Take a Giant Step

Today I talk about Take a Giant Step for The American Experience on Film Blogathon! as it reflects upon the many things about america in this movie that stars many amazing stars. There is many diffrent parts to the American Experience which can be reflected upon in many movies so lets review this wonderful gem. I would love thank the wonderful host of event n also ask you check the many other posts of the event linked in picture below. so lets review this gem

Bobby Rivers TV: On TAKE A GIANT STEP

Take a Giant Step had previously been on the fringes of my radar, mainly due to it being a Globe nominee for Supporting Actress (much more on that shortly) I had seen it on criterion channel recently as it had a headliner area based on movies starring ruby Dee.  This review may contain spoilers. Black high schooler Spencer Scott (Nash) gets expelled for arguing with a white teacher and smoking in the bathroom after leaving the classroom. Too ashamed to tell his father (Frederick O’Neal) at work, he goes home and tells his troubles to his beloved grandmother (Estelle Hemsley). As he does so, a group of his white classmates drop by, and he confronts them about not coming around more often. When one of them reveals that his girlfriend’s father is a racist, Spencer angrily throws them out. He then borrows money from “Gram,” packs a bag, and goes across town to the black neighborhood, which his parents had moved out of in order to give him more opportunities.

Take a Giant Step (1960) - Turner Classic Movies

He ends up at a bar, where he first chats with a group of prostitutes anxiously trying to round up clients, and then with a young woman (Ellen Holly) he’s attracted to. He suggests they form a relationship, and perhaps even marry, but she reveals that she’s already (unhappily) married, and looking for an evening’s diversion. Now rather tipsy, he leaves and encounters the prostitutes, one of whom, Violet (Pauline Meyers), takes him home with her, but he hardly computes her intentions and leaves, having haggled a dime out of her for bus fare. He goes home, where he’s confronted by his father and mother (Beah Richards), who’ve heard from the school; his father is enraged to the point of violence, while his mother is aghast at his talking back to a white person. After a heated argument, Spencer goes to his room, and Gram confronts his parents, arguing they’ve been too focused on giving him material advantages to attend to his emotional needs. They back down and attempt to reconcile with him, but the exertion of the day causes Gram to have a fatal heart attack, leaving Spencer devastated.

TAKE A GIANT STEP Review – **½ – If You Want the Gravy…

Some days later, he’s telling his troubles to Christine (Ruby Dee), the Scotts’ housekeeper, and she opens up about her own past, including the loss of her husband and stillborn child. Spencer confesses his attraction to her, and it’s ambiguous as to whether she reciprocates. But since the family no longer needs a housekeeper, Mrs. Scott lets her go, then tells Spencer that she invited some of his friends over for cake and ice cream. He argues with her, claiming she’s trying to bribe them, and runs out, catching up to Christine. He asks to go with her, but she talks him down and bids him farewell. He goes home, where he has a hesitant but civil reconciliation with his friends and a warmer one with his mother.

Ellen Holly plays a very unhappy... - Vintage Black Glamour

Riding the tide of teen flicks that followed Rebel Without a Cause, Take a Giant Step touches on similar tropes of youthful angst, but through the vantage point of a newly desegregated student population. Honestly, the script for the film – written by Louis S. Peterson from his play as it plays like rebel without a cause but with a look upon the racism of the time. Take a giant step is a coming of age movie where the passionate teen has justified cause to rebel and angst against.  There is a point in all of our lives where we learn about the racism that exists in the world. ‘Giant Step’ brings to light those prejudices through the experiences of Spence, a black 17 year old boy raised in middle class suburbs who seems like any other boy. This movie is a must see movie that you has such wonderful acting and direction that you should watch today. I Enjoyed talking about this movie as it’s a wonderful gem

Invaders form mars

Invaders form mars review

William Cameron Menzies’ frightening portrayal of a Martian menace is blessed with his own fantastic production design, brilliantly weaving a world from a child’s perspective as this fun b-movie is fades form memory as i review this movie also the 1986 remake as also i do a modern remake of it with mar’s attacks all three movies really are the mar’s invading us idea given to us in each a differnt way as the 1950’s era was a ripe era for scfi b-movie as such given on on the Forbidden Planet DVD we see watch the skies which talks about how it was about the fears of the time. So i begin b-movie month with my frist b-movie review of this month.

Invaders From Mars (1953) | Sci-Fi Saturdays

Invaders from Mars has a simple setup, but is executed with such precision and strong performances that it goes above and beyond the expected alien invader scenario as the simple story is really such a deeper story beyond the core simple idea of aliens landing to invade our planet. a young boy named David. When he wakes the next day he notices that his father has a wound on his neck and is acting strange. After noticing the same mark on other townsfolk he realises that they’ve been taken over by Martians. He then has to try and convince the local authorities of his inherently outlandish tale and put a stop to the menacing Martians but its so much fun to watch it unfold on screen with such wonderful performances as we see it form a child’s outlook of the invasion of mars. It really plays on the fears of the 1950’s as we see this movie play upon the fear of the other which was a common idea for this era of movie. 

