As news of Robin Williams' death at the age of 63 broke across the media landscape, there was a slow groundswell of sadness for the man that had entertained so many for decades. Once details hinted, which have since been confirmed, that he had committed suicide, there was a palpable, collective grief that still lingers as the world continues on with its triumphs and tribulations. It's hard to fathom how someone whose purpose appeared to be, as his wife Susan Schneider referred to in a public statement, “the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions,” had such
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Some of the best of both mediums.
With Clint Eastwood bringing the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys to the silver screen, it serves as a reminder that many stories have graced theater stages before going before the cameras. Here are a few of our favorites: His Girl Friday, adapted from The Front Page, which debuted at the Times Square Theater on August 14, 1928 by Chris Morgan The Front Page has been turned into a movie a few times, but the best of all those movies, and one of the best movies of its era, is His Girl Friday (1940). This version keeps the newspaper milieu, but
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Over the past 30 years, few actors have been as big a movie star as Tom Cruise has. With his 37th feature, Edge of Tomorrow, the sci-fi actioner that finds mankind fighting against an alien race with the ability to control time, debuting this weekend, we thought it was a good time to reflect on his impressive body of work. The Color of Money by Gordon S. Miller Although Cruise had a greater success with Top Gun, my favorite performance by him from 1986 was in this Martin Scorsese-directed sequel to The Hustler, which found Paul Newman returning as "Fast"
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This weekend the X-Men franchise returns to theaters with Days of Future Past, which finds Wolverine being sent back in time in an attempt to save humanity from destruction. The concept of time travel is certainly a fascinating one and is used in the movies listed below: Primer (2004) by Mark Buckingham Primer takes an interesting angle on the mystery of time travel by presenting it in a really practical, approachable way. At the same time, it's not dumbed down for the masses. Four tech-minded entrepreneurs working toward the next big idea literally in their garage accidentally find a way
We unleash our picks upon the world.
With Gareth Edwards' Godzilla roaring into theaters this weekend, it seemed as good a time as any to reveal our favorite monster movies, which feature creatures of various shapes and sizes delivering chills and thrills to audiences around the world. Some love monster movies so much, they couldn't pick just one. The Invisible Man (1933) by Adam Blair Not a monster movie in the Godzilla/Mothra/giant mutated ants mode, the 1933 Invisible Man is about an ordinary, misguided guy who becomes a monster. Made by the illustrious James Whale midway between his triumphant original Frankenstein in 1931 and his now- camp-classic
Pandora's box was opened when original music not written for the screen was incorporated into soundtracks.
Even before the advent of sound, movies had live accompaniment as they played in theaters. That's because music's intrinsic ability to convey moods greatly augmented what audience's were experiencing as they watched the visuals on the screen. Once the sound era was ushered in, talented composers joined the collection of artists working in Hollywood. Later, Broadway musicals began to be adapted for the silver screen. Eventually, original music not written for the screen was incorporated into soundtracks, opening up a Pandora's box. There are countless memorable pairings of music with movies, ranging from classical (Strauss' "Also sprach Zarathustra" in 2001)
The Sentries and friends are looking forward to the following films.
While the calendar says different, movie-goers know the first weekend of May is when summer begins. Over four months, Hollywood will unleash a roster of blockbusters, and consumers will flock to theaters in hopes that the filmmakers will come thorugh on their implicit promise to entertain. The Sentries and friends are looking forward to the following: Godzilla in theaters May 16 Godzilla should trounce America (properly) via Legendary's respectful do over, set to thrash buildings as often as it does memories of the 1998 Dean Devlin “oops.” Building upon familiar (and inherent) nuclear themes, Gareth Edwards has been touting source
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Each year when the schedule for the TCM Classic Film Festival is posted, I feel equal levels of excitement and stress. How will I ever decide? And why do they always put movies in the same slot that I really want to see? This year is no different. The schedule can be found at the Festival website and the following films are at the top of my list to see. Cheaper by the Dozen (1950) My festival viewing will start off with this sentimental selection since I have seen it several times but never on the big screen. Clifton Webb
A preview of my schedule for the upcoming TCM film festival.
As spring approaches, one of the things I look forward to with high anticipation is the TCM Classic Film Festival. This year it returns to Hollywood Blvd. the weekend of April 25-28. Of the 40-plus films that have been announced, the following seven are, in no particular order, at the top of my list of must-sees. Airplane! (1980) This disaster-movie spoof written and directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker about the food poisoning of a flight crew and the subsequent chaos that ensued, blazed a path for film parodies. It has been several years since I have
What wonders await at WonderCon?
