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In celebration of Sound on Sight’s 7th anniversary, writers were asked to come up with articles that present their childhood favorites in the realm of films, TV shows, books or games.
I chose films and anyone who has any familiarity with my writing knows I am virtually incapable of writing an article about a single film so I’m going to focus on a number of movies I saw in my youth.
Growing up in suburban Cincinnati, Ohio, I was fortunate enough to have my own room and my own TV set.
My family didn’t go out to the cinema very often so my introduction to movies was primarily through television.
The household cable television was limited to the family room and the parental restrictions that went with that so a far as movie watching went, it was mostly just me in my room where there were no »
- Terek Puckett
Clint Eastwood's Man With No Name returns for another fistful of spaghetti Western action, hooking up with Lee Van Cleef's rival bounty hunter to track down a sadistic killer. Yup, with anti-heroes as dry and unforgiving as the desert, maniacally laughing villains (including Klaus Kinski), and expertly conducted gunplay, it's another great blast from Serge Leone's West. As ever, Ennio Morricone's score is one of the key characters - especially the haunting tune that emerges from the villain's music box. »
Gritty Western starring Gregory Peck as a rancher on the hunt for the four vicious outlaws he believes raped and murdered his wife. Henry King was one of Hollywood's top Western directors, and his actors and scriptwriters remain true to his high standards throughout. Stephen Boyd and Lee Van Cleef are on villain duty while Joan Collins is surprisingly convincing as Peck's Latina ex-flame. »
Humankind’s collision with otherworldly life forms can make for unforgettable cinema.
This article will highlight the best of live-action human vs. alien films. The creatures may be from other planets or may be non-demonic entities from other dimensions.
Excluded from consideration were giant monster films as the diakaiju genre would make a great subject for separate articles.
Readers looking for “friendly alien” films such as The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), It Came from Outer Space (1953) and the comically overrated Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) are advised to keep watching the skies because they won’t find them here.
Film writing being the game of knowledge filtered through personal taste that it is, some readers’ subgenre favorites might not have made the list such as War of the Worlds (1953) and 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957).
Now let’s take a chronological look at the cinema’s best battles between Us and Them. »
- Terek Puckett
How many careers can one man have? Eli Wallach was a Tony award-winning Broadway actor and a soldier, a leading pioneer in the realm of Method acting and Mr. Freeze on the Batman TV show, a villainous live wire and an elderly person so intrinsically soulful that just his presence in a movie could make you happy and sad for no apparent reason.
Wallach was already over 50 when he got his most famous role, and he had almost 50 years left on this earth afterwards. There are a couple of generations that probably only know the older Wallach, stepping into movies »
- Darren Franich
He was the ugly to Clint Eastwood’s Good and Lee Van Cleef’s bad and it is with great sadness we must report the death of Eli Wallach at 98 years old. Best known as Tuco in The Good, The Bad And The Ugly and as bandit leader Calvera in Hollywood’s remake of Seven Samurai, The Magnificent Seven, Wallach was far more than just the go to man for slimy Mexican antagonists that littered many westerns of the era. He played Mr. Freeze in the Batman TV show of the 1960s, the mafia leader Don Altobello in The Godfather Part III and took on a less imposing role in 2006′s The Holiday.
Born on 5th December 1915, Wllach failed to get the grades to attend New York’s City College, but returned to the big apple to attend the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre after graduating from The University of Texas. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Eli Wallach, star of The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, has sadly passed away at the age of 98.
We're sad to report that Eli Wallach, perhaps best known for his scintillating turn as the bandit Tuco in The Good, The Bad And The Ugly has sadly passed away.
A veteran of the stage as well as a master in front of the camera, Wallach amassed a fine collection of work that began all the way back in the 1940s when he made his Broadway debut. A lover of the stage, Wallach would star in a number of Broadway productions and was rewarded with a Tony Award in 1951 for his role in Tennessee Williams's play, The Rose Tattoo.
His versatility later saw Wallach move forward into film, making his debut in 1956 film Baby Doll, a role that would propel him to greater heights as he later starred in 1960's The Magnificent Seven, »
Emmy Award-winning actor Eli Wallach has died, aged 98.
His daughter Katherine confirmed his death to The New York Times.
His performance in the 1956 American black comedy Baby Doll earned him a BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer, while he received an Honorary Academy Award at the 2nd Annual Governors Awards in November 2010.
Wallach continued acting well into his 90s, taking on many smaller character roles in »
In honor of the continued celebration of its 90th Anniversary, Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer & Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment have partnered with creative giant Laboca to create a series of iconic posters commemorating the studio's 90th Anniversary. This is the second in the series and celebrates The Man With No Name Trilogy which is now available on on Blu-ray. This definitive Sergio Leone collection of the most ambitious and influential Westerns ever made includes more than five hours of special features that uncover buried gold in these gritty classics - plus a Newly Remastered version of The Good the Bad and the Ugly. Check out the vivaciously illustrated poster for The Good the Bad and the Ugly, as MGM's 90th Anniversary celebration continues throughout the year.
