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Stagecoach (1939)

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MOVIE: Stagecoach
RELEASE DATE: 1939
DIRECTOR: John Ford
SCREENPLAY: Dudley Nichols, Ben Hecht
CAST: Claire Trevor, John Wayne, Thomas Mitchell, John Carradine, Andy Devine, George Bancroft

OSCARS:
Winner: Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Thomas Mitchell
Winner: Best Music, Scoring
Nominated: Best Picture
Nominated: Best Director – John Ford
Nominated: Best Cinematography, Black & White
Nominated: Best Film Editing
Nominated: Best Art Direction

John Wayne stars as The Ringo Kid, protecting a group of travelers on a stagecoach from the threat of Geronimo. When you mention John Wayne’s name, many films come to mind:  The Searchers or Rio Bravo or even the original True Grit. All wonderful films, but true cinephiles know that the film that made Wayne a huge star was Stagecoach. Wayne had been toiling as a Hollywood actor for years before John Ford cast him as the immortal Ringo Kid in this star-making movie. But it’s not just Wayne (who delivers the macho character we’re so used to) that …

FORCED PERSPECTIVE, Ep.36 – Conjuring the End of Man

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Everyone’s favorite movie podcast, FORCED PERSPECTIVE, is BACK with an all-new episode! Join SportsGuy515 & Adolfo as they begin their full recap of Summer 2013 in film, starting with Man of Steel, This is the End, World War Z, and Before Midnight. Then, the one and only EMPEROR BIG D joins the duo as they give an in-depth review on The Conjuring. Did the events in the film really happen? Who are the Warrens? Is this the best horror film of the last 10 years? Of all-time? Listen to find out the answers! ALMOST 2.5 HOURS OF CONTENT!! DOWNLOAD/STREAM NOW!!!

How The West Was Won (1962)

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Originally published at Superfriends Universe



MOVIE: How the West Was Won
RELEASE DATE: 1962
DIRECTORS: John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall
SCREENPLAY: James R. Webb
CAST: Carroll Baker, James Stewart, Gregory Peck, George Peppard, Debbie Reynolds, John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Richard Widmark, Walter Brennan, Lee J. Cobb, Harry Morgan

OSCARS:
Winner: Best Writing, Story and Screenplay – Written Directly for the Screen
Winner: Best Film Editing
Winner: Best Sound
Nominated: Best Picture
Nominated: Best Cinematography, Color
Nominated: Best Art Direction/Set Decoration, Color
Nominated: Best Costume Design, Color
Nominated: Best Music, Score – Substantially Original

History lesson time: Widescreen, which is the current filming format, wasn’t always the standard. In the 1950s and early 1960s, with the advent of television, movie studios were trying anything to get people How the West Was Won… an epic retelling of America’s migration into the west told in several vignettes starring big stars …

Wings (1927)

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MOVIE: Wings RELEASE DATE: 1927 DIRECTOR: William A. Wellman SCREENPLAY: Hope Loring, Louis D. Lighton CAST: Clara Bow, Charles “Buddy” Rogers, Richard Arlen, Gary Cooper
OSCARS: Winner: Best Picture, Production Winner: Best Effects, Engineering
Oscar month continues with the first film to ever capture the Best Picture award from the Academy of The Artist had some sound that was filmed and a spoken dialogue scene.) It tells the story of two best friends, pilots during World War I, who are also in love with the same woman. While the story may seem cliche now, this was fresh material in 1927… 70 years before Pearl Harbor stole the same basic plotline. The aerial battles in this film are amazing, especially when considering they were filmed with 1927 technology. Ain’t no CGI here, these are real pilots, in close up, flying real planes and dodging and shooting at each other. It’s no wonder it also won the first Special Effects Oscar as well. Also, special bonus trivia: Wings is one of the first…

