Sunday, December 24, 2017

The Essential Films Podcast Episode #019: Short Subjects - The Holiday Classics



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Join Adolfo on this solo adventure as he discusses some of the cherished Holiday Hollywood classics such as:

A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1938)
THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER (1940)
MEET JOHN DOE (1941)
HOLIDAY INN (1942)
MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (1944)
CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT (1945)
THE BISHOP'S WIFE (1947)
SCROOGE (1951)
WHITE CHRISTMAS (1954)
A CHRISTMAS STORY (1983)
SCROOGED (1988)
NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CHRISTMAS VACATION (1989)
HOME ALONE (1990)
THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL (1992)

and more!


Thursday, December 21, 2017

The Essential Films Podcast Episode #018: Miracle on 34th Street (1947)


It's cold outside. A man's gotta do something to keep warm. On today's podcast adventure: Adolfo and Mark deck the halls and jingle them bells as they celebrate the holidays with MIRACLE ON 34th STREET (1947). The duo are plastered...err--- feeling gay as they discuss the charming wonderfulness of this holiday classic as well as: Kris does NOT take any crap; Fred Gailey is a pimp; you couldn't make this film in 2017; Is Gimbels still in business?; the legal accuracy of the courtroom scenes; Russian princes; and "Mr. Macy." All this plus a conversation on STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, Alamo Draughthouse adventures, holiday movie classics, The Rankin Bass Holiday specials, HOLIDAY INN (1942), The many adaptations of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, including SCROOGE (1951), SCROOGED (1988) and THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL (1992), HOME ALONE (1990) and ELF (2003). Do a wonderful thing and download now!

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The 2017 National Film Registry Inductees





Today, the National Film Preservation Board announced its annual inductees for 2017.  The films, as usual, are a variety of important landmark films:

Ace in the Hole (aka Big Carnival) (1951)

Boulevard Nights (1979)

Die Hard (1988)

Dumbo (1941)

Field of Dreams (1989)

4 Little Girls (1997)

Fuentes Family Home Movies Collection (1920s and 1930s)

Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)

The Goonies (1985)

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)

He Who Gets Slapped (1924)

Interior New York Subway, 14th Street to 42nd Street (1905)

La Bamba (1987)

Lives of Performers (1972)

Memento (2000)

Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

The Sinking of the Lusitania (1918)

Spartacus (1960)

Superman: The Movie (1978)

Thelonius Monk: Straight, No Chaser (1988)

Time and Dreams (1976)

Titanic (1997)

To Sleep with Anger (1990)

Wanda (1971)

With the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Spain (1937-38)





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