The Films of Brian De Palma (Part 2)

To continue with yesterday's post...  If Brian De Palma was feeling pretty good about himself following the release of “Carrie,” it didn’t last long. A few months later, his friend George Lucas came out with “Star Wars” and suddenly De Palma found himself once again as the only one among his director "friends" who hadn’t … Continue reading The Films of Brian De Palma (Part 2)

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The Films of Brian De Palma (Part 1)

There’s no denying that Brian De Palma has directed some truly remarkable films during the course of his long career. He’s made 29 of them in fact. By coincidence, that’s nearly the same number Steven Spielberg has made. But the similarities don’t end there. Back on the late 1960s, De Palma and Spielberg were part … Continue reading The Films of Brian De Palma (Part 1)

The Screen’s Greatest Car Chases

Today, we'd like to take a look at one of the screen's action staples:  the car chase.   Because to be perfectly honest, we just love watching vehicles with their pedals to the metal.  Some cinematic car chases are constructed with such precision and expertise, they could almost stand as works of art.  And to most … Continue reading The Screen’s Greatest Car Chases

I was Seven When I First Heard Him Scream… (Part 2)

Yesterday, we were talking about the cult classic The Legend of Boggy Creek, which against all odds, became one of the top-grossing movies of 1972. And how after pulling the production together with virtually no resources, director Charles Pierce suddenly found himself one of the most successful filmmakers in the country. If you remember where … Continue reading I was Seven When I First Heard Him Scream… (Part 2)

I Was Seven When I First Heard Him Scream… (Part 1)

Imagine a small boy running by himself across a desolate field. He climbs a fence and as he reaches the top, gazes nervously toward the tree line. Hearing a strange noise, he jumps down and keeps running. Finally, he reaches the safety of a desolate farmhouse. Running inside, he looks apprehensively out a window. And … Continue reading I Was Seven When I First Heard Him Scream… (Part 1)

What Would John Landis Say? (Part 1)

In Hollywood, there's one famous director who could never be accused of keeping his opinions to himself.  Gregarious, extroverted, and a with a mouth apparently powered by the Energizer bunny, he's known throughout the entertainment industry as a major talent who isn't afraid to speak his mind. To back up his outgoing style, this man … Continue reading What Would John Landis Say? (Part 1)

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)