10 items from 2011
Mark Robson's Earthquake in Los Angeles An acquaintance of an acquaintance of a friend claims he has predicted several catastrophes in the not-too-distant past: the Indian Ocean tsunami, the Japanese earthquake, the George W. Bush election and reelection, the near-collapse of the international banking system. His latest claim: the Big One will shake and rattle Los Angeles next December 25. Talk about a memorable Christmas gift. Now, I'm not sure if this acquaintance of an acquaintance etc. knows someone at New Line. But perhaps he does. As per the Los Angeles Times blog 24 Frames, the studio is developing San Andreas: 3D. I'm assuming you know what 3D is. As for San Andreas, that's the fault line running through California, splitting much of the state in half. Remember that old nonsense — I mean, that old saying: As California goes, so goes the nation? Well, there's another: When San Andreas goes, so will California. »
- Andre Soares
We at Blogomatic3000 love our horror movies, so it’s fitting that we get the chance to bring you the schedule for FEARnet’s exclusive Halloween horror movie extravaganza! So if you’re looking for a good scare in the month of October, read on to see just what FEARnet has planned for you!
On Sunday, October 30th at 9:00 p.m. Et, FEARnet will air a special Halloween episode of Psychoville, the award-winning British black-comedy thriller series written by and starring Reece Shearsmith (Shaun of the Dead) and Steve Pemberton (The League of Gentlemen, Doctor Who). In the Halloween special, four tales of terror unfold as a film crew investigates the abandoned ruins of Ravenhill Psychiatric hospital.
- Aaron M.K.
From the titular Mighty Joe Young to Medusa and the Kraken from Clash of the Titans, YouTube user Mat Bergman has put together a four and a half minute compilation of every Ray Harryhausen animated creature in feature films, presented in chronological order. I have included the list of films taken from Harryhausen.com and placed them below the video, but you can visit that link if you would also like the names of each creature.
The films included are: Mighty Joe Young (1949), The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953), It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955), The Animal World (1956), Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956), The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (1960), Mysterious Island (1961), Jason and the Argonauts (1963), First Men in the Moon (1964), One Million Years B.C. (1966), The Valley of Gwangi (1969), The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974), Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977) and Clash of the Titans (1981).
Thanks to Roger Ebert for the heads up. »
- Brad Brevet
Ray Harryhausen is 91 years old today.
Last summer, I went to an exhibit displaying some of the collected works of Ray Harryhausen, an honest-to-goodness cinematic legend. On tables and in display cases and on the walls were the actual, tactile artifacts from a career creating and animating iconic creatures, monsters, and various other flights of fantasy. There’s a creative buzz that lives in these things, something that’s wholly absent from so many of today’s digital creations. I suspect this comes from the meticulous care, energy and effort put into their creation by their master, Ray Harryhausen. To this day, that liveliness pops off of them – honest; you can kinda feel it when you’re in their presence — and it still and will forever show on screen.
Today, Ray Harryhausen, the inspiration for an entire generation of filmmakers (including most, if not all, of our gurus), turns another year older. »
Dante gives us the details of TCM’s June 23rd back-to-back-to-back double-features.
Another week in June means that TCM — possibly the best channel on any cable box anywhere — is back with another Thursday night chock full of monstrous mayhem. This week they’re turning their attention to something near and dear to our very hearts: underwater fiends.
Here’s Joe (and company) with the rundown:
It Came From Beneath The Sea - The top half of what Bill Warren has called the greatest double bill of the 50s (withCreature with the Atom Brain), this Harryhausen classic benefits from its newsreelish location shooting. Ernest Dickerson appreciates it here.