Low angles make adults appear as giants, while the mutant Martians seem even more imposing and a multitude of adept tracking shots bring the whole thing to vivid, alarming life, due in no small part to John F. Seitz’ wonderful cinematography. Even the production design becomes more nightmarish as it goes on (again by Menzies himself who had a long and successful career in that area with films like Gone With The Wind), where innocuous locations like the rooms of David’s house and the trees behind it gradually become more alien. It’s not just the alien menace or the humans in their control, the very world around him is threatening now. It’s that dreamlike quality that really sets Invaders From Mars apart. That unearthly green glow that bathes the Martian spaceship, the newly twisted and warped trees that surround it, the malevolent but ethereal sound design as the aliens capture new victims, it all feels like one big hallucination or nightmare, a hazy fever dream of the end of the world as this mvoie showcases some of the best of the b-movie of this era as its a fun classic you will enjoy so much to watch unfold on the screen.

Invaders From Mars (1986) remake review

Tobe Hooper’s Invaders from Mars is  A remake of William Cameron Menzies’ 1953 science-fiction/horror classic which was scary remake of it i might add as this movie really pumps up the horror of the aliens to 11 as tobe takes the helm to give us a very wonderful spin upon the classic story of that orginal movie. The film focuses on David Gardner (Hunter Carson) a young boy who’s become convinced he’s seen a alien spaceship land in the sand pit behind his house which the cops do not believe as many others dont at frist as the case when people start changing to aliens we begin see them acting differntly then before. 

Blu-ray Review: Invaders From Mars (1986)

The remake stars Hunter Carson (son of filmmaker L.M. Kit Carson and actress Karen Black) as the boy, David Gardner, who begins to suspect something’s wrong with his folks when he sees his mom (Laraine Newman) consuming heavily salted raw hamburger, and his dad (Timothy Bottoms) swilling down scalding hot coffee laced with a fistful of saccharine tablets. When David notices his science teacher Mrs. McKeltch (Louise Fletcher) is even testier than usual, and that she’s sporting the same bandage on the back of her neck as his parents, he confesses his suspicions to the school nurse, Linda Magnusson (played by Black). Soon, the two of them are exploring an fantastic underground lair/spacecraft, populated by gangly, toothy creatures and a tentacled brain known as The Supreme Intelligence.

Invaders from Mars (1986) - Moria

Tobe Hooper’s Invaders From Mars is an anomaly among the 1980’s remakes of 1950’s B-Movie Horrors because it doesn’t attempt to make its source material frightening for a later era so much as it is interested in recreating the feeling of watching those films in the 50’s, with all the attendant creepiness and paranoia. Invaders From Mars uses the best available talent (Dan O’Bannon, John Dykstra and Stan Winston among them) to make an intentionally artificial out-of-time world, where everything seems not so much fake as it does made. This is a world not of our own, but made from and out of Sci-Fi Schlock of old. That Hooper turns around and makes the subtexural threat not communism but the return of 1950’s America, a return to rigid, bland conformity, a counter-revolution against the liberation movements of the 1960’s, the promised land of the Reagan Revolution as this movie as shows how the flaws of this era of idealism was such a flawed notion of returning back to this era. this is Hooper’s own response and follow-up to Poltergeist, a dark revisiting of the suburban nuclear family wherein the danger comes from both without and within, that it could infect your family, infect educational institutions, infect the military and the police, infect lines of communication, that it could infect you. That was what it felt like to be a kid in the 1980’s, where you could revolt into an uncaring void or attempt to hide and wait it out and hope that nuclear annihilation did not rain from the skies or get accidentally unleashed at home. Invaders From Mars, by really knowing and inhabiting the 1950’s Moviescape as this movie is simply a classic movie.

Mars Attacks! review(remake of invaders form mars as much making fun of those movies)

Mars Attacks! (1996)

Mars Attacks! is Tim Burton’s love letter to all of the b-movie sci-fi flicks that were littered throughout the fifties. Having already honored the cult filmmakers of the period with Ed Wood but this love letter is also in part a remake of invaders form mars but in a very modern way that is used to mock that notion in a way.  

Mars Attacks! (1996) - Rotten Tomatoes

One of those movies is Mars Attacks! This crazy invasion story is possible one of Burton’s underrated and unseen gems that literally owned my television back in the nineties. Starring a weird collection of stars, as you can imagine, it centres on, well, Mars attacking. Obviously centred mainly in America, this bobble headed aliens come to take over and Earth finds itself having to defend as the movie as much a love letter to the 1950’s b movie as much making fun of it.  Supposedly a parody of Alien invasion movies, Tim Burton’s insane spoof is much more than that, it’s an homage. Sending up the likes of It Came From Outer Space and more, Mars Attacks! sublimely tackles the visual inaccuracies of science fiction fare and blows them up on a larger scale. The comedy not only comes from the mockery, but from Burton’s crazed mind teaming with Jonathon Gems to create a film that works on its own hyperactivity, ballsiness, and dark humour that crafts out such a fun b-movie gem of its own. What’s more Burton added a star studded event and catapulted Mars Attacks! into this oddly surreal movie. A film that sees Pierce Brosnan, Jack Black, Sarah Jessica Parker, Danny DeVito, Martin Short, Natalie Portman. and many more all striving to survive this humanity ridding ghouls is ridiculous in itself. Not to mention that Jack Nicholson plays the President (and a sleazy rodeo business man in Last Vegas,) what more could you ask for? The cast is hilariously huge, which adds much to the spectacle. It’s more of a bonus that 99% of the characters are heinously unlikeable so watching them meet the impending doom is undeniably satisfying as i feel this b-movie classic should b watched upon repeat often upon the screen as i find joy watching this movie mock so many of the movies i adore watching often form the 1950’s as i hope you enjoyed my frist review of b-movie month.

