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Did You Know: Paul Walker

photo by Scott Garfield via  IMDB

photo by Scott Garfield via IMDB

This weekend’s release of Furious 7 marks the final cinematic memorial for Paul Walker, who tragically passed away in a car accident in late 2013. The actor, whose career was thrown into the spotlight thanks to the high-octane action series, sees his final appearance at the franchise’s crossroads. While some may define Walker’s career by his role in the series, he had quite an interesting career before and after Fast and Furious began.  Continue reading

What to Watch: Furious 7

image via  IMDB

image via IMDB

When you look at the theatrical release calendar for the weekend of April 3, 2015 you’ll find something very interesting. There’s only one new film receiving a nationwide release. The holiday weekend certainly has something to do with that but overall, no one wants to compete with the powerhouse production that is Furious 7. The seventh and latest installment of the Fast and Furious franchise is both the beginning and the end of what we know about the series. The untimely death of star actor Paul Walker combined with aging veterans like Vin Diesel allows fans of the previous films to get one last glimpse of their favorite characters before producers do what they must to keep the successful franchise going.  Continue reading

What to Watch: Home

It’s the calm before the storm. Last week Insurgent was the first major wave to crash onto box-office shores with more following just slightly behind. Unfortunately it won’t be this week as Furious 7 is still a week away. Instead we have a very thin week for releases where most of the noise should be holdovers from the week prior and a Dreamworks film that has received little mainstream attention called HomeContinue reading

Throwback Thursday: The Philadelphia Story (1940)

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image via kcwtoday.co.uk

Just one year after his departure from Gone with the Wind and his uncredited work on The Wizard of Oz, George Cukor continued to churn out films that would be remembered for years to come. In particular, his 1940 film The Philadelphia Story was not only a success but also assisted and galvanizing the careers of Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart. All of whom took part in one of the quickest and most efficient productions of that era.  Continue reading

Did You Know: George Cukor

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image via filmforlife.org

Back in the 1930’s and 40’s directors were not the superstars we know them as today. The era of directors directly influencing box office sales didn’t begin until the late 60’s and didn’t truly catch on until the invention of the blockbuster. If directors had that influence during Hollywood’s Golden Age George Cukor would have been an elite draw with virtually incomparable recognition. This week’s blog is dedicated to pulling back the veil on one of Hollywood’s most dedicated directors.  Continue reading

What to Watch: Insurgent

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image via bookfandoms.com

One of the sleeper hits of 2014 was the dystopian sci-fi action film Divergent, based on the Veronica Roth young adult book series. The film follows a teenage girl named Beatrice “Tris” Prior, played by Shailene Woodley, who must decide between clans in an Orwellian future where we are told that Chicago is the only surviving city after a catastrophic war. The only issue is that Tris is different from the majority in her society. She is what is known as “Divergent,” a person who has the ability to use free-will more than others. This, of course, makes her a target. The first film was released a year ago and was considered a resounding success. So much so that only a year later we see the sequel, Insurgent, hitting screens at nearly 4,000 theaters nationwide.  Continue reading

Did You Know: Albert Maysles

film still from The Salesman via imdb.com

film still from The Salesman via imdb.com

Last week the film industry lost one of its most influential artists and masters of the documentary genre, Albert Maysles. The acclaimed director helped bring the concept of Direct Cinema to the mainstream in the late 60’s and early 70’s with films like Gimme Shelter and Grey Gardens. His name was one of the most respected in the community and his death came as another indication of the changing times. Still, there is much to learn from the life and career of Albert Maysles. This week, we look back at a few facts on Maysles career and life.  Continue reading

What to Watch: Run All Night

Run All Night film still via imdb.com

Run All Night film still via imdb.com

The first major blockbuster will be released this weekend when Disney sends the latest version of Cinderella out for mass consumption. This will surely grab many families and should dominate the box office as no major hold over films will pack all that much of a punch anymore. Still, not everyone will be fleeing to theaters for a glimpse at Cinderella’s blue dress. Those people will need something else and Liam Neeson’s latest action chase film Run All Night is for those people.  Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country could be seen as the bookend to one of sci-fi’s greatest series. Serving as the final film to feature the original Star Trek cast, the sixth installment was also one of the more controversial. It tackled racism and the difficulties of older generations to adjust in an ever changing world. The film also served as the final consulting effort of Gene Roddenberry who died just before the official release.  Continue reading

Did You Know: Leonard Nimoy

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image via allday.com

Last Friday, February 27th, one of the most iconic figures in the later years of television’s Golden Age passed away. Leonard Nimoy was remembered best for his role as Spock in Star Trek but his career spanned sixty years in front and behind the camera. Few may be aware of it but Nimoy’s work covered nearly every aspect of production from actor to writer and even producer. Today’s blog is a celebration of Nimoy’s career and serves as an informative look at the lesser known aspects of his epic career.  Continue reading