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Throwback Thursday Review: The Band Wagon (1953)

By the time The Band Wagon was released in 1953, Fred Astaire had been dancing on screen for twenty years. What better way to celebrate that achievement by exploring a story that sees an aging veteran of the stage looking to reinvent himself. The Band Wagon follows Tony Hunter and his friends Cyd and Lester, as they try to put on a fun musical in the face of changing times. In a way, The Band Wagon is a microcosm for what was happening in Hollywood. The luster was purposefully being left to wear and grittier work was finding a more prominent place among audience.  Continue reading

Did You Know: Jean-Claude Van Damme

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You may think that Jean-Claude Van Damme was just some ballet dancer with good looks who managed to talk his way into becoming one of the most popular action movie stars of all time. You may also think that because his martial arts background is of contentious origin that perhaps he’s isn’t as tough as you may think. The truth may shock some and shed light on just what kind of star Jean-Claude Van Damme really is.  Continue reading

What to Watch: ‘Horns’ Looks to Show a New Radcliffe

We’ve known Daniel Radcliffe to be the wand-waving hero Harry Potter from the famed J.K. Rowling series. It is very hard to discuss his work without being reminded of the role that saw him grow up in front of the world. However, his latest film Horns looks to break the English star away from everything we know him to be.  Continue reading

Throwback Thursday Review: The Exorcist (1973)

No horror film has a bigger or badder reputation to mainstream audiences than the 1973 William Friedkin film The Exorcist. Other films may have more gore and even a more solid plot but it is rare to see a horror film have such an iconic and long lasting legacy as this one. Even by today’s lofty special effects standards, The Exorcist holds up well, providing the same jumps and visceral responses as anything released in 2014. Continue reading

Did You Know: The Halloween Movies

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The Halloween movies can be credited for kickstarting the slasher film genre in the United States but there are a lot of interesting tidbits of which many fans are unaware. The franchise has had ten installments and each one has provided its own unique stories. Here are a few of the more memorable facts that you may not know about the series.  Continue reading

What’s Out There: Ouija is Really a Movie and It’s Here!

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Of all the movies being released in theaters this coming Friday one of them stands out as having the chance to make horrible movie history. That movie is the cinematic embodiment of one of the most disappointing board games to ever make its way into households across America. I’m talking about the Ouija board. You may be asking yourself what could have possessed producers to pursue such a mind-numbingly idiotic idea? Well, here are some things you may not know about October’s sleeper horror fiasco.  Continue reading

What’s Out There: Guns, Weird Superheros and Psychos

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This Friday will see an eclectic, if not strange, grouping of movies to hit the big screen. Many of them may feel like regurgitated ideas put out to make a quick buck. Fortunately, the usual topics of war, crime-fighting and serial murderers are there for mass consumption. But before you venture into your cushy seats with a tub of popcorn, there are a few interesting facts you might want to know about this week’s slew of releases.  Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: A Robin Williams Tribute

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If you grew up as a child of the 90′s, the work of Robin Williams transcends that of any other actor. As a child he was the the friendly voice of a genie attempting to help Aladdin escape the evil clutches of the sorcerer Jafar. As a pre-teen he was a 40 year-old tortured soul who was forced to live inside the jungle of an ancient board game. As adults, he was the poetically humorous, sometimes lude, stand-up comedian. In essence, we grew up with Robin Williams and his work grew up with us.  Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: A Lifetime in Front of the Camera

This week’s Throwback Thursday topic started all the way back in 1956. A forty-year-old Eli Wallach, yes forty, made his film debut in one of the more controversial films of the year. Baby Doll saw this well established stage actor try something new by becoming the sexually suggestive Silva Vacarro. While instructed not to outwardly seduce costar Carroll Baker, the player’s suave moves couldn’t be held from the imagination of audiences. Director Elia Kazan couldn’t have been happier with the outcome as his cinematic journey through the power of seduction worked effortlessly through Eli’s skills.  Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: The Memorable Influence Lupe Vélez

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The history of cinema is littered with forgotten artists whose inventiveness was later perfected by the megastars that followed them. Lupe Vélez is a perfect example of this. Known for her “Mexican Spitfire” character, Lupe was one of the earliest representations of Latin-American women in the talkie era of Hollywood. Born into a military family in Mexico, Vélez was forced to take life into her own hands at an early age. After the disappearance of her father during the Mexican Revolution, she was forced to move her family to Mexico City and work as a warehouse clerk for four dollars a week. Her aggressive personality was always her standout feature, but it was on the big screen and stage where it became her trademark.  Continue reading