Sunday, January 15, 2012


(1) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
This was so hard, having seen them all... but if I could take just one it would have to be this one (I might try to sneak Prisoner of A in the same sleeve!)

Cho Chang, or Katie Leung, is Harry Potter’s love interest in the 4th and 5th book, and I often wondered about the significance of her character.

(2) Blow-Up

(3) Wild Style
Remember the days of BREAK DANCING and subway art? Blondie was behind the defining motion picture of that era. Reknowned as "The Classic Hip-Hop Movie," WILD STYLE includes music by Blondie guitarist Chris Stein and Fred Brathwaite. Wild Style stars the legendary subway artist Lee Quinones. He plays 'Zoro' and appears in Blondie's promo video for the song "Rapture". If you EVER get a chance to borrow a copy of this movie, don't pass!

(4) Van Helsing
Professor Abraham van Helsing is a protagonist from Bram Stoker's 1897 novel, Dracula. Van Helsing is a Dutch doctor with a wide range of interests and accomplishments, partly attested by the string of letters that follows his name: "M.D., D.Ph., D.Litt., etc." The character is best known as a vampire hunter, and the arch-enemy of Count Dracula. In the motion picture, Van Helsing, is summoned to a mysterious land in East Europe to vanquish evil forces in the form of: Count Dracula, the Wolf Man and Frankenstein's Monster. Assisting him once he gets there is Anna, the heir of a long-running family committed to hunting down and destroying Count Dracula.

(5) Charlie Chan at Treasure Island is a 1939 American film directed by Norman Foster, considered by many to be the best of the Charlie Chan mysteries starring Sidney Toler as the fictional Chinese-American detective. The film's setting is Treasure Island during San Francisco's Golden Gate International Exposition.

(6) Malcolm McDowell Talks "A Clockwork Orange" (Elizabeth Ladzinski/Popcorn Biz) ::: McDowell, who played a psychopathic delinquent named Alex in Stanley Kubrick's 1971 dystopian masterpiece, talks about the role in advance of the release of film's 40th Anniversary Edition for Blu-ray.

(7) Dhoom II

Click on the foto to watch an Aishwarya Rai music video from Dhoom:2 (or mouseover to view via snapshot)

If you're looking for a fun movie to watch some evening when nothing is going on (and you don't mind a few English sub-titles*) I recommend DHOOM:2! It's a cleverly crafted visually stunning adventure - musical - fantasy film out of Bollywood. Compared to the usual American film fare, it is delicieux. The presentation methods and formatting may startle you at first, but after you watch I think you'll agree DHOOM:2 is a motion picture joyride. No cuss words! Great dance numbers!

Everything you could ever want in an action/suspense/musical/comedy film is here the essence of Bollywood, on a DVD! Dhoom 2: Back In Action (Hindi: धूम २ [ˈd̪ʱuːm], also abbreviated and known as D:2, D2 and D2: Back In Action) is a 2006 Bollywood action film directed by Sanjay Gadhvi and produced by Aditya Chopra and Yash Chopra at an estimated budget of Rs 350 million. It is the second film in the Dhoom series. (And much better than Dhoom I or III)

the highest grossing Indian film of 2006, remains in the top ten on the list of highest-grossing Bollywood films in India and the list of highest-grossing Bollywood films in overseas markets.

(8) Sinbad & The Eye of The Tiger

Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger is a 1977 fantasy film, the third and final Sinbad film that Ray Harryhausen made for Columbia, after The 7th Voyage of Sinbad and The Golden Voyage of Sinbad. The film was directed by Sam Wanamaker.

I enjoyed it when it came out, and watch it once in a great while. (As others do.) If only the filmmakers could have employed today's technology! This movie was hampered by monetary inflation that was progressing during the lengthy motion picture shooting schedule. I'm sure it cut into the production and special effects budget. But it is what it is, and what it was for that time.

The live action was filmed in Spain, Malta, and Jordan (at the tombs of ancient Petra) between June and October of 1975, with Harryhausen's stop-motion animation work lasting from October 1975 up to March 1977. I'm not the only one who thinks actress Jane Seymour was amazing in the flick.


(10) STAR WARS (the first un-updated original movie!)

I'll toss in VIDEODROME and the other two original Star Wars movies. And if they'd let me take along the rest of the Harry Potter series, I wouldn't complain!

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