WonderCon 2013 gets underway on Friday March 29. The programming has been announced on their website, and in this unintended Snob Seven are the panels that look most interesting on Friday. Warner Archive Collection Presents Pulp Heroes of Film and TV: Tarzan, Doc Savage, Bomba, and More 1:00pm - 2:00pm - Room 207 Many timeless, larger-than-life heroes can be traced to the brittle pages of pulp magazines. Some swung from jungle vines, others created lonely fortresses in the polar ice, and still others performed unmatched feats of physical prowess and mental agility. Many of these heroes have leaped from the
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Joining in the award-season festivities, we here at the site wanted to mention a few of our favorites from 2012. That's "favorite" not "best" as so many groups falsely designate their award categories. Woody Allen's assessment that "the whole concept of awards is silly" is an apt one when it comes to art, yet that won't stop the most of us from tuning into award show. And now, our choices for Favorite Film of 2012 are: Central Park Five selected by Gordon S. Miller Though I haven't see a few of the more notable releases earning critical acclaim, I enjoyed
Recommended for those who have been either naughty or nice.
As a gift to our faithful readers, Cinema Sentries offer up a few of our favorite Christmas movies. Christmas in Connecticut (1945) selected by Brandie Ashe Elizabeth Lane (Barbara Stanwyck), a successful single woman living in a cramped apartment in New York City, cannot cook to save her life. Ordinarily, that wouldn't be such a big deal, except that Elizabeth makes her living as a sort of Martha Stewart precursor, writing a popular magazine column about the supposed "country home" and delicious, "home-cooked" meals that she shares with her nonexistent husband and baby. When Elizabeth's publisher, Alexander Yardley (Sydney Greenstreet),
Explorations of other worlds and our own.
With the San Diego Comic-Con about to commence, it seems a good time as any for the Sentries to focus on science fiction. At this moment in time, these are our favorites. Forbidden Planet (1956) selected by Brandie Ashe In the distant future, the crew of the United Planets Cruiser C57D has traveled to the faraway planet of Altair IV to search for survivors of an earlier mission that had arrived on--and seemingly disappeared from--the planet twenty years before. Though the crew receives a radio message from the sole remaining survivor of the original mission, Dr. Edward Morbius (Walter Pidgeon),
Girls (and boys) just have fun with this latest list.
After 12 feature films, this weekend finds Pixar finally delivering a story featuring a female as the lead character with Brave. Set in 10th century Scotland, a young lady named Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) tries to alter her fate as determined by tradition and deals with the consequences that decision brings to her and her family. In conjunction with this landmark and to remind Hollywood the impact they can have, we here at Cinema Sentries wanted to highlight some of our favorite actresses and female characters. Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell) , His Girl Friday (1940) selected by Michael Nazarewycz
Seven choices from the military genre.
First intended to honor Union soldiers during the Civil War, Memorial Day was expanded to include all fallen American soldiers from all wars. Here are some of our favorite movies that tell the stories featuring American servicemen. Stalag 17 (1953) selected by El Bicho Director Billy Wilder brought to the silver screen this Broadway play that tells the story of American POWs who think one of their comrades is a traitor working with the Germans. At the beginning of the film, American prisoners Manfredi and Johnson are killed by German soldiers waiting for them, which leads to questions about how
Here's a list to sink your teeth into.
Alhough there has been considerable backlash against the Twilight series and its fans since the release of the first film in 2008, and Tim Burton and Johnny Depp's version of Dark Shadows hasn't fared well with critics or at the box office, nothing will ever put a spike through the love affair filmgoers have with vampires. Since the very early days of the medium, this creature of the undead has been a popular figure and here are some of our favorite films where they appeared. Nosferatu (1922) selected by Mat Brewster I grew up watching movies. Some of my first
"I got music. Who could ask for anything more?" - George Gershwin
Music is one of the most amazing things our species has ever encountered and it is with us throughout our lives to varying degrees. Some devote their lives to playing it; for others, listening is a hobby that can reach obsessive extremes. People are united by anthems and divided by tastes. Music has been used as a force for good and seen as a force of evil. It brings lovers closer together and soothes a broken heart. Because music can evoke so many moods, it's no surprise it's an integral part of many movies. Before technology made movies as accessible
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You never know where inspiration is going to come from. Earlier in the month before he began contributing to the site, Michael Nazarewycz, who tweets under the handle @ScribeHard, asked, "Is there a single movie scene more recognizable from the '80s than Cusack holding that boom box over his head?" El Bicho responded with "How about Elliot and E.T. flying in front of the moon?" which elicted "Oooh! GOOD pick. That is definitely in the conversation." When asked what was "the movie scene most recognizable from the '80s," this is what a few Sentries came up with. Jack with an
Seven examples that classic films need no waiting period.
