Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I Was a Male War Bride


1949 American Feature

Cast: Cary Grant, Ann Sheridan, Marion Marshall, Randy Stuart, William Neff and Eugene Gericke.
Director: Howard Hawks
Writers: Charles Lederer, Leonard Spigelgass and Hagar Wilde, based on the autobiography I Was an Alien Spouse of Female Military Personnel Enroute to the United States Under Public Law 271 of the Congress by Henri Rochard

Synopsis:
French Army Captain Henri Rochard must pass as a war bride in order to go back to the United States with his American Army officer wife.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.0/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 79% / Audience: 71%

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Writers Guild of America Award nomination for Best Written American Comedy.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Casting Call: Ava Gardner.
  • Film debut of actor Edward Platt.
  • 20th Century Fox's biggest box office hit of 1949, and Howard Hawks' third highest grossing film, behind Sergeant York and Red River.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

The Jane Austen Book Club



2007 American Feature

Cast: Kathy Baker, Maria Bello, Marc Blucas, Emily Blunt, Amy Brenneman, Hugh Dancy, Maggie Grace, Jimmy Smits, Kevin Zegers and Lynn Redgrave
Writer/Director: Robin Swicord, based on the novel by Karen Joy Fowler

Synopsis:
Six Californians start a club to discuss the works of Jane Austen, only to find their relationships — both old and new — begin to resemble 21st century versions of her novels.

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Ratings:

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available



Trailer:


Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Wide Release.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Karen Joy Fowler's bestselling novel The Jane Austen Book Club was first published in 2004. While the character names and some details remained the same, the screenplay is for the most part a dramatic departure from the novel.
  • The six Jane Austin novels that factor into the plot of the film are: Emma, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Grease



1978 American Feature

Cast: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway, Didi Conn, Eve Arden, Frankie Avalon, Joan Blondell, Edd Byrnes, Sid Caesar, Alice Ghostley, Dody Goodman, Lorenzo Lamas, Fannie Flagg and Sha-Na-Na
Director: Randal Kleiser
Writers: Allan Carr and Bronté Woodard, based on the stage musical by Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs

Synopsis:
After good girl Sandy Olsen and greaser Danny Zuko say goodbye following a summer of lovin', they meet again as students of the same high school, where peer pressure jeopardizes their blossoming romance.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 79% / Audience: 88%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 70% / Audience: 8.2%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Books: Available



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song ("Hopelessly Devoted to You").
  • Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy, Actor - Musical/Comedy (Travolta), Actress - Musical/Comedy (Newton-John) and Original Song ("Grease" and "You're the One that I Want").

Notes/Trivia:
  • Grease made its Broadway debut in 1972 and, after over 3,000 performances ending in 1980, was the then-longest running musical in Broadway history; it is currently Broadway's 15th longest-running show. The original cast included Adrienne Barbeau, Walter Bobbie, Barry Bostwick and Jeff Conaway (who would play Kenickie in the film). Later cast members included Peter Gallagher, Richard Gere, Marilu Henner, Judy Kaye, David Paymer, Patrick Swayze, John Travolta (Danny in the film), Michael Tucci (Sonny in the film), Treat Williams, Jerry Zaks and Adrian Zmed (who would go on to co-star in the sequel Grease 2). It was nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. 
  • Grease went on to become a West End hit in 1973, with a then-unknown Richard Gere as Danny. There were three London revivals, in 1979, 1993 and 2007.
  • With its large cast of young characters, the stage musical Grease has become a staple of regional theater, summer stock, community theater and high school drama groups, often using a more sanitized script (for example, the complete elimination of Rizzo's pregnancy subplot).
  • In addition to relegating several of the musical's original songs to background music and adding four new songs ("Grease", "Hopelessly Devoted to You", "Sandy" and "You're the One That I Want"), other changes from stage to screen include renaming Sandy Dumbrowski to Sandy Olsen (due to the casting of Australian singer Olivia Newton-John) and changing the name of the greaser gang from the Burger House Boys to the T-Birds. In the stage play, the song "Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee" had a reference to Sal Mineo, who was murdered in 1976. For the movie, the lyric was changed to reference Elvis Presley, who died the same day the scene was filmed.
  • Casting Call: Lucie Arnaz, Susan Dey, Carrie Fisher, Elvis Presley, Harry Reems, Henry Winkler and Lorna Luft, who went on to co-star in Grease 2.
  • The highest-grossing movie of 1978, and the then-third highest-grossing movie of all time.
  • The Grease soundtrack album ended 1978 as the second-best selling album of the year in the United States, behind the soundtrack of Saturday Night Fever, another film starring John Travolta. The album spawned three hit singles, "Grease", "Summer Nights" and "You're the One That I Want".
  • "The Grease Megamix", a medley of "You're The One That I Want", "Greased Lightnin'" and "Summer Nights", was released in 1990 in conjunction with the film's video release.
  • There were two popular Broadway revivals of Grease. The first, in 1994, starred Sam Harris, Marcia Lewis, Billy Porter, Hunter Foster, Megan Mullally and, somewhat controversially, Rosie O'Donnell as Rizzo. Later cast members included Linda Blair, Debbie Boone, Chubby Checker, Jeff Conaway, Micky Dolenz, Sheena Easton, Joely Fisher, Sutton Foster, Debbie Gibson, Dody Goodman, Jasmine Guy, Jennifer Holliday, Al Jarreau, Lucy Lawless, Darlene Love, Maureen McCormick, Mackenzie Phillips, Joe Piscopo, Sherie Rene Scott, Jon Secada, Brooke Shields, Sally Struthers, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Jo Anne Worley and Adrian Zmed. It was nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical.
  • The second Broadway revival, in 2007, was preceded by the American Idol-style reality competition series Grease: You're the One that I Want!, with the winners cast as Danny and Sandy. It too was nominated for Best Revival of a Musical and featured, for the first time on Broadway, the film's new songs. 
  • Grease was re-released to theaters in 1998 (to mark its 20th anniversary) and 2010 (in a "sing-along" version) For the latter, the film was re-rated from PG to PG-13 due to "sexual content including references, teen smoking and drinking, and language".
  • In 2002, Grease was ranked #97 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Passions" list.
  • In 2004, "Summer Nights" was ranked #70 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Songs" list.
  • In 2006, Grease was ranked #20 on the American Film Institute's "Greatest Movie Musicals" list.
  • A 2012 episode of Glee, titled "Glease", centered on the McKinley High School production of Grease. A nine-track soundtrack of the episode was released on CD.
  • In 2016, the Fox Network aired a live, three-hour television production of Grease. The cast included Aaron Tveit as Danny, Julianne Hough as Sandy and Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo.

