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the Lord of the Rings trilogy best one ever.

There is an argument to be made that Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy is this generation’s Star Wars (even though, you could also argue that Star Wars is this generation’s Star Wars, given that series recent trilogy) as even  you can say that these movies even the hobbit saga are some of best movies ever made on the screen as the jouneys of urneys of Frodo, Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimili in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and later Bilbo, Thorin, Dwalin, Balin, Kili, Fili, Dori, Nori, Ori, Oin, Gloin, Bifur, Bofur, and Bombur (phew) in The Hobbit movies captivated millions of people around the world in their film adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy epics that were considered the boldest sea change of movies ever. they changed everything as the one series to rule them all redefined how movies are made forever as the quest was landmark as all great stories the one that last are ones that showcase the jouney of a hero to its end.  the story of lord of rings mirrors our own history as thus making it a tale about humanity overcoming its flaws. the lord of rings is the greatest saga all time in movie history. It is hard to beleive that it has been almost 20 years since the first Lord of the Rings movie was released in theaters. The franchise became such a critical and commercial success that sometimes I forget what a creative risk it was in the beginning as these books are considered some of the best books ever written ever. The Lord of the Rings novels by British author J.R.R. Tolkien have been popular since they were published back in the 1950s, but a film series based on these books was still a risky gamble as many studios wouldnt risk such a bold series of novels that had such a vast and complex world that mirrors our own in many ways. Director Peter Jackson was given leeway to shoot all three movies in the trilogy at one time, with no guarantee the first one would even be a success as this was before geek culture became mainstream as how would uld general audiences respond to a story about Elves, Hobbits, Dwarves, and a mysterious Ring with the power to destroy the world?Thankfully, the answer was yes, and the Lord of the Rings films dominated pop culture conversation in the early 2000s. Even though the follow-up Hobbit movies weren’t as successful, the LOTR trilogy remains well-regarded to this day.  i talk about them today. i recall seeing lord of rings of king on big screen as that movie was such an amazing movie to see on screen.  I talk about series today.

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The Lord of the Rings Trilogy begins with its first installment laying the foundation for the giant structure that’s to come as we see the scene of them meeting about the ring as the races of this world meet about what to do with the one ring to destory them all. the Fellowship of the Ring introduces us to the scale and scope of Middle-Earth, its creatures, heroes, and villains. Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) is a Hobbit, carefree and happy in The Shire. Frodo is asked by the wizard Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellan) to carry a golden ring to Rivendell, where all the creatures of Middle Earth would decide on how best to deal with the reawakened threat of Sauron, the Dark Lord as i would say casts go this movie has some of best actors you ever will find on the screen as they give out such amazing performances as peter jackson made them more easy to connect to us all as the books not so easy to read but the asy to relate to and identify, especially when the ensemble is quite large. As the party reaches Rivendell, we meet more characters – Elrond (Hugo Weaving), Arwen (Liv Tyler), Boromir (Sean Bean), Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and the Dwarf Gimli (John Rhys-Davies). And yet Jackson spends time with each character, giving us glimpses of their personalities and history to this world of middle earth. by time we get to scenes toward end of frist movie as they confront the armies to have the ending of frist movie. By the end of The Fellowship of the Ring, the themes of hope, the bonds of fellowship, sacrifice and loss permeate the story. The large story arcs are assembled as the Fellowship journeys towards Mount Doom begins to change upon them all. The epic battle of Gandalf and the Balrog on the bridge of Khazad-dûm and the fall of Gandalf at end of frist movie changes the jouney going forward as now ragorn must learn to accept his role amongst the nobility of old, Gimli and Legolas must work together and set aside the centuries worth of animosity that exists between the races of Dwarves and Elves and the Hobbits must learn that courage comes in the smallest packages as the hobbits all must help Frodo bring the one ring to justice.

2. THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is that middle act of Peter Jackson’s on-screen adaptation of J.R.R Tolkien’s Middle-Earth saga & just like the novel, it has no definite beginning or ending. What’s even more challenging this time is the fact that unlike The Fellowship of the Ring, which had a single plot to focus on, The Two Towers deals with multiple plot lines & all of them need to work. However, the good news is that even though this second chapter doesn’t follow the novel as faithfully as its predecessor did, it nonetheless succeeds as a worthy sequel that improves upon the origina movie in many ways as the many plot threads are opened up as the world of middle earth is opened up on the screen. The Two Towers tells the aftermath of the breaking of the Fellowship & intercuts three story lines. The first concerns Frodo & Sam who, on their journey to Mordor, find their peril deepen for there is another who hunts the ring. The second deals with Merry & Pippin, who were taken hostages in the last film. And the third covers the trio of Aragorn, Legolas & Gimli who, along with an unexpected ally, head to Rohan to warn the kingdom about an impending war. The title refers to the union between the two towers: Barad-dûr; fortress of the Dark Lord, Sauron & Orthanc; stronghold of the wizard, Saruman as all these plot threads are nicely expanded upon on the screen. new characters are introduced to the story. The Shieldmaiden Eowyn (Miranda Otto), the Horselord Eomer (Karl Urban) as well as an array of rebellious, walking, talking trees. Yes. Animated trees who stage a revolt. It’s majestic as we also get the amazing acting of its whole cast that give us such amazing performances on the screen.Coming to the technical aspects, all filmmaking departments get significant upgrades & are more fine-tuned this time. The production design continues to impress as the miniatures used to represent Rohan, Helm’s Deep & Osgiliath are meticulously detailed down to the smallest of things, thus making art direction & set decoration a winning aspect, once again. Still, what makes these sets look even more appealing is their ideal fusion with the beautifully photographed landscapes of New Zealand. The cinematography immerses the viewers into Middle-Earth just like its predecessor, and the camerawork is at its absolute best when it comes to the film’s action sequences. Make-up & Costume Design stay true to the timeline it depicts. Sound feels more authentic this time & is spot-on where it matters most. Editing trims the film down to 179 minutes & although it’s very effective in that 3 hours of runtime, I recommend the extended version instead as it adds 45 minutes of new & extended scenes and further develops the film’s characters, adds greater depth to its plot & enriches the overall experience of The Two Towers yet you can still enjoy the orginal cuts n get an amazing movie out of it all.

