Noir and the Academy Awards

Awesome write-up! 🙂 #filmnoir

B Noir Detour

Students of Hollywood know the origin of the Academy Awards was in part to allow a small group of Eastern European Jewish immigrants to give each other accolades at a gala affair within (or at the edges of) a culture that had excluded them from many facets of WASP privilege. Instead, these driven men had worked in the tawdry world of business, going from peddlers to salesmen to Nickelodeon owners and then, when it became clear that Edison owned the east coast, out west to found Hollywood, an alternate American dreamland where Jews could play at every country club, own posh estates in Beverly Hills, and make movies, mass entertainment that was deemed a trite, lesser art. It wouldn’t be until the Miracle Decision of 1952 that Hollywood saw both the end of the iron grip of the self-imposed but rigidly Catholic (e.g. anti-sex and antisemitic) Motion Picture Code and the…

View original post 2,441 more words

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Grand Finale of ‘Five Minutes to Live’

You’ll be thrilled to know that this film is finally ending has reached its big finale. Complete with a final scene from Johnny Cash that’ll leave you wondering what the hell the film producers were thinking breathless.

Now, having said that, I think it would be great fun to make these movies more interactive. I’m sure, if you’ve been watching them, that you’ve had a thought or two you’d like to share.

So, what I’m thinking … what if I put up a whole movie once a month and viewers got to comment as the movie progressed a la MST3K? Or did it in serialized form, with viewer input? Hmm …?

I’m still mulling over how to do this effectively. Do I have a plan? Well … no! 🙂  Has THAT ever stopped me? Of course not!

In any case, and without further ado, here’s Part Six of Five Minutes to Live!

By the way, if you’d like to join my Movie Club mailing list, just click here and fill out the form!

I’m offering a free audio story for anyone who signs up. It’s The Allison Hayes Story, a bittersweet story, to say the least. Kind of a tragedy, really. But one that led to great things. I guess.

Oh, and if you would, please answer the poll question. Thank you! 🙂

Posted in B-Movies, Crime Movies, Parody, Public Domain Movies, Serial Shorts | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

Happy Star Wars Day!

In 1977, an amazing movie came out. The story took place long ago in a galaxy far, far away. I remember clearly seeing it at the Uptown Theater in Washington, D.C. The place had a big screen (big even for that time). The Uptown was (and is) a grand old theater in the manner of the Golden Years of cinema.

So when the curtains parted and the lights went down, the credits for Star Wars (for it was simply Star Wars then) rolled in that way that would forever be associated with the film. Like a trademark opening, complete with the thunderous soundtrack by John Williams.

On top of which, when the ginormous Imperial ship roared into view, the effect was overwhelming to the point where it seemed that G-forces flattened me against the seat back. Certainly, the hairs stood up on my neck.

At this point, is there anyone who doesn’t know the story of Star Wars (the original, before the sequels, prequels, new fancy special-effects, director’s cuts, and Rogue edition)? About the two droids and Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi (the only character (other than C3PO) with a British accent who isn’t with the Evil Empire—hmm …?), who talked Luke into looking for Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher, who had braided headphones for hair), after his aunt and uncle died in a scene oddly reminiscent of one from The Searchers.

Obi-Wan, of course, introduces Luke to the ways of the Jedi Knights. He gets him a light saber, explaining that his dad was a Jedi, but chose the “dark side”. Basically, Obi-Wan teaches Luke Jedi 101 (or the introductory course required for taking the advanced version that Yoda gives—but that’s not until the (first) sequel).

Then there’s Han Solo—the nonbeliever who’s only in it for the money. With his trusted wookie (described by Princess Leia at one point as a “walking rug”), Han Solo is like the Rick Blaine from another planet.

The movie is all about the Hero’s Journey. It’s about Good versus Evil (in capital letters). The Evil, of course, being the Empire, as personified in Darth Vader (played by the voice of James Earl Jones in a rather asthmatic fashion and the body of poor David Prowse, who had the most thankless role in the film).

Well, George Lucas threatened promised that Star Wars would be the first in a nine-film series of prequels and sequels, but who knew he’d actually follow through on that plan?

Star Wars is not only a fantastic film, but it has led to an extraordinary merchandising franchise legacy for George Lucas.

And, on that note, happy Star Wars Day!

And May the Fourth be with you! 🙂

Posted in Action Films, Epic, Science Fiction | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

The Great Villain Blogathon — Wrap-up & Thanks!

Finally, the Big Villains Blogathon Wrap-up! 🙂

Speakeasy

One last word and roundup before we close the door on the Great Villain Blogathon 2017: your hosts Ruth of Silver Screenings, Karen of Shadows & Satin, and Kristina of Speakeasy want to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part, visited the participating blogs, and helped spread the word via #Villains2017. A blogathon is only as good as the lovely people who join in, and you all gave us such great and diverse reading in this 4th year of the event! Like any good villain, we will return to menace the blogosphere again next year so start thinking of your favourite Big Bads.

This #Villains2017 main page has been updated to archive all these daily recaps. Bloggers who post after this, just leave a comment here and we’ll add you to this recap.

Thanks again everybody, you were wicked good. See you next year!

Now please enjoy today’s writing:

Pure Entertainment Preservation…

View original post 28 more words

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Great Villain Blogathon – Day 5 Recap

Day 5 of a truly awesome rogue’s gallery! 🙂

Source: The Great Villain Blogathon – Day 5 Recap

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Great Villain Blogathon – Day 4 Recap

Day 4 of the Blogathon! 🙂

Silver Screenings

Cinematic villains come from all socioeconomic groups, but they usually have two things in common: (1) they’re powerful and (2) they’re rich. And if they’re not either, they’re working hard to be both. Today’s villains provide a good cross-section of these motivations in action.

Bloggers: If you’ve uploaded your entry, but it’s not included in today’s recap, never fear! We shall include it in tomorrow’s recap, hosted by Speakeasy.

Until then, we know you’ll enjoy today’s Featured Villains.

â™ 

Cinematic Scribblings

F. Murray Abraham as Antonio Salieri in Amadeus (1984)

â™ 

The Midnite Drive-In

Ricardo Montalban as Khan in Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan (1982)

â™ 

Whimsically Classic

Anne Baxter as Eve Harrington in All About Eve (1950)

â™ 

Shadows and Satin

Raymond Burr in three of his best Bad Guy roles

â™ 

Realweegiemidget Reviews

Leonardo DiCaprio as Calvin J. Candie in Django Unchained (2012)

â™ 

Anna, Look!

Richard Attenborough as…

View original post 64 more words

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

‘Five Minutes to Live’ – Part Five

Hello all! Welcome back for more B-movie punishment fun! 🙂

Honestly, does it get more tiresome interesting than watching Johnny Cash try to act in a film with dialogue as stiff as a hobo’s corpse such puny nonexistent spare production values? 🙂

In any case and without further ado, here’s 15 minutes more of Five Minutes to Live!

5MinutestoLive_Poster

And here’s something to soothe the political palate! 🙂

Celebrate National Indie Bookstore Day today! Even bookstores can be YouTube-ized! 🙂

Posted in B-Movies, Movie Shorts, Public Domain Movies | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments