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Hot Toys 10th Anniversary Exhibition Tokyo Event Announcements And Pics From The Floor   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

The collectibles market has exploded with companies in the last 15 years; Some started out great with new licenses and ended up cheap and well behind the times.

Others grew and push the medium of the action figure and collectible to new heights. Hot Toys out of Honk Kong is one company that has risen to the top, boosting the 1/6 scale figure to the high level pop art.

Over December 24th-26th Hot Toys had thier 10th anniversary expo in Tokyo Japan featuring displays of their Movie Master Piece line of 1/6 scale figures, future present and past.

Exclusives flyer ad from Japan for the show.

Batman Demon is half of a two pack with The Scarecrow below.

“Beat It” video Michael Jackson looks great for any Jackson fans out there

A lot of new license announcement at the show, new Marvel movie stuff, video game Metal Gear Solid,

the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie, Disney keeping the money ship sailing,

director Zack Snyder’s new one Sucker Punch, hopefully the story holds up to the eye candy trailers. The character design is cool, we’ll see what the flick plays like.

Hot Toys keeps amazing with their choice of  older licenses and the level they go to get likenesses of actors as of late.

There were also lots of great 1/6 scale figures were on display that had already been announced, but not all seen up to this point.

Marvel’s Ghost Rider movie figure looks cool. The flaming head turned out good.

Stallone’s Barnie Ross figure from the Expendables. Hot Toys always loving their Sly.

The two in one DX Bruce Lee from Enter The Dragon looks super sick. Can’t wait.

Platoon’s Barnes is looking fantastic. Loving that Hot Toys got the license right.

The 1984 Terminator T-800. Really excited for this one, been waiting for  years for a  proper Tech Noir club Arnie.

Some big surprises at the show including a prototype for the new Indiana Jones 1/6 scale DX figure.

The likeness looks off to me, but being the prototype hopefully they will refine the features to closer resemble Harrison Ford.

I love the map room set and back drop, looks good.

As always the last few years, new Iron man stuff is always on display.

Mark V with all the bell and whistles including suit in briefcase form.

One of the bigger surprises was an unpainted prototype of the 1/6 scale Iron Monger figure from the first movie on display. Hope we get a Jeff Bridges head in the set as well, that would be nice.

Detailed picture of  the Alice figure from the new Resident Evil movie.

The likeness To Milla Jovovich is pretty good I think. All the accessories and weapons look great in classic Hot toys style.

As they have already shot two weeks of the new reboot of the Spiderman franchise, with new director, new cast and all new direction with the character it seems…

the absolute strangest time to release a Spiderman figure from the Sam Raimi film series. (I loved Spiderman 1 & 2.  3 was a huge disappointment to put it nicely; A huge pill of steaming shit that the studio should have kept their greasy fat fingers out of and let the director they hired for the third time do his job, to put it more truthfully). I guess regardless, the figure looks great and hopefully the fans of the Raimi’s incarnation of Spidey are pleased with the release.

The new Thor movie is looking better and better as we see more footage and pictures of the character and world he inhabits.

The likeness of Chris Hemsworth is right on to me, the armor looks sick and a great look at his helmet to boot. A really great looking piece. Can’t wait for the movie.

The Captain American movie figure official license announcement

Sucker Punch announcement

A great long awaited surprise for Crow Fan’s

And finally the official press release for the ’89 Batman licenses…

Here comes the highly expected Batman (1989) movie license!

Amid much negotiation and many difficulties, Hot Toys is finally granted the likeness right of the renowned actor Jack Nicholson to produce the collectible figure of his character in the movie.

As many ones may know, it is very difficult to get it and it is only granted for Hot Toys, thanks to the quality standard being recognized! Though it is difficult to get it, it is worth because we can bring such great collectible figure to our fans! So fans, please stay tuned our update in 2011!

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

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Holiday Movie Watch List and Review Day 6 : December 24th 2010   Leave a comment

DAY SIX : DECEMBER 24th 2010

Hey Everybody,

This time of the year for me means constant consuming of movie content all day every day. Now those of you who know me might wonder how this differs from my daily life in any way. Regardless I use the holiday lull to catch up on what I may have missed or re watching my favorite classics, mostly on Blu-Ray this year which is a great joy for me. It’s like re living the first viewing of all my favorites and classics alike. I hope everyone is enjoying the Holiday season and able to get into some good movies on your break.

