75th anniversary of D-Day

75th anniversary of D-Day

The Normandy landings were the operations on Tuesday, June 6, 1944 of the Allied forces invasion of France in Operation Overlord during World War II. Referred to as D-day, it was the largest seaborne invasion in history. The operation began as the liberation of German-occupied France, and later Europe from Nazi control, and laid the foundations of the Allied victory on the Western Front. German casualties in D-Day have been estimated at 4,000 to 9,000 men. Allied casualties were at least 10.000, with 4,414 confirmed dead. it was day that was one biggest moments in history.

Franklin D. Roosevelt’s D-Day Prayer  was to ask Americans pray for our solders. the day was historic turning point in our history.

we are up here as all we can see is a few ships shooting like mad. they had air-man not able see the biggest landing of all time. the beaches below countless men would die.  Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.
Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened. He will fight savagely. But this is the year 1944 ! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground.
Our Home Fronts have given us an superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world marching together to Victory!
I have full confidence in your devotion to duty and skill in battle.
We will accept nothing less than full Victory!
Good Luck! And let us all beseech blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking. 75 years ago d-day had the eyes of world upon the allied powers to free the world form the axis. thanks to all men that served us 

This year marks 75 years since the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, more commonly known as D-day. On June 6, 1944, in one of the most well-remembered moments of World War II, American, British, and Canadian forces stormed the 50-mile stretch of beach.

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Despite their losses, the Allied forces were able to establish a foothold on the beaches that they would continue to consolidate with more fighting. The battle of Carentan, for example, resulted in the Allies securing the city on June 14 and allowed Omaha and Utah beaches to link together. Operation Overlord came to its conclusion at the end of August. Paris was liberated on August 25, and the German forces retreated across the Seine five days later as we went into paris with cheers. we should thank all those brave men that served us.  Its simply one of biggest moments in history. 75 years ago d-day had the eyes of world upon the allied powers to free the world form the axis. thanks to all men that served us

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Pan’s Labyrinth: A Disobedient Fairy Tale

Pan’s Labyrinth: A Disobedient Fairy Tale

It’s okay to start with a spoiler the first shot we see her die. A few things about fairy tales as our source is Walt Disney while they are faithful to original books as Disney was smart, they kept their original storied tropes, Guillermo del Toro changes that notion as he makes us a fairy tale that truly is a true fairy tale in my eyes. No other film can lay claim to the mythological frisson of this famous quatrain as it’s a fairy tale that disobeys the rules of Disney fairy-tales. It’s Disobedience of fairy-tale notions as truly breaking the rules. Fairy tales are often stripped of their darkest and most threatening elements, or transformed into complex morality tales to mirror current values, the victim of an overprotective industry of children’s literature. This is not a new development. To make fairy tales more suitable for young audiences, editors in Victorian England altered the tales, omitting events or elements they deemed too harsh as old fairy-tales as they altered many of the classic grim tales. It’s where Pan’s Labyrinth takes you back to what made fairy-tales dark in the first place as his fairy-tale feels like how the original fairy-tales were darker tales. Pan’s Labyrinth remains a land-mark as today I talk about it for The Great Villain Blogathon. I thank the host of this wonderful event as i ask you check out others form this event. so lets begin the tale now.

Pan’s Labyrinth: A Disobedient Fairy Tale

Pan’s Labyrinth is a true fairy tales as it’s darker than most fairy-tales we grew up watching on the screen. Franco’s Spain was a perfect setting for a fairy-tale. The Spanish civil war is a dark time for the nation of Spain. Vidal’s monstrosity of Captain Vidal abhorrent cruelty in the war really shows you the darkest of villains that reminds of the big bad wolf or the wicked queens of fairy-tales.  The two monsters of Pan’s Labyrinth, the Monstrous Toad and the Pale Man as they mirror the evils of many people in the real world of Franco’s Spain as you can see the grim and darkness of them both. The sad part that the Francoist dictatorship was the cruelest of times for the nation of Spain that they want to forget now as it’s a dark chapter of their storied history. It’s where I think the mirror of a fairy-tale is perfect setting for this dark time of history.

It is set in Spain, 1944. The Civil War is over, although resistance to the fascists continues. The heavily pregnant Carmen (Ariadna Gil) is travelling to meet her new husband, the Falangist Captain Vidal (an excellent performance by Sergi Lopez). With her is Ofelia (Ivana Baquero), her daughter by her first marriage. Ofelia travels with armfuls of books of fairy tales. Doctors think Carmen should not travel, but Vidal insists a son should be born where his father is located at the time.