The Monster That Challenged The World – A surprisingly well produced cheapie with a cool, if immobile, monster by Augie Lohman that takes place on the Salton Sea. It’s a far cry from The Magnificent Ambersons, but a bulky Tim Holt makes »
This is a government warning. An explosion has caused radiation to pour over a cable channel called Turner Classic Movies and as a result large-scale monsters will be invading every Thursday! For fans of the drive-in classic “B movies” of the 50′s, TCM is bringing back all the cheesy fun throughout the month of June. Continuing tonight, TCM will host such films as Them!, The Black Scorpion, The Giant Claw, and many more. These campy classics reflected the nuclear fear that ran rampant at this time. Later this month, you will be able to catch Attack of the 50 foot Woman, The Cyclops, It Came From Beneath The Sea, The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, and The Blob. Click here for more info on the line-up. So, if you like your monsters large, your films with small budgets, and your acting over-the-top, make sure to keep an eye out for TCM every Thursday in June. »
- Michael Haffner
Assuming you have a humongous front door or outstanding insurance, Thursdays in June will be good night to pull your car into the living room, park it in front of your flatscreen, turn the channel to TCM, and try to relive the golden age of drive-in monster movies as TCM is loading its schedule this month with nothing but classic old school monster movies.
As if Turner Classic Movies wasn't already a fantastic channel as is (they're airing the 1977 Jaws with claws cult classic Grizzly this Friday at 2:00 Am Et), every Thursday in June they'll be running all-night Atomic Age monster movie marathons. From Godzilla to Harryhausen, from classics like The Thing from Another World to not-so-classics like Creature from the Haunted Sea to bad movie greatness like The Giant Claw... Here's TCM's own press release:
It came from the drive-in! The al fresco movie theater, a rage of the 1950s and '60s, »
Super-8 Movie Madness With Live Music at the Way Out Club will be held on Tuesday April 5th from 8pm to Midnight. These are Super-8 Sound films condensed from features (they average 15 minutes in length) and will be projected on a large screen at the Way Out Club. Three of the films at this month’s show will be silent movies accompanied by Royale on keyboards. Admission is only Four dollars !!!!
Condensed versions of the following films will be screened: Abbott And Costello Meet Dr. Jeckyl And Mr. Hyde, Boris Karloff in The Devil Commands, The Beatles in Yellow Submarine, Silent Running, The Three Stooges in Tassels In The Air, Bruce Lee in Enter The Dragon, Peter Cushing in The Beast Must Die, It Came From Beneath The Sea, White Line Fever, Monkeys Is The Cwaziest People, and a Max Fleisher Superman Cartoon.
The talented Royal Robbins will take the »
- Tom Stockman
Here’s the first in the series of our Video Vault: 25 Years of Pixar Retrospective. We’ll be bringing you many more over the course of the next week or two so if you’re a fan of all things Pixar, then you’re going to love these!
We here at HeyUGuys Love Pixar and this is just a small homage to the studio that has brought us all so much joy!
Two million, three hundred and twenty thousand, four hundred and thirteen individually animated hairs. It’s a wildly hirsute statistic that, alas, I’ll personally never achieve these days yet back in 2001 audiences were once again blown away by Pixar’s technical prowess when one James P. “Sulley” Sullivan was unleashed upon our collective imaginations.
Pixar’s fourth feature was the first to not be written or directed by animator, director and chief creative director John Lasseter »
- Nick Turk
No doubt this comes as four-year-old news to many Ray Harryhausen fans, but in the whirl and rush of so many DVD and Blu-ray releases of interest, I’d completely missed out on (or perhaps simply forgotten about) the fact that special effects genius Harryhausen had very recently given us the results of his ambitious efforts to colorize—yes, colorize—three movies dear to his heart: She, Things to Come, and The Most Dangerous Game. I came upon this information intending first to offer simply a look back at Game, Rko Pictures’ 1932 jungle-action-horror movie, a compact and entertaining thriller adapted from the Richard Connell story. I knew there was a Criterion release of the film (that I’d seen ages ago but don’t own), but the existence of this re-issue came as a genuine surprise. After all, there are some word pairings that appear pretty unnatural at first. Harryhausen-colorization »
- Movies Unlimited
10 items from 2011
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