Weta Digital made history with The Fellowship of the Ring when it brought alive Middle-Earth in breathtaking detail but the enhancements it brings in the visual effects of The Two Towers is even more groundbreaking. Gollum & Treebeard are entirely computer-generated & it was a VFX milestone of its time that was some of the best effects on screen as visuals are at its finest and without this team’s creativity & breakthroughs, it wouldn’t rank today as one of the greatest screen battles of all time. Another scene where visuals really shine, but doesn’t get as much credit as it deserves, is the Flooding of Isengard sequence which showcases some of best effects on flim ever. it wouldn’t rank today as one of the greatest screen battles of all time. Another scene where visuals really shine, but doesn’t get as much credit as it deserves, is the Flooding of Isengard sequence, which undeniably is one hell of an eye-opener you don’t see in cinema very often. Finally, the background score by Howard Shore introduces new tracks for Rohan, Gollum & many more sequences while the music heard in the first chapter further develops & expands into new realms. Splendid where it is meant to be, touching where it needs to be & magnificently pleasing to the viewers’ senses, the soundtrack of The Two Towers is an outstanding follow-up to its predecessor and continues to enhance the emotional journey of this exceptional adventure that really unfolds upon the screen.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy ReviewThe Two Towers has character arcs on all fronts. But this middle chapter brings us closer to Frodo and his struggle to maintain his sanity as the ring tries to cloud his world in darkness. By his side, Sam too battles to keep Frodo tied to his humanity. Truly the relationship between these two hobbits is riveting, heartbreaking and inspiring. “What are you holding onto Sam?” Frodo asks him when their quest becomes overwhelming. “That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.” Pass the Kleenex – but the large rolls. A small tissue just won’t do. Watch out for the incredible battle set pieces at Helm’s Deep and Isengard. The Two Towers quite possibly also covets the title of being the most humorous film in the trilogy. Despite impending doom, the Hobbits, Legolas, and Gimli in particular, know how to make you laugh. Sometimes just before you cry. As Gandalf says, “The battle of Helm’s Deep is over; the battle for Middle-Earth is about to begin”. And with these words, we jump into the final film which ends to setup the bold ending.

3. THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Review

Every tale comes to its end as every tale must end at sometime. However, when it comes to motion picture trilogies, the last installment has always failed to live up to its utmost hype & expectations on most occasions. Over the years, the final chapter of most film trilogies has turned out to be the weakest. It happened with Frances Ford Coppola’s The Godfather trilogy, in which the second sequel was absolutely unnecessary as Part II had ended the saga on a perfect note. It also happened with star wars trilogy as the 9 chapter saga ended with rise of skywalker as the Disney ones divide the fan-base to this date. The Dark Knight trilogy, as The Dark Knight Rises didn’t only disappoint as a weak sequel but also as a shockingly weak stand-alone film as most sagas in Hollywood seem to end with such a low note as they do not live up the ideals that many set upon their sagas. The second sequel in every trilogy not only faces the burden of living up to the success of its predecessors but, being the final chapter, it also has to deal with the heavy emotional baggage that comes from its loyal fans. And since they have showered these films with so much love, they do deserve a proper send-off, at least. As for The Lord of the RingsThe Fellowship of the Ring turned out to be a genre-defining classic. The Two Towers somehow managed to tower above its predecessor & set an even higher benchmark for the final film. Already facing more anticipation than previous two chapters combined, it did seem near-impossible for The Return of the King to triumph over such expectations to change things forever. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is the culmination of the wonderful journey we embarked on with The Fellowship of the Ring and picks up the story right from where it was left off in The Two Towers. To destroy the One Ring, Frodo & Sam continue their expedition through the secret passage into Mordor that Gollum is leading them onto but are unaware of his true intentions. After tasting defeat in the Battle of Helm’s Deep & loss of Saruman, the Dark Lord Sauron sets his eye upon Gondor and wages his final attack against all the free realms of the Middle-Earth. Very much aware of the looming threat, Gandalf travels to Minas Tirith (Capital of Gondor) to make their forces ready for battle & to defend the city. King Theoden also rallies his forces & rides off to Gondor’s aid while Aragorn, Legolas & Gimli take the Paths of the Dead to summon an army to fight against Mordor’s forces. But in the end, it all comes down to Frodo & the One Ring to decide the final fate of Middle-Earth as the jouney set out in frist movie to end here is such an epic ending. One great thing that worked in favor of The Lord of the Rings is the fact that all its three parts were written & filmed at once, with only post-production work left to be done within its year of releases. Being a single story that spans over 3 films, this chapter did ease things for Peter Jackson from the direction point of view as he knew how to bring the saga to a fitting conclusion. But since The Two Towers had left out many events, this film needed to cover all those missing segments while narrating its own tale. And thanks to Jackson & co-writers (Walsh & Boyens), The Return of the King accomplishes everything it set out to do & does it in a spectacular fashion. As it is the final film of the trilogy, there is a sense of urgency in its story in comparison to its predecessors but, in spite of that, it appropriately covers all the essential elements of the book, ties up all the loose ends & gives proper farewells to its characters and throughout its runtime, it delivered all of that blended with high-quality entertainment of such epic proportions that in the end, fans couldn’t have asked for a better finale to end the saga of middle earth. I seen this movie on big screen as the ending when they are climbing to bring the one ring they stuggle to make it to mount doom i cried as many others did too as we all thought it was over for them at that moment as he said look we are almost there.