If Captain Vidal is the “monster” of the real world, then the fantastical “Pale Man” is Vidal’s inner grotesque monster come to life. We are introduced to the Pale Man during Ofelia’s second task in the faun’s labyrinth as we meet him at dinner scene. It mirrors the scene of Captain Vidal as both are dark mirrors of each other as pale-man is the villainous monster that springs out of nightmares but is a mirror of the evil Captain Vidal.

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Captain Vidal, Ofelia’s step-father is the film’s literal, real-life representative of fascist ideology as he serves as true mirror to Franco himself. Vidal is a man obsessed with rules and regiment: handshake etiquette, the cleanliness of his boots, and keeping time with his stopwatch. Vidal’s obsessions allude to Franco’s own authoritarianism and the totalitarian nature of his regime as the evils of the Franco regime is really noted in this movie. Captain Vidal becomes a foil and antagonistic villain for the innocent Ofelia as she is a sweet girl that escapes from reality into the world of Pan’s Labyrinth. Much like the Franco regime, Captain Vidal controls those around him through fear and violence rather than compassion.  He is a rotten bastard that doesn’t care about others at all with any compassion or care. At the real-world dinner party, Vidal ruthlessly cuts off the nonsensical chatter that surrounds the dinner table.

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The pale-man is Vidal’s inner grotesque monster as we see the dinner scene as Ofelia first encounters the Pale Man, he is positioned at the head of a large dining table that is covered with food as same as Vidal as his need for order and control Ofelia eats two grapes off of the table, the Pale Man viciously bites off the heads of two fairies as he shows that is the ruler with no one having freedom above him. If Captain Vidal and the Pale Man come to represent fascist rule, then Ofelia serves as a stand-in for the Spanish nation and those who suffered at the hands of the Franco regime as we see the ruthless nature of Captain Vidal as he kills the rebels in such ruthless manner it really shows his evil nature as Sergi Lopez proves he is one hell of a villain as he  gives one of most amazing performances all time in this movie. Doug Jones plays the fawn as he got into the outfit often as truly this monster is amazing monster and creation for this movie. He gives out an amazing performance. The most amazing part of the movie is the  amazing fairy-tale creatures that all come to life with mirroring scenes to many classics such as wizard of oz and the red shoes with scenes that mirror many classic fairy-tales. The ogre you meet in the movie is truly one of most scary monsters of its type as you are not meeting the friendly ogre but the real one form grim’s tales.

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.

…setting up an alternative, magical reality repeatedly juxtaposed with the real world.

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. Here are just some of the numerous techniques and strategies Del Toro employs to make Pan’s Labyrinth such an unusually rich feast of visual storytelling that I feel truly is one of finest movies ever crafted for the screen.

Cocktails, wisecracks, and murder:the charm of the thin man

Cocktails, wisecracks, and murder:the charm of the thin man

The Thin Man movies are always charming and fun little gems you can sit down and watch again and again. The magical charm of those movies is the duo of William Powell and Myrna Loy as the effervescent husband and wife team of Nick and Nora Charles. I am a huge fan of the thin man movies as much of it comes from their wonderful Chemistry and banter between Nick and Nora as they feel like a perfect couple so today talks about them.

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The thin man wasn’t considered a classic when released in 1934 as it wasn’t an a picture as considered an A picture as they didnt expect it to be a huge hit but it did n spawned six movies as that is a rarity. Each of them are fun classics in their own right as all six movies are wonderful classic movies.

The real power-play of The movie series is the wonderful acting by the duo of William Powell and Myrna Loy as the effervescent husband and wife team of Nick and Nora Charle are the main stars as simply their powerful performances make the movies click together perfectly. The thin man was released in 1934. It was a huge hit to the surprise of the studio.In this film. The movies main plot-line:Edward Ellis plays a mean-spirited inventor. The recently-divorced Ellis discovers that his new girlfriend has stolen $50,000 and is carrying on with other men. Not long afterward, he disappears. Anxious to locate her father, Ellis’ daughter Maureen O’Sullivan goes to private detective Nick Charles for help.  Maureen O’Sullivan and Nat Pendleton and Minna Gombell and Porter Hall all give out wonderful performances. Its Maureen O’Sullivan that really shines in her role as the daughter. Minna Gombel plays the greedy ex wife Mimi Jorgenson as she simply gives out a wonderful performance. Cesar Romero as Chris Jorgenson is another fun character in this movie. This film is simply magnificent. Powell and Loy have fabulous chemistry and their dialogue is so smooth that there are many moments when you forget you’re watching a film. Script is really sharp with wonderful acting its a wonderful start to the series of thin man movies.