  1. MOON RISING (2010) director Jose Escamilla – If you’ve even questioned any thing the powers that be tell us. You might find this documentary interesting. On February 25 1994 1.8 million photos were taken of the Moon during the Clementine Mission. Different variations were taken including “Full Colour” photos. This is the first time in human history the Moon is being revealed to you in its’ “Full Natural Colour. Here it is in it’s entirety below. Please enjoy         ]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DC9UmCxYmlg&feature=channel
  2. THE THING (1982) director John Carpenter – My Number 2 Favorite True Holiday Classic. Carpenter and Russell at the height of their creative prowess together. R. J. MacReady is my favorite anti hero character in any horror/sci fi movie period. This is easily in my top 10 favorite movies as well. Love the effects work, the acting and the whole look and feel of the picture. I long for the good old John Carpenter of yesteryear, constantly hoping we’ll see another “knock out of the park” that The Thing and Escape From New York were for me. A true master of the genre and low budget/high concept film making, and the best remake ever.
  3. DIE HARD Blu-Ray (1988) director John McTiernan –  [dead body drops onto police car hood, hard] McClane:Welcome To The Party Pal!!!. Not hard to see why Bruce Willis is the star he is after watching his first incarnation of Officer John McClane; kick ass action, the fact that Willis gets the shit beaten out of him self the entire picture, has no shoes on for 3/4 running through glass, the practical effects, in particular the squib and blood stuff, and so many great lines -[McClane tries to call up police]
    Supervisor: Attention, whoever you are, this channel is reserved for emergency calls only. McClaine: No fucking shit, lady. Does it sound like I’m ordering a pizza?                                                                                                                                                                      -Hans Gruber: This time John Wayne does not walk off into the sunset with Grace Kelly.
    McClane: That was Gary Cooper, asshole.                                                                                                 A classic 80’s X-Mas action flick. Love the Die Hard; ki-yay, motherfucker.
  4. STAR WARS EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE (1977) director George Lucas- Classic as classic can get, only,  Greedo shot first, the special edition Jabba scene licks and the entrance to Mos Eisley is not great with sub par CG and out of place scenes; But 1977 Star Wars, that shit is gold, come on. Still a great all around flick, perfect for the holidays.

The big day it here and everyone should be busy today beyond belief. Thanks to everyone reading the column this year. Merry X-Mas and Happy Holidays.

TILL TOMORROW. STAY TUNED.

J.

Holiday Movie Watch List and Review Day 5 : December 23rd 2010   Leave a comment

DAY FIVE : DECEMBER 23rd 2010

Hey Everybody,

This time of the year for me means constant consuming of movie content all day every day. Now those of you who know me might wonder how this differs from my daily life in any way. Regardless I use the holiday lull to catch up on what I may have missed or re watching my favorite classics, mostly on Blu-Ray this year which is a great joy for me. It’s like re living the first viewing of all my favorites and classics alike. I hope everyone is enjoying the Holiday season and able to get into some good movies on your break.