Face-Hugging Dreams of Breathing: Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien

Face-Hugging Dreams of Breathing: Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien

Visionary and terrifying, Ridley Scott’s Alien hybridized the horror and science-fiction genres in 1979 to effectively launch a new subgenre, and countless clones have since borrowed from its DNA. Space-aged operatics and laser battles have no place in this imaginatively designed film, whose mounting tension still contains fearsome intensity and whose visual ambitions still evoke awe. Scott’s artistry still amazes us even some 41 years later as this year as you see this movie showcases a new style of scfi flim that would be copied by so many movies.

H.R. Giger’s alien design’s in alien really showcase many of alien movie’s amazing style and look for its dark and creepy world. Of course, Alien was not the first film about a killer creature from space, nor was it the first haunted house-type story in which characters are hunted down and systematically slaughtered, nor would it be the last. Screenwriter Dan O’Bannon later admitted, “I didn’t steal Alien from anybody. I stole it from everybody!” From the radio beacon of unknown origin in Forbidden Planet (1956) to the escalating alien scares in It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958) to the claustrophobic setting of The Thing from Another World (1951), the film is not without its influences all would make this classic gem into something that takes form past of movies yet setups dna for future movies. 

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Floating in the silence of space, inside the Nostromo lights flicker on and computers scroll incoming transmissions. The crew of seven is awakened from their hyper-sleep as many of the shots of this movie is shot so wonderfully by scott’s wonderful handy cam work that captures dark and creepy world of alien. Scott’s technique lends Alien distinction amid its respective genres at the time; rather than have the alien leap at the viewer from the start, he builds suspense through a meticulously controlled intensification of anxiety. Take the sound design and the careful juxtaposition of agonizing, dominating silence and jarring bursts of audible terror. The Nostromo’s crew moves about the quiet ship in virtual silence, their dialogue limited at first. 

Scott’s technique lends Alien distinction amid its respective genres at the time; rather than have the alien leap at the viewer from the start, he builds suspense through a meticulously controlled intensification of anxiety.Scott’s moody treatment of the plot is counterbalanced by his talented ensemble, who gives the film an unmistakable human dimension in the coldness of space. Wage slaves all, the Nostromo’s crewmembers behave like interstellar working stiffs, led by their mellow captain, Dallas (Tom Skerritt). Second in command is the good-humored Kane (John Hurt), host to the alien organism. Next in line is warrant officer Ripley, who tries to quarantine Kane, but her adherence to protocol is defied by the icy science officer, Ash (Ian Holm), who allows Kane onboard. On the sidelines and informing the audience’s reactions are edgy navigator Lambert (Veronica Cartwright), and maintenance men Parker (Yaphet Kotto) and Brett (Harry Dean Stanton), who quibble tirelessly about getting paid less than their fellow crew members. Most impressive is that the youngest actor among them is Cartwright at 29. If Alien were made today by another filmmaker, it may have been populated by the time’s youngest and hottest stars. Scott’s intention, however, was to find a cast that could bring natural performances to an unnatural setting.

Beyond the excruciating tension, what remains so haunting about the film is how little it tells us about the alien, its origins, life cycle, and even its physical makeup. Its metamorphosis from parasite Facehugger to embryo Chestbuster to predatory Alien attacks its victims on multiple levels. In one way, it acts like a disease, invading the body and destroying from within. In another very suggestive way, it penetrates the body both in its parasitic and predatory forms. As Ash observes, “A perfect organism of steer horror that really will scare you as the alien is a creepy monster of terror as its lack of humanity it envokes anytime on the screen. The way the Facehugger implants its embryo recalls ichneumon wasps who lay their eggs on or inside their prey, while the alien’s tongue-like Pharyngeal jaws emerge from its mouth and call to mind a Moray eel that invokes many of the artwork of iger’s original illustrations to the screen in such a surreal and creepy manner.

the producers’ original decision to cast Cartwright as Ripley. This last-minute choice became a fateful one for Weaver, whose career has been long-associated with the Alien franchise, having appeared in four entries through 1997. More significantly, though, Weaver’s initial presence as an iron-willed heroine afforded audiences a tough and noble hero, whose femininity was downplayed but not altogether absent. For decades, Weaver would be the only actress in Hollywood who could headline an action film, while her dramatic and genre work remained steady: she played an ironic damsel in the Ghostbusters series, earned two Oscar nominations in 1988 playing Dian Fossey in Gorillas in the Mist and a relentless business executive in Working Girl, explored arthouse drama with Roman Polanski’s Death and the Maiden (1997) and Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm (1997), and remains forever linked to the science-fiction and horror genres since this breakthrough performance. One of the great pleasures of watching Alien is witnessing Weaver grow into a star right before our eyes as she gives out such a marvelous performance as such of her performance is a breakout in this movie.

Much has changed about the science-fiction and horror genres in the thirty years since Alien’s release as a flim like alien would be revealing so many details earlier as also cast younger stars to play the key roles in its wonderful cast. Alien is a profoundly influential work and a lasting classic. The risks taken by this film make it a rarity, while its methods yield a paradigmatic specimen whose combination of genre thrills, bound by great artistry and innovation, have yet to be bested by imitators that still lasts the test of time. 

