Wednesday, May 27, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRISTOPHER LEE!!!


And here are same pictures that prove that Christopher Lee is quite handsome. Because the man has been in over 250 films, he deserves to have his birthday greeting show him without fangs. (although he is my favorite Dracula!)

Monday, May 25, 2009

In the Folds of the Flesh



I don't know where to begin. This was sooo bad but I think it should be watched in spite of it. The movie is a mess, a huge mess, but a glorious mess. Its almost like you have to see it to believe it. It started with a typo and then just got progressively worse. There were Nazis, a gratuitous dog murder, some gratuitous naked girls being murdered, about four or five other murders, incest, two crazy women, cyanide baths, pet vultures (one of whom was also murdered) and a plot that just got more confusing as it went along. But you know what? I never got bored, the damn thing held my interest for the whole crazy ride. Crazy sixties fashions, wowza technicolor, and some marvelously swirly opening credits (I liked the colors). It was supposed to be a giallo, I think, but was more of a giallo send-up. It felt as if the director was intentionally being as over-the-top as possible because he knew it was the only way people would remember the movie. I'm going to recommend the movie but you must take note that I am recommending it because it is bad, not because it is good.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Sinking of the Lusitania, Winsor McCay



Animation by Winsor McCay, drawn in 1918. It's hard to read the titles but it says that there were 25,000 drawings and each one had to be filmed separately. Winsor McCay is perhaps best known for Gertie the Dinosaur from 1914. Gertie is the first film to use keyframe animation.

Friday, May 22, 2009

What started me going or wait a minute there's no giant in this movie


I would like to point you in the direction of Out of the Past for a post about my favorite movie, Giant. When people ask you something like what was the most influential moment of your life or ask me how I came about my love of the movies I would say that my Grandma Francie did it with the giant. I remember being very little and being over at my Grandma's house, excited and a little scared because Grandma and I were going to watch a movie with a giant in it. I couldn't wait to see what the giant looked like, but it never showed up. Instead what I saw was a dirty man covered in black gook, a tea party, a birthday party, and a boy on a pony. The man covered in black gook made quite the impression on me because after becoming a teenager, instead of the typical rock star posters on my bedroom walls, I had walls covered with James Dean posters. Twenty-five years later I still have every one of those posters. I know that I must have seen other movies before seeing Giant, but this is the first movie I can remember seeing; I give it full credit for influencing my love of old movies. Also, thanks to Giant, I have read almost every single book by Edna Ferber and own most of them as well. I know all the words to Yellow Rose of Texas. Oh and ahem, my cat is named Ferber. So as you can guess, I was pretty excited to discover Out of the Past today and now Giant is influencing me once again as I write this little post.

Monday, May 18, 2009

What's up with my brain?

Laying in bed this morning in that weird half asleep still groggy and sleeping state of mind and the strangest sentence popped into my head: "I hate you with the fury of a thousand scorned worms" I have no idea where it came from, but I did find some angry worms for you to watch. I love this movie!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

MIA

I don't recommend working full-time and taking three classes in a quarter if you also plan on keeping up with a blog. Right now I have the next TOERIFC selection at home which I cannot post about here. My plan when I get some time is to have a mini-Giallo fest. In the meantime I'm going to go do some more homework. You sit tight and watch these: