Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Essential Roger Moore

SIR ROGER MOORE
1927-2017

May 23, 2017 is a sad day for James Bond fans everywhere, as Sir Roger Moore passed away after what his representatives call a "short but brave" battle with cancer. Moore started his career in the public eye as a fashion model in England, before being signed to a contract with MGM. Despite roles in Interrupted Melody (1955) and The King's Thief (1955), Moore did not cherish his time at the studio. He further went on to work under contract for Warner Bros., where his most notable work was a guest star in Alfred Hitchcock Presents and the starring role in The Miracle (1959). He truly became noteworthy in television, starring in several television series including Ivanhoe and Maverick, but rose to prominence as the titular character in the weekly spy thriller The Saint in 1962. The show ran for 6 seasons and 118 episodes. After returning to film and television work after The Saint ran its course, he was eventually cast as the next James Bond after Sean Connery finally relinquished the role following the 1970 film Diamonds Are Forever. Moore would debut his version of James Bond, very similar to his portrayal of Simon Templar in The Saint, and would define the role for a generation. Moore went on to play Bond in 7 films, tied with Sean Connery for the most number of appearances in the role. Moore still found time between Bond films for other projects including playing two famous on-screen detectives: Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes in New York (1977) and Inspector Clouseau in Curse of the Pink Panther (1983). His final Bond film was A View To a Kill in 1985 before Timothy Dalton took over the role in 1987 with The Living Daylights. Moore's career slowed down in the 90s and beyond, appearing in films few and far between. He appeared in the Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle The Quest in 1996, the Spice Girls parody film Spice World in 1997 and the comedy Boat Trip in 2002 with Cuba Gooding Jr. His last on-screen appearance was a smaller role in a television movie reboot of The Saint. According to his IMDB he also had several voiceover work projects that are still in various stages of production. In honor of Sir Roger Moore, the following are his most essential films.


THE SPY WHO LOVED ME
1977
Directed by Lewis Gilbert

In Moore's best outing as James Bond, he teams with Barbara Bach who plays the mysterious and provocatively named KGB Agent XXX. Together they investigate the disapperance of hijacked nuclear submarines from the UK and the USSR in a joint mission to prevent World War 3. Bond and his newfound ally must escape helicopter attacks, skiing assassins and the evil Jaws, a metal-toothed hitman. This is the film that Roger Moore really defined the role for the next 20 years. From his smug one-liners to his submarine car, to quote the Oscar-nominated song, "nobody does it better." Nominated for 3 Academy Awards including Best Song, Score and Art Direction.

- But James, I need you!
- So does England!

LIVE AND LET DIE
1973
Directed by Guy Hamilton

Live and Let Die marks the beginning of the Moore era.  A lighter, campier, goofier Bond. Each and every Bond, from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig, has given their own spin and interpretation on the character.  Roger Moore is no different.  Moore’s take on the character is someone with kind of a dark sense of humor.  This being the first of the 7 times he played the character, the camp isn’t quite as over-the-top, but it’s still there. The '70s was full of Blaxploitation films like Shaft and Superfly, and for some reason, someone at MGM thought it’d be a good idea to make a Bond Blaxploitation film.  The results are kind of hilarious, with the word “Honky” being tossed around like it was going out of business, a voodoo witch doctor, and James Bond running around Harlem.

Oh, a snake. I forgot, I should have told you. You should never go in there without a mongoose.

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY
1981
Directed by John Glen

In this adventure, Bond is in a race against the Russians to recover ATAC, a British-encrypted device that could turn the tide in the Cold War. Along the way, Bond teams up with a Greek knockout named Melina Havelock (Carole Bouquet), a mysterious woman out for revenge against the people who killed her parents. A bit of a "whose side are they really on" plot unravels, combined with some excellent action sequences, including a mountain climb escape. It also includes Locque, a decent henchman that meets a very satisfying end from Agent 007. One of the better Bond films of the 1980s, boasting a great title song by Sheena Easton, this film would mark the last great Roger Moore Bond film.

