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It seems like only yesterday that the American Film Institute released their 100 Years...100 Movies  list. Actually though, it was over 10 years ago when we first got our look at that "definitive" list of the 100 best American movies. They then did a ten year anniversary of it in 2007 with only minor adjustments and both years Citizen Kane held the number one place as the best American movie. Of course, the problem with those lists is that they only list American films. While Hollywood might be considered the epicenter of film, the art form itself spans the globe, way beyond American borders. That's why the Toronto International Film Festival came up with their Essential 100 movies. Created by merging lists made by Toronto Film Festival supporters along with another made by their programmers, these are supposed to be the 100 essential movies every cinephile must see. And it starts off with a bang as Citizen Kane has been toppled. »
- Germain Lussier
It’s that time of year when film pundits present their readers with the Christmas gift of their end-of-year choices: 10 Best lists, 10 Worst lists, 10 This and 10 That lists.
I can’t do that kind of list. Having two small children, I rarely get to see a movie that isn’t animated or involves talking animals, and more often incorporates both.
So, my Christmas gift to you is a rather different kind of list, but it needs a bit of explanation.
For some time, it has been my ambition to share my passion for movies with others by teaching some sort course in film appreciation. This fall, I got my wish. However, the scenario didn’t quite play out as I had envisioned.
The setting was a for-profit university generally organized as something akin to a white collar trade school. Curriculums were very profession-focused, lacking much of the broad cultural base »
With the holiday season rapidly approaching that wonderful climactic ending, where the fruits of our shopping labors render reactions of joy and excitement (hopefully) onto the faces of friends and family, we take a moment to ponder the art of good gift-giving tactics. We Are Movie Geeks — as our name implies — has a soft spot for giving/receiving just the right gifts, so we’d like to offer some suggestions to those out there struggling to find just the right gift for the movie geeks in your life… gifts that will surely have them jumping up and down, giddily giggling like a child on Christmas morning.
Movie Theater Gift Cards
Plain and simple… movie geeks Love going to the movies. (duh!) So, what better gift-in-a-pinch for the movie geeks in your life than a gift card to a local theater? Multi-plex chain theater with 3D digital, or small, independent art houses like Landmark, »
- Movie Geeks
There are many actors who might get a 24-film set released which would make for a collection of great and/or important films, but few would be so filled with legendary efforts. This is not only true today, as The Humphrey Bogart Essential Collection makes its way to stores, but it will probably always be true. The combination of talent, charisma, and timing is unlikely to come together in such a way again, and no matter what actors come along, none of them will exist in the right decade.
Certain films may leap to mind, of course, like – Casablanca, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Big Sleep, The Maltese Falcon, etc. – and these giants are wonderful to own, but the collection really gets its value from some of the films that aren’t on the short list of titles that everyone automatically thinks of when they hear his name. »
- Marc Eastman
Part I: Super Chiefs — Calley, Evans, Zanuck and the Passing of the Studio Torches
From the 1960s into the 1980s, one by one, the legendary studios of old – MGM, United Artists, Warner Bros., Paramount, Columbia, 20th Century Fox — were gobbled up by conglomerates, some of which had had almost no previous interests in the entertainment business, such as Paramount’s acquirer, Gulf + Western (a motley collection of properties ranging from Caribbean sugar companies to auto parts), and Kinney National Service (a hodgepodge of funeral homes and parking lots which bought up Warner Bros.). This corporatization of the major studios – the once mighty fiefdoms of the old moguls subjugated by invaders with little or no practical or emotional affinity for movies – is often viewed disparagingly as a sea change signaling the end of the grand Old Hollywood; the Hollywood of Gable and Garland, of Casablanca (1942) and Gone with the Wind (1939).
- Bill Mesce
By 1933, Universal Studios had become a veritable fear factory, thanks to the efforts of production head Carl Laemmle Jr. After the amazing profits earned from Dracula, Frankenstein and The Mummy, he was eager to find Universal's next horror property, and fast.
Carl Junior had been trying to get a Frankenstein sequel off the ground, but director James Whale, who had been so instrumental to the original film's success, had been resistant to the idea. Whale was a true artist who did not like to repeat himself, so the idea of a sequel was distasteful at best, even if it was guaranteed to be a hit.
In an effort to mollify Carl Junior and satisfy his desire for something in the realm of the fantastic, Whale expressed interest in filming The Invisible Man, based on H. G. Wells' 1897 sci-fi novella. It presented some special challenges and was just different enough from »
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The road to bromance isn't always paved with emotional talks about each dude's innermost thoughts and feelings or excessively long garage-band jams, as illustrated in the bromance to end all bromances between Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd) and Sydney Fife (Jason Segel) in 'I Love You Man.'
