baby driver:classic connections

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So today I talk about baby driver in a rare modern day review and look upon its many references to the past of movies.I adore so many classic movies as baby driver stands among classic heist movies all time as its truly a wonderful movie that is gonna be a lasting classic for the ages.  

baby driver:classic connections

How The Umbrellas of Cherbourg connects to baby driver?the musical beats(beat one)

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is truly a musical in every sense of the word as every frame of the movie is a musical as every line of dialogue is sung as that seems very novel its a very stylish movie invention for its time as filmed in lovely color of the 1950’s and 1960’s. The actors are not singers as they do seem more real and grounded as There is none of the showboating of the big Hollywood musicals of the era as they speak it like you would every day each lyric of the movie. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is fully of beautiful melodies and musical lines but there is no delineation between separate songs. Instead it is one continuous musical experience as Demy and composer Michel LeGrand sat at a piano writing the screenplay out page by page as each line has written notes added to the line. In an interview, LeGrand admitted to struggling through the process as a key a bit of inspiration when they translated the natural timbre of the spoken line for a scene, keeping the same rhythmic melody. It’s a classic tale about young love, loss, and the path that life leads you down which can take you off that love. It’s a classic tale as old as time itself. You loved baby driver you will adore this movie so much.

How Larceny, Inc connects to baby driver?Its a heist comedy classic with mobsters(Beat two)

A gangster comedy starring Edward G. Robinson’s as its playing on his image of a gangster as it’s a spoof of the 1930’s gangster comedies. The humor marries physical gags to some cute word play which makes it even more fun to watch it. It all sparkles due to the talents of an all-star cast of character actors that give us such wonderful acting as they all shine in their roles as they bring to life this collection of fast talking con-artists. This is a truly fun classic gem that you will adore if you love baby driver.

How does gun crazy connect to baby driver?well its a classic crime movie.  (Beat Three)

Peggy Cummins is The epitome of the bad dame as she truly gives us something truly special as she is perfectly cast in the role as this British legend really shines in gun crazy. John Dall truly is amazing in his role. It’s one interesting pairing as both truly embody a perfect pairing in acting. This movie has many great things such as its wonderful cinematography and its wonderful camera work as it feels just as wonderful and up there with many great noir classics. It’s truly a gem you should watch today if you loved baby driver.

How does  Criss cross connect to baby driver?well its a classic crime movie.  (Beat Four)

This is a vividly emotional heist thriller that the betrayals of the heart rarely feel this raw and real as its scarring and the sexual tension is off the charts. We sympathize with Burt Lancaster falling hard for Yvonne DeCarlo as we can get why he loves her so much and unable move on without her as she is a conflicted femme fatale. Noir is at its best when making it painfully clear that there is no future for the doomed couples in these films as this classic shows us the best of noir you will enjoy it anytime even if you loved baby driver.

How does How to Steal a Million connect to baby driver?well its a romantic heist comedy(Beat Five)

Directed by William Wyler, How to Steal a Million presents a terrific opportunity to watch Peter O’Toole and Audrey Hepburn spar in a romantic heist comedy that sparkles with their wit off each other as its truly fun movie with a very wonderful acting by everyone in its cast. In the climactic heist sequence, Wyler has a lot of fun. How to Steal a Million truly may be one very funny movie that sparkles that you should see today if even loved baby driver.

How does the ladykillers connect to baby driver?well its a crime comedy classic. (Beat Six)

The Ladykillers is a brilliant crime comedy from the 50s. The ladykillers, a band of criminals, all with distinct appearances and personalities, and an old lady make this movie much more fun as each truly has a wit and charm unlike anything else with such wonderful acting by everyone. You will adore this movie if you love baby driver.

How does The Asphalt Jungle (1950) connect to baby driver?its a crime drama. (Beat seven)

A John Huston film disguised as a heist film when its true strength is its character driven plot with such very good dramatic moments with good acting. It’s a very fun classic movie that instantly you will adore if you love baby driver.

How does The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) connect to baby driver? It’s a crime caper(Beat eight)

An Ealing crime comedy that sparkles with such wonderful acting and charm that is Eighty minutes of cinematic perfection as it’s so very wonderfully acted with such good wit and charm it’s a classic you will adore if you love baby driver.

