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The Essential Films Podcast Episode #019: Short Subjects - The Holiday Classics

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Join Adolfo on this solo adventure as he discusses some of the cherished Holiday Hollywood classics such as:

A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1938)
THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER (1940)
MEET JOHN DOE (1941)
HOLIDAY INN (1942)
MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (1944)
CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT (1945)
THE BISHOP'S WIFE (1947)
SCROOGE (1951)
WHITE CHRISTMAS (1954)
A CHRISTMAS STORY (1983)
SCROOGED (1988)
NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CHRISTMAS VACATION (1989)
HOME ALONE (1990)
THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL (1992)

and more!


The Essential Films Podcast Episode #018: Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

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It's cold outside. A man's gotta do something to keep warm. On today's podcast adventure: Adolfo and Mark deck the halls and jingle them bells as they celebrate the holidays with MIRACLE ON 34th STREET (1947). The duo are plastered...err--- feeling gay as they discuss the charming wonderfulness of this holiday classic as well as: Kris does NOT take any crap; Fred Gailey is a pimp; you couldn't make this film in 2017; Is Gimbels still in business?; the legal accuracy of the courtroom scenes; Russian princes; and "Mr. Macy." All this plus a conversation on STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, Alamo Draughthouse adventures, holiday movie classics, The Rankin Bass Holiday specials, HOLIDAY INN (1942), The many adaptations of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, including SCROOGE (1951), SCROOGED (1988) and THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL (1992), HOME ALONE (1990) and ELF (2003). Do a wonderful thing and download now!

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The 2017 National Film Registry Inductees

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Today, the National Film Preservation Board announced its annual inductees for 2017.  The films, as usual, are a variety of important landmark films:

Ace in the Hole (aka Big Carnival) (1951)

Boulevard Nights (1979)

Die Hard (1988)

Dumbo (1941)

Field of Dreams (1989)

4 Little Girls (1997)

Fuentes Family Home Movies Collection (1920s and 1930s)

Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)

The Goonies (1985)

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)

He Who Gets Slapped (1924)

Interior New York Subway, 14th Street to 42nd Street (1905)

La Bamba (1987)

Lives of Performers (1972)

Memento (2000)

Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

The Sinking of the Lusitania (1918)

Spartacus (1960)

Superman: The Movie (1978)

Thelonius Monk: Straight, No Chaser (1988)

Time and Dreams (1976)

Titanic (1997)

To Sleep with Anger (1990)

Wanda (1971)

With the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Spain (1937-38)





The Essential Films Podcast - Episode #17: The Wizard of Oz (1939) Now on YouTube!

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The Essential Films Podcast - Episode #17: The Wizard of Oz (1939)

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There’s no place like home. On today’s Thanksgiving podcast adventure, Adolfo and Mark discuss the 1939 MGM classic: THE WIZARD OF OZ! On this week’s show:

More Alamo Drafthouse!
Watching CASABLANCA on the big screen
It’s not an isosceles triangle!
What human being on this planet hasn’t seen Wizard of Oz?
A Thanksgiving tradition
The troubled production and box office woes of Oz
Dark Side of the Moon
The power of watching a movie on the big screen
The rotating door of directors
Wizard of Oz on stage
High school productions
The Jitterbug
A Thanksgiving tradition
Engrained in pop culture
Roseanne Barr as the Wicked Witch?
The bankability of Fantasy films in the 30s.
Why the film was a dream sequence
The darkness of RETURN TO OZ
“Over the Rainbow” was almost cut from the film
Dorothy and Scarecrow love connection?
The pros and cons of blu-ray
The amazing make-up artistry
Shirley Temple: The original Dorothy?
Ray Bolger originally cast as Scarecrow
Buddy …

Blow Out (1981)

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BLOW OUT
Brian De Palma
1981 • 107 Minutes • 2.35 : 1 • United States
Filmways Pictures

Cast: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz
Screenplay: Brian De Palma
Cinematography: Vilmos Zsigmond Producer: George Litto
Awards
National Society of Film Critics Awards 2nd place - NSFC Award Best Cinematography - Vilmos Zsigmond

MURDER HAS A SOUND ALL ITS OWN!