  1. The Criterion Collection THE RED SHOES Blu-Ray (1948) directors Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger –  One of the greatest films ever made. The achievement in Technicolor picture quality and beauty alone deserve several viewing from anyone who considers themselves a true film connoisseur.  Technicolor founders Herbert T. Kalmus and Natalie Kalmus considered this film the best example of Three-Strip Technicolor process. During the filming, however, Natalie often complained that Jack Cardiff (the director of photography) wasn’t following the rules laid down for Technicolor films and demanded that they re-shoot various scenes. But Michael Powell always backed up Cardiff and they got the film they wanted. Other amazing technical achievements for this film from 1948 are pretty obvious once you make it to the title ballet sequence; Which took six weeks to shoot and employed over 120 paintings by Hein Heckroth. The dancing newspaper was achieved through careful cutting and use of wires.  Being Martin Scorsese’s favorite movie his Film Foundation and the UCLA Film & Television Archive took on the task of  restoring an HD print of the masterpiece. Involving many years of work they went right back to the original negatives, digitally repairing any scratches and misalignment. The restored print was shown at Cannes 2009 to great acclaim and was used for this Criterion Blu-Ray release. if you’ve never seen this one now is your chance to see one of histories great films in mind popping HD. Unforgettable.
  2. MIRACLE OF 34TH STREET Blu-Ray (1947) director George Seaton –  When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing. With only day away from the big event the X-Mas movies start to make their way off the shelf and into the daily rotation. And really if your going to do it you might as well do it right with the classics. Edmund Gwenn won an Oscar for his performance as Kris Kringle, and when you watch this it’s easy to see why. the whole is film is a great joy even if you hate and loath X-Mas shit. It makes you smile with a tear in your eye, you can’t help but feel good after each viewing of this holiday classic.
  3. The Criterion Collection NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (1955) directors Charles Laughton & Robert Mitchum (uncredited) – Another film that is considered one of the top 5 American movies ever made. It plays more like a early 70’s character piece, much like Welle’s Touch Of Evil far far ahead of it’s time, Robert Mitchum’s seminal role as Harry Powell, Murdering preacher on the hunt. You will love this movie if you’ve never seen it,  Mitchum is beyond creepy and the direction of the kids is a must see for any aspiring directors out there. Flat out brilliance from start to finish. A True American classic, a must must see.
  4. THE BIG SLEEP (1946) director Howard Hawks – Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he’s seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love. This is the epitome of film noir and Marlow is my favorite Bogart character. I must have watch this one a dozen times by now and I still am charmed by it every dam time. This is everything I love about a great detective films all rolled into one. SUPERB.

End of another day and we are getting really close now. I hope everyone is having a great holiday.

TILL TOMORROW. STAY TUNED.

J.

Holiday Movie Watch List and Review Day 4 : December 22st 2010   Leave a comment

DAY FOUR : DECEMBER 22nd 2010

Hey Everybody,

This time of the year for me means constant consuming of movie content all day every day. Now those of you who know me might wonder how this differs from my daily life in any way. Regardless I use the holiday lull to catch up on what I may have missed or re watching my favorite classics, mostly on Blu-Ray this year which is a great joy for me. It’s like re living the first viewing of all my favorites and classics alike. I hope everyone is enjoying the Holiday season and able to get into some good movies on your break.