The Lord of the Rings still remains director Peter Jackson’s magnum opus & The Return of the King is his finest directional achievement. Making all films in a trilogy succeed on both critical & commercial scale is no easy feat but to make the next instalment work better than the previous one two times in a row is even rarer. Yet, Jackson manages to do so in the end with his sweeping cinematic vision, stunning eye for detail & in-depth knowledge of balancing emotional storytelling with thrilling action entertainment. The Return of the King presents Peter Jackson at his absolute best as this time, he pushes everything to its extreme & makes this film work on so many levels that it not only succeeds as the best film of the trilogy but also sets a new standard for epic filmmaking. Written by Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh & Phillipa Boyens, the screenplay is cleverly adapted from the source material as many right choices were made in the decision of what to include & what to leave out from the final script. Walsh also tries her hand at direction as the shocking prologue this film opens with is her creation as  Jackson manages to do so in the end with his sweeping cinematic vision, stunning eye for detail & in-depth knowledge of balancing emotional storytelling with thrilling action entertainment. The Return of the King presents Peter Jackson at his absolute best as this time, he pushes everything to its extreme & makes this film work on so many levels that it not only succeeds as the best film of the trilogy but also sets a new standard for epic filmmaking. Written by Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh & Phillipa Boyens, the screenplay is cleverly adapted from the source material as many right choices were made in the decision of what to include & what to leave out from the final script. Walsh also tries her hand at direction as the shocking prologue this film opens with is her creation.Coming to the technical aspects the flim it is a major upgrade in almost everything that went into the making of this film. Starting with the production design, The Return of the King introduces the set of Minas Tirith for the first time in full-scale & thanks to the high level of detailing that went into its design, it looks amazing on film canvas. Other equally majestic sets include the gothic Minas Morgul, Cirith Ungol & Black Gates of Mordor, the unsettling Shelob’s Lair & Mount Doom. Cinematography continues to dazzle & among the three films as this flim is one of best of all saga in some ways its many elements upon the screen.  The Fellowship of the Ring & The Two Towers introduced almost all characters we needed to be acquainted with & this film just brings all their character arcs to completion. The only new character we meet in this film is Denethor (John Noble), Steward of Gondor as well as father to Faramir & Boromir, whose death drives him mad. Unlike the previous two films in which Gandalf the Grey & Gollum turned out to be the most impressive characters, respectively, there is no single dominating performance in this film as its entire cast puts up a more mature on-screen portrayal of their respective characters. The ring-bearer’s quest to destroy the One Ring gets all the more difficult in this film as Frodo (Elijah Wood) further breaks down under the corrupting power of the ring. Sam (Sean Astin) remains a loyal friend to Frodo & despite every setback, assists him until the very end. Gollum/Sméagol (Andy Serkis) proceeds with his plan of leading the Hobbits into a trap for he wants the ring for himself. The film also shows Sméagol’s backstory & his degeneration into Gollum in its opening prologue as we see his downfall into the ceature its a sad and very heartfelt and emtional in many ways as Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) finally puts aside the tag of a ranger & claims the throne of Gondor, of which he is the rightful heir. Legolas (Orlando Bloom) & Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) continue their friendly rivalry over Orc kills while they both aid Aragorn in summoning an army that dwells in the mountains. Gandalf (Ian McKellen) travels to Gondor to alarm the city of the impending threat & leads Gondor’s forces against Mordor’s legions of Orcs, Trolls & Nazgûls. Pippin (Billy Boyd) travels to Gondor with Gandalf & eventually becomes the esquire of Gondor while Merry (Dominic Monaghan) becomes the esquire of Rohan. Lord Elrond (Hugo Weaving) reforges the sword Andúril & gives it to Aragorn while informing him about Arwen’s (Liv Tyler) fate. Faramir (David Wenham) is sent on a suicide mission by his father to reclaim the fallen city of Osgiliath. King Théoden (Bernard Hill), with his nephew, Éomer (Karl Urban), assembles the Rohirrim for the war against their common enemy while his niece, Éowyn (Miranda Otto), disguises herself & travels with them to prove her worth in battle. The extended edition also brings the characters of Saruman (Christopher Lee) & Gríma Wormtongue (Brad Dourif) to their closures. And overall, there is nothing much to complain in the acting department as they all give out marvelous performances upon the screen. J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings is unanimously hailed by critics & readers alike as the greatest fantasy novel ever written & a milestone in the works of literature. The on-screen adaptation of The Lord of the Rings was one of the most ambitious projects undertaken in film history and could’ve easily gone wrong. But thanks to the incredibly faithful & smartly written script that remained true to Tolkien’s world, the painstaking research, stunning production design & the high level of detailing that went into the making of this film, along with the essential contributions which come from its pitch-perfect cast & extremely talented crew, The Lord of the Rings, at last, was able to make an immensely successful transition to the big screen and it probably wouldn’t have been this good without the quicksilver vision of filmmaker Peter Jackson managed to make such an epic saga to last for the ages. Peter Jackson, a devoted Tolkien fan himself. The Lord of the Rings did catapult Jackson into the big guns of Hollywood film industry while also introducing Weta Digital as one of the foremost visual effects company on the planet but where it made its biggest impact is on cinema itself as it changed everything about epic & fantasy filmmaking, is one of the most important films of the modern era & a landmark moment in motion picture history. On an overall scale, The Return of the King is the finest chapter of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It not only triumphs as one of the greatest sequels ever made but also as one of the most critically & commercially successful films of all time. And along with The Fellowship of the Ring & The Two Towers, it also makes up for cinema’s greatest motion picture trilogy that will not soon, if ever, find its equal. It doesn’t need mine or any cinephile’s recommendation as the film’s universal acclaim speaks for itself. Winner of 17 Academy Awards out of 30 nominations over the course of 3 years; in which The Return of the King won a record-breaking 11 Oscars out of 11 nominations, including the big category awards like Best Picture (only fantasy film to win so), Best Director & Best Adapted Screenplay. Commercially successful as well since the three films made nearly $3 billions in box-office collections; in which The Return of the King became only the second film to cross the billion dollars mark in worldwide gross as the lord of rings still remains to this date the finest saga to ever come upon the screen. I hope you loved my look upon this bold saga today.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy brilliantly culminates with The Return of the King. There are many films that have touched me, stayed with me and demanded a space on my “best of” list. None has been as incessant, or perhaps as well deserving as The Return of the King. It’s hard to describe the weight and the emotion of this film. It’s fantasy, however, and for the most part, one would assume that a tale steeped in a make-believe universe with Elves and Hobbits surely cannot be anything more than base entertainment. Emphatically, that estimation is wrong. The Return of the King is in my estimation, the perfect film, a cinematic masterpiece. It brings together our heroes in emotional, heartbreaking ways. Amidst battles – personal and literal – these characters fight for their fellowmen with such unselfish vigour. It’s quite simply exhilarating and inspirational that i regard as one of best saga’s ever put on screen. as the road calls upon all sagas to end sadly this one ended with one of best endings ever to one of the best sagas ever on the screen. you can watch this series on hbo max alongside many other great classic movies

