Queens of Animation by Nathalia Holt

The Untold Story of the Women Who Transformed the World of Disney and Made Cinematic History “From Snow White to Moana, from Pinocchio to Frozen, the animated films of Walt Disney Studios have moved and entertained millions. But few fans know that behind these groundbreaking features was an incredibly influential group of women who fought for respect in an often ruthless male-dominated industry and who have slipped under the radar for decades.In The Queens of Animation, bestselling author Nathalia Holt tells their dramatic stories for the first time, showing how these women infiltrated the boys’ club of Disney’s story and animation departments and used early technologies to create the rich artwork and unforgettable narratives that have become part of the American canon. As the influence of Walt Disney Studios grew—and while battling sexism, domestic abuse, and workplace intimidation—these women also fought to transform the way female characters are depicted to young audiences.With gripping storytelling, and based on extensive interviews and exclusive access to archival and personal documents, The Queens of Animation reveals the vital contributions these women made to Disney’s Golden Age and their continued impact on animated film making, culminating in the record-shattering Frozen, Disney’s first female-directed full-length feature film as this is what the book is about as today i review this wonderful book.

Queens of Animation by Nathalia Holt Review

I grew up loving Disney animation yet I haven’t heard the stories of many things Disney hidden form us until i read books about them as i learned more about them and their past I learned from books like  Walt. Until The Queens of Animation: The Untold Story of the Women Who Transformed the World of Disney and Made Cinematic History. I remembered my love of Mary Blair and thought, Nathalia Holt has something here. I wanted to know the names and the contributions of these unknown women. This book was a wonderful read that enlightened me about these women that never got their due for their work with Disney as you may wonder the names of these animators or creators as you may have heard of Mary Blair whom is considered walt’s greatest artist and designer of artwork for  Walt Disney for his movies and parks. Holt concentrates on the women’s careers but includes enough biographical information to make them real and sympathetic. I was so moved to read about Mary Blair’s abusive marriage. Holt also does a stellar job of explaining the rising technologies that would impact animation, eventually eliminating the jobs of hundreds of artists. We learn about Walt’s interest in each story that inspired the animated movies and the hard work to develop the story, art, and music, along with the conflicts and competition behind the scenes. I learned so many interesting facts! Like how Felix Salten’s novel Bambi: A Life in the Woods was banned in Nazi Germany because it was a metaphor for Anti-Semitism! How Mary Louise Weiser originated the grease pencil, one of the many technologies Disney developed and perfected or quickly adapted as she created that object which was used widely by his artists. I loved the story of Fantasia. Bianca Majolie presented the music selections to Walt, including The Nutcracker Suite’s Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Waltz of the Flowers. Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker ballet had never yet been produced in the United States at the time! The male animators did not want to work on illustrating fairies (they instead created the Pastoral Symphony’s centaurs and over sexualized centaurettes, including an African-American servant who was part mule instead of horse).as they refused work on faries they left that to the women to work on those things. Choreographer George Balanchine was touring the studio with Igor Stravinsky, whose The Rite of Spring was included in Fantasia, and he loved the fairies in the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies. Fifteen years later he debuted The Nutcracker at the new Lincoln Center and it became a Christmastime annual tradition.  Holt also shares the story of Mary, a talented artist known for her watercolor style work. She managed to get a job at Disney because her husband worked there, but her talent made her a favorite of Walt’s, which then led to jealousy and resentment from her co-workers, including her husband. At one point, Walt personally invites her to a highly coveted work trip, and her husband practically throws a tantrum because his wife got to go and he didn’t. Mary’s one of the few women in this book where we get a much deeper sense of her life beyond her work at Disney, and Holt paints us a heartbreaking portrait of Mary’s unhappy marriage. I love how Holt highlights how important female friendships were for the women who worked at Disney, and how challenging it was sometimes when broader issues challenged those friendships. One example is the animators’ strike in the mid-20th century, where a pair of animators who were close friends found themselves on opposite sides on the strike. They also happened to be roommates, and so went in to work together every morning, with one of them joining the picket line and the other crossing it. Holt does a good job in showing how even those who didn’t strike were likely aware of the injustices the strikers were fighting against, but they were too scared of losing their jobs to join the picket line. It’s a troubling, at times rage-inducing, history, and I’m just happy that this book finally turns a well-deserved spotlight on these women’s work. Thankfully, the book ends on a happy note, with the story of Frozen, which was the first Disney animated feature film written, directed and led by women. I loved reading about the sister summit that the film’s team organized, where women throughout the company came together to share stories about sisterhood and their loving-and-complicated relationships with their sisters. I remember watching Frozen with my sister, and how much we both related to Elsa and Anna’s relationship. Thanks to this book, I know now that that’s largely because of the women of Disney sharing their own experiences of sisterhood, and more importantly, because of the team of Frozen listening to these experiences, and bringing them to life in Elsa and Anna. There’s likely a long way to go for Disney — and to be fair, lots of other companies — to be truly inclusive for women. Hopefully, books like this help begin to bridge that divide, and raise awareness of how much women have been doing for years, and how much their accomplishments have been minimized in favor of their male colleagues so we can work towards a better tomorrow. As this book is a marvelous book to read from start to finish that will enlighten you upon something you never knew about in the past.