  1. THREE COMPANY Season 3 Episode 16 “the catered affair” (original air February 6th 1979) & Episode 17 “the catered affair” (February 13th 1979) – Re-watching all the old shows from when I was a kid is an interesting experience. Finding some that hold up well and some that don’t. Three’s Company is as funny now as I found it so many years ago, reminding me a bit of the 50’s screwball comedies, classically American. By the third season the combo of John Ritter, Joyce Dewitt and Suzanne Somers had really hit their stride on camera, even if the behind the scenes of the show at this time were in complete turmoil between the main cast. It still plays great and the jokes are at their best, Ritter was really a genius far before his time, every time he falls over. steps on something wrong, bumps into a wall, pretty much any physical comedy he does sends me into great joyous laughter or at very least a good giggle. A good start to another great day  in video paradise.
  2. WKRP IN CINCINNATI Season 4 Episode 14 “Jennifer and Jonny’s charity”(original air February 3rd 1982) & Episode 15 “I’ll take romance”(original air February 17th 1982) – Another of my favorite comedy series and one that get better with time. Howard Hesseman is always show stealing as Dr. Johny Fever and the rest of the ensemble comedy cast consists of Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Loni Anderson, Tim Reid, Jan Smithers, Richard Sanders and, Frank Bonner as Herb Tarlek, all employees at a down and out radio station in Cincinnati that switches to an all rock and roll format as a last ditch effort to save the station and make it profitable again.  If you haven’t seen the show in awhile you might want to revisit the quirky radio station for a few classic American laughs. I love it.
  3. 1979 ALIEN: DIRECTOR’S CUT Blu-Ray (2003) director Ridley Scott – “We ain’t outta here in ten minutes, we won’t need no rocket to fly through space.” It amazes me that the first Alien, even after over 200 viewings, only gets better with age. At 31 years old, it looks crisp, clean and moody as ever on the brilliant Blu-Ray transfer that Fox has graced us with this holiday season. I still maintain that this film is the best in the series (sorry Kruk, Aliens a very close second), it raised the level of the genre and cemented Ridley Scott as a forced to be reckoned with in the feature directing game (only his second feature). His eye is one of the best in the business for art direction details and it shows in High Def better than ever. Alien was one of the most perfectly art directed film in history, and still is. A stunning disc of a stunning film. Thank you Fox for filling my X-Mas with so much xenomorph love.
  4. THE FAMILY STONE (2005) director Thomas Bezucha – The first evenings feature follows an uptight, conservative, businesswoman accompanies her boyfriend to his eccentric and outgoing family’s annual Christmas celebration and finds that she’s a fish out of water in their free-spirited way of life. A stellar ensemble cast including Rachel McAdams, Claire Danes, Luke Wilson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Diane Keaton, Dermot Mulroney and Craig T Nelson in a heart warming “real type” American family holiday film. It’s much better than you think, you laugh, you cry, you think. Shit, it engaged my brain 10 times more than Transformers 2 did. Thinking for a half second, that’s not saying much, but really it is very good.
  5. ROBOT CHICKEN:STAR WARS (2007) director Seth Green – Emperor Palpatine: “What?… Oh, oh, “just rebuild it”? Oh, real fucking original. And who’s going to give me a loan, jackhole, you?… You got an ATM on that torso Lite-Brite? Now get your seven-foot-two asthmatic ass back here, or I’m going to tell everyone what a whiny bitch you were about Padama-may or Panda Bear or whatever the hell her name is!… ”
    [covers receiver]
    Emperor Palpatine: “Oh, jeez, he’s crying!”                                                                                             The perfect late night sushi dinner viewing. So so funny, loving me the Robot Chicken.
  6. BLACK SWAN (2010) director Darren Aronofsky – I always look forward to the next Aronofsky project. He’s one of the few director working today that I have an artistic crush on. Every film he makes I end up loving it far more than I had imagined going in. Black Swan is no different. I’ve heard a number of people simply dismiss this as a chick flick with a twist, telling me to make sure I bring my girlfriend so I’m not bored. Well I have news for all of you haters out there, My long time girlfriend Angela hated this shit, bored to death. I on the other hand, was quite taken with the visuals and pacing of the piece, I really enjoyed it and was quite engrossed. With out wrecking too much of the plot I would equate the feel and pacing of this picture with late 60’s early 70’s physiological thriller stuff like Rosemary’s Baby.  I feel that the real underlying theme of this movie that most will miss on the first viewing is the amount of pressure that artists put on themselves to excel at their craft and the way that the creative mind deals with this type of stress. A great film for any artist serious about their art. And so we end another great day of viewing films, many more videos to watch and two days left to find out what Santa will bring. Happy viewing.

TILL TOMORROW. STAY TUNED.

J.

Holiday Movie Watch List and Review Day 3 : December 21st 2010   Leave a comment

DAY THREE : DECEMBER 21st 2010

Hey Everybody,

This time of the year for me means constant consuming of movie content all day every day. Now those of you who know me might wonder how this differs from my daily life in any way. Regardless I use the holiday lull to catch up on what I may have missed or re watching my favorite classics, mostly on Blu-Ray this year which is a great joy for me. It’s like re living the first viewing of all my favorites and classics alike. I hope everyone is enjoying the Holiday season and able to get into some good movies on your break.