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Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’The Unrelenting gaze

Today I talk about Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo which remains one of the greatest movies ever made. its is listed as the number one movie all time in hstory of flim.alfred 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 that adresses many of the natures of what makes a great flim. Its today i am talking about it again for a talk. Lets begin. Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’The Unrelenting gaze

Hitchcock wanted to buy the rights to a novel called Celle qui n’etait plus (translated into English as She Who Was No More) by writers Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac, but unfortunately for him, director Henri-Georges Clouzot had beaten him to it and had directed the 1955 movie entitled Les Diaboliques based on said source material but he would twa,so when the follow-up D’entres les morts hit the bookstores in 1954, the director had Paramount commission a synopsis before the novel even got a chance to get translated into English. When the studio secured the rights, playwright Maxwell Anderson (Anne of the Thousand Days, The Bad Seed) got the job of adapting the novel into a film. Anderson wrote a script entitled Darkling, I Listen a quote from English poet John Keats’ poem Ode to a Nightingale—and Hitchcock did not like it one bit, so he discarded the draft and brought in Alec Coppel (The Captain’s Paradise, Mr. Denning Drives North) instead. Unfortunately, his second pick did not satisfy him either, leading to Samuel L. Taylor (Avantil, Sabrina) being hired to write the screenplay from scratch, with the help of Hitchcock’s notes. Taylor wanted to take sole credit for his work, but Coppel would not have it, and objected to the Screen Writers Guild, after which both were credited and Anderson was left out. Kim Novak was cast alongside Jimmy Stewart, although the part of the female lead was initially intended for Vera Miles, who would later on play her most memorable role in Psycho. Miles became pregnant so the director chose Novak instead. By the time the actress was ready to start shooting after having taken care of her other commitments; Miles became available again, only to find out that Hitchcock had decided to stick with his new leading lady as he would find this tale of obsession. Vertigo follows John “Scottie” Ferguson, a police officer who discovers he has a fear of heights that manifests itself as vertigo, forced to retire after his condition results in him having to retire from the police force. He spends time with his friends as one day asked by a friend to follow his wife wants his wife Madeleine (Kim Novak) followed, but not because he suspects her of infidelity­ but rather because he is afraid for her mental health as he becomes obsessed with this blond woman to the point of madness.

Vertigo works as this factuality of the unrelenting male gaze that dominates and dictates both our shared collective reality and the majority of the narratives we as a species create and willingly consumes our obsession of it. We see yet another hand to it too as the collective look upon how the male gaze n obsession can drive one to madness as this movie can be viewed as clever breakdown of the male gaze as the idea of how scottie’s obression with creatring this perfect image of a woman that is same as hitchcock’s own obression of the hitchcock blond. the trope of his flims as he has always this perfect blond woman that is perfect to look upon the screen upon her as you gaze upon her as you see her is the perfect woman to scotties own fears known as acrophobia as way hitchcock captures this image is so amazing. The viewpoint must be fixed you see, while the perspective is changed as by using the dolly and zoom simultaneously as effect captures fhe fears of scottie trough his gaze of his fears as he sees the heights as he stops n looks upon ground is able show us the fears of him  at that moment.

It is when judy becomes Becomes Madeleine we see her her change form judy to Madeleine we see the depths of madness of scottie as he is obresssed with this perfect woman. He has her even become this woman in his eyes to recreate her in his own image of this perfect woman. 

Vertigo has another collective layer upon it to watch as you see it unfold upon the screen as it is fascinating to watch Vertigo unfold for the first third of the film presents us with what seems like a ghost story about possession that dabbles in the subject of ancestral trauma that has a repeating pattern over n over again. It’s also the nature of this movie too as you can watch it over n again finding new things each time. Jimmy Stewart gives a terrific performance in the role of Scottie a man recognizing his own limits.  Bernard Herrmann’s musical score as the music is probably more important here than in most films, let alone most Hitchcock films as you see the music plays key part in setting the tone n moods of the scenes of this wonderful classic as the way you see the musical cues of the shifts of it as the gaze changes n moods changes n scenes changes it captures the movies collective tone of the gaze of our lead character upon the screen. Robert Burks Cinematography captures San Francisco as it richly captures the city in such richness and depth. There is color filter that does many tricks such the changing of colors on many scenes in a feverish way is part of this movie that mirrors 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 that Hitchcock manages to capture psychological mood of a man that is driving to a point to find his own limits. Vertigo is a masterpiece with so many layers upon it but the one layer that shows throughout the movie is the gaze upon the screen.   Everything about this film truly is marvelous n layered with many different ways to look upon this movie as its one of best movies ever made upon the screen.

Escape to Witch Mountain

Today I talk about the Escape to Witch Mountain being huge Disney fan been watching like crazy many things on Disney plus getting new movies to review even modern to tackle as new modern classics as I decided take a long break form blogging to find stuff of interest to review. Disney live action movies can be hit or miss as this movie is one of those classics that I feel is timeless n enchanting matching the power of its animated classics. So let’s review this classic gem now.

escape to witch mountain review(https://www.facebook.com/Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest/)Based on Alexander Key’s 1969 novel of the same name, Escape to Witch Mountain was theatrically released on March 21, 1975. The live action flick is 97 minutes in length as this Disney flim filled with paranormal activity, two orphans, Dr. Loomis from Halloween, and Ali Hakim from Oklahoma!. What type of film can this possibly be? Well, it’s the 1975 film, Escape to Witch Mountain its something of a gem in the rough patch years of Disney of the 1970’s n 1980’s before the rebirth with little mermaid as this movie is so dam good. you will enjoy n delight upon it.

Walt Disney showed great interest in live Acton movies in the as he was prime in crafting n creating 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea which had an amazing cast of stars such as Kirk Douglas  and Jame Manson among others as this movie has same thing of such amazing casting by Disney studios. I recently watched the Witch Mountain movies off Disney plus as both has such wonderful casts. Tony (Ike Eisenmann) and Tia Malone (Kim Richards) and Aristotle Bolt (Ray Milland),they escape  with the help of Jason O’Day (Eddie Albert) all of these wonderful stars give out a wonderful perfomance that simply will charm you insantly.  I would say that Ray Milland maybe gives out one of his most wonderful hour. He delights as a villain that is simply one of best Disney live action villains to my eyes 

One scene you see nod to snow white is playing upon the screen as its also a nod to Disney’s bold start as movie giant. Its a fun chase movie that maybe shows you that if smartly written n directed n cast that make you have such fun with this delightfully charming Disney movie that also count as such a fun adventure to behold on the screen. 

The best effects, opening sequence, and a weird atmosphere that seems like Disney fantasy-mystery-thriller-adventure, with its psychic imagery and high fantasy blend, the mystery it builds with a wonderful blend of scfi like close encounters  made for kids in style as one of coolest scenes in any movie of this period as has a flying RV that makes for such fun. Puppets, telepathy, bears, Donald Pleasance all really make also among such things that is fun about this movie as i watched it on Disney plus i watched follow up which only saving grace was hammed in performance by bette Davis whom was just collecting a paycheck as the role felt lesser to her. I really adored both in some ways they both show you how Disney tried hard recapture their magical charm in an era of such lesser Disney flims that kept making them lesser as a company

I know I’ll be watching Return from Witch Mountain soon again as likely often as this wonderful classic that simply is wonderful classic that i am glad Disney plus added to their vaults among its follow up. here’s to hoping Disney+ adds some of their spookier treats like Watcher in the Woods and Something Wicked this Way Comes as I would die to see them both next as this classic you should watch streaming or buy copy as anyway you choose watch it as watch this delightful classic today folks. I hope you enjoyed my movie review today that is return to finding new delights in movies I will review a movie soon.

