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Stalag 17 (1953)

Stalag 17

There are two people in this barracks who know I didn’t do it. Me and the guy that did do it.

The Stats

The Director:  Billy Wilder
The Cast:  William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger, Robert Strauss, Harvey Lembeck
The Release Date: 1953
The Runtime: 120 Minutes

The Plot

Stuck in a Nazi prison camp, a band of American prisoners of war are constantly trying to escape.  Somehow, their escape attempts are always discovered, leading everyone to believe there’s an informer in their barracks.

The Lowdown

So far in the DVD of the Day, I’ve provided you with some pretty sweet action movies.  Well, this is not an action movie… or at least not until the last few minutes, anyway.

Let’s face facts.  We’re all men here, right?  Well, as men, it’s genetically encoded in our DNA to love movies about World War II.  And while this film isn’t about the actual fighting of the war, it’s still a pretty bad ass movie.

You’ve got a group of American prisoners, captured and being held by evil Nazi s…

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE Frank Capra 1946 • 130 Minutes • 1.37:1 • United States RKO Radio Pictures
Principal Cast: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi Screenplay:  Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra Producer:  Frank Capra Cinematography:  Dmitri Tiomkin
Awards & Honors
Academy Awards Nominated: Best Actor in a Leading Role - James Stewart  Nominated: Best Director - Frank Capra  Nominated: Best Film Editing - William Hornbeck  Nominated: Best Picture - Liberty Films Nominated: Best Sound, Recording - John Aalberg

American Film Institute #11 - AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies #8 - AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions #6 - AFI's 100 Years...100 Heroes and Villains: Mr. Potter - Villain #9 - AFI's 100 Years...100 Heroes and Villains: George Bailey - Hero #1 - AFI's 100 Years...100 Cheers #20 - AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition) #3 - AFI's Top 10 Fantasy Films

The Essential Films #3 - 100 Gre…

FORCED PERSPECTIVE, Ep.8 – Descending on the Holiday

Join SportsGuy515 & Adolfo as they review some of the last major releases of 2011, including The Muppets, Hugo, The Descendants, Melancholia, and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. Then the duo get into the Christmas spirit as they count down their TOP 5 Favorite Christmas Movies. Plus, Golden Globe nominations, AFI’s Top Movies of 2011, Christmas shopping, and more!

White Christmas (1954)

WHITE CHRISTMAS Michael Curtiz 1954 • 120 Minutes • 1.66:1 • United States Paramount
Principal Cast:  Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera Ellen, Dean Jagger Screenplay:  Norman Krasna, Norman Panama Producer:  Robert Emmett Dolan Music & Lyrics: Irving Berlin Cinematography:  Loyal Griggs
Awards & Honors
Academy Awards Nominee: Best Music, Original Song - Irving Berlin - For the song "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep"
The Essential Films 12 Days of Essential Christmas Films
- We're booked for the holidays.  - Vermont, huh?  - Oh, Vermont should be beautiful this time of year, with all that snow.  - Yeah, you know something... Vermont should be beautiful this time of year, with all that snow.  - That's what I just said.  - We seem to be getting a little mixed up.  - Maybe it's the music.  - Maybe it isn't only the music. 
12 years after "White Christmas" became a huge hit, Bing Crosby and Irving Berlin teamed up again and made it the title of…

A Christmas Story (1983)

This post was originally published on as part of the DVD of the Day series on December 17, 2011.


Directed by: Bob Clark
Starring: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin

Oh my god, I shot my eye out!

Every child knows what’s it’s like to want that perfect Christmas present. The longing, the pleading, the desperation of that ONE THING that you just can’t live without. A Christmas Story is the simple tale of Ralphie, a little boy who wants nothing more for Christmas than a B.B. gun. Not just any B.B. gun, mind you, but an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle (with this thing that tells time.) It seems everyone is against him… his mother, his teacher… heck, even Santa thinks he’ll shoot his eye out. But Ralphie is unrelenting in his desire for this perfect gift. This film is timeless, because even though it was made in the 80s, and takes place in the 40s, everyone, young and old, can relate to Ralph…

Holiday Inn (1942)