‘Pan’s Labyrinth’: A Richly Imagined, Dreamlike Voyage of Self-Discovery and Character Formation

Guillermo del Toro is one of the most interesting filmmakers and beloved flimmakers in the world today, and he has held that position in our minds and hearts since we saw the little masterpiece called El espinazo del diablo (The Devil’s Backbone) . as I am highly fond of Pan’s Labyrinth. As today i will talk about this classic movie again as i look upon its traits and talk about the marvelous set-work and designs of this wonderful world among other things.

It is okay to begin with a spoiler about the movie as many already know this scene as she dies at start of the movie. What Guillermo del Toro made with  laberinto del fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth) is a dark and twisted fairy-tale that follows the orginal traits of grimm tales fairy-tales. This movie is wonderfully designed with rich sets and wonderful colors and tones that really make this wonderful flim come to life as you are immersed fully into the picture you yourself become lost in the labyrinth in question with her as you feel like you are trying follow her out of it or further into it.  El laberinto del fauno is easily one of the most accomplished and memorable movies of the decade. It was so important to del Toro that the film is made that he lost 40 pounds when making it, dealing with the stress and pressure deriving from lack of time and money as he was really stressed out making this classic movie. The film is one of the ultimate favorite of film critics and millions of inspired audience members around the globe. However you choose to interpret it, the experience of watching it remains equally rewarding. In fact, the very fact numerous interpretations are legitimate only adds to the charm and efficiency of this bizarre materialization of a unique vision and unparalleled style.

 
Raúl Monge’s storyboards for Guillermo del Toro’s El laberinto del fauno.

Here are several photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of Guillermo del Toro’s El laberinto del fauno. Photographed by Teresa Isasi © Picturehouse. Intended for editorial use only. All material for educational and noncommercial purposes only.

