Animation, Memory, and War: Waltz with Bashir (2008)

This post is part of the 2nd Annual One of My All-Time Favorite Cartoons Blogathon, hosted by Steve at MovieMovieBlogBlog. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE!

Waltz with Bashir, the 2008 Israeli animated documentary written and directed by Ari Folman, certainly would never be called a “cartoon.” But it is an exceptional example of the mostly untapped potential of animation’s use beyond children’s films.

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Hail to the Chief! Blogathon: 1776

This post is part of the Hail to the Chief! Blogathon, hosted by Robin as Pop Culture Reverie. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE!

If you think the hip-hop musical Hamilton is an odd duck as far as fictional treatments about the American Revolution period, you must not have seen 1776 yet.

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The Subversive Lessons of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

This post is part of the Things I Learned from the Movies Blogathon, hosted by Kristina at Speakeasy and Ruth at Silver Screenings. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE!

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—

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The Monty Python Movie Blogathon: Fierce Creatures (1997)

This post is part of the Monty Python Movie Blogathon, hosted by Steve at MovieMovieBlogBlog. Read the read of the posts in this event HERE!

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.

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The Dual Roles Blogathon: Dead Again (1991)

This post is part of the Dual Roles Blogathon, hosted by Christina Wehner and Ruth of Silver Screenings. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE!

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.

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Keep Watching the Skies Blogathon: The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959)

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).

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The Back-to-School Blogathon: Legally Blonde (2001)

This post is part of the Back-to-School Blogathon, hosted by Robin at Pop Culture Reverie. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE!

Looking at reviews of Legally Blonde, starring Reese Witherspoon, from its original release, certain adjectives were used repeatedly to describe it:

Fluffy

Lightweight

Cute

Silly

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The Romantic Noir Protagonist: High Sierra and After Dark, My Sweet

This post is part of the Film Noir Blogathon, hosted by Quiggy at The Midnight Drive-In. Read the rest of the posts in this event HERE!

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.

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The Preventable Box Office Failure of The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

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.

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The Kubrick Masterpiece Missed by the Critics: Barry Lyndon (1975)

This post is part of the 3rd Annual British Invaders Blogathon, hosted by Terry at Shroud of Thoughts. Read the rest of the jolly good posts in this event HERE!

(SPOILERS)

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.

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The Sword & Sandal Blogathon: Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954)

This post is part of the Sword & Sandal Blogathon, hosted by Debbie (that’s me) at Moon in Gemini. Read the other posts in this event HERE!

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.

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