Journey to Italy

A The Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon review of Journey to Italy

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Today’s post is a post for The 2nd Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon. It is a Blogathon honoring Blogathon as it runs from august 27 to 29 which is her 101th birthday. So happy birthday to  Ingrid Bergman lets honor this amazing actress of great talent. I hope you check out other posts for this event. Thanks to  the wonderful world of cinema. I would love to thank Virginie Pronovost form that blog for creating this wonderful event.

Journey to Italy review

 

This is the movie that Truffaut proclaimed it the first modern film as It stars the first modern actress Ingrid Bergman as i also praise Roberto Rossellini whom created something truly modern to our time now as this movie always is a classic to my eyes. This is the frist modern movie in every sense of the word.

This film is a firm cinematographic study of a couple (played by Ingrid Bergman, Rossellini’s spouse at the time, and George Sanders) with marital problems midst of beautiful Italian landscapes. It examines the nature of marriage and its strain on one self. Its does not feel like a classic movie form this era of movies as it feels so modern as its issues addressed really are issues modern films firmly address now.

Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders lead the show among the actors of this movie as they truly both give us such wonderful performances that really feel so modern and raw with charm and depth that makes one believe they are a married couple going through an understanding of their marriage and their life. Ingrid Bergman convincingly portrays a woman of sophisticated tastes, of intellect and feelings. Her character is the one to be liked and empathized with, particularly at the scene when she talks of her former lover, a poet Charles. He is dead .yet, he seems to be alive in her heart, she follows his traces, she experiences the haunting whispers of the past as this is indeed one of her finest hours on the screen as she truly nails home this character. George Sanders gives us a fine performance for his wonderful role. The supporting cast truly shines as they all give us wonderful roles.

So much of this movie really stands out as the clothing is fabulous on both of them and the hotel and villa used for those scenes are exquisite as they are better than anything that could have been constructed on a sound stage as It feels like the characters are living in a real place. It makes the movie more enduring and timeless and it works. This is richly captured by such lovely cinematography.

Journey to Italy is a prized movie among movie lovers for good reason this is a crowning jewel that captures traits of humanity in such amazing depth with wonderful acting and very wonderful cinematography with locations that are characters in their own right. This is an amazing movie that you should see today.

The Ruth rating: five bette's

 

Ingrid Bergman Birthday tribute

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spellbound review(repost of last years wonderful review part of my artcle.)09a

When Dr. Anthony Edwardes (Gregory Peck) arrives at a Vermont mental hospital to replace the outgoing hospital director, Dr. Constance Peterson (Ingrid Bergman), a psychoanalyst, discovers Edwardes is actually an impostor. The man confesses that the real Dr. Edwardes is dead and fears he may have killed him, but cannot recall anything. Dr. Peterson, however is convinced his impostor is innocent of the man’s murder, and joins him on a quest to unravel his amnesia through psychoanalysis.

Spellbound is one of several psychological thrillers produced in the 1940s when psychoanalysis was all the rage. The film came out of producer David O. Selznick’s desire to spread the word about psychoanalysis as he suggested it to Hitchcock to direct the movie. David O. Selznick wanted much of the film to be based on his experiences in psychotherapy. He even brought his psychotherapist in on the set to be a technical advisor. Once when she disputed a point of fact with Alfred Hitchcock on how therapy works, Hitchcock said, “My dear, it’s only a movie. This movie was part the rage of psychoanalysis which was the rage in Hollywood at the time period of this movie.

Spellbound is one of Hitchcock’s most underrated movies all time as this movie is overlooked for many other classic movies. It has a plot that is harder to evaluate as it is based upon the ideas of psychoanalysis.

Gregory Peck plays an amnesia patient(Gregory Peck)who is believed to be a psychotic killer as he truly plays the role greatly as ever. Ingrid Bergman plays Dr. Constance Petersen a psychoanalyst at Green Manors as she truly plays the role greatly in this Hitchcock classic movie as she plays polar to her gaslight role which she really had almost won an Oscar for that role as she plays it tame in this role yet she is just as wonderful. Its acting by the two lead cast members is very great as this movie is highly underrated The supporting cast all play great roles as they play part in this psychological thriller. It has great Cinematography by George Barnes who shoots this movie very sharply as ever. Music by Miklós Rózsa is great too.