What i showed you above was all form the flim as some looks upon some set pictures and the storyboards with a youtube video talking about this classic movie. As you see this movie really has such amazing depth to it. Guillermo del Toro has combined his love of strange creatures, ghosts and Gothic horror stories with a deep literary sensibility to create genre films uniquely his own. In movies like Pan’s LabyrinthHellboy and Pacific Rim, monsters are not just scary but soulful as they truly stand out as somethng special as i feel his most special to me is Pan’s Labyrinth. Ofelia is a fantastic protagonist. She is a girl you automatically want to protect from the horrors around her and that investment is where this film garners its strength from real and imagined evils of this movie. The heavy symbolism of this movie that notes down many grim classic fairy-tales with shades of Alice in wonderland and the red shoes scene at end. The faun seems to be both good and evil; what are we to make of a huge pile of used shoes, especially worrisome in the time of the Holocaust? The film is visually stunning. The creatures do not look like movie creations but like nightmares (especially the Pale Man, with eyes in the palms of his hands). The baroque organic look of the faun’s lair is unlike any place I have seen in the movies when the giant frog delivers up a crucial key in its stomach as something so moving and timeless about the creature-work of this movie. He invents from scratch, or adapts into his own vision a fairy-tale that is forever timeless. Del Toro says in a commentary that Ofelia is “a girl who needs to disobey anything except her own soul.” The whole movie, he says, is about choices. The powerful acting of everyone is another amazing highlight of this movie with amazing visuals and story-telling it’s something that is forever remembered upon for all time. Guillermo Del Toro released what is arguably his masterpiece in 2006 as he described by the director as the most personal movie I’ve made”, it’s a wondrous merging of history – war-torn Spain, 1944  and fantasy as he weaved an adult fairytale of a young girl’s coming-of-age amid fascism, full of horror and hope, loaded with allusion and allegory that tells a classic tale of that you will marvel upon on the screen.

What’s so magic about Pan’s Labyrinth, despite its obvious surreal elements, is how it combines old-fashioned fairytales, the type we all grew up with and wanted to be a part of since we were little, with the horrifying realities of the world we live in. Of course, the war-based events are hardly magic in the sense of what’s actually happening, but I believe beneath the surface, there’s a certain beauty to this film that’s not very apparent, but quite mesmerizing. I like to think it’s a film about our own personal fantasies and how we try to find comfort and salvation in them, speaking especially to those who feel detached from reality and their everyday experiences. I came to this conclusion after a very specific shot during the film’s climax, which made me question what I had seen prior to that – did it happen, was it even real…? While Pan’s Labyrinth can’t quite be classified as an horror movie, it’s nothing short of terrifying. I would say i Liken the song by Jefferson airship to the crazy ride you have upon the movie as the movie is a very twisted tale that takes you deep into a maze as song talks about Alice in wonder-land which has very much same type of feeling of a girl exploring upon a dark fantasy.

The atmosphere’s always very heavy and tense after all, the film takes place in a war setting. What’s ironic is that it weren’t even the creatures that provoked fear; it was Sergi López’s phenomenal performance as Captain Vidal. This was a character that oozed hatred and despicability, but even if it’s not the best example, I’ll say that he’s to this movie what The Joker was to The Dark Knight it’s just plainly impossible to imagine it being as good without him, or even imagine it at all. It may look like a regular small film, but it’s actually a very special piece of art that combines the ugliness that can be found in the nature of men with the graphic horrors of the fantasy world – an unusual mixture that leads to a beautiful and heartfelt, yet absolutely horrifying in certain ways, story, wonderfully captured and realized by Guillermo Del Toro as this movie truly is amazing as it stands among the best movies of all time. This movie stands out as a classic that stands out as a true classic that lasts the test of time.So i hope you enjoyed my talk aboout this marvelous movie today as catch you soon for another talk soon as i will give insight to flash gordon soon as my copy of movie comes in to me. So catch you soon

Destry Rides Again: Riding High

Whether or not you believe it is the greatest year of all for the Hollywood studio system, the wonder of 1939 is the sheer depth of its bench. On a ten-movie best-picture ballot, the Oscars found no room to nominate such worthy contenders from that year as Raoul Walsh’s live-wire gangster memorial The Roaring Twenties; George Cukor’s all-star The Women; or Howard Hawks’s Only Angels Have Wings described even at the time as “magnificently directed” by the hard-to-please Graham Greene. And on a list of 1939’s top-grossing films, you have to go down, way down, all the way to number nineteen by some tallies, to get to Universal Pictures and its biggest smash of the year, Destry Rides Again as with many form 1939 this movie is among many other classics such as gone with the wind and wizard of oz. I am reviewing Destry Rides Again on what would have been her birthday today as i feel i amy also present a small tribute to her along with a second review of another classic gem she stared in for her birthday today on what would’ve been her 120th birthday i felt this movie would be a good movie to highlight her greatly as a performer. As i will also review some other films she starred in for her 120th birthday.