Sullivan’s Travels

Today I talk about Sullivan’s Travels which is frankly one of my favorite movies all time for the The Celluloid Road Trip Blogathon hosted by Hometowns to Hollywood as this wonderful classic story stands the test of time as ohn L. Sullivan (Joel McCrea), convinced he won’t be able to film his ambitious masterpiece until he has suffered, dons a hobo disguise and sets off on a journey as this classic tale lasts test of time i choose review it today.

Sullivan’s Travels Review

The idea of walking in someone else’s shoes in order to truly understand their point of view has been stated in many elegant ways has been told many times over in movies yet this tale hasnt been told so effectly as this classic tale. The idea of the artist taking a road road trip to better understand the sufferings of others simply works here. “I’m going out on the road to find out what it’s like to be poor and needy and then I’m going to make a picture about it … I’m doing it for the poor. Don’t you understand? … I doubt if they would appreciate it, sir. They rather resent the invasion of their privacy. Echoing Gulliver’s Travels, this is ‘prime’ Preston Sturges and more of a social satire than a comedy with its barbs aimed squarely at Hollywood; a film depicting the chance encounters and experiences of a movie director as he raids the wardrobe department to disguise himself as a hobo before travelling around the country with a down-on-her-luck starlet and a studio entourage, looking for the kind of material which can be turned into a ‘meaningful’ movie he will call ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’.

Sullivan's Travels (1941) | I Draw on My Wall

The classic film Sullivan’s Travels brings to mind some provocative questions on who should be able to tell certain kinds of stories. I have often heard the perspective from some members of the film criticism community, that they sometimes devalue films instantly if the experience being captured does not come from an artist of that same background. In some cases, you may feel this way because you are apart of the group the story is about, and you did not feel like the film authentically spoke to your experience. Of course, there are no right or wrong answers here, because everyone’s opinion is going to be unique on it.

With all that being said, Sullivan’s Travels tells the story of what a comedy movie Director comes to discover about the struggles of the poor, while working to prepare a film he feels would be of significance on the topic. Sullivan’s Travels was both an entertaining and provocative look into this idea of Hollywood’s innate inability to truly understand the hardships of the poverty-stricken and working class as we see it wonderfully crafted by the wonderful Preston Sturges with wonderful acting by its two wonderful stars of Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake as fun-fact about them too they didnt get along at all but give out such a wonderful performances on screen as the splendid Sturges stock company of character actors, this picture is often hilarious and has a moment or two of real poignancy; the comic sequences may prevail but the lessons learnt will remain with you as this movie will remain with you fro ages to come.

happy 57th birthday doctor who.

Doctor who turned 57 years old today on November 23,57 years ago Sidney Newman created an amazing idea of a hero. It’s hard to talk about the importance of an imaginary hero. But heroes ARE important: Heroes tell us something about ourselves. History tells us who we used to be, documentaries tell us who we are now; but heroes tell us who we WANT to be. And a lot of our heroes depress me. And a lot of our heroes depress me. But when they made this particular hero, he did not give him anything beside a simple idea of being a traveler that is just kind, the doctor doesn’t need guns or anything just a sonic and a friend to go along with the doctor. This particular hero, they didn’t give him a gun–they gave him a screwdriver to fix things. They didn’t give him a tank or a warship or an x-wing fighter–they gave him a box from which you can call for help. And they didn’t give him a superpower or pointy ears or a heat-ray–they gave him an extra HEART. They gave him two hearts! And that’s an extraordinary thing.
There will never come a time when we don’t need a hero like the Doctor as few heroes are like the doctor i felt to talk the doctor as something so special to me today as I am a huge fan of doctor who so today I honor 55 years of doctor who by talking about what makes this show so magical. our destiny is in the stars so let’s go and search for it  we can say most other scfi series and their heroes really do not feel like the doctor or its show as the show has outlasted any other scfi show as its lasted even longer then star trek. There will never come a time when we don’t need a hero like the Doctor as few heroes are like the doctor i felt to talk the doctor as something so special to me today as I am a huge fan of doctor who so today as today on its 57’s birthday i honor the greatest adventure in time and space as doctor who truly keeps on ticking on even past any other scfi show on tv.

Doctor Who became a part of my life a long time ago. He changed me cardinally. I can say that I grew up on it and it is part of my childhood. And this series made me believe in miracles. it is even older then star trek as this show has outlasted any scfi show on tv,happy birthday to the oldest scfi tv on tv. “I’ll be a story in your head. But that’s all right. We’re all stories in the end. Just make it a good one.”

Happy 57th birthday doctor whoSo began early onnovember 22 rewatching doctor who i watched a good bit of the third doctor yesterday. I was kinda loving many of these serials some i seen my frist time this year as i feel to highlight on the 57th birthday some of my favorite doctor who stories many doctor who eras but i think frist to do a big in depth tribute to some key doctors that i feel defined the nature of doctor who forever.

