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    Rondo Hatton Awards

    DR. GANGRENE'S TOP 31 HORROR ANTHOLOGY FILMS TWICE TOLD TALES (1963) DIRECTED BY SIDNEY SALKOW | STARRING: VINCENT PRICE, SEBASTIAN CABOT, BRETT HALSEY, BEVERLY GARLAND ASYLUM (1972) DIRECTED BY ROY WARD BAKER | STARRING: BARBARA PERKINS, RICHARD TODD, SYLVIA SYMS, PETER CUSHING THE VAULT OF HORROR (1973) DIRECTED BY ROY WARD BAKER | STARRING: CURD JURGENS, TERRY-THOMAS, TOM BAKER, DANIEL MASSEY TRILOGY OF TERROR II (1996) DIRECTED BY DAN CURTIS | STARRING: LYSETTE ANTHONY, GERAINT WYN DAVIES, MATT CLARK, GEOFFREY LEWIS DEAD OF NIGHT (1977) DIRECTED BY DAN CURTIS | STARRING: ED BEGLEY JR., E.J. ANDRE, ANN DORAN, CHRISTINA HART TALES FROM THE HOOD (1996) DIRECTED BY RUSTY CUNDIEFF | STARRING: CLARENCE WILLIAMS III, CORBIN BERNSEN, JOE TORRY, DE'AUNDRE BONDS THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD (1971) DIRECTED BY PETER DUFFELL | STARRING: JOHN BRYANS, JOHN BENNETT, JOHN MALCOLM, DENHOLM ELLIOTT TORTURE GARDEN (1967) DIRECTED BY FREDDIE FRANCIS | STARRING: JACK PALANCE, BURGESS MEREDITH, BEVERLY ADAMS, PETER CUSHING TALES FROM THE CRYPT (1972) DIRECTED BY FREDDIE FRANCIS | STARRING: JOAN COLLINS, PETER CUSHING, RALPH RICHARDSON, GEOFFREY BAYLDON TRILOGY OF TERROR (1975) DIRECTED BY DAN CURTIS | STARRING: KAREN BLACK, ROBERT BURTON, JOHN KARLEN, GEORGE GAYNES DEAD OF NIGHT (1945) DIRECTED BY ALBERTO CAVALCANTI, CHARLES CRICHTON, BASIL DEARDEN, ROBERT HAMER | STARRING: MERVYN JOHNS, MICHAEL REDGRAVE, ROLAND CULVER, MARY MERRALL BLACK SABBATH (1963) DIRECTED BY MARIO BAVA | STARRING: MICHELE MERCIER, LIDIA ALFONSI, BORIS KARLOFF, MARK DAMON THE UNCANNY (1977) DIRECTED BY DENIS HEROUX | STARRING" PETER CUSHING, RAY MILLAND, JOHN GREENWOOD, ROLAND CULVER KWAIDAN (1964) DIRECTED BY MASAKI KOBAYASHI | STARRING: RENTARO MIKUNI, MICHIYO ARATAMA, MISAKO WATANABE, KENJIRO ISHIYAMA CREEPSHOW 2 (1987) DIRECTED BY MICHAEL GORNICK | STARRING: GEORGE KENNEDY, LOIS CHILES, DOMENICK JOHN, TOM SAVINI THE MONSTER CLUB (1981) DIRECTED BY ROY WARD BAKER | STARRING: VINCENT PRICE, JOHN CARRADINE, ANTHONY STEEL, ROGER SLOMAN TERROR TRACT (2000) DIRECTED BY LANCE W. DREESEN, CLINT HUTCHISON | STARRING: JOHN RITTER, DAVID DELUISE, ALLISON SMITH, KIM CORRELL NIGHTMARES (1983) DIRECTED BY JOSEPH SARGENT | STARRING: CHRISTINA RAINES, JOE LAMBIE, ANTHONY JAMES, CLARE TORAO FROM A WHISPER TO A SCREAM (1987) DIRECTED BY JEFF BURR | STARRING: VINCENT PRICE, CLU GULAGER, TERRY KISER, HARRY CAESAR DR. TERROR'S HOUSE OF HORRORS (1965) DIRECTED BY FREDDIE FRANCIS | STARRING: CHRISTOPHER LEE, PETER CUSHING, NEIL MCCALLUM, URSULA HOWELLS TWO EVIL EYES (1990) DIRECTED BY DARIO ARGENTO, GEORGE ROMERO | STARRING: ADRIENNE BARBEAU, HARVEY KEITEL, RAMY ZADA, BINGO O'MALLEY TALES THAT WITNESS MADNESS (1973) DIRECTED BY FREDDIE FRANCIS | STARRING: JACK HAWKINS, DONALD PLEASANCE, GEORGIA BROWN, DONALD HUSTON CREEPSHOW (1982) DIRECTED BY GEORGE ROMERO | STARRING: HAL HOLBROOK, LESLIE NIELSEN, ADRIENNE BARBEAU, E.G. MARSHALL CAT'S EYE (1985) DIRECTED BY LEWIS TEAGUE | STARRING: DREW BARRYMORE, JAMES WOODS, ALAN KING, KENNETH MCMILLAN TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE (1983) DIRECTED BY JOE DANTE, JOHN LANDIS, GEORGE MILLER, STEVEN SPIELBERG | STARRING: DAN AYKROYD, VIC MORROW, DOUG MCGRATH NIGHT GALLERY: PILOT (1969) DIRECTED BY BORIS SAGAL, BARRY SHEAR, STEVEN SPIELBERG | STARRING: JOAN CRAWFORD, OSSIE DAVIS, RICHARD KILEY, RODDY MCDOWELL TALES OF TERROR (1962) DIRECTED BY ROGER CORMAN | STARRING: VINCENT PRICE, MAGGIE PIERCE, LEONA GAGE, PETER LORRE TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE: THE MOVIE (1990) DIRECTED BY JOHN HARRISON | STARRING: DEBBIE HARRY, MATTHEW LAWRENCE, CHRISTIAN SLATER, DAIVD FORRESTER FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE (1974) DIRECTED BY KEVIN CONNOR | STARRING: PETER CUSHING, IAN BANNEN, IAN CARMICHAEL, DIANA DORS BODY BAGS (1993) DIRECTED BY JOHN CARPENTER, TOBE HOOPER, LARRY SULKIS | STARRING: JOHN CARPENTER, TOM ARNOLD, TOBE HOOPER, ROBERT CARRADINE TRICK 'R TREAT (2007) DIRECTED BY MICHAEL DOUGHERTY | STARRING: ANNA PAQUIN, BRIAN COX, DYLAN BAKER, ROCHELLE AYTES Do you agree with this list that was randomly selected by Dr. Gangrene from October 1 - 31, 2017? Were there any films that you felt could be added to the list of horror anthology films? Add your additions to this list.
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    Rondo Hatton Awards

    2002 Rondo Hatton Awards http://rondoaward.com/rondo/rondos02.html 2003 Rondo Hatton Awards http://rondoaward.com/rondo/rondos2003.html 2004 Rondo Hatton Awards http://rondoaward.com/rondo/2004Winners.html 2005 Rondo Hatton Awards http://rondoaward.com/rondo/Winners2005.html 2006 Rondo Hatton Awards http://rondoaward.com/rondo/Winners2006_000.html 2007 Rondo Hatton Awards http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/6537/2007-rondo-hatton-award-winners-announced/ 2008 Rondo Hatton Awards http://rondoaward.com/rondo/RondoVIIwinners.htm 2009 Rondo Hatton Awards http://rondoaward.com/rondo/Rondowinners2009.html 2010 Rondo Hatton Awards http://rondoaward.com/rondo/RONDOIXRESULTS.html 2011 Rondo Hatton Awards http://rondoaward.com/rondo/RondoXwinners.html 2012 Rondo Hatton Awards http://rondoaward.com/rondo/rondos.html 2013 Rondo Hatton Awards http://rondoaward.com/rondoaward.com/blog/?p=32 2014 Rondo Hatton Awards http://rondoaward.com/rondoaward.com/blog/?p=168 2015 Rondo Hatton Awards http://rondoaward.com/rondoaward.com/blog/?p=224 2016 Rondo Hatton Awards http://rondoaward.com/rondoaward.com/blog/?p=674
  3. Tuesday, September 4: 8:00 PM Within Our Gates (1920) 9:30 PM Imitation of Life (1934) 11:30 PM Pinky (1949) 1:30 AM Daughters of the Dust (1991) Thursday, September 6: 8:00 PM A Raisin in the Sun (1961) 10:30 PM To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) 1:00 AM A Soldier's Story (1984) 3:00 AM Intruder in the Dust (1949) Tuesday, September 11: 8:00 PM Cooley High (1975) 10:00 PM Sounder (1972) 12:00 AM Bright Road (1953) 1:30 AM The Learning Tree (1969) Thursday, September 13: 8:00 PM Anna Lucasta (1958) 10:00 PM A Warm December (1972) 12:00 AM A Patch of Blue (1965) 2:00 AM One Potato, Two Potato (1964) Tuesday, September 18: 8:00 PM Carmen Jones (1954) 10:00 PM Cabin in the Sky (1943) 12:00 AM New Orleans (1947) 2:00 AM Hallelujah (1929) Thursday, September 20: 8:00 PM Claudine (1974) 10:00 PM Sparkle (1976) 12:00 AM Losing Ground (1982) 1:45 AM Cleopatra Jones (1973) Tuesday, September 25: 8:00 PM Hollywood Shuffle (1987) 9:30 PM Stir Crazy (1980) 11:30 PM Watermelon Man (1970) 1:30 AM Greased Lightning (1977) Thursday, September 27: 8:00 PM Black Girl (1966) 9:15 PM Cry, the Beloved Country (1952) 11:15 PM Black Orpheus (1959) 1:15 AM Walkabout (1971)
  4. If you have a favorite movie that features african-americans as directors, actors, writers or producers that are not on this list, what would it be?
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    Guest Programmers and their Films