  1. THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW Season 3 Episode 3 “would you do me a favor?” (original air date July 6 1994) – To start the day off today an episode of  one of my favorite comedy shows of all time. With Garry Shandling, Jeffrey Tambor and Rip Torn as host, sidekick and producer of a late night talk show that always seems to be in chaos behind the scenes. Danny DeVito staring as himself in this episode as a hard to book guest. As always the comedy is far above par of almost all the American comedy shows. If you haven’t seen the series before, you should take a watch. You will be surprised how much you find yourself laughing, super funny.
  2. LORD OF THE RINGS:  THE TWO TOWERS Blu-Ray (2002) director Peter Jackson – It never fails to get my stomach tingling during the opening scene with Ian McKllen’s Gandalf vs. ancient spirit demon The Balrog. In my opinion it is one of the top 3 beginnings in film history. Not to mention, Gollum, Treebeard, the Ents battle at Isengard, and the massive battle at Helms Deep. What a super terrific great film, I enjoy it every time I see it. The Blu-Ray presentation is clean and crisp really showing off the amazing work WETA Digital and Peter Jackson did on the effects and production in general. A timeless classic rarely seen in these days. I just hope the 2 Hobbit films turns out as well, with Jackson behind the camera it should be an obvious  lock.
  3. MAGNUM, P.I. Season 1 Episode 1 “don’t eat the snow in Hawaii” (original air date Dec. 11 1980) –  I never really got into watching this show until late in the first season as a kid, but when I did I watched it religiously. Realizing today that the super cool theme song we all equate with the show only came into being for the 12th episode for the run of the show. I had to watch the opening I remember on you-tube to get my fix, which I included below. The first hour an a half introduction to the Mush-stash, Ferrari and Hawaiian shirts is a standard mystery introducing all the characters in good fashion. The plot is as follows, Magnum’s old Navy buddy is dead and the Navy says he was a cocaine smuggler. Magnum sets out to prove his buddy was framed. All is goes smooth when you’ve got that smile, stash and Ferrari to work with. Love me some vintage Tom Selleck, MASSIVE STASH POWER.
  4. WEIRD SCIENCE (1985) director John Hughes – Late afternoon turning into evening brings my personal favorite John Hughes film.  A stellar well directed cast, Anthony Michael Hall as Gary Wallace, Ilan Mitchell-Smith as Wyatt Donnelly, Kelly LeBrock as Lisa, Bill Paxton as Chet Donnelly, even a young Robert Downey Jr. (“I’m Shitting in My Pants!!!”, possibly the best Downey Jr. line ever? Shit, it’s got to at least be in the top 3),  make the crazy comedy concept work even when the premise seems absurd and ridiculous. You laugh and laugh and laugh. If you haven’t seen this one you either have been living in a cave for 40 years and are scared of moving pictures in your living room, hate to laugh or hate to hear other people laugh; if you don’t suffer from any of these conditions you should watch it and laugh a bit as well. You will enjoy it, I promise. My favorite scene below pushes home the genius of  Anthony Michael Hall’s performance and makes be bust out every time.
  5. SIXTEEN CANDLES (1984) director John Hughes – Looks like the Hughes trend continues into the early evening feature spot. Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling and Anthony Michael Hall star in another classic. At one point or another I think everyone must have seen this flick. As always the jokes are great, we get a very nicely shot shower seen, Hall is great as the geek as always, Ringwald is believable as the neglected middle child with a teenage crush and Schoeffing plays the pretty boy jock with a heart to a tee, 80’s comedy at it’s best.
  6. LOVE ACTUALLY (2003) director Richard Curtis – The mid evening bring us to the obvious “girlfriend choice” of the day (not the only one but the obvious one). The writer/director has a long list of writing credits including a large portion of the original Black-Adder series, Four Wedding And A Funeral, Notting Hill, Mr. Bean, Bridget Jones’s Diary, 41 writing credits to date. This being his first directorial effort, it comes off with the same wit and charm as the projects he’s written, putting together a very enjoyable yet strait forwardly shot film. A very watchable English romantic comedy with a great ensemble cast, better than passable; Let’s say it’s a dry, fresh and witty take on the holiday movie. Sure, that’ll do, that’ll do nicely.
  7. BATMAN RETURNS Blu-Ray (1992) director Tim Burton – “I don’t know about you miss kitty, but I feel a whole lot yummier”. The late evening takes us here into a season appropriate comic book movie. Looking better than even in High Def. The only big screen Batman to take place during the X-mas season, and one of director Burton’s top 3 best pictures to date. Keaton comes back with a competent and more believable Bruce Wayne this time around, with a darker take on the character. DeVito delivers a strong performance even through layers and layers of make up and wardrobe to bring us a unforgettable version of The Penguin. The real show stealer in this piece, hands down, is Michelle Pfeiffer’s as Catwoman. One thing is for sure, who ever takes on the role of one of Batman’s most famous reacquiring female characters next has something to prove; The last version in 2004 with Halle Berry was beyond a disaster, Warners basically pissing and shitting on the fans that supported the comic and character for so many years. Even after 19 years Batman Returns completely holds up, superb art direction and good management of different storylines not getting too convoluted and slowing the pace down serves the genre very well. A great director at the height of his craft (too bad it went down hill from this point on with Burton’s films, choosing marketability over originality and good storytelling.) This to me is the last truly great Tim Burton film…