The psychoanalysis theme plays out in this movie in many ways as the idea of locked doors of the mind. The dream sequence is one of those touches. It really uses the idea of Freudian dream interpretation, guilt complexes, and the miraculous power of psychoanalysis to pull us along into the movie along the way. Its acting-direction-music-cinematography all really work great in this psychological thriller gem of a movie. It’s a great movie that is very underrated by many people. I hope You watch this classic gem soon

The Ruth rating: five bette's

Ingrid Bergman was quite remarkable an actress whom  She won three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards and the Tony Award for Best Actress. A BAFTA Award. She won so many awards and praise for her acting its unreal as she was one of the best actresses to grace the screen ever. She is ranked as the fourth greatest female star of American cinema of all time by the American Film Institute. There will never be anyone quite like Ingrid Bergman whom was an outstanding actress that could do roles with depth and skill. She was one of a kind in acting. A Jewel of an actress. I really loved reviewing Journey to Italy and honoring this jewel of actress for her birthday. Happy 101th birthday to the wonderful  Ingrid Bergman.

Vertigo:A tale of obsession

Vertigo:A tale of obsession                                  https://www.facebook.com/Wolffianclassicmoviesdigestvertigo-alfred-hitchcock-865414_1024_768Alfred Hitchcock’s VERTIGO is a movie that a film which functions on multiple levels simultaneously. One of the many movies that Hitchcock did in his lifetime was vertigo. It was not considered much of a masterpiece at the time. Vertigo is often considered Hitchcock’s most personal and emotional and complex of his movies. It is a tale of obsession that is Hitchcock’s best movie to my eyes.

The opening shot of vertigo has a woman’s lips then an eye as it’s a close up of a human eye as its A spinning hypnotic shape emerges from the eye with hypnotic music tells people they are about to be transported into another world. Scottie(James Stewart) is chasing down someone on a rooftop as it results in death of a policeman which leads to his retirement form the police force. detective John “Scottie” Ferguson retires. Scottie tries to conquer his fear, but his friend and ex-fiancée Midge Wood says that another severe emotional shock may be the only cure as he is trying to overcome his fear of vertigo form his last time as a detective. Its starts off this classic movie of obsession Scottie is asked to follow Madeleine(Kim Novak). This starts off the classic tale of vertigo.

Vertigo is a tale of two halves. It starts out as a ghost story as Once the prologue has introduced us to Ferguson’s fear of heights we start to enter into a dreamlike begining as we have Scottie tailing down Madeleine whom is convinced she is a reincarnation of Carlotta Valdes her grandmother. He follows her to a florist then to the the Mission San Francisco de Asís and the grave of Carlotta Valdes, and to an art museum where she gazes at the Portrait of Carlotta. He watches her enter the McKittrick Hotel, but on investigation she does not seem to be there as she is staring into space as she seems out of it. She truly does seem like she is in a daze. The next day we learn that it is believed she is possessed by Carlotta Valdes whom tragically committed suicide.

She is saved by Scottie at far point. It’s when they kiss at his apartment then the next day we see him and her hang out falling to her death. It then begins a tale of obsession as the film shifts into darker territory. As Scottie really does seem obsessed with her as he is visiting spots she visited as one day he meets he One day, he notices a woman who reminds him of Madeleine, despite her different appearance.

Scottie follows her and she identifies herself as Judy Barton, from Salina, Kansas. A flashback reveals her as Madeleine Elster as part of a murder plot. Gavin had deliberately taken advantage of Scottie’s acrophobia to substitute his wife’s freshly killed body in the apparent “suicide jump”. But Judy rips up the letter and continues the charade, because she loves Scottie. Scottie remains obsessed with Madeleine often having her dress as Madeleine to change clothes to please Scottie and his obsession. Hoping they find happiness together. She then wears the necklace as he insists she recreates the events at the mission as she is pushed off to her death again in a repeat of events. Its a tale of obsession that has nods to Dante’s inferno and feverish dreams take control with many different notions of color being played upon in its feverish dreamlike manner. It is a tale of obsession with an spine tingling ending. It’s a wonderful journey that Hitchcock and its crew took us upon in this classic gem.

