Saturday, October 5, 2013

My Ten Favorite On-Screen Kisses

10. The Illusionist - 2006 

9. Breakfast at Tiffany's - 1961 

8. Titanic - 1997

7. Moonstruck -1987

6. The Wedding Singer - 1998

5. Rebel Without a Cause - 1955

4. Spiderman - 2002

3. From Here to Eternity - 1953 

2. The Notebook - 2004

1. From Hell - 2001

Friday, July 26, 2013

Film Quote of the Day

Heather McNamara: Suicide is a private thing.
Veronica Sawyer: You're throwing your life away to become a statistic in the U.S. fucking A. Today; that's about the least private thing I can think of.

-Heathers, 1988

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Les Miserables (1978)

Woodcutter Jean Valjean is sentenced to five years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread. After many failed escape attempts, which adds more time to his sentence, Jean does eventually succeed, and after being welcomed in by a kind bishop repents his criminal ways. But always on his trail is the cold, unrelenting Police Inspector Javert that will not give up until he has captured Valjean. One of the best adaptations of Les Mis; engaging and moving, with great performances all around. Most especially Perkins, who is supberb as the merciless, never bending Javert. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo. Starring Richard Jordan, Anthony Perkins, Cyril Cusack, Claude Dauphin, John Gielgud, Ian Holm 8/10 Unrated

Friday, June 21, 2013

Quote of the Day

Prince Humperdink: First things first, to the death. 
Westley: No. To the pain. 
Prince Humperdink: I don't think I'm quite familiar with that phrase. 
Westley: I'll explain and I'll use small words so that you'll be sure to understand, you warthog faced buffoon. 

- The Princess Bride, 1987

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Big (1988)

Twelve-year old Josh Baskin is an average kid who is frustrated with being a kid. So one night while at a carnival he discovers a machine that can supposedly grant wishes. And John decides to make a wish that he was big. And not surprisingly he wakes up the next morning to discover that he is grown up and in a man's body. He temporarily lives like an adult, working for a toy company and with his best friend Billy's help, he tracks down the wishing machine to transform himself back to his original self. Very funny, one of Tom Hanks' best early roles, for which he was nominated. Starring Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Jared Rushton, Robert Loggia, John Heard, Jon Lovitz 7/10 Rated PG

Friday, March 29, 2013

Film Quote of the Day

Bethany: Is your house on fire, Clark?
Clark: No, Aunt Bethany those are the Christmas lights.

-National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, 1989

Monday, February 25, 2013

Character Duo Spotlight: The Butabi Brothers

Steve and Doug Butabi are two fairly dim-witted brothers who work by day at their dad's fake flower shop, but live for club hopping at night, with aspirations of owning a nightclub like the hottest one in town called The Roxbury. However their rich father thinks it's ridiculous and wants the boys to someday run the flower shop, while setting Steve up with Emily Sanderson, the bossy and clinging daughter of the lamp shop owner next door. Played by Chris Kattan and Will Ferrell, the Butabi Brothers were first a comedy skit on the hit show Saturday Night Live before being seen on the big screen in the 1998 comedy film, A Night at the Roxbury.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Film Quote of the Day

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: I am a scientist, not a philosopher! You have more chance of reanimating this scalpel than you have of mending a broken nervous system! 
Medical Student: But what about your grandfather's work, sir? 
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: My grandfather's work was doodoo!

~Young Frankenstein, 1974

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Hitchcock (2012)

It is 1959, and after the success of his film North by Northwest, director Alfred Hitchcock is frustrated by Hollywood thinking he's lost his touch. However after finding himself intrigued by a book based on serial killer Ed Gein titled Psycho, Hitch decides that this will be his next picture, to everyone's astonishment of the horrific subject matter. Hopkins is outstanding as The Master of Suspense, as well as Mirren's Alma, Hitch's doting wife. I also found D'Arcy, whose uncanny liking to Anthony Perkins, is quite intriguing to see. The making of the Psycho film is the most interesting, with Hitch sparring with the censor board and Paramount execs; however the marital problems between Hitch and Alma left much to be desired. Based on the book, Alfred Hitchcock and The Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello. Starring Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, James D'Arcy, Jessica Biel, Toni Collette, Danny Huston, Michael Wincott 7/10 Rated PG-13

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Character Spotlight: Clark Griswold

Clark W. Griswold lives in the windy city of Chicago, with his wife Ellen, son Rusty and daughter Audrey. He's a food additive designer, and a family man with the best of intentions. However this seemingly average man has very a short temper, and he may resist it for a little while. But if his buttons are pushed watch out because he will just about literally go berserk. He and his family have vacationed in such places as Las Vegas, Europe and Wally World Theme Park, but the experiences haven't gone as smooth as planned. Played by Chevy Chase in four hilarious National Lampoon movies, Clark Griswold is a character that even though he may say and do stupid things we can still relate to him when vacations go badly.

Friday, January 11, 2013

My Week with Marilyn (2011)

Colin Clark, a young man travels to London for his first job; landing the position in film production as Laurence Oliviers' assistant as the actor is filming his new picture, The Prince and the Showgirl, alongside the world's most famous actress, Marilyn Monroe. But being in the movies isn't easy, as Colin soon witnesses; her insecurities about herself and her work take a toll on everyone on set. Despite constant warnings not to, Colin strikes up a friendship with her and soon comes to realize that the Marilyn off screen is much different from her persona on screen. Michelle Williams is absolutely breathtaking to watch, giving a most beautiful performance of one of the world's most iconic sex symbols of all time. Starring Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh, Dominic Cooper, Eddie Red Mayne, Julia Ormond, Toby Jones, Judi Dench, Emma Watson, Dougray Scott 8/10 Rated R

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Film Quote of the Day

Caroline: You getting a headache?
Marion Crane: It'll pass. Headaches are like forget them soon as they stop hurting.

-Psycho, 1960