…and at 2:10 am with 3 days left till The 25th  I end a super fantastic busy day of video consumption.

TILL TOMORROW. STAY TUNED.

J.

Holiday Movie Watch List and Review Day 2 : December 20th 2010   Leave a comment

DAY TWO : DECEMBER 20th 2010

Hey Everybody,

This time of the year for me means constant consuming of movie content all day every day. Now those of you who know me might wonder how this differs from my daily life in any way. Regardless I use the holiday lull to catch up on what I may have missed or re watching my favorite classics, mostly on Blu-Ray this year which is a great joy for me. It’s like re living the first viewing of all my favorites and classics alike. I hope everyone is enjoying the Holiday season and able to get into some good movies on your break.

  1. APOCALYPSE NOW Full Disclosure Edition Blu-Ray (1979-1991-2002) –  To start today is a particularity seminal holiday movie for me. I remember watching this with my dad over the holidays many a year, and really this is a film that only get better with age. The Blu-Ray presentation is stunning, with both versions of the film (1979 original and 2002 redux) and for the first time with the movie set you get the must see documentary HEARTS OF DARKNESS: A FILMMAKER’S APOCALYPSE filmed by Coppola’s wife during the 5 and a half years of production on the movie. A must own set for all film enthusiasts and a grand holiday film for all.
  2. SCROOGED (1988) director Richard Donner  – Bill Murray at his best (and really he’s never off, is he?), holiday movie bull sh!t at its best and Richard Donner not doing a purely action flick. All and all a great ride and reinvention of a classic story producing classic moment of its own. Always a fun film for all viewers, a great afternoon X-mas treat.
  3. FAWLTY TOWERS ( TV Series 1975-79) The Germans episode 6 – For a show that only had 12 episodes Fawlty Towers produces a immeasurable amount of laughter no matter how many times you watch any of the episodes. Even though you may know which bits are coming and know the outcome of the skit, you can’t help but bust out in joyous laughter every viewing. Instead of describing the episode “The Germans” I’ve posted it above . Enjoy the superb craziness of Cleese and company.
  4. UNCLE BUCK(1989) director John Hughes – The early evening feature stars the lovable and always funny John Candy. With Hughes directing him for the second time (the first being Plane, Trains and Automobiles in 1987) , Candy delivers laughs, drama and warmth to a character that could have been played totally wrong by another actor, he is Buck Russell. John Hughes only directed 8 feature films, writing 40 in total before his death in August of 2009. Every time I watch one of his directorial efforts I always come out feeling good even though I know every line to all of them reciting them aloud sometimes, like I’m sure most of you do as well, but you still want to watch them again and again. Too bad there’s know one like Candy or Hughes around today, both will be sourly missed leaving a legacy on celluloid that will last as long as movies have audiences around to view them. A kick ass movie.
  5. The Criterion Collection SANJURO Blu-Ray (1962) director Akira Kurosawa – And finally the late night feature a Kurosawa samurai classic, the companion piece to 1961’s Yojimbo which is the first time we see Toshiro Mifune play this swaggering ronin samurai with a good heart and fast blade. In this sequel Mifune again gets into great sword play with great lines and a grumpy “fu@k You” attitude to his skills and work. Toshiro Mifune to me is a true world class actor. His presents leaps off the scene, with a slight look or head tilt he conveys more than most actors today can do with lines. With Akira Kurosawa you are always in for a visual treat, a true visual story telling master at work every single film. The long lenses work used on Sanjuro  give it an amazing visual quality that along with the black and white brings out so much detail it is stunning. Criterion’s Blu-Ray presentation is astounding, I love the amount of effort that has gone into the high def releases there. A great way to end the day, Kurosawa, Mifune and one of my favorite endings of any sword play/ samurai flicks, “The Fountain of Blood” …Ouch! That shit might sting a bit in the morning…

TILL TOMORROW. STAY TUNED.