Vertigo is a magnificent form the opening credits to its ending. Saul Bass’s title prepares us brilliantly for the movie which is about to unfold upon us. Bernard Herrmann’s musical score as the music is probably more important here than in most films, let alone most Hitchcock films. Because for most of the first half of the film and a great deal of the second half, it is without dialogue. In fact Kim Novak does not have a spoken line until about 48 minutes into the little more than 2 hour feature. She’s under James Stewart’s surveillance and the whole story of his growing obsession with her is told through his facial expressions and through Bernard Herrmann’s music. Bernard Herrmann’s score perfectly captures each mood of the movie as it elements of each part of this movie is captured wonderfully by Bernard Herman’s score if u turn off voice channel and watch it silent you will be amazed at how much it tells the story alone. The scene where the music helps with the flashes of green to reveal a girl of the past truly captures such a moment that reveals a truth. The musical score of Bernard Herrmann may be among his finest ever crafted.

The Cinematography by Robert Burks is one of the finest ever crafted to film as it captures San Francisco as it richly captures the city in such richness and depth. There is color filters that does many tricks such the changing of colors on many scenes in a feverish way is part of this movie. Its richly deep and dreamlike cinematography which richly captures the city in all its glory and beauty as the city by the bay never looked more lovely then it’s being shot in this movie. The famous zooming-in, dollying-out technique and an animated dream sequence. The dazzling imagery could be seen as prefiguring the influence of psychedelia a decade later, although really it is perhaps only the logical extension of the German Expressionist style. It’s only really an updated version of the superimposing of images and casting of shadows in films by Fritz Lang and FW Murnau and many noir classics before this movie coming into a modern feel. or this reason Hitchcock could be called one of the truest heirs of the German Expressionist movement, and not just for the psychological angle. It’s one of the best psychological thrillers ever crafted out on screen.

Jimmy Stewart gives a terrific performance in the role of Scottie a man recognizing his own limits, suffering by his acrophobia as When he is given the chance to pursue this enigmatic woman it give his life a new meaning. It’s such wonderful role that really does nail home an an accurate portrait of an annoyed human being searching for the unattainable. He is a pragmatic man dealing with events in the light of his intuition. I would say this performance is such a fine performance by such a wonderful actor. Kim Novak is so delicate as Madeleine as she gives us a fine perfomance as the defining Hitchcock blonde. This is truly a wonderful performance. The acting is top notch by everyone in the cast as they give such fine performances.

The direction by Hitchcock is truly a wonder. He crafted out one of the finest thrillers all time with such a tale that has so many layers and depths to it. It is Hitchcock’s finest directed and crafted out movie as he truly made this one of his most personal ever crafted out for screen with wonderful actors to match his wonderful direction. This to me is hitch’s finest movie he ever directed on the screen.

Jimmy Stewart plays the biggest anti-hero of his career and Kim Novak whose stunning beauty and exceptional personalities shine through this dark film. Barbara Bel Geddes provides great support as well. Everything about this film truly is marvelous form its cinematography, the story, the depth,acting,music all coming together to make this wonderfully crafted out marvel of a movie that stands among the best movies of all time. Vertigo is a masterpiece.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

 

The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon Review 

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In this noir classic, detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) gets more than he bargained for when he takes a case brought to him by a beautiful but secretive woman (Mary Astor). As soon as Miss Wonderly shows up, trouble follows as Sam’s partner is murdered and Sam is accosted by a man (Peter Lorre) demanding he locate a valuable statuette. Sam, entangled in a dangerous web of crime and intrigue, soon realizes he must find the one thing they all seem to want: the bejeweled Maltese falcon.(goggle plot)

The Maltese Falcon’ is the granddaddy of the modern detective movie as its the debut of John Huston as a flim director along with it made Humphrey Bogart a star as its based upon a Dashiell Hammett’s novel as this movie is a groundbreaking crime drama.