HOLIDAY INN Mark Sandrich 1942 • 100 Minutes • 1.37:1 • United States
Principal Cast:  Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale, Walter Abel Screenplay:  Claude Binyon Producer:  Mark Sandrich Music & Lyrics:  Irving Berlin Cinematography:  David Abel
Awards & Honors
Academy Awards Winner:  Best Music, Original Song - Irving Berlin for the song "White Christmas" Nominee: Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture - Robert Emmett Dolan  Nominee: Best Writing, Original Story - Irving Berlin 
American Film Institute #5 - 100 Years... 100 Songs
The Essential Films 12 Days of Essential Christmas Movies

- Open holidays only? Say, how many of them are there?  - About 15. That gives me 350 days to kick around in!  - You would think of that! 

The movie that gave birth to not just one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time, but one of the most popular songs EVER.  More on that in a second.  Bing Crosby was one of the most popular entertainers in his day, so Paramo…

Christmas In Connecticut (1945)

CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT Peter Godfrey 1945 • 102 Minutes • 1.37:1 • United States Warner Bros. 
Principal Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet, Reginald Gardiner, SZ Sakall Screenplay:  Lionel Houser, Adele Comandini, Aileen Hamilton Producer:  William Jacobs Cinematography: Carl E. Guthrie
What a Christmas! Ho, ho, what a Christmas!
Barbara Stanwyck is Elizabeth Lane, a Martha Stewart-like writer for a housekeeping magazine that writes the most amazing recipes every month. Dennis Morgan plays Jefferson Jones is a war hero who has never had a “traditional, family Christmas.”  And Sydney Greenstreet is Alexander Yardley, the stubborn and influential publisher of Lane’s magazine whose idea it was to make sure Jones gets a traditional Christmas holiday as a guest in Lane’s home in Connecticut.  Only one problem:  Lane is a fraud.  She lives in New York City, can’t even make toast and gets all her recipes from her loveable chef/uncle Felix.  To make matters worse?  Yardle…

Full-Length Trailer – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" - Full Trailer

The Shop Around The Corner (1940)

THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER Ernst Lubitsch 1940 • 99 Minutes • 1.37 : 1 • United States
Principal Cast:  James Stewart, Margaret Sullivan, Frank Morgan, Joseph Schildkraut, Felix Bressart
Screenplay:  Samson Raphaelson based on the play by Miklós László
Producer:  Ernst Lubitsch
Cinematography:  William H. Daniels

Awards & Honors

American Film Registry
#28 - 100 Years... 100 Passions

The Essential Films
12 Days of Essential Christmas Films

National Film Registry
1999: Voted to be preserved in Library of Congress

Oh, my Dear Friend, my heart was trembling as I walked into the post office, and there you were, lying in Box 237. I took you out of your envelope and read you, read you right there. 

I have often said that I hate romantic comedies.  I feel they are formulaic, dull and predictable.  Furthermore, just as Playboy give men unrealistic expectations of women, romantic comedies are just as guilty of giving women unrealistic expectations of men.  The exception to this rule, of course, is a…

Top 10 Essential Steven Spielberg Movies

Today marks Steven Spielberg's birthday.  Spielberg is arguably the most successful director in Hollywood today.  His films are timeless and part of the American movie experience.  His new film The Adventures of Tintin opens in theatre this Christmas.  Today we countdown the Top 10 Essential Christmas films...

10 - Jurassic Park (1993)

One of the biggest blockbusters of all time, Jurassic Park broke new ground in spectacular visual effects that still hold up today.

9 - Minority Report (2002)

A darker-edged science fiction movie about a police unit that predicts crime before it happens and promptly puts a stop to it.  Of course, the entire system fails...

8 - Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

The third installment in the Indiana Jones series, and the second best of the franchise (more on #1 later.)  Impressively, Spielberg has directed every Indiana Jones picture.  This film ramps up the fun by adding Sean Connery to the cast as Indy's grumpy father.