A Tribute to Jon Pertwee                   By time 1969 rolled around we had two doctors come before this wonderful actor of the screen. Patrick Troughton had already proven that it was possible for Doctor Who to replace its leading man and emerge not just unscathed but revitalized as the show was going through new changes that he faced as his doctor as Doctor Who faced a major change to its format and the doctor was exiled to earth it made his doctor more having depend on his heroism to save the day as he was more of a smart doctor that used gadgets with a dose of action to take them down. It showcases how the doctor always is able to outmatch his foes by action and brains together. He is one of my favorite doctors as this doctor was not only an action hero doctor for the bond era of movies at the time but also a sherlock holmes like figure in some ways as he really also figured out many things by just outsmarting his foes.You can see the threads of what makes modern doctor begining with his era as his era shows us the start of that modern show which many modern showrunners craft their show after his era.

Jon Pertwee’s background was in comedy. Featuring in various films, he was most well known for starring P 18 years (1959–1977) playing Chief Petty Officer in the show The Navy Lark. Doctor Who was his big chance to break away from the perception the public had of him. As a result, the Third Doctor’s character was different then on ways he acted on the screen as a more a generally serious man with a real charm and wit to him that showcases how Jon Pertwee’s acting crops was comedy and drama so he used both to bring the doctor to life on screen.

The Doctor is an alien stranded on Earth, and sometimes he feels more at home with other alien races. Certainly, he strongly empathizes with their plight in some cases. Season 7 is largely unique in terms of approach and style of the show at time you can see a very huge theme of compassion for thes alien races by the doctor but the others of earth not showing same compassion and care for them. That season is very much a diffrent level of grounded to earth story-telling that grounds the monsters and doctor to earth that grounds down the scfi elements to give us some very remarkable stories i feel that showcase the many layers of the doctor as we seen the action hero side of the doctor to the smart doctor that figures out by his brains alone.

In a period of such uncertainty, the commanding presence of Pertwee’s third Doctor – an ‘authority figure’ who allied himself with the military organization UNIT – was precisely what the series needed. I would say his doctor was a charming doctor that could save the day. Of all the Doctors, the Third Doctor was the king of combat. He usually relied on his famous mastery of Venusian Aikido, but was not above bare-knuckle fisticuffs when provoked. Armed guards? Ogrons? Sub-human mutations? He had them all for breakfast. He even took on a Sontaran once, though in that contest he came off second best. His greatest fight was undoubtedly his fencing match with the Master that i feel is such a wonderful thing to watch unfold on the screen yet all of these action hero traits really masked a really amazing doctor that used action as his last way to figure out how to fix things in the end.  Jon Pertwee was brilliant in all sorts of ways. During World War II, Pertwee was an officer attached to the Naval Intelligence Division in which he worked alongside Ian Fleming. Yes, that Ian Fleming. In this position, he reported to, met and talked with Winston Churchill. Part of his role was to teach Commandos how to use gadgets like tobacco pipes that fired bullets. Now the origins of Pertwee as the heroic figure take root form that moment. Its when he died we see the doctor’s heroic nature face his fears. Jon Pertwee truly is one of a kind in terms of doctors.

Roger Delgado the first master

Roger Delgado whom played The Master was conceived of as the Doctor as the doctor’s Moriarty as he was equal part brains and action able to make the third doctors action and brains methods. Delgado played him as a charming villain that felt like a bond villain at times but really deeper then any bond villain as this wonderful actor was able really bring out such amazing acting form his role of the master. He is the master. It’s the doctor’s greatest foe to everyone eyes as master is something so truly good to see as the master is Moriarty to the noble doctor brings out the nature of the doctor’s worst or best as we see the doctor’s nature come to life with the master. It was Roger Delgado I feel gave the best role of the master ever on screen as you see what makes the master work as villain on screen.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart played  played by Nicholas Courtney was another amazing actor of the third doctor era that stands out in many regards as he played the like dr watson but really was more a man of action and charm that was very wonderfully trained actor of the screen that made the role feel alive on the screen as the third doctor era you seen the best of him on screen. He is always a legend to the series.

Sarah Jane Smith,the greatest companion of doctor who.

The role of the companion is a well-loved tradition in the long-running BBC One science-fiction series, now a worldwide hit, and an integral part of the show’s success. I would say i picked her as the prime example of what an amazing companion because she is the simply best example of the best one to play the role. Sarah Jane’s story started long before I was born as she was coming at end of Jon Pertwee’s time in Doctor Who was coming to a close. For the majority of his run he had he had been accompanied by Katy Manning as Jo Grant. Elisabeth Sladen played simply the best companion ever to my eyes.

From the outset, Smith was wildly different to her predecessor. In her first story, The Time Warrior, not only does Sarah at one point set about kidnapping the Doctor, but she also attempts to bring the Women’s Liberation movement to the Dark Ages. And she absolutely will not make the Doctor a cup of coffee, no matter how patronizingly he asks. For want of a better word, Sarah Jane Smith played by  Elisabeth Sladen  whom gave some of her best acting on sceen as she brought out many parts to her role form comedy to drama acting methods mixed togethr to bring a role to screen that made her a legend as each time you met her you knew she why she was so special on screen as she always gave us such amazing performances on screen.

It was when paired up with Tom Baker’s Doctor, though that Sarah Jane came to life fully as Elisabeth Sladen and tom baker really play off each other so well with such charm. Sarah was able to start having fun. With a more carefree Doctor and the strait-laced Harry Sullivan in the TARDIS it made her charm even lovelier as by time she left it broke the hearts of fans as she was so loved by everyone. The brilliant Elisabeth Sladen was able make his comedy wits and ways to a tee as she always kept the doctor on his toes as her acting charm is what made it always the doctor and sarah jane.