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In this sequel to 1934’s hit “The Thin Man, called after the thin man. Director W.S. Van Dyke moves the action to San Francisco, where he unleashes the investigative power couple Nick and Nora Charles (William Powell and Myrna Loy) on a missing-person case that soon involves murder. This is a perfect example of a film where plot is really secondary and it’s all about the lead characters and the witty banter as each character shines in this movie as they all give out wonderful performances. James Stewart is playing a wonderful role that is a wonderful performance for an early debut of a legend to come. The supporting casts of talented character actors all give out such wonderful performances. It’s a rare follow up I feel that is so much better then first movie in many ways as simply it’s a marvelous classic that you should see today.

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The Third Thin Man, aka Another Thin Man (1939 really shows you how it’s one of the best movies of 1939. This third entry features William Powell and Myrna Loy in top form as the stylish Nick and Nora Charles as they give out such wonderful performances on the screen. The film is well-paced with wonderful acting by everyone as it’s another wonderful charming movie in this charming series. William Powell and Myrna Loy prove them once again to be the Fred and Ginger of detective movies as simply third movie is a classic you should see today.

Shadow of the Thin Man is another addition to the Thin Man” series starring that wonderful couple, Nick and Nora Charles, played to perfection by William Powell and Myrna Loy. In this film, they have a son, Nicky who keeps daddy on his toes. Donna Reed is beautiful in an early role as she gives such a wonderful performance. It’s another marvelous classic in this classic thin man series that showcases such marvelous new talents as it’s a wonderful must see movie. The last two movies in thin man series called thin man goes home and Song of the Thin Man both are wonderful classics that are enjoyable but i will warn you they are not same level of magic as frist four movies so i feel they are lesser even at that you can still enjoy them all.

The charm of Nick and Nora Charles and  Asta. 

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My favorite detective/private eye of all time, Nick Charles (William Powell…love him!) and his hilarious, feminist, “take no stuff” better half Nora (Myrna Loy). I love this series for its mix of murder, mystery, intrigue, suspense and comedy and really marvelous acting by its wonderful talented actors in the movies. Asta, you can’t forget about their dog sidekick who often steals the scene. The real power-play of The movie series is the wonderful acting by the duo of William Powell and Myrna Loy as the effervescent husband and wife team of Nick and Nora Charles are the main stars as simply their powerful performances make the movies click together perfectly as also with their stealing dog named Asta as all three of them are the real stars of series as you simply can’t take eyes off them.  I love everything about this series…the witty dialogue…the scenery…the cinematography and use of shadows as everything seems to work in this series. It’s a series that you should check out today. I hope you liked my tribute to the thin man series.

why the twlight zone is timeless.

why the twlight zone is timeless.

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It was back to the original twilight zone. When Rod Serling wrote “The Time Element” in 1958, he was frustrated by the way network executives as the way network executives, driven almost solely by sponsor needs, were controlling his visions. Despite being an Emmy winner, and already well-recognized voice in television, “The Time Element,” about a man trying to stop Pearl Harbor that never got picked up as sold cheaply to Desi Arnaz’s company and aired as a part of “Desilu Playhouse show” It was a hit, allowing the production of “The Twilight Zone” to commence with one of the most resonant pilots to this day, the phenomenal “Where is everybody? About a man who wakes to find himself alone in the world. How the stories told about the human condition and the monsters inside us all. It’s our fears and what injustices and racism and other issues. It was a bold show ahead of its time in story-telling. What would rod stirring do? is asked now by everyone that does shows like it. I feel today talk about the classic power of this wonderful show.