    A movie that I highly recommend about the making of a movie in a movie is called "American Movie" (1999). A documentary about a young filmmaker making his own independent movie that the main filmmaker had never completed since 1991. The filmmaker is Mark Borchardt who was originally inspired to direct another film for his community in the midwest, but in a sudden turn of events, decides to complete his low-budget horror film "Coven" (2000). But along the way he encounters financial problems, weather issues, and other production issues that start to go haywire. It is a funny film, and an interesting look into independent filmmaking when things don't always go according to plan from the filmmakers vision and mindset.
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January 2005: Bill Cosby: Films Chosen: Monsieur Verdoux (1947), Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928), The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1937), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) March 2005: Stephen Sondheim: Films Chosen: The Mind Reader (1933), The Clock (1945), Smiles of a Summer Night (1955), Out of the Fog (1941), Night Must Fall (1937), Torchy Blaine in Chinatown (1938) April 2005: Hugh Hefner: Films Chosen: Casablanca (1942), To Have and Have Not (1944), The Maltese Falcon (1941), The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947) May 2005: Michael McKean: Films Chosen: Paths of Glory (1957), The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), The Time Machine (1960) June 2005: Buck Henry: Films Chosen: The Bank Dick (1940), Duck Soup (1933), Touch of Evil (1958), The Asphalt Jungle (1950) July 2005: Tom Kenny: Films Chosen: How to Murder Your Wife (1965), The Strip (1951), Mad Love (1935), He Who Gets Slapped (1924) September 2005: Liz Smith: Films Chosen: Tootsie (1982), The Barkleys of Broadway (1949), Double Indemnity (1944), Kitty Foyle (1940) October 2005: Jessica Walter: Films Chosen: Citizen Kane (1941), On the Waterfront (1954), The Way We Were (1973), I Never Sang for My Father (1970) November 2005: Alfred Uhry: Films Chosen: A Date With Judy (1948), Stage Door Canteen (1943), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) December 2005: Isaac Mizrahi: Films Chosen: Dinner at Eight (1933), The Red Shoes (1948), All This and Heaven Too (1940), La Dolce Vita (1960) January 2006: Mario Cantone: Films Chosen: Sunset Blvd. (1950), Mr. Skeffington (1944), A Woman's Face (1941), Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) March 2006: Sid Ganis: Films Chosen: Funny Girl (1968), The Sting (1973), The Third Man (1949), I Want to Live! (1958) April 2006: Illeana Douglas: Films Chosen: The Americanization of Emily (1964), Sullivan's Travels (1941), Ninotchka (1939), Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) May 2006: Penn & Teller: Films Chosen: At The Circus (1939), F for Fake (1973), Freaks (1932), The Sunshine Boys (1975) June 2006: Mia Farrow: Films Chosen: Rashomon (1950), The Exterminating Angel (1962), Fanny and Alexander (1982), Raging Bull (1980) July 2006: Dick Cavett: Films Chosen: Sherlock Holmes and the Woman in Green (1945), The Third Man (1949) (repeat), A Foreign Affair (1948), To Be or Not to Be (1942) September 2006: Tom Ford: Films Chosen: Dinner at Eight (1933) (repeat), Now, Voyager (1942), The Fountainhead (1949), The Last Picture Show (1971) October 2006: Augusten Burroughs: Films Chosen: Tootsie (1982) (repeat), Interiors (1978), Written on the Wind (1956), Nashville (1975) November 2006: Robert Wagner: Films Chosen: Bad Day at Black Rock (1955), Ball of Fire (1941), Gunga Din (1939), **** Tonk (1941) December 2006: Burt Reynolds: Films Chosen: The Yearling (1946), Winchester '73 (1950), White Heat (1949), His Girl Friday (1940) January 2007: Chevy Chase: Films Chosen: Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Gold Rush (1925), Rashomon (1950) (repeat) March 2007: David Mamet: Films Chosen: In Which We Serve (1942), Island in the Sky (1953), Le Jour Se Leve (1939), The Killing (1956) April 2007: Lorraine Bracco: Films Chosen: Now, Voyager (1942) (repeat), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), Chinatown (1974), A Place in the Sun (1951) May 2007: David Thomson: Films Chosen: The Killing (1956) (repeat), Act of Violence (1949), Angel Face (1953), Mr. Arkadian (1955) June 2007: Larry Miller: Films Chosen: Mr. Lucky (1943), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), The Big Sleep (1946) (repeat), Ride the High Country (1962) July 2007: Todd Oldham: Films Chosen: Barefoot in the Park (1967), The Philadelphia Story (1940), Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965), The Last Picture Show (1971) (repeat) September 2007: Barry Levinson: Films Chosen: Some Came Running (1958), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way To the Forum (1966), The Third Man (1949) (repeat) October 2007: James Mangold: Films Chosen: Manhattan (1979), Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), Meet John Doe (1941), Jaws (1975) November 1, 2007: Whoopi Goldberg: Films Chosen: Beauty and the Beast (1946), Funny Girl (1968) (repeat), The Enchanted Cottage (1945), A Face in the Crowd (1957) November 2, 2007: Alfred Molina: Films Chosen: Trouble in Store (1953), The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969), Divorce, Italian Style (1961), Get Carter (1971) November 3, 2007: Donald Trump: Films Chosen: The African Queen (1951), Gone With The Wind (1939), Citizen Kane (1941) (repeat) November 4, 2007: Gore Vidal: Films Chosen: The Letter (1940), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935), That Hamilton Woman (1941) November 5, 2007: Rose McGowan: Films Chosen: The Night of the Hunter (1955), Out of the Past (1947), A Place in the Sun (1951) (repeat), That Touch of Mink (1962) November 6, 2007: Chris Elliott: Films Chosen: The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming (1966), On Golden Pond (1981), Captains Courageous (1937), Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) November 7, 2007: Neil LaBute: Films Chosen: Ace in the Hole (1951), This Sporting Life (1963), Manhattan (1979) (repeat), The 400 Blows (1959) November 8, 2007: Charles Busch: Films Chosen: I Could Go on Singing (1963), The Hard Way (1942), Escape (1940), A Woman's Face (1941) (repeat) November 9, 2007: Jerry Stiller: Films Chosen: I Remember Mama (1948), A Night at the Opera (1935), Boys' Town (1938), Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940) November 10, 2007: Danny DeVito: Films Chosen: The Battle of Algiers (1967), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), The Devil Doll (1936), Shampoo (1975) November 11, 2007: Alton Brown: Films Chosen: What's up, Tiger Lily? (1966), Closely Watched Trains (1967), Point Blank (1967), Blow-Up (1966) November 12, 2007: Jack Klugman: Films Chosen: 12 Angry Men (1957), City for Conquest (1940), None But the Lonely Heart (1944), Inherit the Wind (1960) November 13, 2007: James Ellroy: Films Chosen: Stakeout on Dope Street (1958), Murder by Contract (1958), The Lineup (1958), Armored Car Robbery (1950) November 14, 2007: Matt Groening: Films Chosen: Blues in the Night (1941), Way Out West (1937), The Circus (1928), I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) November 