And the Oscar Goes to…: Gone with the Wind

The video version of this review can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvVM_uMz7Ok

Gone With The WindWell, we’ve reached one of the big ones, folks. Up till now, we’ve talked about movies with varying degrees of public awareness, but this time, it’s a film known the world over. It’s the first Best Picture I would label as epic and truly grand in scale. It’s the first film in this series to be shot in color, Technicolor to be more precise. It features two of the most recognizable (by name anyway) lead characters to be put on film. It’s the first picture to win 10 Oscars, one of those 10 being the first Academy Award ever given to an African American (Hattie McDaniel for Best Supporting Actress). It’s often acknowledged as one of the best films of all time. I am, of course, talking about the classic Gone with the Wind. Continue reading

Alas, Poor Quasimodo, I Knew Him Little

Note: This is an entry in the Chaney Blogathon hosted by the lovely Movies, Silently (whose wonderful blog can be found here: http://moviessilently.com/) and The Last Drive In (whose equally wonderful site can be found here: http://thelastdrivein.com/).

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)Normally, I would wonder why a movie’s title character isn’t at the forefront of a poster, instead being pushed to the background. It’s an odd choice to be sure. The title character usually is the center of attention, the person around which the whole story hinges. This is not the case with the 1923 silent adaption of the famous Victor Hugo novel, which suffers from this difference from the norm.

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Doctor Who and the Return of Paul McGann

Left: Promotional image of the Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) in the 1996 TV movie. Right: A promotional image of the Eighth Doctor in the 2013 minisode "The Night of the Doctor."

I am currently high. My drug of choice today isn’t anything illegal or indeed physical. It’s a little something called Doctor Who. This little TV show, which is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary next Saturday, is one of my favorites of all time. Usually, that fact alone would be reason enough for the high, but today the BBC has released a minisode prequel to the anniversary special featuring a former Doctor who, before today, had only ONE onscreen appearance. This would be the lovely Eighth Doctor as played by the great Paul McGann. Continue reading