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Rod Serling wasn’t just the narrator, he was the creator and head writer. Other writers of note included Charles Beaumont, and the late sci-fi novelist Richard Matheson among other great writers. Having dealt with TV censorship early in his career, he decided he could sneak in social commentary through sci-fi and fantasy. Racism, conformity, the folly of war, all were explored, but not in such an overt away as to reach public outcry as he managed make stories to address such isuses that was smart and clever and enraging. While the short story with a twist ending has always been a staple of storytelling, it was Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone that refined it to an art-form that was able tell us stories that was such classics.

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Watching The Twilight Zone today, it’s striking how complex, satirical and thought-provoking it all is. You can watch the twilight zone now you would be shocked to see how these tales have not aged at all.

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Watching The Twilight Zone today it’s striking how complex satirical and thought-provoking it all is. While the tales include such fantastical imagery as a stopwatch that can stop time, department store mannequins coming to life, or a child whose dreams take corporeal form, you can clearly see that they’re really about the early-60s as its addressing the issues of its time period as it was an era of race riots, assassinations, crooked politicians and the Vietnam war, when communism and nuclear bombs were palpable fears. People were confused, scared and paranoid yet so little of the TV of its time reflected that mood.  Sponsors, executives, salesmen and producers were in charge of the networks and they didn’t want viewers distracted by big issues when they should have been thinking about what products to buy. It was in this climate that 34-year-old writer-producer Rod Serling devised The Twilight Zone. It was noticeable at time that this show was bold and enraging. Our world is just as chaotic as the 1960s with the rise again of hate crimes and other things as the times are ready for a modern day twilight zone which is why the remake is working so dam good and a dam good show in own regard. The Twilight zone is always prime for any era of time as you can watch it anytime.

The best stories of twlight zone. 

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“Eye of the Beholder”

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“Eye of the Beholder” contains a poignant commentary on the cruel, ineffective methods utilized by the state when dealing with “undesirables” who, having been arbitrarily classified as such, are often relocated to artificially erected communities to avoid interfering with the lives of so-called ordinary people its The quintessential episode of The Twilight Zone, “Eye of the Beholder” suggests that the value of a human being can never be assessed by superficial measures alone. Also commendable is Janet’s reveal in the final sequence which is one of the greatest reveals in tv show history. which, though somewhat predictable in retrospect, demonstrates a meticulous attention to detail that will appeal to both casual viewers and diehard Serling fans that you will always make you think.
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The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street
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The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street,” Rod Serling wrote a suburban Lord of the Flies, a parable about the fragility of civilization, paranoia and the susceptibility of nice folks to manipulation as we can be played upon fears of the other as we always fear that fear even now. a moral object lesson that plays as freshly today as it did during its post-McCarthy Era debut. The “twist” that aliens have been lazily tinkering with the lights and cars, and that they’ve concluded that the easiest way to destroy mankind is to let us destroy ourselves by our own fears. Its simply an amazing story.
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 A Game of Pool

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A tour-de-force of acting prowess as comedian Jonathan Winters spreads his dramatic chops alongside Jack Klugman in an episode that both rewards and questions dedicating your life to perfectionism as no man can be perfect it’s a powerful story that shows you why such things can be not very useful in the end as you miss out on the finer things in life.

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“The Invaders”

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An absolutely gorgeous in every aspect, this episode is a near-wordless masterwork of fear about tiny intruders who terrorize an elderly wife (Agnes Moorehead). Despite being the size of mice, they torment and injure her until she fights back, killing one and following the other to the flying saucer that landed on her roof. Since we never hear her speak, it’s a shock when we hear the tiny alien as its twist is simply amazing work. It’s simply a powerful story that plays upon our fears.

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This Dachau-set episode aired after the Adolf Eichmann trial started and a month before the guilty verdict was delivered, proclaiming that the SS leaders weren’t merely just following orders.” Serling’s searing story really shows you the horrors of what they did to people. A former SS captain who visits Dachau in 1961 only to find one of his victims is now caretaker of the prison camp. Realizing he’d murdered the man years before, the Nazi loses his mind in series of delusions wherein he’s placed on trial and deemed guilty. Serling closes the episode proclaiming that Dachau and other concentration camps must stay standing as monuments to horror so that it may never happen again as simply something we should never forget. I hope you enjoyed some of the best stories as so many stories i choose four that showed its range of story-telling powerful nature form powerful acting stories to the enraging social stories it always made you think.

