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Star Wars (1977)

STAR WARS (also known as STAR WARS: EPISODE IV - A NEW HOPE) George Lucas 1977 • 121 Minutes •  2.35 : 1 • United States 20th Century Fox
Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, David Prowse Screenplay: George Lucas Cinematography: Gilbert Taylor Producer: Gary Kurtz
Awards & Honors
Academy Awards Winner: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration Winner: Best Costume Design Winner: Best Sound Winner: Best Film Editing Winner: Best Effects, Visual Effects Winner: Best Music, Original Score (John Williams) Winner: Special Achievement - Sound Effects Nominated: Best Picture Nominated: Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Alec Guinness Nominated: Best Director Nominated: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
American Film Institute AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (1997): #15 AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills: #27 AFI's 100 Years...100 Heroes & Villains: #14 (Han Solo – Hero), #37…

The Essential Roger Moore

May 23, 2017 is a sad day for James Bond fans everywhere, as Sir Roger Moore passed away after what his representatives call a "short but brave" battle with cancer. Moore started his career in the public eye as a fashion model in England, before being signed to a contract with MGM. Despite roles in Interrupted Melody (1955) and The King's Thief (1955), Moore did not cherish his time at the studio. He further went on to work under contract for Warner Bros., where his most notable work was a guest star in Alfred Hitchcock Presents and the starring role in The Miracle (1959). He truly became noteworthy in television, starring in several television series including Ivanhoe and Maverick, but rose to prominence as the titular character in the weekly spy thriller The Saint in 1962. The show ran for 6 seasons and 118 episodes. After returning to film and television work after The Saint ran its course, he was eventually cast as the next James Bond after Sean Connery finally relin…

The Essential Films Podcast Episode #012: Rear Window (1954)

On today’s podcast adventure, Adolfo and Mark discuss the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock classic: REAR WINDOW!

On this week’s show:
An in-depth discussion of Disney World Parks Jedis are gender neutral Adolfo’s favorite Hitchcock film Thelma Ritter: The MVP The inevitable “Simpsons” discussion How sound plays such an important role in the film Hitchcock’s growing pains in cinema The movie is completely set up in the first tw

The Iron Mask (1929)

Watch the original 1929 production of THE IRON MASK starring Douglas Fairbanks and directed by Allan Dwan.

The Black Cat (1934)

Edgar G. Ulmer
1934 • 65 Minutes • 1.33 : 1 • United States

Screenplay: Peter Ruric; Story by Edgar G. Ulmer, Peter Ruric
Cast: Boris Karloff, Béla Lugosi
Cinematography: John J. Mescall
Producer: E. M. Asher


Dracula VS Frankenstein's Monster! Sort of. This underrated and underseen pre-code horror film stars the two titans of 1930s monster movies: Lugosi and Karloff. Peter and Joan are two honeymooners get caught up in a twisted revenge plot between Lugosi's Dr. Werdegast and Karloff's Hjalmar Poelzig.  Werdegast is a cat-phobic psychiatrist who spent the last 15 years as a prisoner of war, never seeing his wife again. The honeymooners meet Werdegast on their way to Hungary, but get sidetracked in a bus accident. Werdegast treats Joan's injuries and they end up seeking refuge at none other than Poelzig's home (to which Werdegast was already traveling).  Once there, the history between the two men unf…