A tribute to tom baker:The forth doctor.

doctor who tom baker

When Philip Hinchcliffe was producer, Tom Baker played the Doctor with an aura of gleeful, natural eccentricity, giving way to bursts of morose introspection and bouts of unsettling behavior as also a trait of  witty to very dangerous in a moment’s notice as tom baker had played The role in a manner fitting of a comedy actor as he used humor mixed with some dramatic acting to bring to life the role of the docto as his era was a hammer horror era of the show that made many ideas of doctor who’s hammer horror roots begining in his era that showcase many amazing elements to why this amazing actor continues to charm us even now as i think tom baker is one amazing actor for all ages.

The Seventh Doctor (1987-89/96)(, Sylvester McCoy)

Sylvester McCoy proved unexpectedly good in the role. Like Jon Pertwee before him, he saw the show as way of exercising his dramatic skills and forging a new career path as he was a very known comedy actor. He really uses his amazing acting skills to good use in his era. (one which would, twenty-five years later, see him cast in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movies as Radagast the Brown). However, for his first season there was more of a comedic air to his character.  Bonnie Langford, best-known as a dancer and for her work in musicals, as companion Mel is a very bad companion as she was a chiild actress that i felt never should been cast on the show as she is not worthy of the title companion as she never had no idea how play the role right as her performances show why she is a mis-casting form the start. For the twenty-fifth season, which was also an important anniversary year, it was decided to dramatically retool the writing team. Younger and more dynamic writers like Ben Aaronovitch among others took the doctor to darker places then ever before as the doctor.

  Marc Platt were recruited and Andrew Cartmel unveiled his ‘masterplan’. He wanted to delve into the very psyche and character of the Doctor as part of a plan to reveal the Doctor’s true backstory and origins, which would be more complex than previously hinted. He also wanted to develop a far more complex relationship between the Doctor and his new companion Ace, played by Sophie Aldred.The fruits of this can be seen in the widely-acclaimed Remembrance of the Daleks, in which the Doctor manipulates events from behind the scenes to bring about the destruction of the Dalek homeworld, Skaro yet these plans would never come to past until recent doctor who which we seen the masterplan brought back to the screen. It is truly amazing how this 25 season is a very good season overall thath as such fun stories. The twenty-sixth season was even better. I feel his era is one of my favorite eras of the show as you see all of the best elements of classic doctor who on screen in this era.

ace doctor who(Sophie Aldred)

30 wicked years! Everything you need to know about Doctor Who companion Ace  | Doctor Who

Initially a brash and reckless teenager, (TV: Dragonfire) Ace matured significantly into a strong, independent adult over her many years of TARDIS travel and other experiences, who was capable of surviving on her own. (TV: Survival, AUDIO: Signs and Wonders) as she matured more trough her audio adventures she is a very remarkable companion that as grown deeper trough the audios as she is played by the remarkable Sophie Aldred whom gives us such an amazing role with a level of charm and depth unmatched by many modern companion in some regards as she has such levels of amazing acting skill to her level of acting. Doctor Who's Sophie Aldred reveals what she thinks happened to classic  companion Ace... and it's heartbreaking

The frist doctor:William Hartnell

William Hartnell  was a wonderful actor of the stage and screen before he became the doctor that  made the doctor by bringing to life this magical role with his wonderful performance as the doctor. He was a daft old man with a darker nature but a charm and wit that was able make the doctor into an icon for the ages.

Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor(Peter Capaldi)

In 2013 incumbent Doctor Matt Smith announced that he was hanging up his TARDIS keys and moving on to pastures anew. Whilst this understandably broke the hearts of lots of fans, it left the show with a gap to fill. More than that it gave the casting team a dilemma, how do you replace a presence and charm of an actor or match david’s tenth doctor for his steer passion he brought to the role you bring a fanboy of the show form the start of childhood that really brings out all of the doctor’s many traits to the role you bring us which i think among my favorite doctors of all time as Peter Capaldi is an amazing actor of many levels that starred in many blockbuster movies and tv shows he brought all of that to his role as the doctor he managed bring all of his amazing acting skills with the raw wit of classic doctors mixed with a darker shaded doctor at times you really saw the depths of what made the doctor a hero in his era of the show as i think he bridges the gap of classic and modern doctor who he could been a doctor right after 7th doctor.

Peter Capaldi was a huge fanboy of classic doctor who as child he always would watch it on saturday tea-time. He is also a talented artist of many levels you can see him play the guitar too as he also was musican back in the day.

He is able do it because he used do such in past as this amazing actor did it all form his own skills as an artist and actor he brought all of his depth of a character to the screen i personally think his doctor is one of the best ever in role.

Doctor who  greatest stories all time(yes big finish does count in this regard)

Doctor who has so many stories in so many mediums that tell wonderful tales so i am highlighting best of many mediums i am gonna select standout tales that showcase the shows 57 year history on the screen as many years of wonderful tv is told trough the eyes of doctor who on screen in its storied history on screen.