How does the driver connect to baby driver? Well it is a classic heist movie.(Beat nine)

This is a classic car chase movie with similarities between this and Nicolas Winding-Refn’s Drive shine through in the depiction of their central characters. Both place men of few words as the central figure it’s very low on talk yet very much a very fun car chase flim that you will adore if you love baby driver.

How does Le Samourai (1967) connect to baby driver? It’s a classic Mystery/Crime film. (Beat Ten)

Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Samourai is the cinematic embodiment of cool. This film is unlike any Hollywood action treatment of a hitman in that it every single movement is treated like a precious gemstone. Alain Delon plays a double crossed assassin who stays one step ahead of the law in what becomes a very smart cat and mouse plot. Melville’s exact direction is a joy to behold, never wasting a line of dialogue nor a single frame. This is film-making at its leanest, trimming off any hint of excess with such fine acting makes this a gem you will simply adore if you love baby driver.

How does True romance connect to baby driver? It is a classic love story(Beat eleven)

True Romance is one of those few movies with everything you need in a movie: Action, romance, drama and brilliant acting that is a throwback to the old ‘lovers on the run’ formula yet it is so good and wonderful with such rich wit and charm that you will simply adore it if you loved baby driver.

How does The French connection connect to baby driver? It is a classic heist movie(Beat twelve)

The French Connection is an excellent movie in every way. Gene Hackman stars in this wonderful movie. The French Connection is an intense character-study that you if you adore baby driver you will love this wonderful movie.

How does baby driver connect to Rififi? It is a crime film. (Beat thirteen)

Rififi is a terrific heist movie, and one from which subsequent heist films have drawn ever since its debut upon the screen. The  famous 20-minute silent jewel heist sequence of this flim is simply marvelous to watch unfold on the screen. If you are serious about heist films or film noir this is an absolute must see as its truly a marvelous flim by Jules Dassin that you will love so much if you love baby driver.

Baby driver review(Beat fourteen:last note as  would be the ending of story)

Baby Driver is the best mix-tape ever assembled for a movie. It’s simply a marvelous movie that simply is one of best movies of the year. Edgar Wright would have never fit the 70s new wave: he belongs at Warner’s in the 30s. Baby Driver colors inside the lines. Baby driver is a stark contrast to many movies now from other recent Hollywood films praised being different enough. He wants the image on screen to matter more than the cultural conversation that occurs afterwards.

The film stars Ansel Elgort as the titular character whom truly shines in this marvelous role that shines with very emotion driven acting as he barely speaks as he feels like buster kreaton in a modern sense but so good here. Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, and Eiza González did their parts well and portrayed convincing mentally unstable killers that have such wonderful wit to them all as the actors played well off of each other, especially in scenes involving comedy where they nailed the punch-lines each time.

Many of the heist films of recent years have been rather disappointing when it comes to both story and technical achievement this movie is simply marvelous as it comes. The casting in Baby Driver was absolutely divine.

I cannot think of one character or actor who was misplaced or a weak link within the film as they give such wonderful performances. Writer-Director Edgar Wright delivers the sharpest dialogue and story of his illustrious career as he simply brings home his best film ever here which is a tall order coming from this amazing talented director crafting out such amazing and clever heist scenes with wonderful acting and a wonderful screenplay with wonderful direction and acting makes this movie a must see for anyone that loves classic movies.

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Throne of Blood:Shakespeare Transposed

Throne of Blood:Shakespeare Transposed

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TODAY i talk about throne of blood. It is a true classic among movies. A vivid, visceral Macbeth adaptation, Throne of Blood, directed by Akira Kurosawa, sets Shakespeare’s definitive tale of ambition and duplicity in a ghostly, fog-enshrouded landscape in feudal Japan.  So today i review this classic masterpice as i start my themed string of reviews honoring Akira Kurosawa.  so to begin this this review.

General Washizu (Toshiro Mifune) and General Miki (Minoru Chiaki) return home after defending Lord Tsuzuki (Takamaru Sasaki) kingdom and Spiderweb Castle from the invading forces.  When they encounter a spirit in the forest (Chieko Naniwa), they learn that Washizu will be lord of Spiderweb castle and Miki’s son will eventually rule Spiderweb Castle.  The prediction creates chaos when Washizu and his wife Asaji (Isuzu Yamada) decide to speed up the prophecy by slaying Lord Tsuzuki and setting off a chain of events that could doom them forever.

