the time machine

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So today I talk about the time machine which is directed by George Pal whom made some of my favorite films all time.  As a boy I loved reading the stories of adventure and fantasy as i would say George Pal movies are those types of tales to a tee. It’s truly fun to watch these classics unfold on the screen.  The Time Machine may be one of greatest scfi classics all time to my eyes as it’s truly a fun classic with the wonderful Rod Taylor of Hitchcock fame whom is a favorite of mine’s. G. Wells’ sci-fi tale is brought to the screen with magic and charm so my review today will tell you why I adore this classic.

the time machine review

In 1960, filmmaker George Pal brought to fruition a visionary concept for a film based on a the time machine which was written  H.G. Wells as this scfi classic brings it to life on the screen.  Rod Taylor passed away just four days shy of his 85th birthday with close to 60 films credits, his last performance was as Winston Churchill in Inglorious Bustards as truly he began with the birds. This movie may be one of his finest hours on the screen.  The story is brilliantly told on screen with such wonderful special effects. Director George Pal puts together a film is fun to watch on screen with such marvelous acting by its cast and wonderful special effects.  The Morlocks aren’t really evil as they are products of their age and time period. I would say they are some of most scary creatures on the screen to see on the screen.

The Time Machine has such wonderful creature designs with wonderful special effects and wonderful acting and direction. We always ask one another if we would go back or forth in time if having the option giving in the time machine as this is a great adaptation of the excellent novel. Just as George Pal has shown us that it’s the characters and the story that count, Nicholas Meyers achieved the same type of success years later with the film Time After Time as same is done with this wonderful classic movie.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

I hope you enjoyed my talk about the time machine  today which frankly is one amazing classic gem that i simply adored to talk about today.see you next time for another classic review soon.

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why i love doctor who

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So today I talk about doctor who likely among top of my geek-side of me. I love dc-comics-marvel-comics and other comics i am also a big whovian,I frankly think being a whovian is a big part of who i am personally. I recall my frist time seeing it on TV when i saw fathers-day i fell in love as i seen this interesting idea expressed so good on a show. The doctor teaches us to be better humans as he or she is a kind person that keeps on coming back in a new form as he changes often the show changes often to match a new era of TV. Its a show where change is a normal part of the show. I would say what defines the show is its cores about making humans understand how we can be better humans. The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don’t always spoil the good things and make them unimportant.  so lets begin by going into my favorite doctors and stories and what makes me love it it so much.

I am very fond of seventh doctor so much as he is simply the doctor that i feel defines many things that I feel makes it interesting. He is witty yet dark and unknown as he does whatever he can to save day. It’s why he remains my favorite doctor all time. I would say my other top favorite doctors are the fourth doctor and third doctor and second doctor and first doctor and i would say 12th doctor and 11th doctor and tenth doctor and ninth doctor as they all are good and wonderful doctors but all of them are wonderful in a different way. Let’s sum up some of the best tales I feel form doctor who are the best stories of all time.  you mean you are going on run in a an old tardis why it is how it all started

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Sylvester McCoy’s greatest turn as the doctor in ghost light as he TARDIS materializes in a laboratory in a mysterious Victorian house called Gabriel Chase in 1883.  Ace figure out where they are knowing that she will be horrified when she finds out. He cuts a playful figure on the rocking horse, eyeing her furtively. He even asks if she has told him about Gabriel Chase it was one of 7th doctors greatest mind games as his doctor would this often which is part of him yet he is a dark man with quirks. · Many people have reflected on the design of this story and I have to join the crowd because it is a magical recreation of a Victorian house with some ghoulish Gothic touches which is one of things i adore about this story as its dark look is what makes it even more interesting to watch unfold. Ghost Light is one of the best of the classic series as such strong performances  and a wonderful Gothic tone with intelligent discussion and vocative design and a wonderful monster reveal.  It is truly one of my favorite tales of doctor who all time.

