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Showing posts with label classic movies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label classic movies. Show all posts

01 August 2017

Witchcraft and Witch Hunting : Past and Present

There was a dark period in the history of mankind when witch-hunting was the order of the day. It began with an official approval from Pope Innocent VII in 1484, and continued until around the 17th century, when it reached its climax in England, Scotland and America. 

But it’s the 2st century. We’re all much more civilized and intelligent than those people were back then. Aren’t we? Nobody is going to whip us up into frenzied mania and have us pointing a finger of accusation at someone, torturing a confession out of them, and still putting them to death for being a witch!




The past is in the past. Fortunately, my only exposure to witches and witchcraft was and is wearing a costume on Halloween or watching the Wizard of Oz. These days, most people like me limit themselves to adding collectibles like the reproductions pictured below of Glinda, the Good Witch of the North to their wish list; or sitting at home and watching The Wizard of Oz on DVD or Amazon Instant Video. Can you believe it has been 75 years? The movie was released in 1939. Listening to Judy Garland sing “Over the Rainbow” never gets old. Might be a good idea to plan an afternoon or evening watching the original movie classic; the Walt Disney prequel, Oz The Great and Powerful; and The Wiz, starring Diana Ross and the late Michael Jackson.


Saturday Afternoon at the Movies!
A Triple Feature! Starts at Noon. BYOP! (Bring Your Own Popcorn!)



The Wizard of Oz:75th Anniversary Edition


Oz The Great and Powerful(Mila Kunis; Rachel Weisz)


The Wiz:30th Anniversary


Amazon Best Sellers in Witch & Wizard Mysteries


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War Movie Classics: The Dirty Dozen

Some say the movie “Inglorious Basterds” was inspired by "The Dirty Dozen". This classic starred some of my favorite actors: Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson, Telly Savalas and Jim Brown, to name a few.  Bad guys turned Patriots?  You really wanted these "dirty" guys to survive.

The Dirty Dozen, Clint Walker, Telly Savalas, Jim Brown, Trini Lopez, et al, 1967 Allposters.com








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26 July 2017

Vintage Moments in Entertainment History : Sophia Loren and Charles Aznavour

I collect vintage stuff.  That's why I joined this awesome online community.  Find more gems like the one below in Vintage, Posters &.. - Google+. They don't just share entertainment, celebrities pics, etc. They share really rare moments in history via vintage photographs you probably won't see anywhere else. Not all the photos are black and white, but the ones that are really add to that "moment in time" often captured by an unknown talented photographer.



Why do I like this photo so much?  For one thing, I'm loyal Sophia Loren fan.  I did a Top Ten List in one of my previous posts and included her in my collection of Iconic Female Celebrities.  Eh! Everybody knows Sophia Loren.  But the fact is, if it weren't for "The Truth About Charlie" movie* with Mark Wahlberg and Thandie Newton, I may have never known who Charles Aznavour was.  But I'm thankful.  His music is great for a romantic evening.  😍


* FYI.  That Wahlberg/Newton film was a remake of a classic old movie, "Charade", a 1963 flick which starred two of my favorite actors from back in the day - Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant, which did not include songs by this popular French singer.  So the film remake actually added a nice touch!  Audrey Hepburn (1929 – 1993) is also on my list of Iconic Female Celebrities.  Love her too! 💟






18 May 2017

Movies and Tv Series filmed in Ireland, but NOT set in Ireland : The Teeny tiny à Tout Faire (Reblog)

Well I know that I'm supposed to be tooting my own horn but why can't I toot about blogs I like as well? It's just as much fun reading other people's blogs as it is publishing my own. Re-blogging a link from a super cool entertainment blog that caught my eye.


The Teeny tiny à Tout Faire: [Irish Week] Movies and Tv Series filmed in Ireland, but NOT set in Ireland



Why do I like this blog? It shares entertainment-related tidbits, fun facts, etc. that are of interest to me. I like the post categories; especially “Who Wore It Best?”   

(Loved that contrast photo of Lupita and Beyoncé.  Shared it via my Tumblr.)



I enjoy the “Movie Reviews” category because there are reviews of vintage movies. The publisher uses the word “vintage”. But sometimes we say “movie classics” or “old movies”. 

(I love all things vintage, so I'm happy with the blogger using this descriptive term in lieu of “classic” or “old”.   Shared the review of "Father Goose" via Pinterest where I collect "Everything Vintage". )

Additionally, there are recommendations regarding foreign films (i.e. non-American) and I'm always on the hunt for non-American movies or TV series.


🎬 Movie Review: Your Name. (君の名は。) Your Name. (君の名は。) is a Japanese animated movie, premiered in 2016 and has been written and directed by Makoto Shinkai, who also wrote the novel this anime movie is based on. Fun fact : this movie hit the theatres last year in July in the USA and in August in Japan and managed to become the highest -grossing anime movie, over comin Academy Award winning "Spirited Away".
🎬 Movie Review: Your Name. (君の名は。) Your Name. (君の名は。) is a Japanese animated movie, premiered in 2016 and has been written and directed by Makoto Shinkai, who also wrote the novel this anime movie is based on. Fun fact : this movie hit the theatres last year in July in the USA and in August in Japan and managed to become the highest -grossing anime movie, over comin Academy Award winning "Spirited Away".


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15 November 2015

Go Your Own Way ("The Preacher's Wife")

The Preacher's Wife ” is a movie which starred the late Whitney Houston (1963 - 2012) and Denzel Washington.


In a nutshell, the film was charming, silly and sweet.


PLOT : An angel came from heaven to earn his “merit points”. The angel Dudley (played by Denzel Washington).
{ Remake of the Cary Grant classic.}


Yeah! I know. No angel Dudley mentioned in the Bible.