Throne of Blood review

Throne of Blood (1957) is described Akira Kurosawa’s adaptation of Macbeth which this is not untrue. The film is more than direct cinematic translation of a literary text. Kurosawa’s movie is a brilliant synthesis of diverse cultural, aesthetic, and historical sources, only one skein of which derives from Shakespeare. The film’s towering achievement lies in the way Kurosawa seamlessly integrates these and gives them superlative formal expression. Akira Kurosawa’s often loved to draw upon western ideas and stories and traits of many movies from western cultures in his movies. Noh shows up everywhere in Throne of Blood, making the project a real fusion of cinema and theater and showing just how cinematic theater can be in the hands of a great filmmaker. What is noh? It is a Traditional Japanese theatrical form among one of the oldest extant theatrical forms in the world. Noh—its name derived from nō, meaning “talent. Kurosawa can mix elements form many cultures to use his great talents to act out this story in play-like manner. Kurosawa intuited and explored was with the century of civil war in medieval Japan. Following the Onin War, which lasted from 1467 to 1477 is drawn upon in this movie.

Noh performing style, with its blend of dance, song, poetry, and mime, is antithetical to the realism and naturalism that invests acting in the West. It counters the meaning of Shakespeare’s famous lines in act 3, scene 2 of Hamlet about the actor holding the mirror up to nature. Performances in noh has an actor move in a way that aims that paradoxical way as when an actor moves in a powerful way. They must stamp their foot. Noh performance is a striking blend of stillness and agitation, a mixture of different gestures and tones. It is used in acting throughout the film. It is carried over even into the cinematic design of entire sequences. Way she moves in some scenes is the way an actor moves in noh as they move in and out of the scene. Noh has a trait of using musical introductions into acts it’s the play upon musical cues that intros into the acts of this movie. The acting is quite moving here with such wonderful performances along with a marvelous score and direction with such Powerful symbolism and nature is an actor too.

The acting of this movie is one of the most powerful elements as they are such powerful actors in their own right as they act out the movie. Toshirô Mifune plays an amazing role as Taketoki Washizu as even though he is told to play it down.Being Toshirô Mifune his charm just pours trough it. It’s truly a wonder of an actor to watch play out each scene on screen.

Isuzu Yamada as Lady Asaji Washizu is truly marvelous as she truly plays up the movie to a cue. She was a very long lasting actress in the medium as she been playing in roles since the 1930’s period at this point. She is truly a marvelous actress. Portrayal of Lady Asaji by her is something of a marvelous wonder. She plays it calm and almost indifferent in her cruelty as she has a smile when many things happen. She is a marvelous actress with such range to her performance.

Takashi Shimura as Noriyasu Odagura is marvelous. He is a very wonderful character actor. He was a wonderful actor of Japan for many years playing many wonderful characters. He is able to melt into them so easy. He truly is giving such a wonderful performance. It acting of everyone is just wonderful as they all really make the movie click wonderfully.

This is usually not the case with Akira Kurosawa, but Throne of Blood reflects more of a formalistic style of direction. Akira Kurosawa crafts out with mixing of many elements such a marvelous picture that may play differently than many of his movies of this period. It has many long takes and many other marvelous shots that captures such a wonderful Cinematography which is done by the marvelous Asakazu Nakai whom captures any element so perfectly on camera. The musical score by Masaru Satô is a delightful. It has so many other amazing elements that all come together to craft out such wonderful epic movie.  Kurosawa has fashioned another samurai masterpiece.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

