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Casablanca (1942)

Michael Curtiz
1942 • 102 Minutes • 1.37:1 • United States
Black & White • English • Warner Bros.

Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sidney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre
Writers: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Howard Koch based on Everybody Comes to Rick's by Murray Burnett, Joan Alison
Producer: Hal B. Wallis
Cinematography: Arthur Edeson

Awards & Honors

Academy Awards
Winner: Best Picture
Winner: Best Director - Michael Curtiz
Winner: Best Writing, Screenplay - Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Howard Koch
Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role - Humphrey Bogart
Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Claude Rains
Nominee: Best Cinematography, Black & White - Arthur Edeson
Nominee: Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture - Max Steiner
Nominee: Best Film Editing - Owen Marks

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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND Hayao Miyazaki 1984 • 116 Minutes • 1.85:1 • Japan Color • Japanese • Toei
Voice Cast (Japanese): Sumi Shimamoto, Mahito Tsujimura, Hisako Kyôda, Gorô Naya, Ichirô Nagai, Kôhei Miyauchi, Jôji Yanami Voice Cast (English): Mark Hamill, Shia LaBeouf, Alison Lohman, Edward James Olmos, Chris Sarandon, Patrick Stewart, Uma Thurman Writers: Hayao Miyazaki based on his comic Producer: Isao Takahata
Every one of us relies on water from the wells, because mankind has polluted all the lakes and rivers. but do you know why the well water is pure? It's because the trees of the wastelands purify it! And you plan to burn the trees down? You must not burn down the toxic jungle! You should have left the giant warrior beneath the earth!
One thousand years in the future, the Earth has been destroyed in what has become known as the Seven Days of Fire.  The apocalyptic event created "the Toxic Jungle," teeming with mutated insects (known as Ohmu) that the surround…

The Battle of Midway (1942)

John Ford
1942 • 18 Minutes • 1.37:1 • United States
Color • English • United States War Activity Committee 

Voice Cast: Donald Crisp, Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell
Writers: Dudley Nichols & James Kevin McGuinness
Producer: John Ford
Cinematography: John Ford & Jack MacKenzie & Kenneth M. Pier

Awards & Honors

Academy Awards
Best Documentary

During World War II, propaganda films were prevalent on all sides of the conflict. The Battle of Midway is a collection of footage shot from the legendary real-life battle and edited together to tell the "story" of the fight.  Included in story is narration by Henry Fonda and Jane Darwell, where Darwell plays the role of a woman from Ohio, recognizing one of the soldiers in the footage. Fonda goes on to explain how important this GI is to the war effort and how proud everyone at home should be of him. Donald Crisp provides bookend narration of the battle's importance and the climax of the documentary is 16 MM f…

Island of Lost Souls (1932)

ISLAND OF LOST SOULS Erle C. Kenton 1932 • 70 Minutes • 1.37:1 • United States Black & White • English • Paramount
Cast: Charles Laughton, Bela Lugosi, Richard Arlen, Leila Hyams, Kathleen Burke Screenplay: Waldemar Young and Philip Wylie based on the novel by H.G. Wells Cinematography: Karl Struss

Mr. Parker, do you know what it means to feel like God?
Island of Lost Souls is the first, and best, cinematic interpretation of HG Wells' classic 1896 novel, The Island of Dr. Moreau. The film was remade several times, notably in 1977 with Burt Lancaster in the title role and again in 1996 with Marlon Brando headlining in an infamously notorious adaptation.  The story follows the shipwrecked Edward Parker who finds himself on a mysterious uncharted island. Parker soon learns that the island is owned Dr. Moreau, a twisted geneticist who has created half-men, half-beasts for his own amusement and desire to play God. Parker is disgusted by Moreau's lack of huma…

100 Essential Horror Films - 2013 Edition

Happy Halloween! It's time, once again, for what has become an annual tradition: The 2013 edition of the 100 Essential Horror Films.  You can check out our previous lists here and here.  Unlike the previous years, this will not be a countdown, rather we present the list in alphabetical order.  Some films have been dropped off the list to make room for some new classics and rediscovered scares. Did your favorite make the list? Which films remained? Which films were... axed from the list? From madmen to monsters... psychos to serial killers... ghosts to Ghostbusters... so, please read, comment and share!

Danny Boyle

Cast: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston
Screenplay: Alex Garland

A man wakes up from a coma to find London completely deserted, only to soon realize its former population is infected with a zombie-like virus.

Plans are pointless. Staying alive's as good as it gets.

Charles Barton 

Cast:  Bud A…