By Fred Blosser
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On a windy night, a black-clad stranger rides into Daugherty City, Texas. He flips a coin to a scruffy drunk who is strapped for the price of a drink. He exposes a crooked dice game in the local saloon, where most of the townsfolk seem to be congregated. Then he departs. In the meantime, down the street, a gang of acrobatic robbers breaks into the bank and heists a safe containing $100,000 in Army payroll money. The getaway crew escapes town before a wounded trooper can raise the alarm, but out on the trail they run into the stranger, Sabata, who picks them off with a tricked-out rifle and recovers the stolen money.
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Today on Trailers from Hell, Neil Marshall -- director of "The Descent," one of the best horror movies of the last ten years -- takes on John Carpenter's kick-ass "Escape from New York," starring Kurt Russell as one-eyed Snake Plissken. John Carpenter's 1981 film was conceived as a political parable in the mid-seventies (with Watergate as his inspiration) but the resulting movie dropped most of the social commentary and focused instead on tongue-in-cheek sci-fi thrills with a comically taciturn Kurt Russell (doing his best Clint Eastwood impression) as grizzled anti-hero Snake Plissken. Boosted by its rogue's gallery of classic character actors like Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine and Donald Pleasance, Carpenter's film was a good-sized hit, spawning a sequel, "Escape from L.A.," released in 1996. »
- Trailers From Hell
John Carpenter’s 1981 film was conceived as a political parable in the mid-seventies (with Watergate as his inspiration) but the resulting movie dropped most of the social commentary and focused instead on tongue-in-cheek sci-fi thrills with a comically taciturn Kurt Russell (doing his best Clint Eastwood impression) as grizzled anti-hero Snake Plissken. Boosted by its rogue’s gallery of classic character actors like Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine and Donald Pleasance, Carpenter’s film was a good-sized hit, spawning a sequel, Escape from L.A., released in 1996.
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Between the 28 April and 5 May, El Mariachi himself Carlos Gallardo will be running a series of one day masterclasses across the UK to “inspire the young filmmakers.” To coincide with these events HeyUGuys had the privilege to speak with the iconic actor and producer. Talking with Gallardo, his voice beats with a passionate rhythm, of someone whose passion for cinema and filmmaking has only matured with age.
When we caught up with him he spoke about discovering his cinematic and creative inspiration, his collaborative relationship with Robert Rodriguez, the challenges faced and conquered, and offered us an insight into what he hopes to share with the aspiring filmmakers attending his masterclasses.
Why a creative career? Was there that one inspirational moment?
It all started when I was six years old in Acapulco, Mexico. We were a couple of kids who were left with a nanny when our parents went out. »
- Paul Risker
Anyone who knows me knows I’ve long been a fan of the fairly obscure late 70s King Kong-inspired giant monster epic Yeti, Giant of the 20th Century. Barely released on VHS, never before on DVD, finally - at long last - this delirious b-movie bonanza is finally getting its long overdue DVD release.
For the uninitiated, Yeti, Giant of the 20th Century is a 1977 Italian production shot in Canada and then badly dubbed into English that was designed to ride the coattails of the 1976 big budget King Kong remake. Long before The Asylum the Italians were the true kings of the mockbuster.
From Gianfranco Parolini Aka Frank Kramer, co-writer and director of the Lee Van Cleef/Yul Brenner spaghetti western trilogy Sabata, Adios, Sabata, and The Return of Sabata, and starring Antonella Interlenghi (Fulci’s City of the Living Dead), Tony Kendall (Ossorio’s Return of the Evil Dead »
Trevor Hogg reviews the DVD releases of The Complete Third and Fourth Seasons of Maverick...
As much as James Garner (Murphy’s Romance) is associated with the Western television series Maverick one is reminded when watching the episodes again that other members of the family of con artists and poker players make an appearance, in particularly Jack Kelly (Forbidden Planet) who unlike Garner appeared in all five seasons. The partnership of brothers Bret (Garner) and Bart (Kelly) allowed for a lot of mischievous antics which saw them encounter corrupt lawmen, hostile Indians, beautiful damsels, and conniving cattle ranchers.
Always quoting words of wisdom from their dear Pappy, James Garner got the opportunity to play dual role of the elder Maverick in an episode named after him; the show stars Adam West (Batman) as villain with a cowboy hat which predates his transformation into a superhero wearing a cape and cowl. »
James Stewart plays a frontier lawyer who gains a legendary reputation after gunning down a fearsome outlaw. That John Wayne only got second billing was a measure of Stewart's standing with both audiences and director John Ford, but it was destined to be a classic no matter where their names appeared in the credits. As for Lee Marvin and Lee Van Cleef, well, bad guys don't come badder. »
16 items from 2014
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