994)
  • BATMAN FOREVER (1995)
  • THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO (1996)
  • BATMAN & ROBIN (1997)
  • THE IRON GIANT (1999)
  • THE SOPRANOS (TV Series, 1999-2007)
  • STAR WARS: EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE (1999)
  • HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE (2001)
  • STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES (2002)
  • PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL (2003)
  • EMPIRE OF DREAMS: THE STORY OF THE STAR WARS TRILOGY (2004)
  • STAR WARS: EPISODE III - REVENGE OF THE SITH (2005)
  • STAR WARS: THE FORCE UNLEASHED (Video Game, 2008)
  • THE WALKING DEAD (TV Series, 2010-Present)
  • THOR (2011)
  • THOR: THE DARK WORLD (2014)
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2014)
  • STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (2015)
  • ANT-MAN (2015)
  • ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (2016)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (2016)
  • DUNKIRK (2017)
  • WAR OF THE PLANET FOR THE APES (2017)
  • SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (2017)
  • THE BIG SICK (2017)
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 (2017)
  • READY PLAYER ONE (2018)
  • AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (2018)
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE (2018)
  • THOR: RAGNAROK (2018)



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Sunday, July 30, 2017

FORCED PERSPECTIVE, Ep. 99.1 – Ezekiel 25:17



The #RoadTo100 arrives down the home stretch!


YOUR favorite movie podcast, FORCED PERSPECTIVE, is proud to present the first of its final two episodes before the 100TH EPISODE SPECTACULAR! On this Episode 99, join SportsGuy515 and Adolfo as they add another entry into their MY FAVORITE FILM series by welcoming back BRANDON DRAVEN to discuss HIS favorite film – what many call Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece – from 1994, it’s Pulp Fiction!



In Part 1, the guys discuss all the stories behind the creation of the film that would become a watershed moment in the history of independent cinema. PLUS:

-Is Corona better than Miller High Life?

-The guys reminisce on watching Pulp Fiction for the first time.

-Adolfo tells a story involving his cherished bootleg VHS tape of Pulp Fiction.

-The story behind Pulp Fiction‘s original vision and how the film ended up the way it did.

-How Pulp Fiction literally saved John Travolta’s career.

-The risk that Bruce Willis took in being a part of Pulp Fiction and how that risk paid off handsomely.

-Fawning over the amazing actors involved in this film.

-The “Royale with Cheese” scene and why people love it so much.

-…and MORE!

OVER AN HOUR OF GREAT FILM DISCUSSION!! SO PICK UP SOME BIG KAHUNA BURGER, RELAX, AND DOWNLOAD/STREAM NOW!!!


Sunday, July 23, 2017

FORCED PERSPECTIVE, Ep.98 – The Homecoming King



The #RoadTo100 Continues…

On this episode of YOUR favorite movie podcast, join SportsGuy515 & Adolfo, along with special guest HEADCASE, as they review and discuss the latest entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Spider-Man: Homecoming! PLUS:

-Some advice on what to do when you have a hangover…

-Headcase’s experience at an advanced screening of Spider-Man: Homecoming

-Tom Holland strikes the perfect balance between Peter Parker and Spider-Man

-Michael Keaton’s performance is an absolute show-stealer!

-Captain America teaches us a lesson in PATIENCE with the ultimate troll job.

-The effectiveness of Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark in the mentor/father-figure role.

-…and MORE!

OVER AN HOUR OF GREAT SPIDER-MAN TALK!! SO GET YOUR BLITZKRIEG BOP GOING AND DOWNLOAD/STREAM NOW!!!

FORCED PERSPECTIVE, Ep.97 – The Baby Wants His Mummy



But…was he slow?



The #RoadTo100 continues on FORCED PERSPECTIVE! Join SportsGuy515 & Adolfo as they review the latest Summer 2017 releases including It Comes at Night, Colossal, The Mummy, Transformers: The Last Knight, Despicable Me 3, and Baby Driver! 



PLUS:

-Queen without Freddy Mercury is NOT QUEEN! -Adolfo

-The great storytelling of It Comes at Night

-The uniqueness that made Colossal something special.

-Did The Mummy succeed in jumpstarting Universal’s Dark Universe?