Destry Rides Again: Riding High review

The tropes of the Western are so engrained and parodied, that it’s a delight to see a 1930s Western using them so self-consciously to explore both their serious and comic potential. The film that inspired Blazing Saddles begins as outrageous parody, with the hyper-violent town of Bottleneck pictured as having punch-ups and gunfights in the street, and horses riding in and out of the Last Chance Saloon. But this near-cartoonish introduction gives way to a film that surprisingly takes its stakes seriously, even as it plays with the genre/ Bottleneck is a deeply corrupt town. Saloon owner Kent (Brian Donlevy) runs any number of rackets, protected by the Mayor (Samuel S. Hinds) and supported by bar singer Frenchy (Marlene Dietrich). When Kent’s goons murder the old sheriff, town drunk Wash (Charles Winninger) is given the badge in the saloon which functions as the town’s public forum and hall – to the uproarious cheers of the locals, who see Wash as an easy sap to continue conducting their business under. However, Wash’s surprising respect for the badge – he immediately vows to sober up, and does so leads to a different outcome. Wash summons Tom Destry Jr (James Stewart), son of a famous lawkeeper, to town, and is immediately disappointed. Destry is a quietly spoken, drawling man who doesn’t even carry a gun, and is first seen helping a lady, Janice (Irene Hervey), out of a coach with her parasol and canary. Destry doesn’t believe in guns, and instead uses his wits to uphold the law. But that law, when it upholds cheats and scoundrels such as Kent, is there to be defended as well, and one of the film’s shocks is when Destry supports Kent in his claim to a ranch that he tricked a poor rancher into signing over to him in the eyes of the law, the claim is good.

Destry Rides Again is touted as a comedy, and it does have plenty of that, but it’s also a unique Western for its time because it couches manliness in the form of Stewart’s down-home charm. The film begins by showing us a rough saloon town. Gun shots, drunks, and angry men ring through the streets of Bottleneck. We enter the saloon, where everyone is happily singing “Little Joe the Wrangler” (which also makes an appearance in the first section of the Coen Brother’s The Ballad of Buster Scruggs). In this saloon we meet Frenchy, Marlene Dietrich’s character, who has accepted her seedy character as the one that will help her survive.

Even Destry’s oddball feminist touches, such as the climax in which sisterhood saves the town from a possible bloodbath, would have echoes in later films such as William A. Wellman’s Westward the Women (1951). And heaven knows Destry’s most famous scene, that all-out catfight between Merkel and Dietrich, has been imitated time and again, from the MGM musical The Harvey Girls (1946) to 1971’s Les pétroleuses, where Claudia Cardinale dukes it out with Brigitte Bardot—who is playing the daughter of a (male) outlaw named, what else, Frenchie. James Stewart plays Destry to perfection. I would say everyone in its cast is simply wonderful in their roles in this charming movie.

I adore this movie’s charm and atmosphere. It takes the time to flesh out everybody in this town while having a sense of humor about everything. From the odd yet quirky Boris Callahan (Mischa Auer) to the heart-broken and homeless Claggett family, there is no shortage of colorful characters here. Yet even this is great slapstick comedy and wordplay that still finds time to have impactful and deep dramatic moments and scenes as this movie is simply a classic that you should watch again and again as simply few movies match this level of charm that you can watch again and again

Happy 120th birthday to Marlene Dietrich.