The Ambassadors Of Death

Doctor Who’s 1970 season is perhaps better remembered for stories such as The Silurians with its moral ambiguity and Inferno’s journey into a parallel universe. Yet between those two adventures is a forgotten little gem dealing with astronauts, manipulation and the threat of interstellar war. A story called The Ambassadors of Death that i feel is the season’s best story in many ways one of the best crafted tales of classic doctor who. What separates this story from its immediate predecessor is its action packed nature. While The Silurians very much limited itself to the scientific center, the caves and immediate area around it for the most part, there is no such constraint on this story as this story as you see such things played out more on screen here then ever before. Ambassadors of Death holds up today. It’s well paced across seven episodes, features plenty of action sequences with many dramatice moments making this an often overlooked classic gem of a tale.

JubileeBig Finish productions have been making new audio plays of Doctor Who since 1999. In that time they have made countless stories with five Doctors and a host of companions and monsters. While most stories faithfully mirror TV Who, occasionally a story comes along that is better than most and stands out as a true classic. Jubilee is one such adventure, so good that it ranks as one of the best scripts Doctor Who has ever had in any format period. Bringing his companion, the elderly history don Evelyn Smythe (Maggie Stables), to early twenty first century London, the TARDIS somehow lands in two time zones at once. Emerging into the Tower of London, the pair find a much changed world where the English Empire, led by the mad President Rochester (Martin Jarvis), now rules the world. Somehow the Doctor and Evelyn have defeated a Dalek invasion a century ago even though they have no recollection of it. If some of the above sounds famliar then that is because Rob Shearman was asked to adapt his script for the revival of the TV incarnation of Doctor Who in 2005. Called Dalek, The Dalek’s relationship with Evelyn was replaced by Rose and the plot was heavily simplified as this tale is one of the truly best stories of doctor who. This complexity extends to the sole surviving Dalek as well. The Doctor’s ultimate foe turns out to a simple soldier, desperate for someone to tell it what to do. It doesn’t want to make choices but to simply follow orders. Nick Briggs does a fantastic job embuing this Dalek as this tale really brings to heart the heart of the relationship of the doctor and daleks as we see how both sides view each other. It is a classic tale in any sense of the word

doctor who and the pirates

Doctor Who and the Pirates has taken all the style and effort that has been missing from recent stories and injects them all into four episodes of bliss. Jac Rayner has written a superb script, easily her best for Big Finish, which manages to be a beautiful character study, a rip roaring adventure which is a funny comedy to a musical to a drama in matter of moments.Colin Baker and Maggie Stables really shine in one of the best doctor stories any medium ever as this tale showcases not all great tales are told on the screen of doctor who.

The Caves of Androzani

Caves of Androzani is the most powerful classic Doctor Who story in every regard as it features one of the best scipts of classic who as it  features Robert Holmes’ tightest script with razor sharp characters, a frantic pacing with wonderful acting to boot as this remarkable end story showcases what males the doctor such an interesting hero as the doctor saving the lfie of somone he barely knows showcases why doctor who is such a landmark in tv history as this tale is a marvelous tale form start to finish.

Pyramids of Mars 

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Doctor who: pyramid of Mars is one of the top Doctor who stories of all time in many ways it’s the classic story of the doctor. Pyramids of Mars is a classic slice of doctor who with all the right ingredients that makes this story one of a kind that is likely one of the best of the Philip Hinchcliffe era of doctor who. Tom Baker is giving out one amazing performance as the doctor. Sarah Jane gives out one amazing performance in her role as she is the doctor who companions all adore forever. Pyramids of Mars is a pefect story in so many regards form its horror elements to its great dramatic moments it really is an amazing tale.

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Pyramids of Mars continues the Hinchcliffe trend of tapping into a particular vein of horror and dropping the Doctor into a familiarly creepy plot that is a trait of this era of doctor who. Pyramids of Mars builds on the fascination with Egyptology. The pyramids had obviously been a pop culture fixation since the explorers first opened the tombs. It is how we ended up with many of the classic horror movies such as the mummy and hammer’s the mummy among other classic mummy horror movies. Pyramids of Mars gets a nice direct link to Hammer in Bernard Archer, playing Marcus Scarman, who appeared in The Horror of Frankenstein another hammer classic which i would say inspired another classic story of this era of doctor who. Its a very fun Gothic horror classic doctor who story with such amazing acting and direction and well crafted out story that stands the test of time.

The Zygon Invasion and The Zygon Inversion

The Zygon Invasion and The Zygon Inversion are very good stories that stand out as the best two parter of doctor who history in my eyes. Both tales have such heavy tied nature to each other that you can almost say this tale has such amazing direction with amazing acting and drama as well chracter moments that stand test of time they all come together make one of the best Episodes of doctor who ever crafted for the screen  as this tale is a classic doctor who tale in every regard.

Silence in the Library” / “Forest of the Dead

The Library two-parter of Series 4 (“Silence in the Library” / “Forest of the Dead”) is wonderful chracter drama that really is such a wonderfully crafted tale with such amazing acting and direction with the best acting of david on the screen as the doctor as it showcases the best of doctor who. It is brilliant from beginning to end. While it may not exactly get scarier on repeat watching as you catch many key details of this wonderful story that stands as one of best stories all time in the show’s long history on the screen.