Rod Serling did it with 156 episodes of the ground-breaking anthology series The Twilight Zone, thanks to his commitment to enhancing the twists by showing humanity in both its angelic and monstrous forms that was such bold commentaries upon our world. It always was about talking our world and its raw nature i hope you enjoyed my talk today on it.

why i love bette davis

why i love bette Davis

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Bette Davis remains my favorite actress all time as my top favorite actress all time. A wonderful actress that was one of the finest actresses to grace the screen, she was one that gave me such wonderful memories of her wonderful image on the screen of a powerful woman. She stood out from other actresses because of her audacity; it was how studios owned the stars as she defied Warner brothers and others by not being owned by them. She was lifting the veil for women in film for their behavior and traits as she did what was right for the character as she was able melt into characters greatly that forever changed the game for acting.  She was a short woman but always stood out among every-one in the room, she truly is my favorite actress all time that I always adored to watch upon the screen. I recall my first impression of her in dark victory that role made me fall in love this remarkable legend upon the screen.  I pay tribute to her for THE FOURTH ANNUAL BETTE DAVIS BLOGATHON in honor of her birthday. I wish this legend a happy birthday as this article is a personal love letter to her today. I hope you enjoy it and check out others form the event.

THE FOURTH ANNUAL BETTE DAVIS BLOGATHON

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There is something so remarkable about Bette Davis. I recall my first memories of her when I was watching dark victory. I was watching this remarkable character that was such a marvelous character that showed her as this very spoiled soul that learned and changed in time growing to be this tragic character that ended up dying in the end but she was simply a marvel in this role showing her from her many different sides of personality as the ending when her friend last sees her it broke my heart first time I saw it.  The movie is a powerful example of why you can adore this wonderful actress.

Bette Davis gives a fine performance playing such an intricate character. that simply was this nice lady in Now, Voyager. I recall seeing her change and her transformation  in the movie is amazing to see happen as she changes so much in the course of the movie. Paul Henreid gives, what I believe to be, one of the most romantic performances in history in this film as he gives out such a performance in the role. When I come back to this film every so often, I find that it has a sort of calming effect on me, probably because it’s such an uplifting story which emphasizes the importance of finding you inner-strength and trying to share that strength with others who need it too as its simply an up-lifting movie that makes me so happy to watch anytime.

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Mr. Skeffington is one of the great Hollywood melodramas has both Bette Davis and Claude Rains starring in one of her darkest melodramas. Bette Davis has the showy role in this epic story of a troubled relationship, but it’s Claude Rains as her Jewish husband who jerks the tears in this movie. Mr. Skeffington is a rewarding Bette Davis vehicle. Bette Davis’s performance is decidedly affected as she plays this Fanny as a young girl, but the pure talent and visual power of this actress makes one believe that she is truly the beauty that she is supposed to be as one would notice how her movements and responsiveness reinforce the sense of someone almost 15 years younger than herself then she transforms from young to old in such a marvelous change of her role to the older fanny as many did not like the makeup of her I find it to be very fine as we see such a marvelous role unfold on the screen by Bette Davis as I would place this performance in Bette Davis’ top tier, along with “Now, Voyager”, “The Little Foxes”, and “All About Eve. as this is another movie that made me recall why i adore her so much as an actress.

Bette Davis gives a great performance in Jezebel as the structure of the film is against the strong female character. Because she is so strong-willed she must be reshaped into a properly submissive southern belle but she really doesn’t seem fit that trend. It’s simply another character of Bette Davis that I feel shows her real range as an actress.

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The letter is a A tour DE force from Davis as the colonial wife on trial for shooting the man she claims made advances at her. Her cold, layered performance shifts with the facts and only really exhibits genuine passion while she is killing someone that shows her truly powerful nature upon the screen. This film was the perfect vehicle for an actress like Bette Davis that is another classic of her movies I enjoy watching often that reminds me again and again why I adore this actress.

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It would be the little foxes show Bette Davis’s bad side. Bette’s good at being bad. Bette Davis stars as the mercenary matriarch of a dysfunctional southern family as she gives such a remarkable performance that always makes me smile as she simply is amazing in this role on the screen. The whole cast is wonderful. William Wyler directs the A-list team and the result is one of my favorite Bette Davis films.

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All About Eve was the movie that resuscitated Davis’s career which had been on the downward spiral for a couple of years as she showed she was truly able grow up for the role. It broke her mold again as an actress. It’s simply an amazing gem of a movie.