Ray Harryhausen, Special Effects Titan

Ray Harryhausen, Special Effects Titan

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For me as a child they were the films that always stood out form anything i seen in many special effects driven movies, they may be monsters but they feel so real. I was a fan of stop motion before even knowing what it was about as a boy. He inspired many special effects artists and directors. When i did start learning names as I was able find his name and i adored his work even more and learned more about it. I learned more about it.  Long before CGI ray created the monster magic of movies. Even with CGI now I find ray’s movies truly wonderful as his creatures always feel more life then many CGI creations. It’s truly a marvelous marvel to me to watch his magical movies anytime. So I talk about this special effects titan and his magical movies and his craft today as I honor him.  He did his frist animations for George Pal’s Puppetoons which  were a series of animated puppet films made in Europe in the 1930s and in the U.S. in the 1940s. They are memorable for their use of replacement animation: using a series of different hand-carved wooden puppets (or puppet heads or limbs) for each frame in which the puppet moves or changes expression, rather than moving a single puppet, as is the case with most stop motion puppet animation,many of these shorts are very good to watch. During World War II, Ray Harryhausen served in the United States Army Special Services Division under Colonel Frank Capra, as a loader, clapper boy, gofer and later camera assistant whilst working at home animating short films about the use and development of military equipment. During this time he also worked with composer Dimitri Tiomkin and Ted Geisel (“Dr. Seuss”). Following the war he salvaged several rolls of discarded 16 mm surplus film from which he made a series of fairy tale-based shorts, which he called his “Teething-rings. So he started work in 1947 on mighty Joe young as he was the animator on that movie.  So he did most of stop motion animation on mighty Joe young which won an Oscar in 1949 for best special effects. So to talk him as i gave some starting info on him. Mighty Joe Young (1949)Mighty Joe young had animation based upon  O’Brien’s design and storyboard. He carefully animated many frames of Joe as we see Joe is very much more alive than king Kong ever was. Mighty Joe Young is a a stop-motion gorilla really carefully animated the many scenes with him being roped among other scenes.  The animation work truly is remarkable based upon storyboards. Robert Armstrong, a veteran of both King Kong and The Son of Kong fame stars in this movie is amazing. Terry Moore plays one of her first really significant roles as Jill as she truly is sweet in her role as she makes us believe in such. Ben Johnson gives a great role in this movie. The acting is so great in this charming gem of a movie. 

The scene of Beautiful Dreamer is one of my favorite movie scenes all time as this scene shows off the animation of ray as its truly magical to see Terry Moore held by mighty Joe young as each animation frame here you see the animation of his face and his expressions it’s just a joy to see the scene. It’s a wonderful wonder this scene. Mighty Joe young is a must see today.The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)Ray Harryhausen’s first solo opportunity to supervise special effects (after apprenticing under Willis O’Brien, the technician behind 1933’s KING KONG) is the archetypal model for dozens of sci-fi monster flicks that followed, during the 1950’s, and beyond as it served as model for the monster movies to come. Cecil Kellaway is wonderfully cast as he is just wonderful in this movie. Lee Van Cleef whom is known to play alongside Clint Eastwood in many movies gives us a wonderful role. Kenneth Tobey and Donald Woods both give great roles. Its acting is very strong as the cast really do give us such wonderful acting. Ray Harryhausen’s landmark effects sequences are the star in this movie as it’s his first effort as headliner for it as he did animate many of those scenes to great levels of skill. The Rhedosaurus itself remains a definitive creature as his animations are skillfully done frame by frame in many of the scenes as he did such scenes as him destroying the lighthouse which was done frame by frame. The beast eating the cop was one famous scene as we see it was done with a cop figure toy getting ate by a slow motion frame by frame movement of Rhedosaurus. One of ray’s great inventions was the Dynamation process which roots form 1938 to figure ways to animate better with stop motion. So he would place his model on an animation stand in front of this screen and then place a large pane of glass in front of that. On this glass he painted in black the foreground that he wished to block out. After filming the animated sequence so that the creature interacted with the actors as planned which is how  Rhedosaurus is animated. The beast form 20,000 Fathoms truly is a fun monster movie at its best you should watch. It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955)

It Came from Beneath the Sea is one of the most famous  giant octopus feature ever made. A vintage science-fiction thriller that makes sublime use of Ray Harryhausen’s legendary stop-motion animation. It’s very much a b-movie at heart with some b-movie level acting. It’s the stop motion animation truly is what makes this movie last the test of time. The octopus had six arms carefully animated by ray instead of eight arms. It’s not shown quite often. It’s not his best movies by a mile this is an enjoyable movie.Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)

This is quintessential 1950’s scfi. It’s very b-level acting with many silly elements yet its charm is Harryhausen’s visual effects as you see the animations of the  Saucers.  the titular flying saucers are the reason to watch the film. Ray Harryhausen designed the saucers so that the top and bottom halves rotate in opposite directions with a shape that looks very out-worldly in its feel as you never think of them as models on a string as they would shape many alien movies to come for ages to come. Ray Harryhausen’s reached its peak in this movie. It’s a fun b-movie to watch anytime. 20 million miles to earth(1957)