It's a good scream. It's a good scream.
SPOILERS AHEAD
Jack (Travolta) is a sound effects master, recording some real-life sounds for a low-grade slasher movie one night when a speeding car blows a tire and crashes into a nearby river. Jack jumps into action to try and save the passengers. The driver, unfortunately already dead, Jack is still able to rescue the female passenger, Sally. It's revealed that the dead passenger is the governor and Presidential hopeful, and that Sally was clearly not his wife. Jack is involved in a tale of intrigue and suspense as he goes back to his recording of the accident time and time ag…

Does That Suck Episode 1 Rumpelstiltskin 1995

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A History of Horror

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The Essential Films takes you on a journey through terror.

Featuring:
28 Days Later (2002)
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
Alien (1979)
Aliens (1986)
American Psycho (2000)
An American Werewolf in London (1982)
The Amityville Horror (1979)
Army of Darkness (1992)
Audition (1999)
The Babadook (2014)
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
Beetlejuice (1988)
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)
The Birds (1963)
The Black Cat (1934)
Black Christmas (1974)
Black Sabbath (1963)
Black Sunday (1960)
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
The Blob (1958)
The Body Snatcher (1945)
Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Candyman (1992)
Carnival of Souls (1962)
Carrie (1976)
The Cat and the Canary (1927)
Cat People (1942)
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
The Changeling (1980)
Child's Play (1988)
The Conjuring (2013)
The Crazies (1973)
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
Creepshow (1982)
The Curse …

The Essential Films Podcast Episode #016: The Exorcist (1973)

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The Essential Films Podcast Episode #016: The Exorcist (1973)

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What an excellent day for an exorcism. On today’s Halloween podcast adventure, Adolfo and Mark discuss the 1973 William Friedkin classic: THE EXORCIST! On this week’s show:

Alamo Drafthouse adventures
Has Edgar Wright ever made a bad film?
Halloween season movies
When did we first experience THE EXORCIST?
Terrifying even for a lapsed Catholic
The exorcism of Roland Doe
William Friedkin sounds like a more educated Donald Trump
William Peter Blatty’s power as producer
Friedkin making the cast and crew film in a freezer
The urban myths and legends of the film production
Mercedes McCambridge
The power of nitroglycerin
The prologue confuses first time viewers
The amazing make-up job on Max Von Sydow
The secret behind Captain Howdy’s subliminal messages
The banned trailer
Who owns a Ouija board?
How the parallel stories of Regan and Damien Karras intersect
The GREAT Lee J. Cobb
The “Exorcist” Steps
The Crucifix Scene
Audience reactions: fa…

Faust (1926)

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FAUST
F. W. Murnau
1926 • 106 Minutes • 1.33 : 1 • Germany
UFA


Cast: Gösta Ekman, Emil Jannings, Camilla Horn, Wilhelm Dieterle, Frida Richard, Yvette Guilbert
Screenplay: Hans Kyser based on the play by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Cinematography: Carl Hoffmann Produced: Erich Pommer
THE SCREEN SENSATION OF TWO CONTINENTS!

Earth and sky shall surely quake, when the dead themselves awake, answers to the Lord to take. When the court is held in sway, hiding shall no longer pay, all must out on Judgement Day!
A beautifully shot lyrical film of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe play.  God and the Devil are in an epic battle for the fate of the Earth and they wager the outcome on the soul of Faust, a learned alchemist. Faust, at first, just wants to help his people as a pestilence sweeps his city but Satan soon tempts him with youth, love and power. Faust gives in to his base desires, and the Devil is winning the battle. Can Satan fully corrupt Faust? Or will Faust find redemption, and in turn, salvatio…

The Essential Films Podcast Episode #015: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

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We’ll...be….right….HERE. On today’s podcast adventure, Adolfo and Mark discuss the 1982 Steven Spielberg classic: E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL! On this week’s show:


More Alamo Drafthouse adventures from MarkUnoriginal cosplayersOur thoughts on the passings of Jerry Lewis, Harry Dean Stanton and Tobe HooperThe infamous unreleased Jerry Lewis film THE DAY THE CLOWN CRIEDHarry Dean Stanton should get a posthumous Academy Award nomination for LUCKY“Avenge me!”The 35th Anniversary of E.T.When did we first experience E.T.Probably the greatest family film of all timeLast day of school moviesThe long stretches of time we went before rewatching the filmHow the film is entrenched in pop cultureExperiencing it again for the “first time”The movie still works on 2017 audiencesET and Elliot going across the moon is the most iconic image in cinemaKids smoking and swearing in family filmsWhy did you drop the pizza Elliot?!The origins of E.T. from the m…