disney plus must see classics

Disney plus must see classics

After several years of teasing comments and drip-fed information on Disney’s TV streaming service, the Disney Plus launch is finally upon us as we get to finally get a full on streaming service that will be the biggest thing for this Disney fan’s love. I cannot wait to all of the disney vault unlocked on the service. Disney have churned out a galaxy of beautiful films that shine like stars in mine, and many people across the globe’s childhood. It is these films that sparked my interest in how movies are made and everything as my love for Disney is truly beyond words. am forever grateful for the wonder and laughs I watched onscreen as child. Even today, with the awesome effects that we see in cinemas, these films have not lost their magic, entertainment or value. They are classics that should check out today as i give you sample today of what will be part of the Disney magic.

Disney plus must see classics

‘Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers’ (1989)

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Plot: Chip and Dale start their very own detective agency called Rescue Rangers with their friends Gadget, Monterey Jack and Zipper. No case is too small for this team, who usually help out other animals. Why you need to watch: These chipmunk brothers had only been known for tormenting Donald Duck and being song-and-dance troublemakers before this series premiered. This show gave the pair a back-story, friends and their own villains to battle this classic Disney animated gem of a show is often forgotten today but it was one of my childhood favorites. It’s simply such fun to watch the adventures unfold on screen. It’s fun and joy to watch anytime upon the screen.

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Plot: Two identical twin sisters, separated at birth by their parents’ divorce, are reunited years later at a summer camp, where they scheme to bring their parents back together. The girls, one of whom has been living with their mother and the other with their father, switch places after camp and go to work on their plan, the first objective being to scare off a gold-digger pursuing their father..Why you need to watch it: One of the most enjoyable of the Disney Hayley Mills films with a load of laughs and loads of heart. Hayley does double duty as twin sisters who were separated unknowingly when their parents divorced. They are reunited at summer camp and scheme to get their parents back together. The parents played by Brian Keith and Maureen O’Hara are wonderful together as A great film for the whole family to enjoy.

DuckTales’ (1987)

Plot: For six seasons, Donald Duck’s three nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie roamed around their wealthy Uncle Scrooge’s mansion looking for new adventures and getting into trouble.Why you need to watch: This TV show sparked a movement with merchandise, video games, comic books, a feature film and a spin-off series Darkwing Duck.” This series convinced Disney that weekday cartoons could work, paving the way for “Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers as this show was a classic that began so much magical things for Disney but this show is also one of my favorites as so much of all i adored as child is here as adventure n mystery n the wonderful

Fantasia (1940)

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Plot: Released in 1940, represented Disney’s boldest experiment to date as bringing to life his vision of blending animated imagery with classical music. What had begun as a vehicle to enhance Mickey Mouse’s career blossomed into a full-blown feature that remains unique in the history of animation..Why you need to watch: Fantasia expanded boundaries way before audiences were prepared for it, including (quite probably) Walt Disney himself! I’m not quite sure whether if I fully approve its release date, but generations have moved on, and this sublime, unparalleled and absolutely unsurpassed animated masterpiece has stood the test of time, multiple perspectives and upcoming international deliveries with their respective animation styles. From the classical music style, to the macabre, to the unbelievable, to the allegorical (Mickey in Wizard’s Apprentice), this is, and always shall be, the best creation of Walt Disney Animation Studios. Behold its magnificence as simply one of best animated films ever made for screen that is a must see classic.

‘The Three Caballeros’ (1945)

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Plot: Comical mixture of animation and live action featuring Donald Duck in four short stories as he travels around South America. En route, Donald meets a flying donkey and Pablo the Penguin, who hates the cold. Disney’s first attempt at combining live action with animation was nominated for two Academy Awards. Why you need to watch: An undervalued and underrated rare project by Disney. So, it’s quite a fun classic that delighted me so much as a child as i could see this classic really capturing a new era of kids by their heart strings as this is is simply a fun classic that makes such fun for you to watch on screen. 

After several years of teasing comments and drip-fed information on Disney’s TV streaming service, the Disney Plus launch is finally upon us as we get to finally get a full on streaming service that will be the biggest thing for this Disney fan’s love as i am huge disney fan i could list so many classics. I think these movies would be best examples of what the service will offer to everyone. Its got classics and moderns as you can see Disney plus will be magical upon our world.

Reign of Destruction

Reign of Destruction

Gojira, known in the West as Godzilla, first thundered into Japan’s movie houses on November 3, 1954. Six and a half decades later, the monster presides over an international entertainment franchise, having starred in thirty-two feature films produced in Japan and three (so far) in Hollywood, and top-lining three anime features, two animated television series, comic books, TV commercials, and more. Godzilla has transformed over time from powerful atomic allegory to children’s superhero and back again, and with the dawn in 2019 of the Reiwa era, the monster’s career spans the reigns of three Japanese emperors: Hirohito, Akihito, and now Naruhito. But it is the Godzilla films made during Showa (1926–89), the era denoting the reign of Emperor Hirohito, Japan’s wartime ruler and postwar figurehead, that defined the kaiju eiga—the uniquely Japanese brand of giant-monster cinema—and the creature-on-the-loose parameters of Godzilla filmdom. Bookended by Ishiro Honda’s 1954 masterpiece, Godzilla, and Honda’s last movie, Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975), the fifteen Showa-era films took Godzilla far and wide, with many of them playing theatrically not only in Japan but also across North America, Europe, Latin America, and other territories, before going into television syndication for many years, establishing Godzilla as an enduring icon that still endures today as today I talk about this legend today.

