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Forced Perspective Episode #41 - Home Alone with a Forced Perspective 2: Lost in Edmerica

Back by popular demand…

… proudly presents FORCED PERSPECTIVE, Episode 41 – “Home Alone with a Forced Perspective 2: Lost in Edmerica.” Join SportsGuy515 and Adolfo, along with special guests MR. EDDIE and HAMZA, as they record a commentary track for the beloved(?) Christmas film Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. Throw in your copy of the film on your Blu-ray or DVD player and follow along with them as they watch (and comment) on what is unfolding onscreen. MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR from all of us here at FORCED PERSPECTIVE and SUPERFRIENDS UNIVERSE! DOWNLOAD/STREAM NOW!

Forced Perspective, Episodes #39 & #40 - Adolfo & Sportsguy's Deadly Festivus

Your favorite movie podcast returns to the airwaves, just in time for the holidays! On this VERY SPECIAL episode of FORCED PERSPECTIVE, join SportsGuy515 and Adolfo as they interview the co-producer of Caesar and Otto’s Deadly Xmas, the great JOE RANDAZZO. Then the duo begin to play catch-up with the Fall movie releases, beginning with Prisoners and Don Jon.

In Part 2 of “Adolfo and SportsGuy’s Deadly Festivus,” SportsGuy welcomes special guest BIG D in Adolfo’s absence to discuss the FORCED PERSPECTIVE DVD OF THE WEEK, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie. But, as usual, the duo go off on a whole range of topics including Power Rangers, childhood memories, classic ’90s Nicktoons, why Zyuranger was always better, pro wrestling, and MORE! ALMOST 2 HOURS OF NOSTALGIA!


Citizen Kane (1941)

Orson Welles
1941 • 119 Minutes • 1.37:1 • United States
Black & White • English • RKO

Cast: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead, Ruth Warrick, Ray Collins, Everett Sloane, George Coulouris
Writers: Herman J. Mankiewicz, Orson Welles
Producers: Orson Welles, George Schaefer
Cinematography: Gregg Toland

Awards & Honors

Academy Awards:
Winner: Best Writing, Original Screenplay – Herman J. Mankiewicz, Orson Welles
Nominated: Best Picture
Nominated: Best Actor in a Leading Role – Orson Welles
Nominated: Best Director – Orson Welles
Nominated: Best Cinematography, Black and White – Gregg Toland
Nominated: Best Art Direction/Interior Decoration, Black and White
Nominated: Best Sound, Recording
Nominated: Best Film Editing – Robert Wise
Nominated: Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic Picture – Bernard Herrmann

American Film Institute:
AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Movies – #1
AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Movie Quotes – “Rosebud…” #17
AFI’s 100 Years of Film Scores – Nomina…

The Essential Films of Joan Fontaine

Just one day after Peter O'Toole's death, Academy Award winning actress Joan Fontaine has passed away at the age of 96.  Fontaine was best known for the Alfred Hitchcock films Rebecca and Suspicion as well as other classics like Letter from an Unknown Woman and Ivanhoe.

Fontaine's first onscreen appearance was in the film Warner Bros. film No More Ladies starring Joan Crawford and Robert Montgomery. She went on to star in a number of classics in the 30s and 40s such as Gunga Din (1939), The Women (1939), Rebecca (1940), Suspicion (1941), Jane Eyre (1943), Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948) and Ivanhoe (1952). With the advent of television in the 50s, Fontaine had a successful career on the small screen as well making appearances on "Four Star Playhouse", "Ford Television Theater", "The 20th Century Fox Hour", "The Joseph Cotten Show", "Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse", "One Step Beyond", "Checkmate", &qu…

Peter O'Toole Passes Away

Peter O'Toole, one of the greatest actors of all time, died today at the age of 81.  O'Toole's most famous role was unquestionably one of the greatest films of all time, Lawrence of Arabia, in which he played TE Lawrence.  O'Toole was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor 8 times:  Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Becket (1964), The Lion in Winter (1968), Goodbye Mr. Chips (1969), The Ruling Class (1972), The Stunt Man (1980), My Favorite Year (1983) and most recently in 2007 for Venus.  In 2003, The Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences awarded him an honorary Oscar for his entire body of work. Initially he refused as he still felt he had many years left, but eventually graciously accepted the award on the Oscars telecast that was presented to him by Meryl Streep.  
O'Toole's first screen work was in an episode of "The Scarlet Pimpernel" in 1956. From there he went on to a legendary career that included: Lawrence of Arabia (BAFTA for Best Ac…