Glamour. Defined in the dictionary as: an air of compelling charm, romance, and excitement, especially when delusively alluring. For me, and I am assuming for many of you, glamor is what initially attracted me to the world of classic film. I would say my love of flim began as child as i was always attacted to movie magic as i find no art-from as magical as a movie to take you away to a new world. From Technicolor film stock to gauze-covered lenses, movies from yesteryear rejected the aesthetics of reality in favor of a more stylized world where anything was possible and everything was glamorous. And no star represented this world of glamour and illusion more than birthday girl, Marlene Dietrich as few actress are simply this lovely or enchanting to watch upon the screen as some 120 years later we still adore this wonderful screen legend. In 1930’s as she was procalimed the most Glamourus woman of all time by many as few women could be like her upon the screen as she was able break all the rules due to her Glamour. So to to reflect upon 120 years of this wonderful legend upon the screen.

Shanghai Express review

A beautiful temptress re-kindles an old romance while trying to escape her past during a tension-packed train journey Starring Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook, Anna May Wong, Warner Oland, and Eugene Pallette Based on the story by Harry Hervey. With a Screenplay by Jules Furthman that is directed by Josef von Sternberg that was distributed by Paramount Pictures. Marlene Dietrich is at her wicked best as Shanghai Lily, a courtesan whose reputation brings a hint of scandal to a three-day train ride through war-torn China. On board, she is surrounded by a motley crew of foreigners and lowlifes, including a fellow fallen woman (Anna May Wong), an old flame (Clive Brook), and a rebel leader wanted by the authorities (Warner Oland) as this movie showcases her at her best in her pre-code era. Marlene Dietrich is an amazing actress as this movie showcases her at her best as you see her skills as an actress on screen showcased as this movie also has some amazing looking cinematography that really can steal the show at times. Anna May Wong also can be very amazing in this wonderful movie. In addition to Marlene’s acting, Shanghai Express is the the greatest all of her movies to show off her extreme beauty. I don’t know exactly what it is that von Sternberg did to make her look so lovely in this film, but he solidified her place as one of the most captivatingly stunning women of the 1930’s.Shanghai Express is an emotional film that showcases Josef von Sternberg’s incredible directorial abilities. The film won an Academy Award for Lee Garmes for cinematography, although Marlene Dietrich often commented on von Sternberg’s involvement. Dietrich considered the beauty of the movie to have been due to von Sternberg and his artistic genius. Whoever was responsible certainly is entitled to an immense amount of praise for this wonderful gem of a movie.

THE SCARLET EMPRESS review

The Scarlet Empress is a grand Hollywood production, filled with romance, melodrama, and amazing studio work. The production design is amazing, cluttered in small details but all so beautiful. The costumes too are fantastic and varied. This is a film of big dresses and large, elaborate sets. Telling the story of the young life of Catherine the Great allows The Scarlet Empress to bask in a visual splendour of Russian style. Marlene Dietrich plays the lead character, initially as someone innocent, naïve, and joyful. Later on Catherine grows up to be ruthless and ambitious, and Dietrich gets to abandon her sweetness in the first half to become her usual confident, sultry self. Josef von Sternberg directs the film was a passion, embracing the excess allowed in a story of royalty. There are darker angles to The Scarlet Empress too, such as a montage of torture and war early on that probably wouldn’t have been allowed had the film been made a year later, when the Hays Code was more strictly enforced. There’s a theme of destiny in The Scarlet Empress, as Catherine is set on the path towards greatness. She does not see the peasants of her world, and lives a rather fairy tale life, which the film plays into with its visuals. Even soldiers are just playthings of the powerful here, rather than real people. The film has intertitles providing historical context and exposition, which gives the film a sense of significance even though the story does not adhere to fact at all. Instead we get a fun rendition of Russian history, with a great central performance and tonnes of visual flair that truly stand out among her flims as she truly is at her best performance as this movie is a showcase for her talent and the great skill of Josef von Sternberg as this movie is a treat to watch upon the screen.