The first spaceship to visit Venus crash lands in the sea, freeing a small native Venusian creature called the Ymir. Eventually growing to enormous size, it threatens the city of Rome.  Ray Harryhausen always wanted to do Europe and monsters so he did it with this movie. This is Harryhausen’s personal favorite movie and he has a cameo appearance in the zoo sequence. Its acting is very b-level as much of cast is same form his last movie before it. This is often considered one of Ray Harryhausen’s finest monster features as its just one monster which is given tons of personality and charm as we see him grow throughout the movie destroying  the city of Rome. The sulphur- eating, reptilian-like Venusian creature, “the Ymir’s” titanic struggle with an elephant in the streets of Rome, preceding the climatic confrontation in the Colosseum with mankind, remains one of the greatest one-to-one creature battles of all time. It’s truly a fun b-movie to watch. The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad features elements form Greek mythology with some fairy tales and monster movies mixed together in its elements. This movie reminds me more of  Odyssey, which is cited as one possible influence on the original Sinbad stories. Its monsters is by far some of the best elements of this short movie as its monsters are some of the best ever done by Ray Harryhausen. The cyclops truly is a fun thing to watch on screen. The celebrated skeleton duel truly is such fun to watch. Ray’s stop-motion monsters are the charming elements as so many of them in this movie truly are marvels to watch on screen. The movie’s cast includes Kerwin Mathews as Sinbad and Torin Thatcher  and Richard Eyer all giving such wonderful acting. Its music by Bernard Herrmann is magnificent as ever its score is very wonderful. This is one of the best Sinbad movies standing among the best of  Ray Harryhausen movies. This is a wonderfully fun gem to watch today. The Three Worlds of Gulliver (1960)The Three Worlds of Gulliver takes the tale of Gulliver’s Travels with Ray Harryhausen’s charm. This movie is not considered among the best of Ray Harryhausen as likely due to its lack of creatures. Kerwin Mathews, the star of Sinbad, was cast as Lemuel Gulliver gives a fine perfomance. June Thorburn gives a good job of acting. Jo Morrow, Lee Patterson, Basil Sydney, Martin Benson, and Sherri Alberoni all give good performances. This movie is geared more to kids. The optical illusions that Harryhausen created for the film is well done along with its creatures as they are greatly done by Ray Harryhausen. This is a fun movie to watch.Mysterious Island (1961)Ray Harryhausen and jules verne is a match made in heaven with such wonderful stop motion animation. I would say out of his many movies he helped craft this movie truly marvelous . The flim departs form the book in so many ways. I fondly enjoy many of his movies one is a treat to watch anytime. The caracters are given so many conflicts that its a joy to see the story unfold. The icing on the top of this cake is the music by Bernard Herrmann as his wonderful score. The stop motion animation really is such a work of art as all of the many creatures are animated with such great depth and skill as this movie has the best of his ray’s wonderful work.  Mysterious Island is the type of old-fashioned adventure film that they just don’t make anymore which you should watch today.One Million Years B.CPre-Jurassic Park dinosaur b-movies get no more fun than in One Million Years B.C as its truly a fun b-movie. It’s very silly movie in many ways yet it’s very much a fun b-movie at heart and soul as it’s a hammer remake the 1940 fantasy film by the same name. It’s very much b-movie acting at its finest as all of them are good in their roles yet it’s all cheesy.  Raquel Welch is the big selling point of this movie with ray’s wonderful stop motion dinosaurs really stealing the show form her many time as these creatures are a joy to watch on the screen then again so is Raquel Welch. This is a fun b-movie that you will enjoy to watch.The Valley of Gwangi (1969)