Samuel Spade played by Humphrey Bogart is what we call the classic detective of noir as he truly crafts out a wonderful role as he brought to life on the screen a new type of hardboiled detective who was destined to become the template for a whole succession of others who would appear in numerous films noirs particularly in the 1940s and 1950s.Peter Lorre’s Joel Cairo was a resolute picture of classic villainy as truly nails home such a wonderfully crafted out role. He plays the role with such a cool charm and wit that brings to life a Dashiell Hammett character in a way that really does bring out such a collective charm as he does such a wonderful role. Mary Astor truly is wonderful in her role as Brigid O’Shaughnessy is a striking picture of feminine deceit and betrayal. She is a confirmed liar whom can be just as deadly as she is beautiful as she can make love to Bogart’s character one mine then almost kill him the next. Her performance is surely one of the screens finest ever crafted as she really brings home this complex dame to the screen.

The screenplay by John Huston wonderfully crafts out a wonderful screenplay as its one of the finest noir classics all time. The plot of this movie takes the novel of the same name to screen with impressively written dialog and dark humor that is delivers wonderful acting of this sharp screenplay. The direction of this movie is wonderful for a debut of a director with wonderful cinematography. The The film’s high contrast B&W lighting renders an effective noir look and feel that would be copied for ages to come. This the prime directive classic that set the bar for noir to come.

The characters are complex. The acting is just wonderful. The screenplay brings novel to screen with perfection. The direction truly is outstanding. The cinematography is wonderful. The dialogue is wonderfully crafted out for each scene. This is a classic that takes a classic novel bringing it to screen with such charm that it makes it one of the finest book to movies ever crafted out on the screen. This is a classic movie that you should watch today.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

Silent movie thoughts

Silent movie thoughts

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Movies are memories of a lifetime we must keep them alive.  I am a huge lover of movies. Its the always the dark and those wonderful people on the screen. To me when you watch a good classic movie it sets upon many things as it opens one’s eyes to what many calls movie magic as today i talk some thoughts on silent movies. 

Way Down East quick review.WDE-PosterWay Down East is a parable with simple values told on a bravura scale.  Lillian Gish is wonderful in her role as she truly nails home the role as she brings home one of the finest performances all time. D.W Griffith shows his considerable skills in this film as he crafts out such a wonderful melodrama. Billy Bitzer again shows why he is such an influential cinematographer with long shots and intimate close-ups, and occasional use of tracking and panning. The scenery in the countryside is lush and beautiful, and is captured superbly by  Billy Bitzer’s lens. Way down East has fine performances with wonderful cinematography that is a moving drama for the ages.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

flesh and the devil(1926) quick review

In this silent drama, lifelong school chums Leo (John Gilbert) and Ulrich (Lars Hanson) are soldiers in the German army. Leo falls in love with Countess Felicitas (Greta Garbo) and courts her, which enrages her husband (Marc McDermott). When Leo fights a duel with and kills the Count, he is deployed to Africa for five years as punishment. Leo returns to find that Ulrich has fallen for Felicitas, but she resumes her amorous pursuit of Leo, thus pushing the limits of their friendship.

I had seen this movie as i have the collection of Garbo. I really admire her work on Cinema. This chemistry between Gilbert and Garbo which has them fall in love. It’s really shows as they did really fall in love during filming. Its melodramatic as they come but i love it even more for that trait. It’s the magic of Gilbert and Garbo together that really makes me love this movie even more. It’s a classic that moves you and makes you feel for them both as one of the true classics.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

Way Down East Icy scene thoughts

The famous climax on the floating river of ice is still amazing as it is one of finest Cinematography shots all time as it’s a real shot really shot over such a dangerous condition. Lillian Gish showed true heroism as she braved all the dangers to bring out one of the most remarkable scenes all time. It was inspired by a scene in uncle tom’s cabin this famous scene. It was so dangerous that Lillian couldn’t stand it at all as she demanded a double it was same treatment for the double. Its truly one scene that did break ground in many ways as this scene is often considered to be daring for its time.