The Devil is a Woman (1935) review

The Devil is a Woman is the last of the six Josef von Sternberg-Marlene Dietrich movies made at Paramount. It’s reasonable to refer to them as the von Sternberg-Dietrich movies. She was his collaborator, his muse and his lover. These movies would quite simply have been unthinkable without her and without her von Sternberg would certainly not have made them. It’s also of course, like the other five movies, an expression of von Sternberg’s particular aesthetic principles. He described the previous film, The Scarlet Empress, as “a relentless excursion into style” and that pretty accurately describes all the von Sternberg-Dietrich movies. While Dietrich was a fine actress she was not in these movies to act – she was there simply to be Marlene Dietrich, to be the centrepiece of a visual extragavanza. Fittingly, The Devil is a Woman is a film about sexual obsession, and the price of such obsession. The Devil is a Woman was based on the 1898 novel The Woman and the Puppet by Pierre Louÿs. Louÿs was a product of the fin de siècle Decadence and one of the great French writers of erotic literature. It’s certainly not difficult to see why von Sternberg would have been attracted to his work.Marlene Dietrich stars as a Marlene Dietrich type: a seductive woman who bleeds men dry for her own amusement while modeling outrageous outfits and enjoying the lawless free-for-all of Spanish Carnival. An older, disgraced military officer warns his young friend about the dangerous seductive powers of all women, then of Dietrich’s soul-draining (and money-draining) villainy in particular. It’s a cinematic trope that dates at least as far back as Theda Bara’s iconic role as The Vamp as this movie showcases her doing that kind of thing that many others did in that day. It may not be the best of their movies the duo did but it simply a fun movie that you will enjoy to watch her give out a marvelous performance upon the screen. It is simply a classic movie you will enjoy to watch often upon the screen.

I choose flims to highlight at her peak as she was simply at her peak with Josef von Sternberg-Marlene Dietrich movies as she starred in many wonderful roles after this peak that are simply classics such as touch of evil among others she starred upon screen. 120 years later we still adore her work as simply to honor her on her 120 birthday. So until next time i will leave you with more movie magic to touch upon in the future.

The devil rides out review

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The Devil Rides Out, known as The Devil’s Bride in the United States, is a 1968 British horror film, based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Dennis Wheatley. It was written by Richard Matheson and directed by Terence Fisher. The film stars Christopher Lee, Charles Gray, Niké Arrighi and Leon Greene. The Devil Rides Out is possibly is one of my truly favorite horror movies all time. Today i review the movie for The Third Hammer-Amicus Blogathon.

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The Devil Rides Out is one of those classics in the horror cannon where everything just works in spite of how incredibly silly and hammy it could all be for its subject matter. The Legendary Hammer Horror directors Terrence Fisher’s adaption of Dennis Wheatley’s devil rides out novel of the same name. The script was written by equally legendary writer/screenwriter Richard Matheson and is a much more subdued and serious horror film compared to Fisher’s other works for the studio. It’s much of a psychological horror then a full out horror movie. The movie is a classical psychological horror classic that really stands out with its acting and direction and acting and talents all at the top of hammer horror.

The devil rides is a splendid example of Hammer Films operating at the height of their powers, The Devil Rides Out released as The Devil’s Bride in the U.S. to avoid being confused for a western is pure classic horror as its come.  Christopher Lee, in a role he has long claimed as a personal favorite. The Devil Rides Out wasn’t a big hit at the box office and isn’t nearly as well known as it should be, but it regularly appears near the top of most fan polls of Hammer’s best movies all time.

It was Christopher Lee, himself an avid collector of works on the occult and a fan and friend of Wheatley’s, who spurred Hammer on to make a film based on his works as he truly plays out of one of the finest roles he played upon the screen. The Devil Rides Out also stands apart in its supporting cast, eschewing the regular Hammer stock company as that cast is simply marvelous to watch upon the screen play out their respective roles with such amazing charm and acting skills in their roles they play on the screen. I would this is a fun thriller to watch form start to finish.

The Devil Rides Out is perhaps unlikely to be particularly scary for anyone that loves horror movies as but its such a wonderfully crafted out thriller that is as well as a fascinating oddity in Hammer’s horror catalog as it stands out among them as so diffrent form so many of its counterparts done by hammer horror with wonderful acting that makes its such a wonderful thriller you will adore to watch again and again.

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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.