15, 2007: Cybill Shepherd: Films Chosen: Ninotchka (1939) (repeat), Notorious (1946), His Girl Friday (1940) (repeat) November 16, 2007: Paul Mazursky: Films Chosen: The Asphalt Jungle (1950) (repeat), King Kong (1933), Dodsworth (1936), Brief Encounter (1945) November 17, 2007: Tracey Ullman: Films Chosen: Kes (1969), Born Yesterday (1950), Withnail & I (1987), I'm All Right Jack (1959) November 18, 2007: Graydon Carter: Films Chosen: The Awful Truth (1937), The Philadelphia Story (1940) (repeat), Casablanca (1942) (repeat), North By Northwest (1959) November 19, 2007: Renee Fleming: Films Chosen: The Great Waltz (1938), Song of Love (1947), Interrupted Melody (1955), Maytime (1937) November 20, 2007: Alec Baldwin: Films Chosen: The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), Birdman of Alcatraz (1962), Sorry, Wrong Number (1948) November 21, 2007: Kermit the Frog: Films Chosen: Singin' in the Rain (1952), The Band Wagon (1953), Cyrano de Bergerac (1950), Lassie Come Home (1943) November 22, 2007: Paul Aguirre: Films Chosen: The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), The Happy Time (1952), The Crowd (1928), Westward the Women (1951) November 23, 2007: Joe Pantoliano: Films Chosen: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) (repeat), Stalag 17 (1953), Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) November 24, 2007: Charles Grodin: Films Chosen: From Here to Eternity (1953), Take the Money and Run (1969), Movers and Shakers (1985), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) November 25, 2007: Thelma Schoonmaker: Films Chosen: Green for Danger (1946), The Edge of the World (1937), The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943), Age of Consent (1969) November 26, 2007: Harvey Fierstein: Films Chosen: The Catered Affair (1956), The Women (1939), The Boy With Green Hair (1948), The Devil is a Sissy (1936) November 27, 2007: Maria Menounos: Films Chosen: A Place in the Sun (1951) (repeat), The Hustler (1961), Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) (repeat), Freaks (1932) (repeat) November 28, 2007: Brian Dennehy: Films Chosen: Odd Man Out (1947), Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960), The Wrong Box (1966), The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming (1966) (repeat) November 29, 2007: Mark Mothersbaugh: Films Chosen: Inherit the Wind (1960) (repeat), A Face in the Crowd (1957) (repeat), Juliet of the Spirits (1965), Hot Rods to Hell (1967) November 30, 2007: Martha Stewart: Films Chosen: Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) (repeat), Anna Karenina (1935), Enchanted April (1935), Madame Bovary (1949) December 2007: Elaine Stritch: Films Chosen: Waterloo Bridge (1940), Butterfield 8 (1960), David Copperfield (1935), Born Yesterday (1950) (repeat) January 2008: John Sayles: Films Chosen: Park Row (1952), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) (repeat), Two Women (1960), Paisan (1946) March 2008: Evander Holyfield: Films Chosen: The Shootist (1976), True Grit (1969), Cooley High (1975), The Terminator (1984) April 2008: Alex Trebek: Films Chosen: The Professionals (1966), Wuthering Heights (1939), Lonely Are The Brave (1962), Little Big Man (1970) May 2008: Tim Roth: Films Chosen: Hobson's Choice (1954), Brief Encounter (1945) (repeat), Roman Holiday (1953), Cathy Come Home (1966) June 2008: Bill Maher: Films Chosen: My Fair Lady (1964), The Oscar (1966), Where the Boys Are (1960), Tootsie (1982) (repeat) July 2008: Sally Field: Films Chosen: Love with the Proper Stranger (1964), The