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Sunday Screening #40: Wall-e

November 2, 2011 2 comments

I’m doing something I told myself I’d never do for entirely selfish reasons. On Monday, November 7, my local trivia-ery is hosting Pixar trivia and I’ve been studying up all week. Obviously, this means that I will be only watching Pixar movies in the lead-up and can’t sacrifice any blocks of time for other films because victory is of the essence. Therefore, I’m selecting the only good Pixar movie that I’ve only seen once (Cars isn’t very good and I haven’t seen Cars 2). This breaks my personal rule (and the mission of Sunday Screenings) of selecting a film that I’d never seen. I can only hope you’ll all forgive me in time.

Sunday Screening #36: Alice

September 20, 2011 14 comments

That’s right! We’re going to watch the entire 10-year run of the T.V. series Alice! Hope you’ve got a couple days to kill.

OK… not really. Jan Svankmajer is an amazing animator who’s made any number of twisted stop-motion films. He was/is a huge influence on Tim Burton. I’ve never seen all of Alice and have been looking for an excuse to just sit down and watch it. Given the history of Lewis Carrol’s story and it’s any number of adaptations, I feel like there will be a lot to discuss, especially where this fits in with the rest. It’s available on Netflix Instant View.

Here’s a tasty nugget:

And because I’m a shameless whore… my stop-motion efforts:

Sunday Screening #34: Charade

August 30, 2011 7 comments

This week’s pick comes from Screener John. I’ll let him take it away:

Cary Grant. Audrey Hepburn. Stanley Donen. Three big names from the golden era of Hollywood. What sort of film could bring them together? Why, a suspenseful, funny, and romantic thriller in the vein of Hitchcock’s lighter fare, of course. You’ve also got George Kennedy, James Coburn, Walter Matthau, and Ned Glass (the shopkeeper from West Side Story) in strong supporting roles, a witty score by the great Henry Mancini, and a sharp script by Peter Stone. And for you trivia hounds, it’s got an opening title sequence by Maurice Binder, the man responsible for the classic James Bond title sequence. See you in the comments section!

Sunday Screening #33: Super Fly

August 23, 2011 22 comments

I was looking over our Screened Films list and noticed a shocking lack of diversity. Sure, there’s a couple films from Asia in there, but, aside from Shadows which was directed by a white man, we are not representing the black population at all! So I decided it’s time to remedy that.

I was going to pick some early Spike Lee or Hughes brothers, but I wanted to start a bit earlier. Unfortunately, Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song isn’t on Netflix Instant View or their mail service. So I picked the one with the best soundtrack (of all time?). I could’ve gone to Movie Madness and grabbed a copy of SSBS (and I’m sure you Screeners have places to hit up), but I didn’t want to have to rely on it being there when I need it.

No video this week. Paul’s two consecutive weeks threw me off and I didn’t have something in mind until last night. Plus, with going shadowy for Shadows, silent for Intolerance, and werewolf for Ginger Snaps, I kind of feared the reaction I’d get for a similar interpretation of Super Fly.

The trailer is here. I don’t understand why anyone would want a trailer, something designed to bring in viewers to have embedding disabled. It’s ridiculous.

Sunday Screening #30: Ginger Snaps

August 1, 2011 23 comments

This is a rinky-dink video made while cramming for Arrested Development trivia. Not so ambitious, but incredibly silly and poorly thought out (and executed!).

Sunday Screening #28: Intolerance

July 19, 2011 28 comments

This is going to be a test for all involved: a (nearly) three hour silent film. It’s not so much the silent part, but the three hour part. That’s a lot of movie. I’ve only seen Birth of a Nation by Griffith (and I watched that mostly in fast forward) and since he’s considered one of the greatest ever (Welles and Hitchcock thought so… maybe I need to stop reading books about movies…). It’s on the AFI top 100 films, too, so we’re doing God’s work by watching it. Sorry, but I couldn’t find a trailer to attach.

Paul — I’m just going to save you the trouble of pretending that you’re going to participate and give you a pass on this one.

Sunday Screening #26: Shadows

July 4, 2011 12 comments

Even though as of this posting there is only one comment about Red Dawn, I figured it’d be best if I put up next week’s Sunday Screening. There’s been no conversation about what’s next, so this will be a surprise even to Paul. So while you’re formulating your thoughts on Red Dawn, get mentally prepared for next week. It’s likely to be a very different experience.