Lillian Gish and Dorothy Gish lead this silent movie classic as we see these two sisters overcome everything in their paths. It’s an emotional journey for both sisters in this classic gem as we see them struggle throughout this classic gem. The movie really lands home because of the remarkable acting of the Gish Sisters, Lillian & Dorothy. Acclaimed for her comedic talents, Dorothy here gives an almost completely serious performance, portraying a blind girl cruelly separated from her beloved sister and forced to beg in the streets. Lillian, her classic face mirroring a myriad of emotions, plays the sibling persecuted by both lecherous aristocrats and rapacious revolutionaries. They both together give us a role that is profoundly deep and wonderfully crafted. It’s The scope of the film is enormous with lavish sets and costumes also standing out too as it’s amazing to see on screen. Its one finely acted gem that you should check out today.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

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A boy (Harold Lloyd) moves to New York City to make enough money to support his loving girlfriend (Mildred Davis), but soon discovers that making it in the big city is harder than it looks. When he hears that a store manager will pay $1,000 to anyone who can draw people to his store, he convinces his friend, the “human fly,” (Bill Strother) to climb the building and split the profit with him. But when his pal gets in trouble with the law, he must complete the crazy stunt on his own.(goggle plot)

Safety last is a funny silent movie throughout it. This movie is likely among the best of silent movie comedies. Harold Lloyd is very wonderful as an earnest young man trying to make good in the big city so that he can impress his girlfriend. Mildred Davis really is such a joy in her role as she truly is fun in that role. Bill Strother is wonderful in his respective role. The plot is very soft before the bigger gags come into play with slight gags. The daredevil stunts of him truly is something wonderful as the many scenes really are such a fun joy to watch unfold on the screen. Harold Lloyd climbing in the most famous stunt of the movie really is a wonder to watch on screen. This movie is a fun little gem to watch.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

The Circus (1928) quick reviewWrongfully accused of criminal acts, a tramp (Charlie Chaplin) unwittingly ducks into a big top, where his bumbling attempts to avoid pursuing police officers earn the laughter and applause of the circus-goers. Impressed, the ringmaster (Allan Garcia) decides to employ the tramp as an entertainer. In between getting trapped in a lion’s cage and partaking in clumsy high wire escapades, he falls for a beautiful show rider (Merna Kennedy), who unfortunately has eyes for a daring tightrope acrobat.(goggle plot)

The little tramp is chased into a Circus during a performance as his antics prove to be more funny then the clowns. This movie is more aware of its comedy elements. This movie is not considered as noteworthy as City Lights or Modern Times or The Gold Rush yet this movie contains some of his best work on the screen. Charlie Chaplin’s tramp in his funniest role on the screen. The Circus’ is an all-around Chaplin effort. In addition to playing the lead role, he wrote, directed, produced and edited it, and composed the music as well as this movie is such a wonderful production of all regards that he did for it. Each sequence was made to make the most of the humor to make the  audience laugh. Its Charlie at his funniest ever in this movie as he is so amazing and funny each scene. The ending sequence is especially heartrending as it does what many of his movies do jerks at the emotions at same time as makes us make us laugh or smile. This movie has a blend of comedy and poignancy throughout it with  sympathetic characters to balance out the clowning on the screen. This may be  Charlie Chaplin’s truly overlooked gem that is a classic for anyone to watch anytime.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

Today I talked about some silent movies that I adore as there is more to silent movies then just pies in faces as it has so much depth to them that many forget about that silent movies are far deeper movies. They are such classics to enjoy often. Silent movies will forever remain timeless as these classics are bound to be watched for ages to come. I hope you enjoyed my look upon these golden classic movies form the silent movie era of movies. 

 

Romeo and Juliet

The Barrymore Trilogy Blogathon review of Romeo and Juliet 

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It’s an event that is made In commemoration of Ethel Barrymore’s, 136th Birthday on August 15th,An event hosted by in the good old days of classic Hollywood an outstanding blog that is ran by Crystal Kalyana Pacey. It’s an event honoring entire Barrymore family the royal family of Hollywood whom have been acting for ages. An outstanding family full of many talented legends. So i join this event to honor a member of this outstanding family. This is the second time we do such honors and its well deserved. I hope you check out this event, thanks for this event. I hope check out this event’s other outstanding entries too, thanks again for this event.barrymore-banner-2https://crystalkalyana.wordpress.com/2016/08/15/the-second-annual-barrymore-trilogy-blogathon-has-now-arrived/

Romeo and Juliet review 

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ROMEO AND JULIET does bare being the frist time MGM did the work of Shakespeare for the sliver screen as its a lavish production by  MGM and Irving Thalberg showcasing many of its talents in one truly golden classic. 