Frankenstein (1910)

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FRANKENSTEIN
J. Searle Dawley
1910 • 14 Minutes • 1.33 :1 • United States
Edison Manufacturing Company

Cast: Augustus Phillips, Charles Ogle,Mary Fuller
Written by: J. Searle Dawley Based on Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Described as a "liberal adaptation" of the Frankenstein story by Edison, the film packs a lot into its 14 minute runtime. The film wastes no time in getting right to the good stuff, practically skipping right to the experiment.  Instead of lightning bringing the monster to life, you see the monster materialize from skeleton to flesh. The special effects for the time are quite impressive and terrifying. The film is in the public domain, which you can check out below.

The Haunted Castle (1896)

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The #CountdownToHalloween continues with our #HistoryOfHorror

THE HAUNTED CASTLE (1896)
Director: Georges Méliès
Writer: Georges Méliès
Starring: Jeanne d'Alcy, Jules-Eugène Legris, Georges Méliès

Genre: Haunted House

One of the earliest examples of horror on film comes from the imagination of Georges Méliès. Clocking in at a little over 3 minutes, Méliès packs a lot into the single shot short film. A bat bursts through a window in a castle and transforms into Mephistopheles. What follows is a series of in-camera magic tricks as the devil conjures up a series of supernatural creatures.

The Essential Films of Jerry Lewis

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On August 20, 2017, Hollywood lost a comedic screen icon when Jerry Lewis passed away at age 91 due to cardiac disease.  Lewis was an active entertainer for over 70 years, with a long career spanning stage, screen and television. Lewis first rose to prominence as one half of the Martin & Lewis comedy duo with Dean Martin, making audiences laughs with no less than 14 movies until they broke up in 1956. These films included ARTISTS AND MODELS (1955), HOLLYWOOD OR BUST (1956), SCARED STIFF (1953), AT WAR WITH THE ARMY (1950) and THE CADDY (1953). From there, Lewis went solo not only as an actor but as a writer, producer and director as well. He successfully helmed many box office winners features including THE NUTTY PROFESSOR (1963), THE LADIES MAN (1961), THE BELLBOY (1960), THE PATSY (1964) and THE ERRAND BOY (1961). Among his many directorial efforts there is also the mysterious THE DAY THE CLOWN CRIED, a film that Lewis considered so awful he would not release it to the general …

FORCED PERSPECTIVE, Ep. 99.2 – Ezekiel 25:17

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YOUR favorite movie podcast, FORCED PERSPECTIVE, is proud to present the second of its final two episodes before the 100TH EPISODE SPECTACULAR! On this Episode 99, join SportsGuy515 and Adolfo as they add another entry into their MY FAVORITE FILM series by welcoming back BRANDON DRAVEN to discuss HIS favorite film – what many call Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece – from 1994, it’s Pulp Fiction!

In Part 2, after laying some groundwork, the guys start recapping the film from start to finish and discuss why Pulp Fiction truly is 5-star film.

OVER AN HOUR OF GREAT FILM DISCUSSION!! SO MAKE SURE TO GRAB YOUR FIVE DOLLAR SHAKE AND DOWNLOAD/STREAM NOW!

The Essential Films Episode #014: Star Wars (1977)

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A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away. On today’s podcast adventure, Adolfo and Mark discuss the 1977 George Lucas classic: STAR WARS! On this week’s show:


Growing up Catholic as a Star Wars fanMore Alamo Drafthouse discussionsChristopher Nolan’s distaste for CGIWhat’s the perfect date movie of 2017?The Star Wars/San Diego Comic-Con connectionAll the trailers coming out of Comic-Con 2017Disney hunting down trailer leaksJeff Goldblum makes everything betterA tribute to Martin Landau, George Romero and John HeardStar Wars’ 40th AnniversaryThe many titles George Lucas went through before settling on “Star Wars”Why is A New Hope so good? Was it a fluke?George Lucas was not tested in a big budget environmentGeorge Lucas, the world’s biggest independent filmmakerStar Wars changed the movie licensing gameThe complex ownership between 20th Century Fox and DisneyWhen did we first experience Star Wars?The Special Edition releases in 1997Sta…