Awful Truth (1937) (repeat), All About Eve (1950), The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944) (repeat) September 2008: John Singleton: Films Chosen: Lassie Come Home (1943) (repeat), Meet John Doe (1941) (repeat), High Noon (1952), Gunga Din (1939) (repeat), Psycho (1960) October 2008: Rainn Wilson: Films Chosen: High School Confidential! (1958), The Gene Krupa Story (1959), Singin' in the Rain (1952) (repeat), The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953) November 2008: Ray Bradbury: Films Chosen: The Phantom of the Opera (1925), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), Rebecca (1940), Citizen Kane (1941) (repeat) December 2008: Frank Miller: Films Chosen: The Naked City (1948), High Noon (1952) (repeat), The Bishop's Wife (1947), The Taking of Pelham One, Two, Three (1974) January 2009: Eric McCormack: Films Chosen: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939), Heaven Can Wait (1978), The Big Chill (1983), Annie Hall (1977) March 2009: John Landis: Films Chosen: The Navigator (1924), Fatty Arbuckle Comedy Shorts (Mabel and Fatty's Wash Day (1916), Fatty and Mabel's Simple Life (1915), He Did and He Didn't (1916)), The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962), Show Boat (1936), Frenzy (1972) April 2009: 15 Fan Programmers: Peter Bosch: Film Chosen: Those Lips, Those Eyes (1980) Theresa Brown: Film Chosen: The Letter (1940) (repeat) Joe Buonocore: Film Chosen: Double Indemnity (1944) (repeat) Juan Castro: Film Chosen: Swing Time (1936) Monica Elliott: Film Chosen: The Maltese Falcon (1941) (repeat) Lani Golstab: Film Chosen: Grand Illusion (1937) Phillip Himberg: Film Chosen: So Long at the Fair (1950) Jeff Hoyak: Film Chosen: The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) Kyle Kersten: Film Chosen: Meet John Doe (1941) (repeat) April Lane: Film Chosen: Gone With The Wind (1939) (repeat) Jay Looker: Film Chosen: Silk Stockings (1957) Rome Mendheim: Film Chosen: Angels With Dirty Faces (1938) (repeat) Lisa Mordente: Film Chosen: Singin' in the Rain (1952) (repeat) Anna Seager: Film Chosen: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) (repeat) Lynn Zook: Film Chosen: She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (1949) May 2009: Tommy "Tiny" Lister: Films Chosen: Angel and the Badman (1947), Shane (1953), The Professionals (1966) (repeat), It Happened One Night (1934) July 2009: Cloris Leachman: Films Chosen: Waterloo Bridge (1940) (repeat), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) (repeat), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) (repeat) September 2009: Richard Lewis: Films Chosen: Sherlock Jr. (1924), Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928) (repeat), On the Waterfront (1954) (repeat), Dr. Strangelove (1964) October 2009: Dennis Miller: Films Chosen: Dodsworth (1936) (repeat), The Third Man (1949) (repeat), Suspicion (1941), Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) (repeat) November 2009: Anthony Hopkins: Films Chosen: The Lady From Shanghai (1948), The Treasure from the Sierra Madre (1948) (repeat), The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Rear Window (1954) December 2009: Neko Case: Films Chosen: Radio Days (1987), A Face in the Crowd (1957) (repeat), The Third Man (1949) (repeat), The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) January 2010: Bob Newhart: Films Chosen: Inherit the Wind (1960) (repeat), Block-Heads (1938), A Shot in the Dark (1964), Sunset Blvd. (1950) (repeat) March 2010: Kareem Abdul-Jabar: Films Chosen: The Big Sleep (1946) (repeat), The Maltese Falcon (1941) (repeat), The Shootist (1976) (repeat), Stagecoach (1939) April 2010: Raquel Welch: Films Chosen: Adam's Rib (1949), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), To Have and Have Not (1944) (repeat) May 2010: Shirley Jones: Films Chosen: Elmer Gantry (1960), For Me and My Gal (1942), Love Me or Leave Me (1955), Random Harvest (1942) June 2010: Rich Eisen: Films Chosen: Hoosiers (1986), Rocky (1976), The Natural (1984), Caddyshack (1980) July 2010: Robert Wuhl: Films Chosen: To Be or Not To Be (1942) (repeat), The Big Country (1958), Smile (1975) September 2010: Bill Hader: Films Chosen: Five Graves to Cairo (1943), Rashomon (1950) (repeat), Brewster McCloud (1970), This is Spinal Tap (1984) October 2010: 16 Prominent U.S. Critics select two films each: Leonard Maltin and Kenneth Turan: Films Chosen: Penthouse (1933), Skyscraper Souls (1933), Touch of Evil (1958) (repeat), I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) (repeat) Richard Corliss and David Ansen: Films Chosen: Citizen Kane (1941) (repeat), The Seventh Seal (1957), The Third Man (1949) (repeat), The Earrings of Madame De... (1954) David Denby and Robert Bianco: Films Chosen: The Big Sleep (1946) (repeat), His Girl Friday (1940) (repeat), The Perils of Pauline (1947), Hail the Conquering Hero (1944) David Edelstein and Kim Morgan: Film Choices: The General (1927), Smiles of A Summer Night (1955) (repeat), Something Wild (1961), He Ran All the Way (1951) Joe Morgenstern and Peter Travers: Films Chosen: Oliver! (1968), The Black Stallion (1979), Almost Famous (2000), The Lady From Shanghai (1948) (repeat) A.O. Scott and Lou Lumenick: Films Chosen: Ride Lonesome (1959), Park Row (1952) (repeat), The Last Flight (1931), All Through the Night (1942) Susan Granger and Tom Shales: Films Chosen: Lust for Gold (1949), The Magnificent Yankee (1950), Mickey One (1965), Hollywood Hotel (1937) Roger Ebert and Mick La Salle: Films Chosen: The Lady Eve (1941), Sweet Smell of Success (1957), Lady of the Night (1924), Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) November 2010: Michael J. Fox: Films Chosen: Dr. Strangelove (1964) (repeat), Local Hero (1983), The Parallax View (1974), Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) December 2010: Eli Wallach: Films Chosen: Baby Doll (1956), The Shop Around the Corner (1940), The Great Dictator (1940), 8 1/2 (1963) January 2011: Ben McKenzie: Films Chosen: Badlands (1973), This Sporting Life (1963) (repeat), Duck Soup (1933) (repeat), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) (repeat) March 2011: TCM Employee Picks: Jeff Stafford, Terra Washington, Les Howell, and Cathy Boardman: Films Chosen: Safe in Hell (1931), Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), The Uninvited (1944), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) Scott McGee, Millie de Chrico, Carmen Madison, and Marna Grantham: Films Chosen: The Searchers (1956), A Taste of Honey (1961), Cabin in the Sky (1943), Imitation of Life (1959) Monica Neal, Richard Steiner, Holly Hadesty, and Fernando Salinas: Films Chosen: The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958), The Man from Laramie (1955), Strangers on a Train (1951), The Graduate (1967) Anna Davis, Shannon Clute, Christina Chyn, and Courtney O'Brien: Films Chosen: Female (1933), Rififi (1955), Trouble Along the Way (1953), Seconds (1966) Peter McIntosh, Lee Tsiantis, Megan Buckle-Robinson, and Kevin Little: Films Chosen: Kings Row (1942), Caught (1948), A Summer Place (1959), The Seven Samurai (1954) Mira