John Barrymore amply displays his celebrated talent in one of his finest hours on the screen. It’s such a wonderful performance by one of the finest legends of the golden age. Edna May Oliver steals the show as she gives such wonderful acting. Norma Shearer truly shines as Juliet in one of her fine roles as she gives us a fine display of acting in her performance on the screen. Leslie Howard’s Romeo truly does give us such a wonderful performance as he does such a wonderful acting in his respective role on the  screen. This movie has such wonderful sets and costumes that really are some of the finest at that time on the screen of its production. George Cukor’s direction is on display at his finest as he really does nail home the performances of the cast that do make out such dramatic roles that are outstanding performances by them. ROMEO AND JULIET remains one of those timeless classics that i can watch often as i find such joy in watching john Barrymore ham it up in so many scenes. It has wonderful acting-direction-sets and production all coming together to make it one of the finest movies of the 1930’s and finest of the golden age.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) quick review.

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John Barrymore played the dual role of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde which was his big silent era debut. Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was published in 1886 and was an immediate hit. Dozens of film adaptations have been made, starring everyone from Spencer Tracy to Adam Baldwin, the 1931 Fredric March version being arguably the most famous John Barrymore had been appearing in motion pictures since 1914 but had not yet enjoyed the same level of success that he had achieved on the stage until this movie. It’s his debut into the movie scene. Its considered an early classic of horror. I wouldn’t call it scary at all as it’s a very haunting performance by John Barrymore which was one of his best roles to date on the screen at that point, this movie has some amazing dramatic acting by John Barrymore as it does have its moments of scares but it’s truly more a role that is driven by great acting. One amazing early horror classic gem.

The ruth rating:five bette's                                      Today The entire Barrymore family the royal family of Hollywood whom have been acting for ages. An outstanding family full of many talented legends. So thanks to outstanding hosts for this wonderful event as i reviewed two classic movies in one review for this honorary day.

 

star trek 50 years of a new frontier

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Star trek was started by GENE RODDENBERRY as he wanted a show that would be different then anything done before that would explore new ideas. Star Trek was part of the culmination of space fascination that had begun with Sputnik’s launch in 1957 and wouldn’t reach its peak until Neil Armstrong made his famous lunar steps in 1969 to sum it up simply it man trap was what the public wanted to see. The early ratings did not show signs of the phenomenon Trek would become as it was to become a phenomenon in the 1970’s as the animated series aired and the fans showed what this show was inspiring in legions.  In 1977 a phase two TV show was in the works as a big SC-FI hit was hitting the screen known as star wars. Paramount rethought about the TV show idea and decided to boldly go to the big screen. It helped spark more interest into star trek. The movies were paramount’s cash cow in the 1980’s which would help build the brand name of star trek. It’s when they announced star trek the next generation we seen a new era start of star trek which continues to this date as many fans hated it but it became so loved now it’s considered classic trek all the same. It was such a huge hit that managed to spin off many TV series in the 1990’s which would crash and burn with the worst movie of it all but it did not kill the brand as star trek lives on now due to the many TV shows and many times the classic TV show has aired on TV. Star trek manages to outlast everything due to its deeply rooted human nature it addresses.  The ideas of what it addresses on war and human issues that connects cultures around the world. Star trek main message is about hope for a brighter future for humanity that is something that should last forever in my eyes. Yes i am die hard Trekkie so to honor 50 years of star trek is a deep honor as i want to honor gene’s vision of star trek. So this tribute is to honor 50 years of star trek.  So let’s go into that final frontier and honor the show that made many times in my childhood magical and so many others around the world. Happy 50 years to star trek lets go into that final frontier.Space the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise.It’s continuing mission,To explore strange new worlds,to seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no man has gone before,lets go boldly where no man has gone before.