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS Jonathan Demme 1991 • 118 Minutes • 1.85:1 • United States Color • English • Orion Pictures
Cast: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn, Anthony Heald, Ted Levine Writers:  Ted Tally based on a novel by Thomas Harris Producers:  Ron Bozman, Edward Saxon, Kenneth Utt Cinematography: Tak Fujimoto
Awards and Honors:
Academy Awards Winner: Best Picture Winner: Best Actor in a Leading Role - Anthony Hopkins Winner: Best Actress in a Leading Role - Jodie Foster Winner: Best Director - Jonathan Demme Winner: Best Writing, Screenplay based on Material Previously Produced or Published - Ted Tally Nominated: Best Sound Nominated: Best Film Editing
American Film Institute AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies — #65 AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills — #5 AFI's 100 Years...100 Heroes and Villains: •  Hannibal Lecter — #1 Villain •  Clarice Starling — #6 Hero AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes:  •  "A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice …

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Christopher Nolan
2012 • 165 Minutes • 2.35:1 • United States
Color • English • Warner Bros.

Cast: Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Matthew Modine
Writers: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan (Screenplay) based on the story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer based on characters created by Bob Kane
Producers: Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven, Emma Thomas
Cinematography: Wally Pfister

Awards & Honors

American Film Institute
Official 2012 Selection

The Essential Films
2013 Essential Film Awards
• Official 2012 Selection
• Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Tom Hardy
• Best Stunt Choreography: Stunt Coordinators – Sy Hollands, Tom Struthers

- What does that mean?
- Rise.


(Warning: This Entry Contains Spoilers)

And here we come at last. The final entry in our Batman on Film Series. Best for last? Maybe. Maybe not. After all, this film rema…

Paul Walker's Essential Films

PAUL WALKER 1973 - 2013
Action star Paul Walker, best known for his role in the Fast and the Furious franchise, died yesterday in a single-accident car crash, unrelated to filming.  Walker started his career as a teenager in the 80s on television shows like "Highway to Heaven" and "Who's the Boss" before making his feature film debut in Tammy the T-Rex in 1994.  He broke out in Pleasantville in 1998 and other teen films like She's All That and Varsity Blues. After The Fast and The Furious opened in 2001, Walker became an action star and never looked back.  Listed below are his best and most essential films.  RIP
PLEASANTVILLE 1998 • Gary Ross
Role: Skip Martin, star basketball player in the fictional TV town of Pleasantville.

JOY RIDE 2001 • John Dahl
Role: Lewis Thomas. In this modern day update of the 1970s classic Duel, Lewis and his friend Venna and brother Fuller are on the run trying to escape a murderous truck driver.

RUNNING SCARED 2006 • Wayne Kramer

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK Steven Spielberg 1981 • 115 Minutes • 2.35:1 • United States Color • English • Paramount
Cast: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, John-Rhys Davies, Denholm Elliot Screenplay: Lawrence Kasdan based on a story by George Lucas, Philip Kaufman Producers: Howard Kazanjian (executive producer), George Lucas (executive producer), Frank Marshall (producer), Robert Watts (associate producer) Cinematography:  Douglas Slocombe
Awards & Honors
Academy Awards Winner: Best Film Editing - Michael Kahn  Winner: Best Visual Effects - Richard Edlund Winner: Best Sound - Roy Charman, Bill Varney  Winner: Best Art Direction/Set Decoration - Norman Reynolds Winner: Special Achievement - Best Sound Effects Editing: Ben Burtt, Richard L. Anderson Nominated: Best Picture Nominated: Best Director - Steven Spielberg Nominated: Best Cinematography - Douglas Slocombe Nominated: Best Music, Original Score - John Williams
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films - Saturn…

Blue Jasmine (2013)

Woody Allen
2013 • 98 Minutes • 2.35:1 • United States
Color • English • Sony Pictures Classics

Cast: Cate Blanchett, Alex Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, Andrew Dice Clay, Bobby Cannavale, Louis CK, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg
Writer: Woody Allen
Producers: Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Edward Walson
Cinematography: Javier Aguirresarobe

Anxiety, nightmares and a nervous breakdown, there’s only so many traumas a person can withstand until they take to the streets and start screaming.
Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen's 2013 re-structuring of A Streetcar Named Desire, proves that the constantly working writer/director still has plenty left in the gas tank.  While some of his more recent films have failed to connect critically, the success of films like Midnight in Paris, Match Point and Blue Jasmine, more than make up for the shortcomings of other films.  
As mentioned, the similarities between  Jasmine and Streetcar can't be ignored, nor do I think, where …