The ruth rating:five bette's

tomb of cyberman review

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The Doctor goes on an archaeological dig on the planet of the Cybermen only to find that they’re still very much alive, and much more creepy than their modern fibreglass equivalents. It is one creepy tale that really effectively make the cybermen some of the best villains in the show’s history it is a mix of the hammer horror meets universal’s the mummy. This smartly crafted tale with such great acting and depth brings to life the cybermen in a creepy way that really can be effectively called something amazing and noteworthy.  Patrick Troughton gives us his finest hour as the doctor as he really brings to life this tale to such great effect. Fans of the era should watch out for Hammer veteran George Pastell playing yet another weaselly character while Roy Stewart makes an impact as an imposing strongman. Frazer Hines and Deborah Watling have such great moments giving us some of their finest hours. I would also say many one thing one can notice its nods to Metropolis in many of its scenes with the cybermen. It turns them into some of the creepest villains ever. Tomb of cybermen form its wonderful casting to its great and creepy layers remains one of the best doctor who tales to ever grace the screen. It is one of my truly favorite tales all time.

The ruth rating:five bette's

pyramids of mars

Returning to Earth after their latest adventure, the Doctor and Sarah Jane arrive at the site of UNIT headquarters, but in 1911 long before its existence. They find themselves in a room filled with Egyptian artifacts in a house owned by Egyptologist Marcus Scarman. They rescue Marcus’ colleague, Dr. Warlock, who was shot by Marcus’ servant Ibrahim Namin, a fanatical believer in the impending return of the his god, Lord Sutekh. Doctor Who: Pyramids of Mars ranks among the best doctor tales all time. It takes cues from mummy movies of the past greatly.Pyramids Of Mars is one of the finest serials all time of doctor who.

It really has one of the finest hours by tom baker and Elisabeth Sladen. It is really creepy tale that has one of the finest doctor villains all time. Sutekh is one of the best villains in Doctor Who. The power and evil shown by him is scarily impressive, The Doctor appears genuinely in fear of him and so is the audience. Gabriel Woolf is playing one fine villain as Sutekh. Its mummies in this serial truly is one stand out thing that does bring the scares out. It is shocking none based on Egypt and its mythology as much as this tale of doctor who. It is truly one of the finest doctor who serials all time standing among my favorites.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

THE CURSE OF FENRIC reivew

. Sylvester McCoy (and indeed Doctor Who itself) found itself coming to an unexpected end in 1989 with some of the original series best stories as sadly as it was ending as he is my favorite doctor whom got amazing stories in big finish.  The Curse Of Fenric. The result is what I consider to be among best of doctor who.

It has what most be the finest hours of Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor and Sophie Aldred whom both make their doctor and companion shine as she was the frist modern companion. McCoy gives his single best Doctor Who performance in this story as he strikes just the right balance between his more comedic Doctor of season 24 and the more serious Doctor of season 25 and earlier in season 26 as he truly is wonderful as the doctor he really is darker then most times. It has a wonderful supporting of talents all giving out such amazing acting. Ace is a fascinating character that seems be only classic companion to grow over time fully as she becomes so different by end of this tale. a small English village off the coast of Britain during World War II is its setting as its Gothic tone and feel with the Norse mythos played into it really bring the chills as the Haemovores take control of many of the town even two girls whom end up attacking someone they hold dear as doctor who goes this is a scary tale at heart. It is one of the best tales of classic doctor who that I say you should see today.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances (2005)

The Doctor and Rose chase a mysterious metal cylinder through the Time Vortex which lands in London in 1941. While searching for it the Doctor meets up with a girl called Nancy who leads a group of children who eat dinners left standing during air raids. Meanwhile Rose gets entangled in the ropes of a barrage balloon and drifts across London before being saved by a former Time Agent calling himself Captain Jack Harkness. Captain Jack is using the cylinder as part of a scam with the Doctor and Rose the intended targets. Wandering the streets of London is a boy in a gas mask who is repeatedly asking the question “Are you my mummy?” Nancy warns the Doctor he is an “empty child” and he seems to be the source of an infection through which people’s faces become combined with gas masks*(plot off net)