Sometimes, potential bros can't stand each other at first, as in this week's release 'Due Date' starring Robert Downey Jr. as a father-to-be forced to hitch a ride with an annoying aspiring actor, played by Zach Galifianakis. But this rocky beginning doesn't necessarily mean the two men can't eventually develop a beautiful friendship, much like the original cinematic bromance between Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) and Captain Louis Renault (Claude Rains) in 'Casablanca.' Even though Rick double-crossed Renault, the movie ends with the two men sauntering off into the fog, with Rick proclaiming, "Louis, I think this is »
- Annette Bourdeau
Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh in Victor Fleming's Gone with the Wind Turner Classic Movies' Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood special tour tied to the seven-part documentary series that begins tonight at 5 p.m. Pt on TCM will reach Los Angeles (at The Grove) on Nov. 18-20. Among other artifacts, the exhibit will feature an Oscar statuette for Michael Curtiz's Casablanca; a costume worn by Moguls & Movie Stars narrator Christopher Plummer in The Sound of Music; a dress worn by Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind (1939); a red jacket worn by Marilyn Monroe in Niagara (1953); and a vest and coat worn by Rudolph Valentino in The Sheik (1921). Also: an original bound script from Yankee Doodle Dandy, which earned James Cagney a Best Actor Oscar; a signed check from MGM to John Gilbert, one of the highest-paid stars in the silent era; a vintage silent-film camera; [...] »
- Andre Soares
From animated flicks to epic dramas, Zagat Survey has released The World's Best Movies! 20,773 moviegoers voted and they collectively watched 2.4 million films this year. Wow!
Did your favorite films resonate with the survey participants?
Take a look at the article below taken from Zagat.com:
Make Him an Offer He Can't Refuse: Each film in the guide has been rated on Zagat's signature 30-point scale in four categories: Overall Quality, Acting, Story and Production Values, followed by an editorial review complete with surveyor comments in quotation marks. In addition, the guide boasts over 60 top lists and indexes ranging from genre and year of release to Oscar winners.
"This new Survey puts the ratings and reviews of over 20,000 avid moviegoers at your fingertips so that no matter what your age, sex or preference, there's an easy way to find the perfect film for every occasion," said Tim Zagat, CEO and Co-Founder of Zagat Survey. »
Chicago – Having written about DVDs for years, I’ve been lucky enough to receive and buy dozens of star-centered box sets: collections of films based around an actor or director ranging from Bette Davis to Mel Brooks. More often than not, the set is missing an essential film or two, features lackluster video/audio transfers, or includes bare-bones DVDs without bonus material. None of that is true about “Humphrey Bogart: The Essential Collection,” one of the best DVD box sets ever released.
DVD Rating: 5.0/5.0
The first thing one will notice about “Humphrey Bogart: The Essential Collection” is that it lives up to its name. The set includes 24 films from the period in which Bogart went from a stage star to one of the biggest stars in the world. And, from that period, everything that matters is here including Bogart’s most-beloved classics: “High Sierra,” “The Maltese Falcon,” “Casablanca, »
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Chicago – Humphrey Bogart is one of the most beloved and iconic movie stars to ever grace the form. The legend of Bogart built through caricatures, impressions, and the rarified air in which some of his films exist can sometimes disguise his unbelievable talent. “Casablanca” may be his best film and we’ll be back with a discussion of more Bogie works in our review of the new box set later this week, but arguably the two best Bogart performances have recently been released on Blu-ray in 1941’s “The Maltese Falcon” and 1948’s “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.”
Television Rating: 5.0/5.0
It’s rare to have two films from the infamous American Film Institute Top 100 list released in HD in the same week but that’s exactly what we get with “The Maltese Falcon” and “Sierra Madre,” two of the most acclaimed films of all time. The pair being released on »
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Casablanca may be the better film but this may be one of the best movies ever made about greed and it gave movie lovers the classic line, "Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges. I don't have to show you any stinking badges." You, dear viewer, however, do need to get this Bluray. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre gave Bogart a chance to play a real cad and he attacked the part with relish making his hard luck drifter slow descent into madness into the stuff of movie magic. The film itself won three Academy Awards, two for John Huston who won for Screenplay and Director and one for Hustons father Walter for Best Supporting Actor.
The special features from the previous excellent DVD release are all here. Bogey Biographer commentary, a doc on Huston, another one on the film, a number of short subjects »
This is a film which has been known in the past for looking awful and here it just shines. I'll go so far as to say, that at home, there is simply no replacing this Bluray for fans of Bogey or classic Hollywood cinema. As a film The Maltese Falcon suffers from a staginess that was common to films of its time and in fact and no doubt next to some of Bogeys other stuff, especially Casablanca seems a bit cheesy. But then again it's a film to ignore at your peril. It was nominated for 3 Academy Awards, and launched the careers of Bogart and director John Huston.
