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7 items from 2012

Blu-ray Review: Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying MacHines (Twilight Time)

13 August 2012 8:40 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Those Mag-ni-fi-cent Men in their Flying MachinesThey Go Up Tiddly Up UpThey Go Down Tiddly Um DownIt's taken me a little while to get to Twilight Time's limited edition Blu-ray release of Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines, but now that it's done, I find myself wondering what I could possibly have done in all that time that would have been more enjoyable than this. Ken Annakin's epic comedy is another in the popular series of large scale films aimed directly at the funny bones of '60s theatergoers. The unlikely comic pretense of a massive aeronautical race to determine the British dominance of the skies in the earliest part of the 20th century yields unusually successful gags aplenty. This is a fantastically funny »

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"The Pirate Movie": Pillaging, Plundering, Plank-Walking

15 July 2012 7:29 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Anchor Bay Entertainment has re-issued a new DVD release of director Ken Annakin's 1982 musical comedy "The Pirate Movie", starring Kristy McNichol and Christopher Atkins :

"...dreamy young lovers frolic about in this uproarious update of Gilbert & Sullivan’s 'The Pirates Of Penzance', filled with virtuous maidens, savage cutthroats, swordplay, buried treasure, a dashing 'Pirate King' (Ted Hamilton) and a modern 'Major General' (Bill Kerr), plus plenty of pillaging, plundering and plank-walking fun..."

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- M. Stevens

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The Forgotten: Piscatorial Extremity

30 May 2012 8:17 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

1948 was a good year for mermaids.

In Britain, producer Betty E. Box presented Miranda, starring Glynis Johns as a Cornish water-nymph who goes on dry land disguised as an invalid, making merry with the menfolk. Six years later, a sequel, Mad About Men, continued the character's amorous adventures in Technicolor.

Meanwhile in America, William Powell romanced mute mermaid Ann Blyth, an apparent manifestation of his mid-life crisis, in Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid. (Tarzan and the Mermaids, the same year, did not supply any true amphbious ladies.)

What do these fish stories reveal about their respective countries of origin? None of the films' directors have much in the way of auteur credentials—Ken Annakin directed the first Miranda film, staying true to the tradition of innocuous entertainment which was the defining quality of his career, and Ralph Thomas directed the second: though his son Jeremy has produced major films for Bertolucci and Cronenberg, »

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Streaming for Your Pleasure: Memorial Day Edition

30 May 2012 5:06 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Article by Dan Clark of Movie Revolt

Well it’s that time again, time for another installment of Streaming for Your Pleasure. With Memorial Day weekend upon us America is about to officially start the summer. Barbeques, beers, and beaches will surely take up much of our time this weekend, however let us not forget the purpose behind this day as we celebrate the glory that is a three day weekend. In all seriousness it is a time to honor our Veterans and current soldiers for the remarkable sacrifices they make. No matter what political stance you may take I feel that is one thing we can all get behind. With that in mind I dedicated this installment to all things military as I look at military centric films currently available on Netflix Streaming.

The Longest Day

Directed By: Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki, and Darryl F. Zanuck

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- Phil

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DVD Playhouse--May 2012

7 May 2012 3:57 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse – May 2012

By Allen Gardner

Shame (20th Century Fox) Director Steve McQueen’s harrowing portrait of a Manhattan sex addict (Michael Fassbender, in the year’s most riveting performance) whose psyche goes into overload when his equally-troubled sister (Carey Mulligan) visits unexpectedly. Exquisitely-made on every level, save for the screenplay, which makes its point after about thirty minutes. While it tries hard to be a modern-day Last Tango in Paris, this fatal flaw makes it fall somewhat short. The much- ballyhooed sex scenes and frontal nudity are the least-interesting things about the film, incidentally, which is still a must-see for discriminating adults who seek out challenging material. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Featurettes. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS-hd 5.1 surround.

Being John Malkovich (Criterion) Spike Jonze’s madcap film of Charlie Kaufman’s script, regarding a socially-disenfranchised puppeteer (John Cusack) who finds a portal into the mind of actor »

- The Hollywood

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TCM Classic Film Festival Adds Award-Winning Stars, Filmmakers And More

8 March 2012 7:40 PM, PST | | See recent news »

The 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival has unveiled another spectacular lineup of special guests and events for this year’s four-day gathering in Hollywood. Among the newly announced participants for this year’s festival are five-time Emmy® winner Dick Van Dyke, Oscar® winner Shirley Jones, two-time Golden Globe® winner Angie Dickinson, six-time Golden Globe nominee Robert Wagner, seven-time Oscar nominee Norman Jewison, longtime producer A.C. Lyles and three-time Oscar-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker. In addition, the festival will feature a special three-film tribute to director/choreographer Stanley Donen, who will be on-hand for the celebration.

As part of its overall Style and the Movies theme, the festival has added several films featuring the work of pioneering costume designer Travis Banton. Oscar-nominated costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis will introduce the six-movie slate, with actress and former Essentials co-host Rose McGowan joining her for one of the screenings.

Other festival additions include a screening »

- Michelle McCue

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Review: "The River Why" On Blu-ray

26 January 2012 3:43 AM, PST | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

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By Todd Garbarini

I have always loved movies that take place outdoors in the wilderness ever since seeing Ken Annakin’s The Swiss Family Robinson (1960) at a matinee showing in 1980 (when theaters still did that sort of thing) and John Boorman’s Deliverance (1972), though I will admit that the latter, although beautifully lensed by Vilmos Zsigmond, is enough to make anyone want to stay indoors! Matthew Leutwyler’s The River Why (2010), filmed in Portland, Oregon in the summer of 2008, is the film version of David James Duncan’s 1983 novel of the same name and the beautiful outdoors figures prominently in the film. Essentially, this is a coming-of-age story about a young man named Gus Orviston (Zach Gilford of Larry Fessenden’s The Last Winter and television’s "Friday Night Lights"), who is at his wits end when it comes to the constant bickering of his parents, »

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