Those years of obscurity were unfair, because The Valley of Gwangi is one of my favorite films from the team of Ray Harryhausen and producer Charles H. Schneer. It’s a huge sugary ball of all the things I love to see in a pulp adventure tale as this western gem mixed monster movie. It’s a gem for sure. Originally written by King Kong’s Willis O’Brien, Gwangi script was never filmed, but a copy owned by Ray Harryhausen stored in his garage was resurrected in 1966. With additional work by writer William Bast. It has wonderful acting by its cast as James Francious headlines it with Gila Golan and Richard Carlson. It’s very much a fun gem with many fun moments of joy as the prehistoric mayhem of the stop motion dinosaurs vs. dinosaurs all animated by Ray Harryhausen is marvelous as its many dinosaurs are such marvels of animation. It’s a treat to watch anytime. The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974)

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad was released in 1974.Tom Baker is terrific in the role as Koura as he plays a sinister role as its pre-doctor who for him. He truly gives us one of the best villains i ever seen on screen. John Phillip Law truly is wonderful as Sinbad. Caroline Munro is great in her respective role. The acting of everyone does shine in this movie. This movie has more of the layers of the Sinbad stories in it such as the a Muslim elements which he quotes many verses of that faith. The monsters are the stand out part of this classic gem such as a centaur and a griffin and Kali. The lengthy, incredibly-rendered sword-fight with Kali is the undisputed highlight of the film, a terrific set-piece that still captures the imagination as its truly one of the best monster fights ever on film. It’s such fun as the monsters by Ray Harryhausen are such fun. The sword fights truly is another fun element of this classic movie as the sword fights bring great fun and joy to watch on the screen. The Golden Voyage of Sinbad is a fun adventure movie with wonderful acting and wonderful effects and great action scenes as its truly a marvel to watch. Clash of the Titans (1981)

By answering a seemingly impossible riddle, Perseus, the son of Zeus, wins the hand of the Princess Andromeda in marriage. Trouble appears in the shape of Calibos, the princess’s former love, and his mother, the Goddess Thetis. In order that the dreaded Kraken not be released, Andromeda has to be sacrificed and Perseus searches for the Medusa; her head is the only thing that can stop the Kraken. Clash of the Titans has been a favorite of mine since i was a kid.  I recall often watching and re-watching this 80’s gem as it got me into  Greek mythology as a boy.  It introduced me to Ray Harryhausen.   Greek mythology creatures by Ray Harryhausen are wonderful creations in this movie as he brings forth his best efforts to craft out some of the finest monsters ever on the screen. The cast is another standout element as many great legends of the screen give us such wonderful acting. Sir Laurence Olivier, who plays Zeus to such great efforts as he gives us something truly amazing as this is fine acting by him as we see him in one of his last roles on the screen. Maggie Smith gives a great performance. Burgess Meredith truly stands out as  Ammon.  Harry Hamlin truly gives a good role.  Claire Bloom as Hera, Zeus’s long-suffering wife; Ursula Andress as Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty; and Susan Fleetwood as Athena, goddess of wisdom, fertility, the useful arts, and prudent warfare, and Jack Gwillim as Poseidon all give good acting in their roles. The gods playing a game of chess with them is an interesting story trait. Harryhausen’s creations. the mechanical owl, Bubo; the two-headed dog, Dioskilos; the snake-headed, Medusa; the Pegasus; the giant scorpions; and of course the famous monster known as The Kraken all of them are amazing in action as its stop motion at its finest.  The score by composer Lawrence Rosenthal is one great musical score. The movie truly is a marvelous adventure movie you can watch today. 

This is Ray Harryhausen if reading this I am sure he was your hero too. He made the monsters the star which is the coolest thing in the world. Ray Harryhausen is A childhood hero of mine. I can say that i have been obsessed with his work since I was a boy. His monsters had more personality then me as a boy but it was truly magical when I first saw his movies i was in awe and wonder. it showed me that one man can make such wonders. I knew these monsters were not real but they touched my heart. it is still so true to my heart because I seen them when i was a boy and not know how they were done. I remember many as boy saying they were not real but i didn’t care. I seen many things that passed in such effects but I never could get over how amazing this guys truly stands out. Ray Harryhausen truly is the greatest artist of special effects. One of the my true heroes to my heart. thank you ray for teaching me to let my imagination soar and showing what magic can be, thanks sir please join to honor this great hero as he truly is one of my heroes so for me to talk his movies and his creations was a joy to me for my Ray Harryhausen Blogathon. Thanks everyone remember to love the magic of the movies.