The extras from the recent DVD release are all present and accounted for and consist of a commentary by Bogart Biographer Eric Lax, a featurette, the studio blooper real, makeup tests, a trailer gallery for Bogarts films as well as 2 animated shorts, »
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Movies such as Gone With the Wind and Doctor Zhivago lent something grand and epic to romantic love, but it was perhaps the much-loved weepie An Affair to Remember that did the most to introduce us to the more domestic idea of the chick flick or the date movie – the romantic film adored by women and tolerated by their husbands and boyfriends.
The romantic comedy was a further refinement, almost invented in its modern sense by Woody Allen and revived by Rob Reiner with his smash-hit, When Harry Met Sally, a success that has spawned a thousand sucrose imitations. Wong Kar-wai's In the Mood For Love is probably the most potent, old-fashioned romance of recent times. »
- Peter Bradshaw
The film is headed for an airport that has sound-stage written all over it. When they get there, three people will work out the allotment of two letters of transit. They all wear hats, which cast stylish noir shadows of longing and regret on their starry faces. The story goes that the film-makers hardly knew what the final arrangement was going to be.
The set-up reminds us that not too many Hollywood films of the golden era explored the deal romance might make with life. Most lovers are shrugged off at movie's end to live "happily ever after". But no love is stronger than the type that endures separation, frustration or problem. People looking at each other are more palpably in love than those in each other's arms. After all, the uncinematic thing about an embrace is that you can't see the faces. So the cross-cut close-ups of Bergman and Bogart at the end, »
- David Thomson
Michael Curtiz, 1942
The unspoken tremor in most wartime movie romances is that the picture needs to address the feelings of couples separated by war. It's not just whether they will both survive, but whether love and desire can overcome the temptations that come with separate lives. There's another element at work (vital to romance and the age of censorship in the movies) which is that desire may mean the most when it cannot be consummated: the wish for intimacy is so intense because the act is forbidden or impossible.
In Casablanca, we assume that Rick (Humphrey Bogart) and Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) had a good deal of sex in Paris, but in their awkward reunion in north Africa, sex is not renewed. Rather, the triangle of Rick-Ilsa-Victor (Paul Henreid) must contemplate the ultimate selection of just two of them to go forward. And we know now what Rick's decision is, even »
- David Thomson
Eric Stoltz was originally the lead in the film. But then the director didn't think he was funny enough – and replaced him with Michael J Fox
It is one thing to fail an audition. But to be fired after weeks of filming because you're no good . . . ? This is what happened to Eric Stoltz on the set of Back to the Future, as now fully disclosed in the "extras" section of the new DVD edition. Stoltz was originally cast as teen time-traveller Marty McFly, but sacked after director Robert Zemeckis and producer Steven Spielberg watched the rough footage and decided he wasn't getting laughs. Michael J Fox was brought in. Facially similar – but funnier.
Casting is the most delicate, secret part of movie production: once a decision has been made, it is in everyone's interests to pretend that this was destiny, and no other actor would be thinkable. "Wrong" footage, such as the Stoltz/McFly scenes, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Best Break-Up Quotes'The Break-Up' (2006)
Brooke (Jennifer Aniston): "I just don't know how we got here. Our entire relationship, I have gone above and beyond for you, for us. I've cooked, I've picked your shit up off the floor, I've laid »
'Those innocent days have gone for ever. The genie is long out of the bottle'
Iam not quite as heartbroken as I was when Paul Newman died. (How could I be? There was only one Hud, only one Cool Hand Luke, only one "Fast Eddie" Felson, and certainly only one Brick more beautiful than Elizabeth Taylor's Maggie.) But the news that Tony Curtis has died, at the age of 85, still produces a genuine sadness.
When film stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood die, it feels as if a link with the past has been broken. Much more so than after the deaths of more technically "important" figures – politicians, humanitarians, game-changing scientists or Nobel laureates. The magic of film preserves them. Iconic actors exist, in celluloid form, in their prime for ever.
I fell in love with Hud when I was 14, he was 30 and the actor who played him »
- Lucy Mangan
The joy at seeing two of Humphrey Bogart’s greatest films arrive on Blu-ray for the first time is tempered by some of Hollywood’s age-old tricks. Studios love selling us as many different versions of the same movie as they can, and the newly minted Blu-rays of The Maltese Falcon and Treasure of the Sierra Madre are no exception. Both films stand as indisputable classics, but the discs themselves smack of quick-fix delivery: serving as placeholders for better things to come. Hit the jump for my full review.
None of the difficulty with the discs should reflect poorly on the movies themselves. Falcon remains the quintessential detective story, rocketing Bogart to the heights of stardom for his indelible portrayal of hard-boiled Pi Sam Spade. Director John Huston ushered in the era of noir with a seamy retelling of Dashiell Hammett’s pulp novel, about a fabled statue that everyone »
- Rob Vaux
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