Image result for godzilla 1954I was little boy when I first learned of Godzilla as me n my younger brother used adore watching them together as he was huge fan of them. I am a huge fan of ’m a big fan of Godzilla, and of kaiju movies in general since my first time seeing the Godzilla movies as a child as now I simply adore these fun little gems of popcorn movie that is something to enjoy to watch anytime. I can remember watching on my TV these poorly dubbed movies that were simply fun to watch anytime upon the screen.

 

The original Godzilla is Honda’s lament for the nuclear age. The original Godzilla was produced amid a months-long public crisis that occurred after fishermen aboard a tuna boat christened the Daigo Fukuryu Maru (Lucky Dragon No. 5) unwittingly strayed dangerously close to a U.S. hydrogen-bomb test at Bikini Atoll in the South Pacific in March 1954 as also to address feelings of Japan at time. The lucky dragon incident seriously strained U.S.-Japan relations for the first time since the postwar occupation had ended in 1952; many citizens likened the fishermen’s fate to a third nuclear strike on Japan, and a national protest calling for a ban on nuclear testing arose among those in Japan. Honda’s film hints at these tensions: the opening scene, in which Godzilla invisibly attacks a salvage ship, is an unmistakable reference to the Lucky Dragon and the fear it inspired among people in Japan. 

Godzilla is also a Cold War movie with an awareness of Japan’s geographic entrapment between two superpowers engaged in a deadly arms race as Honda does not point the finger at the U.S. for having awakened the monster with its H-bomb tests as its about the brewing nuclear arm race of cold war as shows also Japan inserting its own place in world again after the second world war. The Godzilla movies of the sixties show evidence of Japan’s continuing economic growth as they show Japan’s rise again as player on world stage.  It’s a very wonderful film that I think anyone should anytime.

The first series of Godzilla films is the one which saw the franchise’s greatest metamorphosis from grimly serious allegory of atomic devastation to a happy-go-lucky monster who defends Earth, and even teaches his son how to stop bullies as each film shows a change form film to film in its tone of each movie in the series. The movies were my entry into the world of keiju-eiga cinema as my favorite era of him as i adore them all so much. This series includes “Gojira” (aka “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”, 1954), “Godzilla Raids Again” (aka “Gigantis: The Fire Monster”, 1955), “King Kong vs. Godzilla” (1962), “Mothra vs. Godzilla” (1964), “Ghidorah: The Three-Headed Monster” (1964), “Invasion of Astro-Monster” (aka “Godzilla vs. Monster Zero” (1965), “Ebirah, Horror of the Deep” (aka “Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster” 1966), “Son of Godzilla” (1967), “Destroy All Monsters” (1968), “All Monsters Attack” (aka “Godzilla’s Revenge”, 1969), “Godzilla vs. Hedorah” (aka “Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster” 1971), “Godzilla vs. Gigan” (aka “Godzilla on Monster Island”, 1972), “Godzilla vs. Megalon” (1973), “Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla” (aka “Godzilla vs. the Cosmic Monster” 1974), and “Terror of Mechagodzilla” (aka “Revenge of Mechagodzilla”, 1975). 

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“King Kong vs. Godzilla” (1962) as Godzilla had already fought another monster (“Barugan”) in the previous movie (“Godzilla Raids Again”), but this one is more fondly remembered due to the pairing of two iconic international monsters that made it one of iconic of the movies of series as one of my favorites of series. It’s something such fun to watch this movie. It’s a pure popcorn fun movie. 

“Destroy All Monsters” (1968).


It is Arguably the best of the later Showa series with a colorful assortment of monsters (old & new), a colorful ‘future’ setting of 1999, a moonbase (shades of 1975’s later “Space: 1999”), an alien conspiracy, and the first G-film to feature “Monster Island as simply the endgame of series as such wonderful fun to watch it from start to finish. 

“Gojira” (1954).

it is Still the best of the Godzilla movies As tonally different from subsequent Godzilla movies as possible as its as darker, somber, and very adult with themes that make it one of best of whole era of the series as its issues still key to date today in this wonderful classic gem.

 

This is a movie franchise that has shadowed me throughout my life, from watching them form the videotapes as boy to now as i simply adore these wonderful classics. Many of the films are admittedly cheesy and laughable (see: Mystery Science Theater 3000’s brilliant skewering of “Godzilla vs. Megalon”), but even those films still possess a goofy charm about them that is hard to deny as they are such fun movies. Godzilla is Monster, guardian, savior and icon as he has been all of these things at one time or another, often within the same film as he is the icon that I think will last ages to come as today’s talk by me was form my heart about this wonderful icon.

The African queen

The African queen:an american classic 

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Today I talk about The African queen which frankly is one of my favorite movies all time as this American classic is something special to watch anytime you pop it into the screen. Over the course of a 26 year career that encompassed more than 75 movies, Humphrey Bogart made only five color films. The first and most respected of those was 1951’s The African Queen, the last of five pictures he made with his good friend, director John Huston. The African Queen also represented the only time Bogart was paired with Hollywood legend Katharine Hepburn as today I talk about this film that the duo made together for a review for the Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy Blogathon hosted by my good friend Crystal Kalyana Pacey whom has has truly wonderful blog as i review this classic for it today.

