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Forced Perspective Episode #25 - HOME ALONE with a FORCED PERSPECTIVE

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Join us on Forced Perspective this week as myself and Sportsguy (and special guests) record a commentary track to the hit holiday movie of the 90s, Home Alone.  DOWNLOAD HERE

25 Essential Christmas Films

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It's that time of year again. We've expanded our list of 12 Essential Christmas films out to 25. We've decided to include some non-traditional Holiday films to the list, that may not seem like Christmas films at first glance but have become annual holiday favorites this time of year. Enjoy the list, presented here in alphabetically order:

BAD SANTA
Terry Zwigoff
2003 • 91 Minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Color • English • Columbia Pictures

Cast:  Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, Lauren Graham, Tony Cox
Screenplay:  Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Producers:  Sarah Aubrey, John Cameron, Bob Weinstein
Cinematography: Jamie Anderson

It's Christmas and the kid's gettin' his fuckin' present. 

Hilarious doesn’t even begin to describe this movie. Billy Bob Thornton is genius as the alcoholic, self-hating safe-cracking thief that poses as Santa Claus once a year to rob department stores of their Christmas-time profits. Even more hilarious is his foul mouthed “little helper” play…

Star Trek Into Darkness - Official Trailer

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The new trailer for the Star Trek is out. Looks pretty snazzy...

Scrooge (1951)

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SCROOGE  Brian Desmond Hurst 1951 • 86 Minutes • 1.37:1 • United Kingdom

Principal Cast:  Alastair Sim, Mervyn Johns, Michael Hodern, George Cole, Francis de Wolff, Brian Worth
Screenplay:  Noel Langley from "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens
Producer:  Brian Desmond Hurst
Cinematography:  C.M. Pennington-Richards

Awards & Honors

The Essential Films
12 Days of Essential Christmas Films

 Before I draw nearer to that stone, tell me! Are these the shadows of things that must be, or are they the shadows of things that MIGHT be? 
The Muppet Christmas Carol is my favorite adaptation of this story, however, Scrooge is perhaps the best and most faithful retelling.  That says a lot, considering the story has been adapted 53 times on film and in television since 1901.  Even more impressive is that Sim is, in this blogger's opinion, the best on-screen Ebeneezer Scrooge of all time.  This includes a diverse list of actors ranging anywhere from Albert Finney to Patrick Stewart to Jim…

The Man of Steel - Trailer

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The new Man of Steel trailer debuted with The Hobbit this weekend. Check it out.

American Film Institute's Best of 2012 Announced

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The American Film Institute has chosen its Top 10 Films and Television shows of 2012. One of the biggest box office hits of the year, The Dark Knight Rises, makes the list, but the highest grossing film of the year, The Avengers does not.  Argo, Life of Pi, Lincoln and Moonrise Kingdom are well-deserving, though not surprising inclusions.  Rounding out the list is Beasts of the Southern Wild, Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Silver Linings Playbook and Zero Dark Thirty.  Notable exclusions include The Hunger Games, Skyfall, Looper and Prometheus.  You can see the official announcement here.

Batman on Film - Batman Forever

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BATMAN FOREVER Joel Schumacher 1995 • 121 Minutes • 1.85:1• United States Color • English • Warner Bros.
Cast: Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, Nicole Kidman, Chris O’Donnell Screenplay: Lee Batchler, Janet Scott Batchler, Akiva Goldsman Producers: Tim Burton, Peter Macgregor-Scott Cinematography: Stephen Goldblatt
Awards & Honors
Academy Awards Nominee: Best Cinematography Nominee: Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing Nominee: Best Sound
One man is born a hero, his brother a coward. Babies starve, politicians grow fat. Holy men are martyred, and junkies grow legion. Why? Why, why, why, why, why? Luck! Blind, stupid, simple, doo-dah, clueless luck!
During this run of the “Batman on Film” series, the entries have thus far been positive. This is where the positivity ends, folks. While Batman Forever has some positive qualities, it is a noticeable drop in quality compared to its predecessors.
On this installment, Joel Schumacher replaced Tim Burton as director. While Batman R…