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  • Followed by the sequel Grease 2.
  • Spoofed in Scary Movie.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Erotikus: A History of the Gay Movie



1973 American Feature

Cast: Fred Halsted
Director: Tom DeSimone

Synopsis:
A review of gay pornography from the physique magazines of the 1950s to the hardcore full-length movies of the 1970s.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.8/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available (link NSFW)

http://www.tlavideo.com/gay-erotikus-a-history-of-the-gay-movie/p-128759-3?sn=3797

Notes/Trivia:
  • According to the pornographic tabloid SCREW, "frame for frame, Erotikus contains more sex than any gay film ever released".

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Monday, January 5, 2015

All That Heaven Allows



1955 American Feature

Cast: Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Agnes Moorehead, Conrad Nagel, Virginia Grey, Gloria Talbott, William Reynolds, Charles Drake and Hayden Rorke
Director: Douglas Sirk
Writer: Peg Fenwick, based on the book by Edna L. Lee and Harry Lee

Synopsis:
An upper-class widow falls in love with her much younger gardener, much to the disapproval of her children and criticism of her country club peers.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.6/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 93% / Audience: 79%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Book: Available



Trailer:


Notes/Trivia:
  • This film's title comes from the poem "Love and Life" by John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester.
  • In 1995, All That Heaven Allows was inducted into the National Film Registry. 
  • All That Heaven Allows was released on DVD and Blu-ray as part of The Criterion Collection in 2001.
  • Todd Haynes' 2002 film Far from Heaven is an homage to Douglas Sirk's work in general and All That Heaven Allows in particular. The two films share the same basic plot, of a woman falling in love with a younger man with a lower social status.

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang



2005 American Feature

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan, Corbin Bernsen, Dash Mihok, Larry Miller, Rockmond Dunbar, Shannyn Sossamon and Angela Lindvall
Writer/Director: Shane Black, based on the novel Bodies Are Where You Find Them by Brett Halliday

Synopsis:
Petty thief Harry Lockhart gets caught up in a murder investigation by posing as an actor and heading to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition, where he finds an authentic acting coach in detective Perry Van Shrike, a.k.a. "Gay Perry".

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 85% / Audience: 87%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 72% / Audience: 7.8%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Award nomination for Best Comedy Movie.
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Wide Release.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Directorial debut of screenwriter Shane Black, best known previously for the Lethal Weapon films.
  • Shane Black's script, partially based on the 1941 Brett Halliday novel Bodies Are Where You Find Them, interprets the classic hardboiled literary genre in a tongue-in-cheek fashion.
  • The movie's title is a reference to an unused theme song to the 1965 James Bond movie Thunderball. John Barry composed "Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" after he read a magazine article which mentioned that was how Bond was known in Italy. "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" has since become a slang description of the James Bond-style spy genre.
  • Original Titles: L.A.P.I., Bang! and You'll Never Die in This Town Again.
  • Casting Call: Benicio Del Toro, Harrison Ford, Hugh Grant and Johnny Knoxville.
  • Val Kilmer's depiction of Gay Perry is generally considered to be the first openly gay character to front a Hollywood action movie.

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