Sunday, December 25, 2016

What's the frequency? - VIDEODROME(1983)

I recently watched Videodrome(1983) on Cinemax. I liked it but it may be "hit or miss" for diehard horror movie fans. This movie, directed by David Cronenberg, has some interestng visuals and practical effects courtesy of Rick Baker. Watch this movie and your opinion of televisions may change...and not for the better. Videodrome(1983) is available for sale on Blu Ray at Amazon.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Hamming it up: RAZORBACK(1984)

I recently bought this Australian horror film on Blu Ray and enjoyed it! In this movie a monstrous, 900 lb boar terrorizes the inhabitants of a small, dusty and desolate town in the outback. The cast includes a poor guy looking for his missing wife, a determined hunter hell bent on killing the leviathan swine and a pair of crazy, grubby looking brothers who make life miserable for everyone they come in contact with. The underlying sense of dread in this film made me think no one was going to survive the monster sized boar but fortunately some cast members survive. (no other spoilers)

The trailer:

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Making waves: Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea(1961)

My latest Blu Ray purchase is 1961's Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea. I already own the DVD but, after spending the past ten days watching episodes of the VTTBOTS television series(which originally aired on ABC from 1964-1968), I decided to add this film in Blu Ray format to my BD collection. I like the series more than the film but I am a HUGE fan of both!!!

The Blu Ray of this film can be bought at Amazon as well as the TV series: VTTBOTS Blu Ray

Friday, April 29, 2016

The French connection: WATERLOO(1970)

As I have been VERY busy working as a lawn maintenance laborer I haven't had much time the past few months to do much of anything on the internet, much less contribute content to this blog. Still, and as always, I find time to enjoy movies. I recently purchased an epic war drama, a 1970 Italian-Russian film directed by Sergei Bondarchuck and produced by Dino de Laurentiis called WATERLOO. The film begins in 1814 with French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, his forces defeated by a coaltion force of British, Prussian and Spanish soldiers, forced to abdicate his position and flee to the island of Elba. Ten months later Napoleon escapes Elba and returns to France. The weak willed French king(played by Orson Welles) flees the throne upon learning that Napoleon has returned. Bonaparte quickly returns to absolute power.

Enter Arthur Wellesley aka "The Duke Of Wellington"(played by Christopher Plummer), an English aristocrat and capable military commander in charge of the coalition army which must contend with Napoleon again. France has been the dominant power in Europe since the late 1790's but other nations on the European continent oppose France, believing this country has become too powerful for its own good.

In June, 1815 a battle takes place at a town in Belgium called "Waterloo" which will shape the future of Europe for decades to come. Napoleon Bonaparte and a force of about 290,000 men battle a comparably sized force commanded by the Duke Of Wellington, Wellington's army assisted by the dashing Prussian army commanded by Blucher. Rod Steiger is terrific as the brooding, brilliant, ego driven "Napoleon Bonaparte". The actor evens resembles the real Bonaparte(based on artists renderings of the French emperor). The battle scenes are well choregraphed and the whizzing, whistling sounds of the airborne nine pound cannon balls launched from French and British cannons add to the spectacle of the Waterloo battle sequences. I also liked Dan O'Herlihy as Bonaparte's proverbial "right hand man", Marshal Michel Ney.

As a history buff Napoleon Bonaparte has always been of great fascination to me. I wrote a detailed research paper while in college on his disastrous military campaign in Russia(in 1812) so buying the DVD of WATERLOO was an easy decision for me.

Highly recommend this film to anyone who enjoys epic ar films! The Russian DVD of this movie is available for sale at Amazon and presents the film in it's original widescreen aspect ratio.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

The Good, the Bad, and Godzilla 続・夕陽の呉爾羅: TOHO'S NEW "GODZILLA RESURGENCE" EXPOSED Private P...

Recently leaked images appeared online which revealed the look of Godzilla in the upcoming Toho film Godzilla Resurgence(2016)(slated for a summer, 2016 theatrical release). This is the first Godzilla movie produced by Toho Studios since Godzilla Final Wars, which was released in Japan back in December of 2004. These leaked images reveal a craggy, nightmarish looking Godzilla who is not wearing the effects from H bomb radiation exposure well at all. I've seen a lot of negative comments about this look on Facebook but I wholeheartedly approve of this rendering. Godzilla looks more monster and less dinosaur and I think it's a great idea by Toho to present this legendary creature in that way.

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Friday, January 1, 2016

Yes - "Leave It" (remastered)

This terrific song sums up my sentiments regarding last year...leave it!