Innovation the Evil Dead Way (Part 2)

Yesterday, we were discussing the topic of innovation…using an unlikely story from film history to serve as an example of what it can look like in practice.  “The Evil Dead” may not have won any Academy Awards, but it showed what was possible when a talented group of individuals was willing to work “outside the … Continue reading Innovation the Evil Dead Way (Part 2)

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Innovation the Evil Dead Way (Part 1)

In this edition of Miracle Movies, we’d like to tell you one particular story about innovation. Which, hopefully will provide more instruction than a dozen seminars on the subject.   Among other things, it helps illustrate how far a little pluck and perseverance can get you…even if you’ve never done anything similar before. Our story … Continue reading Innovation the Evil Dead Way (Part 1)

Our Favorite Foreign Language Films

As part of our Film History 101 discussions, we deliberately chose to focus on American films, for the most part skipping over some fine examples of cinema produced outside of this country.  Hollywood may be the biggest and most influential player in the film world, but they are far from the only game in town.  … Continue reading Our Favorite Foreign Language Films

The Boss From Hell (Part 2)

Yesterday, we were discussing bad managers…and how they never seem to be in short supply. Along those lines, we wanted to continue with our story about Columbia Picture’s Harry Cohn.  But unlike most other “bad managers” you're probably already familiar with, there’s no denying that Mr. Cohn had a major impact on the organization he … Continue reading The Boss From Hell (Part 2)

Killing Unicorns: The Career of Peter Bogdanovich (Part 2)

Yesterday, we provided Part 1 in our look at the career of Peter Bogdanovich. You may remember that after the release of The Last Picture Show, What’s Up Doc, and Paper Moon, he was riding high as one of the most successful directors in Hollywood during the early 1970s. Together with people like Francis Ford … Continue reading Killing Unicorns: The Career of Peter Bogdanovich (Part 2)

Killing Unicorns: The Career of Peter Bogdanovich (Part 1)

Lots of people love to critique movies.  A lot of them probably think it's as easy as pie to make a high quality film that everyone will adore. So, what happens when an honest to goodness film critic decides to take a seat in the director's chair himself? After all, with their vast experience watching … Continue reading Killing Unicorns: The Career of Peter Bogdanovich (Part 1)

Shaken…Not Stirred (Part 3)

In our last two posts, we gave an overview of James Bond from a producer’s point of view…providing a short history of the series and highlighting why certain changes were made along the way. In doing so, we necessarily had to skip over the films themselves… barely mentioning some of them in fact. Which is … Continue reading Shaken…Not Stirred (Part 3)

Shaken…Not Stirred (Part 2)

Yesterday, when we left off, the Bond franchise was at a standstill. Having lost their undisputed number one star (Sean Connery), and failing miserably in their attempt to replace him with an unknown (George Lazenby) both “Cubby” Broccoli and Harry Saltzman knew their next casting decision was going to be critical. If they were successful … Continue reading Shaken…Not Stirred (Part 2)