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Today was Bette Davis’s birthday when I think to her range as an actress. I can’t think of anyone like Bette Davis gave out such a range of roles that showcased her many sides of her nature that also showed her range as an actress.  I never been happy with myself she said once as she never thought she was great as she was on the screen. It’s simply amazing to me that this wonderful legend did so many amazing roles that showed her power as an actress. I hope you enjoyed my talk on her today as I choose some of her roles to give bit of talk to show how simply great she was as an actress. It’s always fun to watch her anytime. I hope catch you again for another bumpy ride soon.

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Richard Donner’s “Superman(Superman 41th anniversary)

Richard Donner’s “Superman(Superman 40th anniversary)

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Tell me your heart doesn’t skip a beat when you hear the familiar brass of John Williams’ iconic score. Or that you can resist a smile as a small child introduces the movie by opening a comic book and reading aloud. Or that the opening shot of the crystal canyons of Krypton doesn’t make your spine tingle just a bit. Richard Donner’s Superman is perhaps correctly regarded as the father of the whole superhero genre as it began the whole notion of the genre that changed the sliver-screen. It now became common place the super-hero genre that was simply no where be found when it was released. I remember fondly when i frist saw it as child it amazed me as i believed this was truly the best movie of all time for the genre for years. The opening of movie of child talking of it is purely a marvel to behold as its what you should do make the inner child come alive.

Its rare that a movie so perfectly captures a character as does the superman the movie captures superman as its only movie as few modern perfectly capture them as dark knight perfectly captures batman’s whole notion and ideas in a very good way and wonder woman perfectly captured her character yet the genre is now so much more then superman that we forget the father of the genre began the whole notion of it. The idea now that notion of these visual effects are common place its even as back we may be shocked to think Hollywood didnt give a dam about super-hero movies. Comics were considered a lowbrow art form, and no one thought that a superhero movie could appeal to anyone who wasn’t a child. That all changed when Richard Donner’s Superman hit theaters on December 15, 1978. The film, which starred a then-unknown Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel, went on to be a massive critical and commercial success, earning $300 million worldwide and garnering three Oscar nominations. The film even won a Special Achievement Academy Award for Visual Effects that blew open the door.   many fans still consider Donner’s Superman to be the gold standard of superhero storytelling, and its influence can be felt in the most successful comic book movies and franchise pictures that still defines how we tell these stories.  It still holds a special place in our hearts even now 41 years later. I will list five reasons now why still holds up.  I do think its simply must see classic as i could list endless on why its timeless.

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I would say sorry to many fans of the notebook and other love stories i still think  the most romantic movie moment would be Lois Lane interviewing Superman on her rooftop and their flight across the night sky. Donner’s film wisely builds Superman’s character arc around his romantic relationship with Lois Lane. It’s Lois who first inspires Superman to use his powers in public as its one of most romantic relationships of flim. It is lois lane remains the connection to mortal world for superman. The film tells two different love stories: one of Clark Kent’s unrequited crush on his co-worker and the other on the connection between Superman and Lois Lane. The romantic subplot is buoyed by great chemistry between Reeve and Margot Kidder, giving superhero films a romantic template that would lead to many of the movies of today for them.

2. Margot Kidder’s Lois Lane

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Lois Lane often gets short shrift in the comics, usually relegated to playing the damsel in distress role. She is frequently in distress in the Superman films as she is notion played to side-lines she is quite the powerful character in own right. Margot Kidder plays the role not just as a love interest, but as a fully formed female character who is wholly in love with her career and confident in her abilities. Lois Lane is an intrepid, fearless reporter who is just as willing to chase down a story that nails down a performance htat may be one of the finest ever for a super-hero movie. Its her role that blows you away.

Science fiction and fantasy films owe an enormous debt of gratitude to John Williams, who has scored some of the most iconic genre films of all time. While he remains best known for his work in Star Wars (and rightfully so) his Superman score is heroic that may be best of super-hero movies all time. Williams was nominated for an Oscar for his work, one of the 51 Oscar noms Williams has received over his lifetime. as this score is marvelous to listen to on screen.

4. The Comedy

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After years of gloom and doom Superman movies, it’s easy to forget just how funny the Donner films were. Calling back to 1930’s screwball comedy which is one of my favorite genres all time.  Reeve’s bumbling, awkward Clark Kent. Even the Big Bad Lex Luthor was played with a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor by Gene Hackman, as were his goofy henchmen Otis (Ned Beatty) and Miss Teschmacher (Valerie Perrine). There’s something so funny and charming watching them all on screen as they simply as funny and charming to watch upon the screen.