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The African queen:an american classic 

The African queen has Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn two of the most iconic figures in Hollywood history create a formidable duo in John Huston’s adaptation of C.S. Forester’s The African Queen. Set in the early days of WWI, The African Queen stars Hepburn as prim and proper English lady, Rose Sayer. Left all alone after the passing of her Methodist preacher brother (Robert Morley), she hitches a ride upstream from boozing Canuck Charlie Allnut (Humphrey Bogart), the captain of river boat, The African Queen.

 

At first glance, Charlie Allnut and Rose Sayer is an awful match. He’s all dirt and booze, while she’s all bible verses and proper grammar as this pairing has them united by events of her brother’s death by the Germans as they unite down the river we are treated to some very remarkable acting by the duo Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn that makes for the joy of this movie. The film manages to escape that trap, carrying us into a deep and full relationship we can scarcely believe with the same strident assertiveness as they both find their bond is very much real n raw as i think this duo’s acting makes for one of best duo pairings together in film.

Great movie romances aren’t easy to accomplish, and the best ones tend to think outside of the box. Here we have two relatively older people from opposite walks of life falling for each other in a surprisingly short amount of time. It shouldn’t work, but it does. And as time goes on, The African Queen’s many breaks from typical romances only make it seem more modern and fresh that makes for such a fun watch as this movie has such remarkable direction n work on it that shows a love n detail by John Huston to craft out such a remarkable picture upon the screen. It’s a movie you should watch any-time upon the screen.

Night of the Hunter: a masterpiece of American cinema

Night of the Hunter: a masterpiece of American cinema

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Today I talk about The Night of the Hunter which is a classic Gothic fairy-tale classic that may be one of cinema’s great travesties is that Charles Laughton only directed one official film. So poorly received, both critically and commercially, was The Night of the Hunter that Laughton never helmed another film again as this film is simply a masterpiece for the ages as I talk it for The Shelley Winters Blogathon which is hosted by poppitytalksclassicfilm whom has a simply wonderful blog you should check out for the others in event n blog daily for its wonderful work.  Let’s honor Shelley Winters whom may be one of the finest actresses of any era with a look upon this classic movie.

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Night of the Hunter: a masterpiece of American cinema

The Night of the Hunter is a classic Gothic fairy-tale: an evil being charms an unsuspecting parent, while only the children are aware that things are not what they seem. It was only while watching the film you are enthralled but also deeply unsettled, that I fully realized just how insidiously terrifying the stories of our childhoods as this deeply moving fairy-tale classic takes to the tradition of a Gothic fairy-tale from the pages of grim’s fairy-tales to bring to live a movie unlike anything you will see any again on the screen.

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Based on a Davis Grubb novel and a James Agee script, The Night of the Hunter is the Bible-soaked, Depression-era tale of a “false prophet” named Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum). Tall and handsome, with a deep voice that easily lends itself to familiar hymns, Powell is, nonetheless, a serial killer who believes his crimes are ordained by God. He leaves a trail of dead women at the movie’s start, moving on to a recent widow (Shelley Winters) and her two children, John and Pearl (Billy Chapin and Sally Jane Bruce). Powell has learned that the man of the house (Peter Graves) stashed $10,000 somewhere before he died, and Powell plans to find it by any means necessary.

Part folk tale, part horror story, the film’s amalgamation of moods and methods proves arcane, even off-putting upon first assessment. Based on Davis Grubb’s novel, the film changes perspectives between characters from the point of view of a child to that of a murderer; and with these dramatic tonal switches, the stylistic approach shifts as well—in sometimes abrupt transitions: deep contrasts with noirish photography give way to bright rural landscapes from a storybook that paints such a dark gothic fairy-tale upon the screen with wonderful direction and acting. The effect upon viewing this movie you will be amazed it was his only movie as a director as you see him capture such richness n depth that matches any other great film-makers of his day.  Motion pictures this distinctive have a way of mesmerizing an audience with their mysteries of style and narrative, instilling a seed that germinates over time and springs into an emergent affection that lingers in the viewer’s unconscious. As a result, audiences and critics alike dismissed the picture in 1955, and yet slowly, over time, the film has gained esteem so that today it is hailed as one of cinema’s greatest treasures over time to be often hailed as something that may be simply a masterpiece in film.

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That The Night of the Hunter was Charles Laughton’s first effort as a director is remarkable, but that it was his only film behind the camera is also one of cinema’s most unfortunate tragedies. Laughton made a picture that does not wallop the viewer upon first viewing, rather cultivates with memory and time. The effect is comparable to Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane, in that with Laughton’s directorial debut he constructed a film so masterful, so complex, it could not be fully appreciated in its day. Each aspect of the film’s production—from the idyllic cinematography to the incredible performances, to the contrary uses of cinematic stylization and narrative presents an interplay of opposing ideas through a sophisticated, haunting, and strangely buoyant whole. It endures as an enchanting American folk tale ripe with intricate melodrama and mythic symbolism, one that no moviegoer will soon forget upon watching it anytime. I hope You liked my talk today about this classic movie.