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

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MIRACLE ON 34th STREET George Seaton 1947 • 96 Minutes • 1.37:1 • United States Black & White • English • 20th Century Fox
Cast:  Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn, Natalie Wood Screenplay:  George Seaton based on the story by Valentine Davies Producer:  William Perlburg Cinematography:  Lloyd Ahern, Charles G. Clarke
Awards and Honors
Academy Awards Winner:  Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Edmund Gwenn Winner:  Best Writing, Original Story - Valentine Davies Winner:  Best Writing, Screenplay - George Seaton Nominee: Best Picture - 20th Century Fox
American Film Institute AFI's 100 Years... 100 Cheers: #9 AFI's Top 10 Fantasy Films: #5
Essential Films 3 Essential Thanksgiving Films 12 Days of Essential Christmas Films
Golden Globes Winner: Best Screenplay - George Seaton Winner: Best Supporting Actor - Edmund Gwenn
National Film Preservation Board Selected for National Film Registry in 2005

• Would you please tell her that you're not really Santa Claus, that actually …

Forced Perspective Ep. 24 – Batman, Part 4.3: “The Nolan Renaissance”

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Ah, yes... I was wondering what would break first... Your spirit, or your body?

JUST IN TIME for its offical Blu-ray/DVD release, SUPERFRIENDSUNIVERSE.com and FORCED PERSPECTIVE are proud to bring to you…AT LONG LAST…the CONCLUSION of our journey through Batman’s cinematic history with our official review of The Dark Knight Rises. Join SportsGuy515 and Adolfo, along with special guests Big D, Mr. Eddie, Hamza, and Headcase, as they discuss the film, the legacy of the Nolan trilogy, and the trilogy’s place in Batman’s history. ALMOST 3 HOURS of Bat-talk! You’ve waited…and it’s finally arrived! DOWNLOAD/STREAM NOW!

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

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PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES
John Hughes
1987 • 92 Minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Color • English • Paramount

Cast:  Steve Martin, John Candy
Screenplay:  John Hughes
Producer:  John Hughes


- Del... Why did you kiss my ear?  - Why are you holding my hand?  - Where's your other hand?  - Between two pillows...  - Those aren't pillows!

When the name John Hughes is mentioned, instant association with high school coming-of-age tales like The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles come to mind.  But Hughes was more versatile than keeping himself confined to the restraints of high school dramedy.  He was also capable of scripting hilarious, and at times moving, tales of adulthood.  This is the case of Planes, Trains and Automobiles... an essential Thanksgiving classic.

Neal Page is a marketing executive that's trying to get home to Chicago in time for Thanksgiving dinner.  Unfortunately, fate conspires against him throwing bad weather, cancelled flights and broken down trains in his pa…

50 Years of James Bond: The Movie

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In celebration of 50 years of James Bond and the release of Skyfall, this video has been released stitching together all 22 James Bond films into one 2 hour movie using 5 minutes of each movie.  It’s more seamless than it sounds and ultra cool. Check it out.


Carrie (2013) Trailer

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Click Here  to watch the trailer for the Carrie remake starring Julianne Moore and Chloe-Grace Moretz

100 Essential Horror Films - 2012 Edition

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It's that time of year again...  Just in time for Halloween, the Essential Films presents the 2012 edition of the 100 Essential Horror Films.  If you missed last year's countdown, you can see it here.  What changed?  Some films moved up in the rankings. Others moved down. Some were moved completely off the list to make way for some new entries.  So... read, enjoy, comment, share.

#100
TRICK 'R TREAT
Michael Dougherty
2007

Cast:  Anna Paquin, Bryan Cox, Dylan Baker
Screenplay:  Michael Dougherty
Genre:  Anthology, Monster, Serial Killer, Werewolves, Ghost Story

All Hallows' Eve, also known as Halloween. Pre-dating Christianity, the Celtic holiday was celebrated on the one night between autumn and winter when the barrier between the living and the dead was thinnest, and often involved rituals that included human sacrifice. 

#99
TUCKER AND DALE VS. EVIL
Eli Craig
2010 

Cast: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden, Jesse Moss
Screenplay:  Eli Craig, Morgan Jurgenson
Genre:  Horror Come…