Christopher Eccleston gives his most assured performance in this story as truly he is at his finest as the doctor. Billie Piper truly is wonderful as rose in this tale. we meet captain jack played by John Barrowman  whom truly is one amazing actor giving an amazing job in his debut. are you my mummy is one of the most chilling moments in doctor who history as its horror is the gas mask empty looking kids whom give you chills.  Moffat’s first script is still one of his best, managing to tell a wartime story whilst avoiding all the cliches as its truly a wonderful tale with such wonderful acting and depth that i feel you should see today.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

MY FAVORITE DOCTOR WHO STORIES ALL TIME(listed)

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  1. Caves of Androzani (1984)-
  2.  GENESIS OF THE DALEKS (1975)
  3. THE CAVES OF ANDROZANI (1984)
  4. Tomb of the Cybermen (1967)
  5. REMEMBRANCE OF THE DALEKS (1988)
  6. Pyramids of Mars (1975)
  7. The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances (2005)
  8. World Enough And Time (June 2017)-The Doctor Falls
  9. Heaven Sent (Nov 2015)
  10.    Listen (Sept 2014)
  11.    THE ELEVENTH HOUR

The companions of the doctor

If you watch doctor who as whovian you always fancy more to be a companion of the doctor as their role is to be our entry to understanding the doctor. Its the human link to the doctor and his magical blue box. They are often such interesting people that give out such amazing performances. I would say the best companions always are ones that give all their heart and soul into the role as few compare to Sarah Jane smith.

Sarah Jane had a knack for always needing to know information about particular cases. She hates not knowing. The Third Doctor had a more protective relationship with her, whereas the Fourth Doctor was more comfortable with her investigating on her own as they became the doctor and sarah. It is always the doctor and sarah. I fell in love with sarah jane when i frist saw her in a classic story with forth doctor as i was charmed this remarkable lady would do so much for the doctor. a woman who knows her own mind and who can be unflappable in the face of Dalek and other evil beings as she even stood up to doctor it made her truly one of a kind.

 ace:a true legend of doctor who 

Ace was one of the most loyal companions of the Doctor, specifically his seventh incarnation. She is also one of the most popular companions of all time and one of the fan favorites to appear as she truly is a wonderful companion played by Sophie Aldred as she gave us one truly amazing companion.

Jamie and the Doctor

Frazer Hines holds the record for playing Jamie, the highland warrior from 1746, and the companion who has appeared in the most episodes of the show so far as he played Jamie one of the doctor’s greatest friends as he truly was wonderful doctor who friend as He faced off against Daleks, Cybermen, Time Lords, Ice Warriors, the Yeti, and even a unicorn. And yet, he never lost his cool throughout those adventures as he stands out as he truly always was one of a kind.

The Brigadier and the Doctor

Nicholas Courtney played one of the doctor’s best friends all time as Brigadier Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart truly one was one of a kind in doctor who as he was the friend of doctor. He was played wonderfully by a wonderful man and actor whom was Nicholas Courtney as he gave us one amazing job in his role of lifetime as he played in so many serials as he truly made one special role beyond the stars. He gave us one amazing job in his role.  It may be reason he remains truly one of best of doctor who.

First Doctor

we can always remember it all began with the frist doctor whom was wonderful acted by William Hartnell from 1963 to 1966,I would say he truly is one of best actors to grace TV and movies as he was one wonderful actor that truly made us believe in a man that is an oddball with a blue box as it remains today ever so timeless.

I hope you enjoyed my talk about why i adore doctor who and its wonderful companions, remember you as the doctor said it all began with a tardis in a junkyard that led to a great adventure. The doctor is the most wonderful person to me in my heart. You could touch alien sand and see alien skies would that make you believe me. We always do what we are best at even if means interfering in an adventure.  Doctor who with amazing fans and tons of love today doctors who remains one of the most beloved TV icons of all time. I hope you enjoyed my talk about it today.

