Pushing the Envelope: The Career of Paul Verhoeven (Part 2)

Yesterday, we discussed the first part of director Paul Verhoeven's career.  We saw how after growing up in the Netherlands and making a name for himself there, he came to Hollywood in the late 1980s with every intention of "pushing the envelope."  This he managed to do while scoring huge successes with the films "Robocop" … Continue reading Pushing the Envelope: The Career of Paul Verhoeven (Part 2)

Pushing the Envelope: The Career of Paul Verhoeven (Part 1)

"I feel there's a huge discrepancy between what life really is and what we are supposed to see in the movies." So says Paul Verhoeven, one of the most successful directors in Hollywood during the past three decades.  While there's no denying that he had an extremely profitable run during the 1990s, it wasn't necessarily … Continue reading Pushing the Envelope: The Career of Paul Verhoeven (Part 1)

Management Advice From Roger Corman

As a public service, we'd like to tell you about Roger Corman. Often called "The King of the B's" or "The Pope of Pop Cinema," Mr. Corman has had a colossal impact on Film History. Not necessarily because of the "artistry" of his films, but because of his unrelenting emphasis on "getting things done." Indeed, … Continue reading Management Advice From Roger Corman

The Dead of Night

In this edition of Miracle Movies, we're going to illustrate some of the trials and tribulations of low-budget film-making. Specifically focusing on some things which just won't die.  Such as the walking dead and where the modern zombie got its start. And that would be a small, ultra-low budget film entitled Night of the Living … Continue reading The Dead of Night

The Legacy of Irving Thalberg

We wanted to convey another story from Film History which we feel is important. It has to do with a man you've probably never heard of, yet who left an indelible imprint on the entire film industry. One who played a major role in shaping cinema as the dominant art form of the 20th century. … Continue reading The Legacy of Irving Thalberg

The Life of Charles Chaplin

With the growing popularity of the Blog Blog Highlights, we're often contacted by people who want to know who was responsible for writing specific posts. If you visit the blogs from the Blog Home Page, it's a relatively easy matter. The poster's public name is listed right under the title of the article. That's why we strongly encourage bloggers to add extra "pages" to their blog. Or at least add some POC information to their "About" page. If you're going to go to the trouble of posting your thoughts or ideas, the least you can do is present your readers with a means to follow up if they want to learn more. And if there is one Hollywood legend who definitely has a lot of "pages" in his biography, it would be one Charles Chaplin. A true giant in the history of cinema, he created what is probably the most iconic and famous character in all of film: The Little Tramp. The majority of today's audiences have probably never even seen a Charlie Chaplin film. But show them a silhouette of The Tramp, and he'll easily be recognized. He might just be the most recognizable fictional figure of the 20th Century.

Film History’s Number 3…

When it comes to Hollywood and the magic digit 3, there's really only one possible thing which comes to mind. Time to hide the children. Because we're about to give the low down on The Three Stooges. Love them or hate them, The Three Stooges hold the distinction of being the longest running comedy act … Continue reading Film History’s Number 3…

The Wilhelm Scream

You may have not realized it, but the movie industry also thrives on the concept of recycling. And this time, we're talking about sound effects. A very special one in particular. One that even the casual movie-goer should have no trouble recognizing. For years it's been sort of an in-joke among film people as Hollywood's most famous "recycled" sound effect. And it goes by the name of the Wilhelm Scream. AHHHHHHHHHHHHEEEEEEEEIIIIIIIII!!!!

The King of Ballyhoo

Sorry, but so many of these efforts seem to come across as "gimmicks". And since Halloween is just around the corner, we thought this would be a fine time to introduce the uninitiated to Mr. William Castle. In Hollywood, he was known as the "Master of Gimmicks" or the "King of Ballyhoo". One might argue about the quality of his films, but as a producer he had no equal when it came to packing them in on opening night.