Senty Greg Barbrick reviewed the book Reel Culture where author Mimi O'Connor chose "50 films you should know about." Her selections ranged from 1938-1991, because as she puts it, "Later movies are not 'classics' - yet." But what makes film "a classic"? Mule asks, "Is it when a movie has tricked into the collective subconscious? 'Cause I figure that's bound to take a while. Is it when it's richly referenced in other cultural contexts? When the images are quickly and readily recognizable when they pop up paraphrased and parodied ads and comics and popping up in The Simpsons?" A few
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The Sentries turn their gaze to films where the courtroom setting is an important element and make the case for their favorites. 12 Angry Men (1957) by Greg Barbrick The premise of Reginald Rose's script was a deceptively simple method of conveying the raging emotions of the 12 jurors who are tasked with deciding a murder trial. It is a blisteringly hot day in New York City, there is no A/C, and the dilapidated fans in the room do not work. All anyone wants to do is leave, but they have one little matter they must resolve before adjourning: guilty
I expect to see these in the theater.
With a new year upon us, it's the perfect time to start marking the calender with release dates. What follows are the seven I am most eager to see. Just missing the cut, though I expect to see them the weekends of their release are Pixar's Brave, Marc Webb's reboot Amazing Spider-Man, Will Farrell's Spanish-language comedy Casa de Mi Padre, and Sam Mendes at the helm for Daniel Craig's latest Bond installment Skyfall. Prometheus (June 8) - While the Alien franchise hasn't delivered much worthwhile since James Cameron's Aliens, the return of Ridley Scott, the original film's director, to this
Saluting seven cinematic simians.
With the release of Rise of the Planet of the Apes and our own retrospective on the previous Apes movies, it seemed like the perfect time for the Sentries look back at their favorite monkeys in the movies. And save the zoological comments and emails. We know technically they aren't all monkeys, but "Favorite Movie Primate" doesn't have the same ring to it, now does it? King Kong - first appearance King Kong (1933) by El Bicho Had to start with the king of all movie monkeys: King Kong. Brought to life by Willis O'Brien and his stop-motion animation team,
The Sentries remember their favorites on Memorial Day.
As the United States celebrates Memorial Day in commemoration of the men and women who died in military service and the unofficial start to summer, Cinema Sentries takes a look at their favorite war movies. The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946) by Greg Barbrick William Wyler's The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946) is a brilliantly crafted study of three returning World War II veterans. It won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director - and set attendance records. There are a number of reasons this film is so special, chief among them being its realism in
With great source material can also come great films.
In honor of Saturday's Free Comic Book Day and the release of Thor continuing the onslaught of comic book properties adapted for the silver screen, Cinema Sentries takes a look at their favorite movies based on comics. Batman Returns (1992) by El Bicho Before 1989, the majority of the general public used to think of Batman as the camp character played by Adam West on the TV series. Tim Burton, along with his talented cast and crew, changed that. Burton's vision of the caped crusader was dark, similar to both the character's first appearances as well as his portrayal in
When movies and music come together, it can be a marvelous thing.
With the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival marking the beginning of the Summer Concert Season in the United States on April 15th, the Sentries and some friends have gathered together to reflect on their favorite concert films. Monterey Pop (1968) by Glen Boyd There are a multitude of reasons why, nearly fifty years later, the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival maintains its secure place in history as one of the greatest music festivals of all time. From the star making performances of The Who, Otis Redding and Jimi Hendrix, to the bittersweet way it captures this milestone cultural and musical
A few favorite films to watch on this Irish holiday.
No matter your taste, this list should have something for your St. Patrick's Day viewing. The Quiet Man (1952) In a partnership that saw director John Ford and actor John Wayne create more than 20 films together, The Quiet Man was atypical being that it was a romance. Wayne plays Sean Thornton, an Irish-born American, who returns to his family's farm. He falls for Mary Kate Danaher (Maureen O'Hara), but her brother "Red" Will Danaher (Victor McLaglen) stands in the way by refusing to give up the family dowry. This leads Sean and Red into an epic fist fight that
A few favorite films that look at love and relationships.
Whether you celebrate St Valentine's or not, here are a few favorite films that look at love and relationships: City Lights (1931) Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp falls in love with a blind, flower-shop worker (Virginia Cherrill). She thinks he's rich and he doesn't dissuade her of that notion. He endeavors to raise money for an operation to restore her sight. Admittedly, the Tramp's love is superficial, based purely on the blind girl's looks, but the emotion of the scene when she realizes that this Tramp is her savior overwhelms me so much, I have been know to get choked up