- Him? He thinks I'm still a virgin.
- Yes. Well, you get your clothes on... and I'll buy you an ice cream.

THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN
1974
Directed by Guy Hamilton


In this installment of the famous 007 franchise, Christopher Lee is Francisco Scaramanga, one of the most memorable Bond villains of all time. Scaramanga, of course, has plans on world domination, but he is also one of the deadliest assassins on the planet, doing his dirty work with the titular Golden Gun.  Scaramanga uses said golden gun to kill his targets, and he NEVER misses. One shot is all it takes. So, this makes him already one of the best Bond villains ever right? The plot is silly, the action sometimes campy, but the final showdown between Roger Moore and Christopher Lee still ranks highly as one of the best.

- I mean sir, who would pay a million dollars to have me killed?
- Jealous husbands! Outraged chefs! Humiliated tailors! The list is endless!

Other Notable Films:

INTERRUPTED MELODY (1955)
THE KING'S THEIF (1955)
THE MIRACLE (1959)
THE MAN WHO HAUNTED HIMSELF (1970)
SHERLOCK HOLMES IN NEW YORK (1976)
THE WILD GEESE (1978)
MOONRAKER (1979)
NORTH SEA HIJACK (1980)
OCTOPUSSY (1983)
A VIEW TO A KILL (1985)

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Essential Films Podcast Episode #012: Rear Window (1954)


On today’s podcast adventure, Adolfo and Mark discuss the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock classic: REAR WINDOW!

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On this week’s show:

  • An in-depth discussion of Disney World Parks
  • Jedis are gender neutral
  • Adolfo’s favorite Hitchcock film
  • Thelma Ritter: The MVP
  • The inevitable “Simpsons” discussion
  • How sound plays such an important role in the film
  • Hitchcock’s growing pains in cinema
  • The movie is completely set up in the first two minutes
  • The believable cast of characters in the courtyard
  • How the film turns the audience into voyeurs
  • Grace Kelly at the peak of her Grace Kelly
  • How Hitchcock places doubt in the viewer’s head
  • Lars Thorwald is more sinister being kind to a dog than being cruel to it
  • How long does it take to walk up a flight of stairs?
  • How Hitchcock makes you feel bad for the killer
  • Sacrificing realism for suspense
  • An exercise in reaction editing
  • Differences to the original short story
  • Hitchcock likes to get around the censors
  • Thorwald and Jeff mirror each other
  • “It’s almost as if it’s being written for us”
  • The camera as a phallic symbol
  • The made for TV Movie remake starring Christopher Reeve



PLUS CONVERSATIONS ON:
  • WINGS (1927)
  • THE LODGER: A STORY OF THE LONDON FOG (1928)
  • THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (1934)
  • THE 39 STEPS (1935)
  • SABOTAGE (1936)
  • THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938)
  • THE LADY VANISHES (1938)
  • HIS GIRL FRIDAY (1940)
  • IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)
  • IN A LONELY PLACE (1950)
  • DIAL M FOR MURDER (1954)
  • A MAN ESCAPED (1956)
  • VERTIGO (1958)
  • NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)
  • PSYCHO (1960)
  • “THE SIMPSONS” BART OF DARKNESS (TV Episode 1994)
  • REAR WINDOW (1998)
  • DISTURBIA (2007)
  • AVATAR (2009)
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 (2017)
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The Iron Mask (1929)



Watch the original 1929 production of THE IRON MASK starring Douglas Fairbanks and directed by Allan Dwan.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Forced Perspective #94 - The Belle and the Belko



YOUR favorite movie podcast is back to give you what you want: movies, movies, and more movies! Join SportsGuy515 and Adolfo as they review the latest slate of releases – Power Rangers, The Belko Experiment, The LEGO Batman Movie, and Beauty and the Beast, as well as a SPOILER review of Get Out. PLUS:

-The guys can’t stop talking about how brilliant Get Out is!