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Dinosaurs have been really fascinating us since we found them. It is a wonder that when a new medium called cinema was invented many tried to make dinosaurs to varying levels of success in early movies. Before Jurassic park we had the dinosaur creations of ray harryhausen.Ray Harryhausen is one of my heroes. I would say he made dinosaurs more realistic then many others at that time. Jurassic park may have changed the game but it was ray that inspired that game changing movie among others. Ray Harryhausen inspired many of today’s filmmakers among others in cinema.

Ray Harryhausen’s love of dinosaurs dates from 1925, when he first saw Willis O’Brien’s film The Lost World in the cinema at the age of five, which he described with the words, I was about five years old when I had my first taste of dinosaurs. My parents took me to see the movie of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World (1925) in which an intrepid group of explorers, led by the fearless Professor Challenger, discover a dinosaur-infested plateau in the South American jungle. I had never dreamt that such huge and terrifying creatures might exist and they captured my imagination immediately, setting me on the path to a career in animation.
The Lost World inspired him to make papier mâché puppets of dinosaurs. These puppets, and the sets in which they performed, became increasingly sophisticated, allowing him to develop model making skills that would prove key in later life. After seeing King Kong at the age of 14 in 1933 he made more marionettes of the main creatures; those of King Kong 1 as well as a brontosaurus, pterodactyl, triceratops and Tyrannosaurus rex. These puppets remarkably still exist, photographs of which were published in Ray Harryhausen’s Fantasy Scrapbook. So it inspired him to create many ideas which would inspire this great man among many other things would inspire him greatly so I talk about dinosaurs he created.

Harryhausen’s Dynamation dinosaurs 

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The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

This movie pre-dated Godzilla by one year it was As a result of an arctic nuclear test, a carnivorous dinosaur thaws out and starts making its way down the east coast of North America is basic story of this monster movie.  It was ray’s frist movie after mighty joe young. Ray Harryhausen love of dinosaurs is used in this movie to great effect. The prehistoric creature was a dinosaur of some kind yet he never named it.

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms dinosaur

Ray Harryhausen’s special effects are fantastic. The dinosaur moves very fluidly and has a very convincing sense of realism to it. All the sets and models look great too. If you watch Giant Monster movies to see Giant Monsters this movie will not disappoint you. t. It’s fairly well written and there’s never any really cheesy dialogue at all it. Its characters are very well written too and very easy to sympathize with. Its must see for any fan of b-movie movies or Godzilla or Giant Monster (Kaiju) films in general, along with fans of 50s sci-fi films its just that darn good.

 

The Animal World (1956)

The Animal World is a 1956 documentary film that was produced, written and directed by Irwin Allen. The film includes live-action footage of animals throughout the world, along with a ten-minute stop motion animated sequence about dinosaurs. Its very rare as they come as it is a short documentary with stop motion animation. Its one of rare times where ray animated a t-rex.  I put you-tube link of the view-master slides of it. Its very much a fun thing to see as this video is a treat to see a dinosaur come to life by the master the process.

Ray Harryhausen and jules verne is a match made in heaven. I would say out of his many movies he helped craft this movie truly marvelous. The flim departs form the book in so many ways. I fondly enjoy many of his movies one is a treat to watch anytime. The caracters are given so many conflicts that its a joy to see the story unfold. The icing on the top of this cake is the music by Bernard Herrmann as his wonderful score really is such a joy. Mysterious Island is the type of old-fashioned adventure film that they just don’t make anymore which you should watch today.

Pre-Jurassic Park dinosaur b-movies get no more fun than in One Million Years B.C as its truly a fun b-movie. It’s very silly movie in many ways yet it’s very much a fun b-movie at heart and soul as it’s a hammer remake the 1940 fantasy film by the same name. It’s very much b-movie acting at its finest as all of them are good in their roles yet it’s all cheesy.  Raquel Welch is the big selling point of this movie with ray’s wonderful stop motion dinosaurs really stealing the show form her many time as these creatures are a joy to watch on the screen then again so is Raquel Welch. This is a fun b-movie that you will enjoy but do not expect it to set world on fire.

