Apocalypse Wow!

Lots of individuals think that making movies is fun and glamorous. But reality can be different matter altogether. In fact, this blog would have run out of subject matter a long, long time ago if the art of creating films was as easy as some people assume. Case in point: many years ago, we attended … Continue reading Apocalypse Wow!

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A Ray Harryhausen Primer (Part 2)

We haven't exactly done a poll, but we'd wager that there's more than a few individuals down there who are Ray Harryhausen fans. It just seems to come with the territory. Especially if you have any interest at all in modeling, film-making, or animation. Yesterday, as a nod to individuals who have chosen this as … Continue reading A Ray Harryhausen Primer (Part 2)

Film History 101 (Part 11): The “Tent Pole” Becomes the Norm

When we last left off, we were discussing how "Jaws" and a certain other film from the 1970s had completely redrawn the Hollywood landscape.   These movies proved that a studio didn't have to turn out a series of successful films to make gobs of money.   All you needed was one, and you could maintain a … Continue reading Film History 101 (Part 11): The “Tent Pole” Becomes the Norm

Film History 101 (Part 10): Open Wide

One of the most famous "behind the scenes"  stories ever to come out of Hollywood occurred during the 1970s.   It happened during the filming of Marathon Man (a terrific movie by the way) and involved stars Laurence Olivier and Dustin Hoffman.  Specifically, it took place during the filming of the famous scene where Olivier's Nazi … Continue reading Film History 101 (Part 10): Open Wide

Film History 101 (Part 9): “An Offer You Can’t Refuse”

The early 1970s represented an enormous period of change for the film industry. As we've seen, studios no longer had the resources or clout to make pictures adhere to any pre-determined standards.  In fact, after a series of expensive flops, most of them were staring bankruptcy right in the face.  And it seemed  impossible to … Continue reading Film History 101 (Part 9): “An Offer You Can’t Refuse”