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star trek 50 years of a new frontierStar trek may be one of those bold sci-fi series that does have issues that anyone can connect to as a person. Its core is about humanity which makes the best of its stories about that deeper humanity.  Where No Man Has Gone Before review

Where No Man Has Gone Before was Written by Samuel A. Peeples and Directed by James Goldstone. Roddenberry’s second pilot was repurposed as the third ever episode, and became the first Star Trek episode to be shown in the UK. The flight recorder of the 200-year-old U.S.S. Valiant relays a tale of terror a magnetic storm at the edge of the galaxy! This story type of a lost ship is often used in star trek. This tale started that classic star trek trait. The story is surprisingly sophisticated for such an early effort it’s no wonder it got green light after this story. Where man trap setup the relationship of McCoy this tale setups relationship with Spock even if somewhat uneasy. This tale deals in absolutes. It asks about godhood and morals. It talks about ideas of compassion in command and the ideas of power. What it means to be human. It’s really a deep story that has friendship and bonds and tests of those bonds. This tale when I watched it as boy I used to feel such pity for the people needing the cure yet we have to understand what is needed to do for the best is what they seek out. Its fine writing and very fine direction and acting make this one of those classic star trek tales to watch often.

five spocksThe City on the Edge of Forever reviewWritten by science fiction legend Harlan Ellison and guest-starring Joan Collins. This is star trek at its finest. This classic tale is often considered by Trekkie to be the finest star trek tale of all time. Kirk, Spock, and McCoy find themselves in 1930s New York, where a chance encounter could have disastrous consequences on the future if they alter events in any way. It’s one of the first tales on TV to deal with the ripples of time travel. Time travel is a new idea for this period as we had shows dealing it softly at its time as this tale is the highest praised story of star trek for good reason. The City on the Edge of Forever” is a love story about Edith Keeler and Jim Kirk which really shouldn’t happen as the ripples of such a love would destroy the timeline. Its at a Kirk story as we deal with Kirk’s humanity as he must follow prime directive yet he feels so passionate for this person. It’s a moral test for captain Kirk as he really by end does feel broken up by his choice. It has moments where you think timeline may be altered as by end it is not altered as we see as Kirk makes right choice in end for the best of the timeline. Kirk’s test of humanity is what makes this tale a classic tale to watch for the ages. Its classic trek at its finest with great acting and writing and direction makes it a wonderful tale that is classic star trek at its finest.five spocksBalance Of Terror reviewThe Enterprise must decide on its response when a Romulan ship makes a destructively hostile armed probe of Federation territory. This is an incredibly riveting and layered episode, a tense war story pitting two vessels against unknown enemies. There are obvious parallels to naval battles between seafaring ships and submarines as one can say it’s a game of battleship. Kirk and the  Romulan commander share many things alike and many things different as its so interesting to see that play out. This tale really plays upon many elements that mirror world war two in the Japanese as the Romulan’s share many traits with them about their idea of their loyalty to the cause. We see two sides both are loyal men trying to figure out best for their people as a whole. It’s such an interesting tale as we see Kirk really come into his own as a captain in this tale in my eyes as it feels as he is truly trying his hand at a mission which could have an outcome different then many think. This story has many morals about not judging anyone. This tale really does play upon many elements with its great storytelling and acting making a truly classic star trek tale.five spocksmirror mirror star trek reviewA transporter accident places Capt. Kirk’s landing party in an alternate universe, where the Federation is a barbarically brutal empire. It’s a mirror universe tale at its finest. Its something of a staple in scfi to use these types of tales. Mirror, Mirror is frankly one of the finest hours of star trek as every detail is such a joy. I love all the details that is different such as a sword going trough earth and the voice being male and its many details of differences in the looks of everyone of the crew. It looks like a vastly different star trek to a tee. This mirror tale really does make for some fine acting by everyone in the cast as they play two roles each their good and evil half it’s such a mirror of roles that one can see a depth of acting form everyone in the cast. Its fine storytelling at its finest too as its one of the best written and scripted tales of star trek. Its direction is such finely crafted direction as its just able to make us understand the differences of everything as were as shocked as Kirk at some of the actions of the crew. I would boldly say this tale goings beyond many tales in its depth and it cores to make it the finest hour of star trek ever crafted.five spocksThe Devil In The Dark review Star trek at its best is about humanity at its best. At the heart of Star Trek is an essential optimism, a faith in the hope that, with enough time and effort, intelligent life of every variety can find a way to live together in peace. Its stories that test these ideals that really do push many things in trek in ways we do not see. We have them called to protect miners form a threat. It Kirk and Spock that have to figure how to deal with it. Kirk and Spock really do test their bonds as they both have different ideas how deal with it. This tale proves to test of their friendship too. The look of the herta is alien as they come as they do look silly somewhat but its cheesy nature is another element to like about them. We see them figure a way to make humans and the herta live together as its mission set them to do in the first place as this tale is such a wonderfully layered story that does address many human traits in even the most alien of moments with wonderful acting by its cast and its wonderfully crafted out and directed making it one of the finest hours of star trek.five spocksI remember the first night that star trek next generation aired as i watched it. It did show me a new frontier. It’s about the idea of humanism as gene would quote it to be. Space the final frontier. These are the voyages of the star-ship Enterprise. It’s continuing mission, To explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no man has gone before, let’s go boldly where no man has gone before. We are bold explorers that explore our past to better understand our nature and we explore space often to find a new future. Mankind at its heart are explorers. Star trek teaches us to be our best as humans and find a way to live better as humans. The human race is a remarkable creature, one with great potential, and I hope that ‘Star Trek’ has helped to show us what we can be if we believe in ourselves and our abilities.” – Gene Roddenberry. Gene Roddenberry created not only a vision but a philosophy that expanded what is possible. His vision was to create unity, curiosity, taking chances and going where no one has gone before. It’s that vision that keeps star trek lasting for so long. Thank you Gene Roddenberry and the many talented hands beyond this wonderful idea and vision. Let us always remember we must take chances and go where no man has going before. as Kirk ended it. second star straight into morning,happy 50th anniversary to star trek.