-Two films in the span of two weeks banking on our nostalgia (Power Rangers and Beauty and the Beast).

-The issue with The Belko Experiment‘s ending…



-Why Adolfo thinks The LEGO Batman Movie should be nominated for (and probably win) Best Animated Feature at next year’s Oscars.

-SportsGuy wonders why (other than making money) does this Beauty and the Beast remake even exist.



-How Power Rangers was better than expected, and yet still a weird mix of genres.

–WHAT IF Emma Watson hadn’t turned down the lead in La La Land for Beauty and the Beast



-SportsGuy vents on HORRIBLE PARENTS who can’t control their kids at the movies.

-…and MORE!

ALMOST 2 HOURS OF GREAT FILM DISCUSSION!! STRAP INTO YOUR ZORDS AND DOWNLOAD/STREAM NOW!

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Forced Perspective #93 – Engulfed by the Green Inferno, Part 2



“I wonder who the real cannibals are.”

On this episode of YOUR favorite movie podcast, join SportsGuy515 and Adolfo, along with special guest BRANDON DRAVEN, as they discuss a film many consider the most controversial ever made – the mother of all cannibal movies – Ruggero Deodato’s 1980 gore-fest known as Cannibal Holocaust. In Part 2, the trio go through the entire film from start-to-finish and discuss many of the aspects that have made it so controversial, even to this day. PLUS:

-Deodato’s supposed-inspiration for the concept of the film.

-The first “found footage” film.

-Robert Kerman on his “swimming naked” scene…

-Listing the countries where Cannibal Holocaust was banned.

-Why does Deodato seem to hate The Blair Witch Project so much?

-The infamous TURTLE SCENE and the film’s disgusting and indefensible animal cruelty.

-The juxtaposition between “civilized” New York City and the “uncivilized” Amazonian jungle.

-The infamous obscenity/murder trial that saw Deodato defend Cannibal Holocaust in Italian court.

-Robert Kerman and Francesca Ciardi don’t understand WHY PEOPLE LIKE THIS FILM.

-…and MORE!

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Forced Perspective #92 - Engulfed by the Green Inferno, Part 1



“I wonder who the real cannibals are.”

On this episode of YOUR favorite movie podcast, join SportsGuy515 and Adolfo, along with special guest BRANDON DRAVEN, as they discuss a film many consider the most controversial ever made – the mother of all cannibal movies – Ruggero Deodato’s 1980 gore-fest known as Cannibal Holocaust. In Part 1, the trio discuss the cultural background that aided the film in attaining its notoriety. PLUS:

-Reminiscing on life during the VHS Era.

-The art of renting a video.

-The creativity of VHS cover art and how that made or broke the choice to rent it.

-A short history on B-movie (2nd run) and grindhouse theaters.

-Ruggero Deodato and the Italian cannibal film.

-Deodato: flip-flopper or carny?

-…and MORE!

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Forced Perspective #91 - Logan Gets Out of Skull Island



With the Oscars officially behind us, it is now time for YOUR favorite movie podcast to finally set its sights on 2017!

Join SportsGuy515 and Adolfo as they review the latest 2017 releases – Logan, Get Out, and Kong: Skull Island! PLUS:

-Should Hugh Jackman be considered for an Oscar for his performance in LOGAN?

-How LOGAN is a genre-defying film.



-The future of the X-MEN franchise.

-The originality and wit of Jordan Peele’s GET OUT

-The might of KONG vs. some (mostly) useless humans.

-The recent trend of studio giving major franchises to indie directors – is it succeeding?



-…and MORE!

OVER AN HOUR OF GREAT FILM DISCUSSION. DOWNLOAD/STREAM NOW BEFORE OUR ADAMANTIUM CLAWS COME OUT!

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