Star Trek Discovery:a new era begins

Star Trek Discovery:a new era begins

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Star Trek: Discovery stands tall alongside the best-regarded incarnations of the star-trek as the first two episodes was truly one two hour long episode that is one of best opening episodes all times. It is far better opener then Encounter at Farpoint or The Man Trap as both are good stories just not best of each version of star trek. It’s an amazing tale that begins with these two episodes as it’s an opening to a chapter in the star trek story that hasnt been told on screen before. The Walking Dead vet Sonequa Martin-Green stars as Michael Burnham, who serves as First Officer of the USS Shenzhou back in the days before Captain Kirk as its set ten years before events of that series. Kirk is a boy in this period of the story.

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The Walking Dead‘s Sonequa Martin-Green gives us an amazing performance as the frist officer. Michelle Yeoh gives us an amazing performance as Captain Philippa Georgiou who is captain of the USS Shenzhou as we see bond between both Micheal and Philippa as the bond is very strong but its last time it will be so simple their bond as the story takes turns that changes things forever. The show’s biggest standout, apart from Martin-Green, is Doug Jones’ Saru, the ship’s science officer, who will be its resident Spock like figure. Saru is a member of the Kelpien species, a race that has evolved to be able to “sense death as it will come in handy. It’s truly one dam good prequel series with very amazing acting and a strong direction to come for this series i am very much looking forward to the next era of star trek. It has begun with these two episodes that is truly an amazing start for the series.

The Ruth rating:

 

Time bandits

Time bandits

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So today I review Time Bandits which stands as one of my favorite movies all time.  Terry Gilliam is one of the more innovative, creative, and fantastical directors as his films easily bear his stamp of absurdist humour, witty dialogue, sheer fantasy, dream-like sequences, and always a generous dose of black comedy. Time Bandits is certainly no exception but to me i seen this movie many times out of all of terry’s flims i love it the most as this movie is so fun to watch.

Young history buff Kevin (Craig Warnock) can scarcely believe it when six dwarfs emerge from his closet one night. Former employees of the Supreme Being (Ralph Richardson), they’ve purloined a map charting all of the holes in the fabric of time and are using it to steal treasures from different historical eras. Taking Kevin with them, they variously drop in on Napoleon (Ian Holm), Robin Hood (John Cleese) and King Agamemnon (Sean Connery) before the Supreme Being catches up with them.(plot off goggle)

In the world of sci-fi comedy this movie remains timeless.  Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits is that rare thing a kids movie that is truly one of the most imaginative children’s movies. Time bandits is a fairy-tale that is truly one fun fairy tale classic. , Kevin as played by Craig Warnock truly shines in the role as he is the moral center of the flim.  The whole cast are great.  Warner and David Rappaport playing head bandit Randall are especially good, and there are a handful of fun cameos including Sean Connery, Shelly Duvall, and Gilliam’s old pal John Cleese playing a hilarious Robin Hood. It’s not a new notion, but the love with which Gilliam depicts the past and the imagination beautifully highlights the relative mundanity of the kind of inventions that often seem like lifesavers. In fact, much of the film skates by on the pure love of making it, giving perfect expression to Truffaut’s notion that a film should express either the joy of film-making or the agony of it.

Gilliam has had his share of agony, but when he’s got joy in his heart, he’s unstoppable.  Time Bandits, illustrating the imaginings of children, represents the first film in what has become known as Gilliam’s “Dreams Trilogy.” Brazil, the middle chapter, depicts the dreams of a middle-aged individual. And The Adventures of Baron Munchausen does something similar for an old man as each flim is part of this dream series as i do think out of three i adore time bandits the most as its truly a time traveling comedy classic that remains timeless.

Time Bandits is a film about a child’s imagination being set free. The script (written by Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin) features plenty of Python-esque humor, and director Gilliam brings his usual visual flair and surrealism. For the most part, this is a very funny and charming fantasy adventure suitable for the whole family but also highly recommended for fans of Python and/or Gilliam. Its truly one classic gem that remains timeless.

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Ray Harryhausen, Special Effects Titan

Ray Harryhausen, Special Effects Titan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harryhausen’s Dynamation dinosaurs 

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The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

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

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms dinosaur

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

 

The Animal World (1956)

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

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

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

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

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Planet of the apes 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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