Marvel VS DC: Why Marvel Has Won the Movie War

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Since Superman: The Movie hit movie screens in 1978, essentially creating the modern superhero movie, DC characters have appeared on screen in 21 films.  In these 21 films, we’ve had 6 Superman movies, 2 Superman spinoffs (Supergirl, Steel), 7 Batman movies, 1 Batman spinoff (Catwoman), 1 Watchmen movie and 4 movies based on Swamp Thing, Jonah Hex and Green Lantern. Now, Superman and  Superman II are classics, as is Tim Burton’s Batman (and Batman Returns which I have soft spot for.)  The Dark Knight Trilogy is arguably the greatest comic book series of all time.  Watchmen and Man of Steel are debatable films, as a lot of comic book fans are divided on these. But the rest of DC’s filmography? Absolute garbage.

Meanwhile Marvel, who has not been in the movie business nearly as long DC, after some major missteps with Howard the Duck and an unproduced Fantastic Four, have managed to release 29 films in about 15 years.  And it’s not top heavy on two franchises like DC is with Superman an…

20 Essential Alfred Hitchcock Films

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On August 13, 1899, perhaps the greatest director of the century was born: the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. In honor of Mr. Hitchcock, The Essential Films the 20 Essential Hitchcock classics that you should watch right now!
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DIAL M FOR MURDER (1954) Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings

People don't commit murder on credit.

When an ex-Tennis player's plot to murder his wife goes wrong, he must go to Plan B to save himself.
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SPELLBOUND (1945) Gregory Peck, Ingrid Bergman

Apparently the mind is never too sick to make jokes about psychoanalysis.

Dr. Edwardes arrives at Green Manors psychiatric hospital and falls in love with the cold but beautiful Dr. Petersen.  Edwardes is actually paranoid amnesiac impostor on the run from danger, and Petersen is determined to find out why.
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THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (1956) James Stewart, Doris Day

A man... a statesman... is to be killed... assassinated in London. Soon... very soon.

The McKenna family vacationing in Morocoo stumbles upon …

FORCED PERSPECTIVE, Ep.35 – Enter the Matrix, Part 3

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Mr. Anderson, welcome back.

THE FINALE HAS ARRIVED!!! Join SportsGuy515 and Adolfo, along with special guest Big D, as they enter the Matrix for the final time with a discussion (fancy word for “bashing”) of the final film in the trilogy, The Matrix Revolutions. Big D also reveals the story of how he trolled the internet with his fake Matrix Revolutions script. Plus, “The Wachowskis Drinking Game”, trilogies that are BETTER than The Matrix, good ol’-fashioned TWILIGHT-bashing, Big D and Adolfo hype up The Conjuring, and MORE! A MUST-LISTEN!!! NEARLY 3 HOURS OF CONTENT!!! DOWNLOAD/STREAM NOW!!!

Thor: The Dark World - Official Trailer

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Marvel Studios has released the latest (and assuming final) trailer for this November's Thor: The Dark World.

Ben-Hur (1959)

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Originally published at Superfriends Universe

MOVIE: Ben-Hur
RELEASE DATE: 1959
DIRECTOR: William Wyler
SCREENPLAY: Karl Tunberg based on the book by Lew Wallace
CAST: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet, Stephen Boyd, Hugh Griffith

OSCARS:
Winner: Best Picture
Winner: Best Actor in a Leading Role – Charlton Heston
Winner: Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Hugh Griffith
Winner: Best Director – William Wyler
Winner: Best Art Decoration/Set Decoration
Winner: Best Cinematography
Winner: Best Costume Design
Winner: Best Special Effects
Winner: Best Film Editing
Winner: Best Music, Score
Winner: Best Sound
Nominated: Best Adapted Screenplay

Ben-Hur is one of those legendary movies you always hear about in the same breath as Casablanca,
Gone With the Wind, Citizen Kane and The Wizard of Oz. It’s Hollywood royalty. It also, at the time, was the most expensive movie ever made. By the time it began shooting in 1959, the production budget had swelled up to $15 Million, which seems paltry by…