Vincent and the Doctor 

Vincent and the Doctor is a truly sophisticated episode of Doctor Who and one of the few moments of television that actually brought tears to me eyes as this amazing tale is such a high point for storytelling with its amazing acting and charcter drama that showcases what makes doctor who truly special as a show.  Tony Curran who takes a potentially unsympathetic role and creates a Vincent Van Gogh who is entirely credible and great fun to be around and before the episode he will have broken your heart. The intimacy and chemistry between the chracters is remarkable on screen as you see such an amazing story that stands out as doctor who’s finest example of classic doctor who in every sense of the word.

DAY OF DOCTOR(50TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL)

The Day of the Doctor is a great anniversary celebration for Doctor Who, feeling like Moffat had borrowed more from The Three Doctors than The Five Doctors in piecing it together, allowing for multi-Doctor interaction grafted over a fairly generic Pertwee-era alien invasion tale. (“Not now!” the Eleventh Doctor protests as the multi-Doctor tale that showcases some of the best fun of the whole series as whole its an amazing story with amazing acting by its cast as they all give us wonderful perfromances as this fun gem of a story is a fun ride form start to finish as these stories are meant to be fun ways to honor the shows hiistory it does it in such amazing levels of fun. You will smile with delight at day of the doctor as i feel this classic story really stands test of time.

An Adventure in Space and Time 

There is no reason why anyone should ever have made a movie about William Hartnell. From today’s vantage point he was a relatively obscure actor who played the doctor. It goes without saying that Doctor Who has enriched many of our lives. Its longevity stems, in no small part, from its variety and creativity; its ability to continually renew and reinvent itself without compromising its essential identity. But sometimes we might forget that the show as it is renowned today sprang from humble origins: to fill in a twenty-five minute gap in Saturday night television as this movie tells the tale of the show’s birth as you see such a remarkable movie of love and passion with wonderful acting by a top notch cast that make such a wonderful tale. David Bradley as William Hartnell, the first Doctor is an amazing must see performance that anyone should see today as i feel this is a perfect ending ot my 77 year tribute by highlighting one of the best tv movies ever crafted for tv its must see tv. I hope you enjoyed my personal tribute to 77 years of doctor who.

Doctor Who became a part of my life a long time ago. He changed me cardinally. I can say that I grew up on it and it is part of my childhood. And this series made me believe in miracles.  I want to say thank you to the series, creators, actors for changing my life, for giving the world magic! Happy 57th Anniversary! 1963 – 2020

I hope you enjoyed my talk on doctor who today,the doctor truly will always be with us forever.  I want to say thank you to the series, creators, actors for changing my life, for giving the world magic! Happy 57th Anniversary! Doctor Who

The Mysterious House of Usher

The Mysterious House of Usher

I was little boy when I first saw a Vincent Price i sitll think he is one of the greatest horror actors all time. He truly had such a charm to him. House on Haunted Hill was the the movie i saw as my frist movie of his horror movies. So i am begining halloween month with The Mysterious House of Usher for a horror movie review.It is truly something I feel embodies the classic gothic horror that is a big part of the genre. So lets begin the review.

The Fall of the House of Usher/House of Usher  (1960) review

The Fall of the House of Usher/House of Usher was the first of seven (eight, if you want to count The Haunted Palace) films that Roger Corman directed for American International Pictures, based on the writings of Edgar Allan Poe. It is one of best entries in the series to my eyes. Roger Corman’s brilliant adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s chilling tale is one of the greatest achievements in cinematic horror that does really stand test of time. It is hard to pick a best Roger Corman Poe movie. Vincent Price turns in one of of his finest performances he ever did on the screen in this horror classic but he always amazes in any movie anyway.

Madness on flim really is such a tricky thing at times to have on screen without it being silly. It’s at this point that I must mention one of Corman’s creative collaborators composer Les Baxter really makes such a wonderful soundtrack. The magical charm of this film is its wonderful acting by its cast. It is something about them they bring to life the wonderful gothic tale of Edgar Allan Poe. The Fall of the House of Usher is a terrific example of Roger Corman’s ever widening circle of gothic, directorial accomplishment. That it stays faithful to the darker tones of its source material but has some of its own way to it too. If The Raven was a delicious farce trading on how easily camp follows theatricality, Usher is something very different, something genuinely creepy and despite the modest claims of its director, it’s very effective that really underlines the magical charm of the orginal tale yet giving way to something totally new.

The perennial 1960s American Gothic setting, and a mood-board for spooky, autumnal vibes. The Usher mansion itself beings a monument to the fissures of familial desolation, from mental illness to egomania and the lingering, perpetual stench of Death rising from the crypt. Probably Roger Corman’s most tasteful Poe adaptation, and so assured that its moments of dreamy color and swift action are both visceral and psychological. When Vincent Price is on screen, nothing else matters, even as he is only one harrowing piece of a larger atmospheric tapestry that will set out to really make you watch the movie no matter what. Everything is personified in Vincent Price’s melodramatic portrayal of lead character Roderick that i feel you will simply enjoy to watch from start to finish. The film is short and sweet at eighty minutes but really makes best use of all of this time but it makes very good use of its time. You simply must see this classic movie today. Needless to say, it’s easy to understand why House Of Usher (also known as The Mysterious House Of Usher or The Fall Of The House Of Usher) stands out as a high mark in Roger Corman’s filmography. It’s a delightful horror picture that will tantalize and terrify while it spirals us headfirst into madness that you must see today I will be revisiting more of these poe movies soon this month. So I may review them all. I hope you join me for them.

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.