Posts Tagged ‘movies’

Almost Anakin Skywalker

January 3, 2023

9 year old actor Devon Michael was one of three boys who auditioned at Skywalker Ranch for the role of young Anakin Skywalker in“The Phantom Menace,” a “Star Wars prequel. The role went to Jake Lloyd, who later quit acting after merciless bullying. A New York Times Op-Doc directed by Ben Proudfoot.

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Gimme Some Skin, My Friend

November 9, 2022

“Gimme Some Skin, My Friend,” written by Don Raye, Gene De Paul, and Red Mack, performed by The Andrews Sisters in the 1941 Abbott & Costello film In the Navy. The greeting gesture had been know in African American culture since the 1920s. Even Al Jolson used it in 1927, in The Jazz Singer. These days it’s known as the “low five,” a retronym differentiating it from the “high five.”

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2022: People will do anything to get what they need!

July 12, 2022

“It’s the year 2022… People are still the same. They’ll do anything to get what they need. And they need SOYLENT GREEN.” 1976 movie trailer.

Soylent Green, MGM’s 1973 science fiction thriller, is set in the distant year 2022, when unchecked population growth, global warming, and infrastucture decay make New York City — and the world — nearly unliveable, except for the wealthy few who monpolize resources. Sound familiar?

The movie is loosely based on Harry Harrison‘s 1966 novel Make Room! Make Room!, set in 1999.

More:

“Soylent Green predicted a grim 2022. What did the dystopian movie get right?” Amanda Kooser, CNET

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All of James Bond’s Aston Martins

March 30, 2022

Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman talks about all the Aston Martin cars that appear in the James Bond movies.

Aston Martin website

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The Most Important Device in the Universe

March 25, 2022

The “Most Important Device in the Universe” has blinking tubes and no function. It’s the Dual Neon Generators prop designed by John Zabrucky in the 1970s, and has appeared in many Sci-Fi movies and TV shows. Video compilation by Major Grin.

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Movie theaters aren’t dead. Yet.

March 8, 2022

Studios are intent on streaming their films, and COVID only intensified that. But big movies still come out in theaters first. A Vox video by Edward Vega.

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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

December 26, 2021

“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blaine for the 1944 movie Meet Me in St. Louis, performed by 21-year-old Judy Garland (who married the film’s director Vincente Minnelli in 1945). The original lyrics were considered depressing by the MGM producers, and Hugh Martin re-wrote them, crafting this poignant perennial.

More:

“The Story Behind ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,’” NPR Music

“The history of a popular holiday song,” Chris Willman, Entertainment Weekly

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Audio Anxiety

November 12, 2021

When a movie wants to inspire fear, unease, or anxiety, a film’s composers and sound designers use the “drone of dread” to introduce a sense of impending doom. A Quartz video.

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100 Years: Evolution of the Car Chase

August 13, 2021

“How Car Chase Scenes Have Evolved Over 100 Years,” a video by Movies Insider.

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America

July 4, 2021

“America,” composed by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, from the 1961 film West Side StoryRita Moreno (Anita) and George Chakiris (Bernardo) are the principal singers in the movie; their roles were originally created on Broadway by Larry Kert and Chita Rivera in 1957.

“Life is all right in America, if you’re all white in America”

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