Come to think of it? No angel mentioned anywhere except for this movie!


Ms. Houston's character is married to a preacher. Hence the film's title. Her marital relationship could use some "outside" or even "heavenly" intervention if it is to be saved.





The Preacher's Wife

The movie was OK. Not worth an academy award nomination. But the soundtrack makes it worth watching. Especially this particular song: Step by Step .  

“Step by step. … bit by bit … stone by stone … brick by brick … Don't give up! …”

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02 April 2015

Accidental Google Leads to Gold Mine

Signed up to participate in a social network because ... just looking for another place to share stuff besides the well-known and over-used social media networks where all the same people seem to be. In other words, hoping to find a different audience to promote and share my writings, blogs and websites.




Anyway ... at this network, wrote a comment about one of the member's uploaded image - movie art or poster for a gangsta movie (not sure) - and copied it into the Comments box. Some other thought came to my mind while perusing the posts stream. Did not realize my remarks were still in the clipboard and wanted to search for something else via Google. The words in my clipboard were accidentally copied into the search engine box ... hit the search button and POP! Before I knew it, a string of search results.



Below are my accidental Google statements and a few of the results.

Seriously bad bad men in real life. These guys did a great job acting like bad guys.”


Sampling of SEARCH RESULTS:




















WOW! The other links are just garbage to me. But that Classic Images website is a Gold Mine!! 

Love old movies and reading about the actors and actresses from back "when the lion roared". :)


[ Content was first published on Bubblews, March 26, 2015. ]


28 February 2015

Love Classic Movies? Love Classic Movie Cruise?

TCM Classic Cruise? What a cool idea!!!


UPDATE: FEB 28, 2017
It was a cool idea and now it's over!  
At least for now.


The Final Turner Classic Movie Cruise | Boomer Magazine


The Final Turner Classic Movie Cruise | Boomer Magazine

Quick, name the best American movies of 2016, the ones you know will last. Tough, isn't it? Now name the best movies of all time. Much easier. Your list surely includes some at the top of the American Film Institute's list: Citizen Kane, The Godfather, Casablanca, Raging Bull, Singin' in the Rain, Gone with the Wind, Lawrence of Arabia, Schindler's List, Vertigo, The Wizard of Oz, City Lights, The Searchers ...

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17 January 2015

Classic Movies: The Manchurian Candidate

- The Manchurian Candidate (1962 original) which starred Frank Sinatra and Laurence Harvey, along with Angela Lansbury, is now a vintage classic.

- The 2004 movie remake starring Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep had the blessings of Tina Sinatra, daughter of the late Frank Sinatra.

The movies were film adaptations based on a novel, a 1959 Cold War thriller written by Richard Condon.

Both films are worth watching. But only of them is the best!

Published a detailed movie review at Wizzley.com.
* Movie Review: The Manchurian Candidate





Queen of Diamonds image credit:  pixgood.com
Post also found at TreasurePen.com, Jan 31, 2014.

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16 January 2015

Classic Movies: The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)

I heart classic movies.

The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)

  • True stories about shipwrecks or ships lost at sea always tantalize you. You just got to know what happened! However, if you never really quite know all the truth, you can always make something up!

  • The Wreck of the Mary Deare stars American actors, Gary Cooper and Charlton Heston. Based on a novel by Ralph Hammond Innes.



Ships have been setting sail for centuries and either never reaching their intended destination or never returning home. Time passes and the reasons why they vanished remain lingering question marks. Sometimes the vessels are located or what's left of them. But even if the revelation of what really happened is totally reasonable and makes perfect sense you are still left with the thought that – the people who were there didn't get to tell the real true unfolding of events. If you happen to be an extremely talented British novelist with a flair for thrilling adventure and suspense, you could write a book. If you're a really good author, your book may be adapted to film.

The Mary Celeste is a real ship. Its captain, Benjamin Spooner Briggs set sail heading for Genoa, a seaport in Italy. This Atlantic mystery has been unfolding since January 3rd or 4th, 1885, when … when … let's just say that using all of the facts, information and possible plausible explanations gathered, she has earned a reputation as being “the most famous ghost ship”.

The Mary Deare is the name of a ship in a work of fiction written by Ralph Hammond Innes (1913 – 1998) titled “The Wreck of the Mary Deare”, published 1956; which was later adapted to a film by the same name, released 1959, which starred two of my favorite actors, Gary Cooper (1901 – 1961) and Charleston Heston (1923 – 2008). It's now in the collection of Turner Classic Movies. Thank you Ted Turner for preserving these precious moments in cinematic history.

The fictional Mary Deare is eerily similar to the real-life Mary Celeste. Similar or not, can't pass on an old movie with two powerhouse American actors like Cooper and Heston.
 

The Wreck of the Mary Deare 1959

TheWreck of the Mary Deare - from Warner Brothersstarring Gary Cooper, Charlton Heston - Directed by Michael Anderson




References:

Innes, H. (1956). The Wreck of the Mary Deare. New York: Knopf.

"The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959) - Overview - TCM.com." Turner Classic Movies. TCM.com Is Part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Digital Network., n.d. Web. 16 Jan. 2015. <http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/1522/The-Wreck-of-the-Mary-Deare/>. LEONARD MALTIN CLASSIC MOVIE GUIDE, COPYRIGHT 2005, 2010. USED BY ARRANGEMENT WITH PENGUIN GROUP (USA) INC.


Ralph Hammond Innes. 2015. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Retrieved 16 January, 2015, from http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/253683/Ralph-Hammond-Innes



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