7 - Catch Me if You Can…

The Bishop's Wife (1947)

THE BISHOP'S WIFE Henry Koster 1947 • 109 Minutes • 1.37:1 • United States RKO
Principal Cast: Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven, Monty Woolley, James Gleason, Gladys Cooper Screenplay:  Robert E. Sherwood, Leonardo Bercovici based on the novel by Robert Nathan Producer:  Samuel Goldwyn Cinematography:  Gregg Toland
Awards & Honors
Academy Awards Winner: Best Sound, Recording - Gordon Sawyer Nominated: Best Director - Henry Koster  Nominated: Best Film Editing - Monica Collingwood  Nominated: Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture - Hugo Friedhofer Nominated: Best Picture - Samuel Goldwyn Productions

The Essential Films 12 Days of Essential Christmas Films

 Sometimes angels rush in where fools fear to tread. 
A true holiday classic.  A bishop is lost and without direction and desperately needs to raise money for a new church.  He prays for help and guidance, but feels he receives none.  However, he does receive help in the form of an angel named Dudley.  Dudley is incredib…

The 12 Days of Essential Christmas Films

It's that time of year again.  

Christmas is a time of sharing, love, peace and goodwill to all men...

...and of course it's a time for great movies.  There are many Christmas films out there, ranging from overly sentimental to the dark and twisted.  Some are good, some are bad, some are ugly.  But only a few of them are essential holiday viewing.  With that said, here are the 12 Days of Essential Christmas Films.

And here...we...go...

THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL 1992 Directed by:  Brian Henson Starring:  Michael Caine, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire
"Charles Dickens":  Hello!  Welcome to the Muppet Christmas Carol!  I am here to tell the story.
Rizzo The Rat:  And I am here for the food.
Michael Caine is Ebeneezer Scrooge. Kermit the Frog is Bob Cratchit.  Miss Piggie is Mrs. Cratchit.  Fozzy Bear as Fozzywig (get it?)  Statler and Waldorf as Jacob and Robert Marley.  And The Great Gonzo as Charles Dickens.  The Muppet Christmas Carol remains to this day my favorite ada…

Die Hard (1988)

This post was originally published on as part of the "Movies Every Man Should Own" series on December 7, 2011.


John McTiernan
1988 • 131 Minutes • 2.20:1 • United States
20th Century Fox

Principal Cast – Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedlia, Reginald VelJohnson, Paul Gleason
Screenplay – Jeb Stuart, Steven E. de Souza
Producers – Joel Silver, Lawrence Gordon
Cinematography – Jan De Bont


Academy Awards – Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing (Nomination)
Academy Awards – Best Effects, Visual Effects (Nomination)
Academy Awards – Best Film Editing (Nomination)
Academy Awards – Best Sound (Nomination)
American Film Institute’s 100 Most Thrilling Movies (#39)
American Film Institute’s 50 Greatest Movie Villains (Hans Gruber – #46)
DVD of the Day’s 100 Greatest Movie Bad-Asses (John McClane – #1)
The Essential Film’s 100 Greatest Movie Villains (Hans Gruber – #7)

Now I have a machine gun. Ho Ho Ho.  

Plot:  New York City cop John McClane he…

The 2011 AFI Film & Television Honorees

Every year, the American Film Institute announces its official top 10 films and television programs of the year.  Making the list this year are Hugo, Bridesmaids, The Descendants and Moneyball.  Television shows joining the list this year are viewer favorites such as "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Game of Thrones" and "Breaking Bad."  Watch the video below:

Meet John Doe (1941)

MEET JOHN DOE Frank Capra 1941 • 122 Minutes 1.37:1 • United States Warner Bros. 
Principal Cast - Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward Arnold, Walter Brennan Screenplay - Richard Connell & Robert Presnell Sr. Producer - Frank Capra Cinematography - George Barnes
Awards Academy Award for Best Writing (Story) - Nomination
I don’t read no papers, and I don’t listen to radios either. I know the world’s been shaved by a drunken barber, and I don’t have to read it. 
After being fired from her job as a newspaper columnist, Ann Mitchell (Barbara Stanwyck) forges a letter to the editor from the fictional “John Doe,” a disgruntled and unemployed would-be prophet who threatens to kill himself on Christmas Eve because of his dissatisfaction in the state of the country.  Unexpectedly, “Doe” gains a huge following and the paper is forced to re-hire Mitchell as well as hire a homeless man, John Willoughby (Gary Cooper), to portray him for public appearances.  Initially both Ann and John are in it for …

David Fincher's "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"