THE PROWLER

THE PROWLER Review(https://www.facebook.com/Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest/)p36749_p_v8_aaI am a big lover of movies as i really love flim noir as it stands among my favorite type of movies to watch often. So when I found out that The Midnite Drive-In was hosting a film noir blogathon, i jumped at chance to review a classic noir classic gem. Be sure to check out other reviews form the event. Thanks to wonderful host of this event. Its time to present the review. A  Film Noir Blogathon review of the THE PROWLERFilmNoirBlogathon-Double            The Prowler was not seen for years as it now is regarded as a noir classic as this movie is regarded in the b movie tradition of movies.  The prowler flips the femme fatale formula around to great effect as its the male cop is the aka  the seducer, a cop no less, the abuse of power hanging heavy over proceedings like, yes, some “prowler” lurking in your back garden. Van Heflin plays the role of Webb Garwood in a wonderful performance as the cop who is smiten with Susan Gilvray  played wonderfully by Evelyn Keyes.  Webb Garwood is smitten with the young and attractive woman from the off, and sensing her marriage to a late night radio personality is far from happy, he sets about wooing her, obsessively. It’s the start of a coupling that is going to travel down a particularly dark road. This movie is a two character piece that is directed and crafted out by  Joseph Losey as he crafts out such a wonderfully crafted gem that flips many things of the classic noir on its head as a cop turns out to be obsessed with the person he is served to protect. Evelyn Keyes caracter is a very good homely  femme fatale that does really come to love Webb Garwood. Its a wonder she can fall for a bad guy in a way so fast but it works due to her acting. Their body language really does work well together as both do speak such without words. The Prowler  is concerned with complex social issues with wonderfully crafted acting and direction making it a noir worth watching. The prowler is a nearly forgotten noir classic that tells a tale of adultery and greed that has a cop play up the role of the dame of noir normally to twist her feelings for him as they fall in love you see the strings being pulled toward a love tale of greed and lust that makes it one classic noir gem for the ages.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's