J.

Holiday Movie Watch List and Review Day 1 : December 19th 2010…   Leave a comment

DAY ONE : DECEMBER 19th 2010

Hey Everybody,

This time of the year for me means constant consuming of movie content all day every day. Now those of you who know me might wonder how this differs from my daily life in any way. Regardless I use the holiday lull to catch up on what I may have missed or re watching my favorite classics, mostly on Blu-Ray this year which is a great joy for me. It’s like re living the first viewing of all my favorites and classics alike. I hope everyone is enjoying the Holiday season and able to get into some good movies on your break.

  1. The Criterion Collection NIGHT TRAIN TO MUNICH(1940) director Carol Reed  – Starting the day off with a great English classic from director Carol Reed (The Third Man). A turning and twisting WWII thriller combining action, comedy and drama in a way only Reed can do. A lightning paced thriller spanning across Prague, England and the Swiss Alps sure to impress viewers with its wit and charm. A great film for those that love the action war thriller which Criterion did a great job on, even if it’s only available on DVD.
  2. THE WIZARD OF OZ  3 disc Emerald Edition Blu-Ray (1939) director Victor Fleming – For the afternoon I choose a really amazing spectacle of a film. I never particularly liked this film as a kid but re watching it now, I really enjoyed the whole lavish production the likes of which are not seen anymore. The Technicolor film process is brilliantly suited for Blu Ray, even if you don’t dig the films content, you can put your ipod on playing Darkside on the Moon and really get into the visuals.  The most amazing thing about the film is that Victor Fleming directed Wizard of Oz and Gone With the Wind Back to Back. On February 12, 1939, Fleming hastily replaced George Cukor in directing Gone With The Wind; the next day, King Vidor was assigned as director by the studio to finish the filming of The Wizard of Oz (mainly the sepia Kansas sequences, including Judy Garland’s singing of “Over The Rainbow” ). The fact that Fleming was the main force behind OZ and Wind and shot them in the same year is an incredible feet to say the least. With the 6 hour making of documentary and the plethora of content on these 3 discs, this is a must own for any fan of The Wizard of OZ and classic film of any kind.
  3. THE TOWN Blu-Ray (2010) director Ben Affleck – The evening started off with a film  that as much as I want to dislike the director (mostly for personal reasons)  I just can’t. “Gone Baby Gone” was a “punch in the gut” first film really coming out with a bang. I was impressed by what he did with the camera and acting, even if he did stack the cast. Now “The Town” is another tale set in Boston with high dramatic stakes flowing through the whole piece and a stellar cast inhabiting every character in the film. I enjoyed this one more than I thought I would. Without giving anything away,  I would recommend checking this one out ASAP. If you have sometime during the holiday pick it up and take a watch, you won’t regret it. A great great f@$king film.
  4. THE TWILIGHT ZONE SEASON 1 Blu-Ray (1959-1960) –  I’ve been ending my evenings lately with a few episodes of the classic Twilight Zone originally airing in 1959-60. I’ve seen quite a few of these on late night TV as a kid but really don’t remember them very well. Seeing them on Blu-Ray is a real treat, the black and white film used on the show really pops on this format.  Last evening I watch episode 11 “And When The Sky Opened”, a trio of astronauts come back from a test flight to soon discover that no one remembers them… as if they never existed. OOOOOOOOOOOO, pretty great stuff. And the last selection of the evening is episode 12 “What You Need”, A small time crook plans to exploit an old street peddler who has the uncanny knack of selling people exactly what they will shortly need. which by coincidence originally aired on December 25th 1959.

TILL TOMORROW. STAY TUNED.

J.