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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 …

Forced Perspective Episode #38 – Halloween’s Spectacular End

Halloween’s not over until FORCED PERSPECTIVE says it is! On this episode, join SportsGuy515 and Adolfo as they (at long last) wrap up Summer 2013 with reviews of The World’s End and The Spectacular Now before recapping the summer in this week’s TOP 5 List. Then, join your favorite film duo as they discuss past Halloween memories, along with a rundown of some of the greatest horror films, and a special review of the film Maniac. Plus – the film taste of Trekkies, the loaded 2015 film schedule, are kids today desensitized to violence, and MORE! ALMOST 2 HOURS of content! DOWNLOAD/STREAM NOW!

A Trip to the Moon (1902)

A TRIP TO THE MOON "Le voyage dans la lune" Georges Méliès 1902 • 13 Minutes • 1.33:1 • France Black & White • Silent • Star Film
Cast:  Georges Méliès, Bleuette Bernon, Henri Delannoy Writers: Georges Méliès based on the works of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells Producer: Georges Méliès  Cinematography: Michaut, Lucien Tainguy

Often credit as one of the first (if not THE first) science fiction film, the wonderful images Méliès captures in this pioneer film are still amongst the most memorable and iconic in cinema.  The story follows a group of astronomers who are shot into space (via a cannon) and land on the moon's surface where they meet an entire society of moon people before returning to Earth and splashing down in the sea.  It is perhaps Méliès most well-known film, with the shot of the cannon shell lodged in the moon's "eye" being the most famous.
Méliès was a stage magician who entered filmmaking after seeing a screening of a Lumiere Bros. film. He directed o…

The Most Dangerous Game (1932)

THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME Irving Pichel, Ernest B. Schoedsack 1932 • 63 Minutes • 1.37:1 • United States Black & White • English • RKO 
Cast: Joel McCrea, Fay Wray, Leslie Banks, Robert Armstrong Writers: James Ashmore Creelman (screenplay), Richard Connell Producers:  Merian C. Cooper, David O. Selznick Cinematography: Henry W. Gerrard

This world's divided into two kinds of people: the hunter and the hunted. Luckily I'm the hunter. Nothing can change that.
The Most Dangerous Game is the first filmed adaptation of the 1924 novel of the same name. While a short feature by today's standards, this film is an essential Pre-Code Hollywood film made by the future director of King Kong, Irving Pichel and Ernest Schoedsack. It also stars two of the main actors from the classic monkey feature, Robert Armstrong and the iconic Fay Wray.
The story follows Joel McCrea's Bob Rainsford who is shipwrecked and swims to a nearby island, owned by the mysterios Russian Count Zaroff (Banks.)  Zar…