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The Essential Films of Carrie Fisher

Star Wars has lost its princess. On December 27, 2016, Carrie Fisher, writer and actress forever linked to her role as Princess Leia, passed away suddenly at the age of 60.  Fisher, daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, started her life as Hollywood royalty from birth. She made a name for herself in George Lucas' Star Wars as the character that would, for better or worse, come to define her. She worked throughout the 80s as an actress, but turned her attention more towards writing in the 90s. She was a well-known script doctor that tightened many famous Hollywood screenplays including Hook, Sister Act and even the Star Wars prequels. She was an accomplished author on books such as Postcards from the Edge (for which she also wrote the screenplay) and Surrender the Pink, plus several memoirs including her final one The Princess Diarist. She was experiencing a return to the spotlight with the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens last year, (doing the talk show circuit with…

The Essential Films Podcast Episode #010: It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Hot dog! Merry Christmas!

On today’s special holiday podcast adventure, Adolfo and Mark discuss the 1946 holiday classic: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE!

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On today’s discussion:

Mall shopping on the last weekend before ChristmasThe NES ClassicThe movie that defines all Christmas moviesHow the film touches even Adolfo’s cold heartThe miracle that is Mr. PibbHow the sentimentality is earnedAt which point we get teary eyed“The Greatest Gift” Christmas cardHow Cary Grant was all wrong for the roleA mini history of Liberty FilmsCapra and Stewart’s favorite filmThe secret origin of Jimmy StewartThe Christmas Tree capital of the worldWhy Lionel Barrymore was a perfect choice for Mr. PotterMr. Potter = Ebeneezer Scrooge without the redemptionThe framing device of the filmWhy does Mr. Gower even have a bottle of poison?Apparently adults are allowed to slap children around in 1946How many It’s a Wonderful Life references are there in The Simpsons?A deleted scene where George meets Potter muc…

The Essential Films Podcast Episode #009: Gone with the Wind (1939)

Look for it only in books, for it is no more than a dream remembered...
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On today’s EPIC podcast adventure, Adolfo and Mark discuss the 1939 Hollywood classic: GONE WITH THE WIND! On today’s discussion:
Hattie McDaniel becoming first African American to win an Academy AwardOne of the earliest films to sweep the OscarsThe ups and down of respect amongst film criticsHow much money has GONE WITH THE WIND made?The Billion Dollar ClubOur hesitation to watch the film our first timeHow Blockbuster didn’t carry anything older than the year 2000How David O Selznick got the film made#NotMyRhettWhy Gary Cooper turned down the role of Rhett Butler“Selznick’s Follie” The revolving door of directorsThe most unlikeable protagonist in historyMark can’t keep his potty mouth clean!The search for Scarlett O’HaraLeslie Howard’s least convincing southern accentAn appearance by SupermanThe themes of masculinity throughout the filmNo one ends up happyHow they faked Cl…

Scrooge (or Marley's Ghost) (1901) "A Christmas Carol" First Film

Check out the earliest known film adaptation of Charles Dickens' immortal classic, A Christmas Carol.

1901 • Walter R. Booth

Writers: J.C. Buckstone based on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Producers: Robert W. Paul

FORCED PERSPECTIVE, Ep.85 – The Accountant on the Train

Join Sportsguy and Adolfo as we continue our journey through the Fall slate of films with reviews for DEEPWATER HORIZON, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, THE ACCOUNTANT, OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL, and INFERNO. PLUS:

-A film that Adolfo will never see is…

-Why DEEPWATER HORIZON is an inconsistent effort.

-The dinosaur tooth in DEEPWATER HORIZON = the bunny from CON AIR.


-Why THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN is the definition of “overhyped.”

-Ben Affleck shines in THE ACCOUNTANT.

-Will Adolfo rant on OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL?

-The “Vince Russo-swerve” at the heart of INFERNO.

-What makes the Robert Langdon character so interesting? And how does INFERNO step all over that?

-Great political films to watch before Election Day.

-…and MORE!


100 Essential Horror Films - 2016 Edition

And here we are. Finally. Out of literally hundreds of suggestions, I have tallied the votes and have narrowed them down to an essential list of 100 horror films that every cinephile and horror enthusiast to watch. As explained earlier, this list was compiled by reaching out to fellow bloggers, critics, filmmakers, writers, podcasters, proprietors and Redditors. Each person submitted their top 10 list of films, ranked in order. Their number one choice was weighted more heavily than their number 10 choice. The "points" were counted and we now have a pretty spectacular list. A personal thanks to specific contributors will be posted at the end of this article.  But enough about that. Let's see what my esteemed colleagues think deserve to be placed in the horror film canon, as it were.

And here we go!

Before we get to the top 100, let's look at the runners up. Listed here are numbers 101-200, the films that received many votes but could not crack the Top 100.

101. Faust (19…