When it comes to the actual text of Roald Dahl’s Charlie & the Chocolate Factory and its 1971 film adaptation Willy Wonka & the Chocolate factory, the lessons in the story are, well—
Almost a decade before the release of Fierce Creatures, Monty Python alum John Cleese wrote and starred in A Fish Called Wanda. A critical and box office smash, there were many fans of the movie who were open to the idea of a sequel.
Even when it was made twenty-five years ago, the suspense thriller Dead Again was already a throwback to a kind of film they almost never make anymore.
This post is part of the Keep Watching the Skies! Science Fiction Movies of the 1950s Blogathon, hosted by Louis at The Cinematic Frontier. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE!
SPOILERS: It’s rather difficult to discuss this film without revealing its ending, so there will be some major spoilers.
As the Cold War intensified throughout the 1950s, it’s no surprise that anxiety over a possible nuclear war was reflected in various Hollywood films. Some overtly explored the issue (i.e. Fail-Safe and On the Beach) and others put it in the subtext (i.e. Them! and Invasion of the Body Snatchers).
Time for some mini book reviews! All the following reviews are for the audiobook versions.
I’m very, very picky about the kind of fantasy novels I choose to read. I don’t like too much magic or tons of fantastical creatures. World building has to be complex but not so complicated it becomes confusing and frustrating. All this on top of great characters and storytelling.
I had such a great time hosting the Sword & Sandal Blogathon earlier this year, I’ve been eager to host another event.
This time, I’m inviting bloggers to contemplate friendships in films. Continue reading “Announcing the “You Gotta Have Friends” Blogathon!”
Looking at reviews of Legally Blonde, starring Reese Witherspoon, from its original release, certain adjectives were used repeatedly to describe it:
SPOILERS FOR THE NOVEL CITY OF MIRRORS BY JUSTIN CRONIN
Recently, the final book in Justin Cronin’s post-apocalyptic horror series, The City of Mirrors, was released. I loved the first two installments, The Passage and The Twelve. For close to four years, I had eagerly anticipated the finale to a great story.
I was mostly pleased with the final book. Very gratifying wrap-up to the series.
About two-thirds of it, that is.
In the middle of the book, Cronin plunks a very long flashback that dramatizes the backstory of the story’s major antagonist, a vampire-like creature who controls an army of other vampire-like creatures. Continue reading “The Right and Wrong Ways to Use Backstory”
When I heard about Quiggy’s film noir blogathon, I knew right away I wanted to cover both a classic and a neo noir. I picked High Sierra (1941) and After Dark, My Sweet (1990). Quiggy asked me if I would write separate posts or link them together in one post, the way he does on his site, as a double feature.
This post is part of the Classic Movie History Project Blogathon, hosted by Aurora of Once Upon a Screen, Fritzi of Movies Silently, and Ruth of Silver Screenings. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE!
Orson Welles’ follow-up to his acclaimed film Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons, is also considered a great film. Yet it occupies a place in film history as one of its most famous box office failures.
This is not unusual, as many films have been reevaluated over time, regardless of their initial reception. In this case, however, there’s a strong possibility its box office failure could have been prevented.
After wowing film lovers and critics with revolutionary films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and A Clockwork Orange, many received Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon with a collective yawn. (Due to technical awards, however, it became Kubrick’s most awarded film since Spartacus.) In a decade full of seminal films, it acquired a reputation as pretty to look at, but not remarkable otherwise.
The Great British Baking Show, as it is known on this side of the pond (in Great Britain it is The Great British Bake Off) stands high above the waves in a sea of cooking competition shows.
BIG SPOILERS FOR SEASON 6 OF GAME OF THRONES.
How about that season of Game of Thrones? The first one to truly disembark from the books (with only a few sections from A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons thrown in) it hit way more highs than lows. Winter is FINALLY here, and it’s awesome!
Another day of awesome posts! The Midnight Drive-In presents a sword and sandal (and Ray Harryhausen) double feature with The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973) & Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977) City of Kik believes we really are entertained by Gladiator (2000) … Continue reading Sword & Sandal Blogathon – Day 3
Demetrius and the Gladiators is the sequel to The Robe (1953). It was planned even before The Robe was released, which is the only classic sword and sandal epic to have a sequel.
The reason I chose this for the blogathon is two-fold: it has all the elements I associate with sword and sandal epics: ancient history (which is surprisingly accurate at times), big action scenes in and out of the arena, and Biblical miracles. Not to mention a good amount of sensuality that somehow made it past the Hays Office.