Those years of obscurity were unfair, because The Valley of Gwangi is one of my favorite films from the team of Ray Harryhausen and producer Charles H. Schneer. It’s a huge sugary ball of all the things I love to see in a pulp adventure tale as this western gem mixed monster movie. It’s a gem for sure. Originally written by King Kong’s Willis O’Brien, Gwangi script was never filmed, but a copy owned by Ray Harryhausen stored in his garage was resurrected in 1966. With additional work by writer William Bast. It has wonderful acting by its cast as James Francious headlines it with Gila Golan and Richard Carlson. It’s very much a fun gem with many fun moments of joy as the prehistoric mayhem of the stop motion dinosaurs vs. dinosaurs really is such a treat to watch. I would suggest you see it today. Today i talked about some classic gems you should see today. I was hoping to inspire you to check out the works of ray harryhausen. I will be hosting a The Ray Harryhausen Blogathon,which you can join by clicking the picture below. I hope you enjoyed my talk on these fun classic movies.

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Planet of the apes 

Planet of the apes review

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Complex sociological themes run through this science-fiction classic about three astronauts marooned on a futuristic planet where apes rule and humans are slaves. The stunned trio discovers that these highly intellectual simians can both walk upright and talk. They have even established a class system and a political structure. The astronauts suddenly find themselves part of a devalued species, trapped and imprisoned by the apes.

Today’s review is a review of planet of the apes. It’s considered one of the most beloved scfI classics all time. It was written by Michael Wilson and rod Serling as its famous ending was devised by Arthur P. Jacobs early in production as they making seem like another planet as Rod Serling helped him craft that ending.  Out of the planet of ape movies series is Beneath the Planet of the Apes which is more popcorn level flare with its very fun story, The orginal is a sci-fi gem made at time or racial issues it reflects upon in its story in many ways for this movie. It is based on the 1963 French novel La Planète des Singes by Pierre Boulle so to review this sci-fi gem. 

In the year 1968, two movies came out that changed modern day science-fiction films forever, 2001 A Space Odyssey was the most famous out of the two, but Planet of the Apes stands on its own ground and became a classic that it is universally acclaimed and beloved by so many people. It is really such fun to watch as is the movie series which have many fun little tales told,

The movie based on this book is an ‘Americanized’ adaptation of it. Rod Sterling did the first drafts of the screenplay, simplifying the plot by fitting it into the mold of his “Twilight Zone” TV series plot elements to help bring it to screen in a cheaper budget then the novel would have. The book was satire of the nuclear culture of time.

Charlton Heston plays the role of George Taylor whom is grounded down and more likeable in the movie then the novel. The acting performance of Charlton Heston is outstanding in his respective role. Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter, as Cornelius and Zira, and Maurice Evans, as Dr. Zaius, enjoy some of the best performances on the screen in this movie. bringing the then-innovative makeup design of John Chambers to life under the intelligent and stylish direction of Franklin J. Schaffner with really such a wonderful musical score by
Jerry Goldsmith. Its acting by everyone in the cast is really wonderful too Veteran cinematographer Leon Shamroy’s Panavision lensing, which makes great use of remote areas of southern Utah around Lake Powell to suggest an alien world, and Jerry Goldsmith’s avant-garde musical score, which has become a landmark, cannot be emphasized more for contributing to the weird atmosphere and eerie mood of the movie. Rarely has a movie score so fit like hand-in-glove with wonderful direction and a wonderful screenplay and acting all make this a sci fi masterpiece.

PLANET OF THE APES is a mark in cinema history, famous for these talented artists, gripping story and an amazing ending that shocks you, scares you, breaks you and brings you to tears with the realization that you’ll never truly experience a film like this again so watch it today this classic gem.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

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The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre is Certainly a consuming piece of cinematic achievement. It’s just a very much a delightful gem. The first time I saw this movie I was glued to the screen as its just such a gem to watch.

Humphrey Bogart is amazing in his role as Dobbs as this is one of his finest roles on the screen. Tim Holt truly shines in his role as this is one of his finest hours on the screen. Walter Huston truly shines in his role. It has wonderful acting by everyone in its cast. The direction by John Huston is amazing as ever as he crafted out something truly remarkable here.

Its Cinematography truly shines to make mexico and the landscapes and everything is captured so greatly. This movie really has Humphrey Bogart playing a character with such layers and depth to his character as much as ever as each layer feels like a diffrent side of the great actor. This is one of the finest movies of the 1940’s or any decade period as it stands among the classics of hollywood forever as one of the finest movies ever.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's