Posts Tagged ‘Sunday Screening’

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 #11: The Big Sleep

January 27, 2010 6 comments

Yes, another Bogie film.  Can we help it if he’s in so many great movies?  Anyway, this week’s video is a little bit different than the others.  The Big Sleep trailer will play immediately after.  I hope you enjoy!

Sunday Screening #4: High Noon

December 2, 2009 18 comments

The people have spoken and our next screening will be High Noon!  Make arrangements to get your copy by Sunday to join in the fun.

I put together a video for this week’s write-up.  It’s pretty low-rent, but it’s the first time I’ve ever made one, so I’m pretty happy with the first effort.  Hopefully, we can improve on this effort and make the videos a bit more ambitious.  For now, here is High Noon.  The trailer is attached at the end of my portion.  Enjoy!

Poll: Sunday Screening #4 (12-6-2009)

November 27, 2009 Leave a comment

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and over-stuffed on turkey and over-slept on tryptophan.  While you’re all gearing up for the epic Lawrence of Arabia, take the time to vote for the next movie.  Since there was a tie for second, we’ve got two repeats on the list.  Also, we’re still tweaking the number of films so as not to spread the votes too broadly, so there are only three options this week.  Can’t wait to strike up the next question with you all!

Sunday Screening #2: The Third Man

November 16, 2009 28 comments

The Third Man (1949)
Directed by: Carol Reed
Starring: Some guy…

Apologies to Paul for deleting his text, but the message will remain: indeed, The Third Man is our next screening.  I’ve seen this film before, but I’ll hold off discussing it and voicing an opinion until after the rewatch.  I love the excuse to view films again because there is so much new stuff to see.  It’s arguable that the first viewing isn’t representative of the experience because you are so wrapped up in plot that you don’t experience the rest of the film fully (I happen to support that point).  I’m really looking forward to reading what you all have to say about The Third Man because it is vastly different from our first screening.  Perhaps the thing I’ll be most interested in hearing about is the reaction to the famous zither score.  I hope everyone enjoys the experience!