5. The Optimism

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Superman symbolizes hope, which is something Donner’s film has in spades. The film is brimming with warmth, optimism, and all the wholesome feel-good energy one would expect form a movie about super-man. Save the brooding menace for Batman, I’ll take an inspiring sunny Superman story any day of the week as simply something so marvelous and timeless about it. I hope it makes you interest watch it today.

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Mighty Joe Young”(1949) has always been a favorite of mine ever since I saw it for the first time saw it. I am a huge fan of the works of Willis Obrien and Ray Harryhaussen worked together on this movie as this classic movie i talk about in my review today as simply another classic i adore to watch often upon the screen.

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Mighty Joe Young is the story of a girl and her gorilla and a friendship that would survive despite the hardships they would endure. Those times would see them leaving their jungle home courtesy of a huckster who wants them to play at his latest club in Los Angeles and while it would seem glamorous at first, it was anything but. Though trial and tribulation, Joe and Jill would overcome with a little help and give themselves and the viewer that essential happy ending.(plot)

Mighty Joe Young is his is Ray Harryhausen’s first official credit and it’s a beautiful showcase of the influence that would flourish for decades as we see what begins his magical power of crafting stop motion works upon the screen.

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Mighty Joe Young is a more light-hearted family friendly take on the King Kong type story as that doesnt ruin its charm to any effect. MIGHTY JOE YOUNG was originally released to mixed reviews and the box office numbers were so disappointing for the studio that a planned sequel was nixed. That’s really too bad but even today this film seems to get either overlooked or bashed because people go into it expecting another KING KONG but they got something even more special in my eyes as its far better in many regards form its very amazing as the special effects are basically jaw-dropping to watch upon the screen.

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While Willis O’Brien, who did the animation for King Kong, was officially the supervisor of the special effects, his assistant Ray Harryhausen actually created most of them. Harryhausen went on to become one of the most influential special effects animators of all time. Mighty Joe Young is considered his first major film with such charming animation you see it come to to life upon the screen in such animation stop motion animation on the screen. mighty2

Terry Moore and Ben Johnson and Robert Armstrong all are such wonderful treats to watch play out their marvelous performances on the screen. I would say Terry Moore  as Jill really steals the show as she leads us to really adore mighty joe young. Ben Johnson plays who a rodeo cowboy in a sense is truly who she falls in love as she grows to like him truly as he helps her save mighty joe young. Its their remarkable performances that really make the movie come to life upon the screen.

I would say of my favorite movie moments is 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.

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The special effects and stop-motion work by O’Brien and Harryhausen are marvelous, and took fourteen months to complete. Joe actually seems real, so subtle are his movements and expressions and, when he snatches a moving child off a burning ledge with a swing of the arm, you’ll be wondering how it was done as simply one of my favorite scenes is beautiful dreamer as you see him holding her in night club as she plays the piano its such a marvelous scene upon the screen. One famous scene has Joe winning a tug-of-war contest with several legendary musclemen, including Man Mountain Dean, Primo Carnera and the original Swedish Angel Phil Olafsson. Familiar faces to keep an eye out for include Regis Toomey, Ellen Corby, Richard Farnsworth, Dwayne Hickman, Irene Ryan and William Schallert as this scene showcases such a marvelous lead forward form king kong as you see joe is truly alive in such ways.

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Mighty Joe Young has many scenes of complex stop-motion work not least the exciting burning orphanage sequence. It won for O’Brien a well-deserved Oscar, the award he should have been given for King Kong as sadly it wasn’t box office hit as the follow up idea was we would meet Tarzan (Lex Barker), but was shelved due to disappointing box-office returns barely covering its million-dollar budget. With warmth, humor and future effects superstar Harryhausen as assets, Mighty Joe Young surprised its producers by bombing at the box-office which is somewhat inexplicable especially since King Kong would earn its greatest profits when re-released four years later in 1953 but repeated viewing as such as TV and many forms as re-viewings have made this movie a legendary classic with wonderful acting and direction and a wonderful special effects works make it a must see classic movie.

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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 as today i talked his frist creation but noting tops his works to my eyes. I always adore them as to pay tribute to this legend.