Transformers: The Last Knight is exactly what you’d expect at this point – so much so that SportsGuy goes on yet another EPIC RANT on it.

-As decent as Despicable Me 3 is, Adolfo still hates the Minions.

-SportsGuy talks about attending Baby Driver at Alamo Drafthouse with KID KOALA in attendance.

Baby Driver is 2017’s closest thing to perfection. Period.

-…and MORE!



AN EASY-LISTENING HOUR OF GREAT FILM DISCUSSION!! SO PUT ON YOUR EARPHONES, STRAP IN YOUR SEATBELT, and DOWNLOAD/STREAM NOW!!!



Friday, July 7, 2017

The Essential Films Podcast Episode #013: The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)



On today’s podcast adventure, Adolfo and Mark discuss the 1957 David Lean classic: THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI!

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On this week’s show:


  • Mark takes another EPIC trip to Alamo Drafthouse
  • Mark’s retweet from an 80’s icon
  • Jelly donuts
  • Toy guns
  • Korean exercise videos
  • 2017 Summer Movies
  • Adolfo is done with Minions
  • Adolfo butchers Japanese and French
  • The benefits of Netflix Disc subscription
  • The slow start to Bridge
  • The David Lean Trilogy
  • Why William Holden was cast 
  • William Holden’s record breaking salary
  • Why Alec Guinness thought the film was Anti-British
  • Why Adolfo trusts Alec Guinness without question
  • The anti-Japanese sentiment of the film
  • Does the film romanticize the building of the bridge?
  • The central conflict of Col. Nicholson
  • Major Shears’ redemption
  • Jack Hawkins: Bad Ass
  • Building an actual bridge for the film
  • Mark makes a Simpsons reference (SHOCKING)
  • Nicholson’s ambiguous finale
  • Women Bearers! 
  • The hokey final words
  • The Hollywood Blacklist rears its ugly head
  • Masterful editing for the climax of the film




FILM REFERENCES IN THIS EPISODE:

  • THE GENERAL (1926)
  • BRIEF ENCOUNTER (1945)
  • OLIVER TWIST (1948)
  • WINCHESTER ‘73 (1950)
  • SUNSET BLVD. (1950)
  • STALAG 17 (1953)
  • PATHS OF GLORY (1957)
  • SLEEPING BEAUTY (1959)
  • SPARTACUS (1960)
  • WEST SIDE STORY (1961)
  • LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)
  • THE GREAT ESCAPE (1963)
  • THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE (1964)
  • THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY (1965)
  • DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965)
  • BATMAN: THE MOVIE (1966)
  • 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)
  • THE WILD BUNCH (1969)
  • THE LOSERS (1970)
  • JAWS (1975)
  • NETWORK (1976)
  • ZOMBI (1979)
  • APOCALYPSE NOW (1979)
  • MANIAC (1980)
  • AIRPLANE! (1980)
  • AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1982)
  • A PASSAGE TO INDIA (1984)
  • BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985)
  • FULL METAL JACKET (1987)
  • TOP GUN (1987)
  • BATMAN (1989)
  • PACIFIC HEIGHTS (1990)
  • HEARTS OF DARKNESS (1991)
  • TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY (1991)
  • FORREST GUMP (1994)
  • INDEPENDENCE DAY (1996)
  • MEN IN BLACK (1997)
  • ALI (2001)
  • HITCH (2005)
  • THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS (2006)
  • I AM LEGEND (2007)
  • THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (2012)
  • THE AVENGERS (2012)
  • INTERSTELLAR (2014)
  • JUPITER ASCENDING (2015)
  • MINIONS (2015)
  • FURIOUS 7 (2015)
  • STRANGER THINGS [Netflix Series] (2016)
  • TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT (2017)
  • PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES (2017)
  • COLOSSAL (2017)
  • LUCKY (2017)
  • DUNKIRK (2017)
  • ATOMIC BLONDE (2017)
  • SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING (2017)
  • WAR OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (2017)
  • THE EMOJI MOVIE (2017)
  • ANNABELLE CREATION (2017)
  • THE DARK TOWER (2017)
  • VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS (2017)
  • BABY DRIVER (2017)



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