J. Koplovsky, Dennis Camlek, Gary Freedman, and Emily Boyd: Films Chosen: On the Waterfront (1954) (repeat), Ninotchka (1939) (repeat), Waterloo Bridge (1940) (repeat), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) Christine Drayer, Genevieve McGillicuddy, Matt Pylant, and Sara Turner: Films Chosen: Annie Hall (1977) (repeat), In Which We Serve (1942) (repeat), Elevator to the Gallows (1958), Jason and the Argonauts (1963) Gabrielle Brand, Alexa Foreman, Crystal Wheeler, and Barry Burnett: Films Chosen: All About Eve (1950) (repeat), The Last of Sheila (1973), Splendor in the Grass (1961), The Story of G.I. Joe (1945) April 2011: Chita Rivera: Films Chosen: The Uninvited (1944) (repeat), Frankenstein (1931), The Jungle Book (1942), Wuthering Heights (1939) (repeat) May 2011: Peter Guber: Films Chosen: Lawrence of Arabia (1962) (repeat), The Killing Fields (1984) June 2011: Chris Isaak: Films Chosen: The Night of the Hunter (1955) (repeat), God's Little Acre (1958), A Face in the Crowd (1957) (repeat), Touch of Evil (1958) (repeat) July 2011: Conan O'Brien: Films Chosen: Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) (repeat), The Roaring Twenties (1939), Network (1976), Duck Soup (1933) (repeat) September 2011: Cher: Films Chosen: Follow the Fleet (1936), Hobson's Choice (1954) (repeat), The Big Street (1942), Lady of Burlesque (1943) October 2011: John Carpenter: Films Chosen: The Thing (From Another World) (1951), It! The Terror From Beyond Space (1958), The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Rio Bravo (1959) November 2011: Ron Perlman: Films Chosen: The Sweet Smell of Success (1957) (repeat), Red River (1948), Gunga Din (1939) (repeat), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) (repeat) December 2011: Winona Ryder: Films Chosen: The Front (1976), Ball of Fire (1941) (repeat), Born Yesterday (1950) (repeat), A Face in the Crowd (1957) (repeat) January 2012: James L. Brooks: Films Chosen: This Is Your Story (1953 episode), My Favorite Year (1982), Dr. Strangelove (1964) (repeat), Network (1976) (repeat), Prince of the City (1981) March 2012: Jules Feiffer: Films Chosen: Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) (repeat), My Man Godfrey (1936), They Drive By Night (1940), This Gun For Hire (1942) April 2012: Anthony Bourdain: Films Chosen: The Searchers (1956) (repeat), Eyes Without a Face (1960), Get Carter (1971) (repeat), Withnail & I (1987) (repeat) May 2012: Debra Winger: Films Chosen: The Night of the Iguana (1964), Wings of Desire (1987), Rififi (1954) (repeat), Gilda (1946) June 2012: Ellen Barkin: Films Chosen: Fat City (1972), Nights of Cabiria (1957), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) (repeat), The Last Picture Show (1971) (repeat) July 2012: Spike Lee: Films Chosen: Ace in the Hole (1951) (repeat), The Night of the Hunter (1955) (repeat), A Face in the Crowd (1957) (repeat), On the Waterfront (1954) (repeat) September 2012: Regis Philbin: Films Chosen: Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) (repeat), High Society (1956), Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), Gunga Din (1939) (repeat) October 2012: Jim Lehrer: Films Chosen: All The King's Men (1949), It Happened One Night (1934) (repeat), My Fair Lady (1964) (repeat) November 2012: Movie Morlock Bloggers: Suzi Doll: Film Chosen: The Locket (1946) Richard Harland Smith: Film Chosen: Dracula's Daughter (1936) Moira Neylon: Film Chosen: Touchez Pas Au Grisbi (1954) Pablo Kjolseth: Film Chosen: Five Million Years To Earth (1968) December 2012: Lee Child: Films Chosen: Casablanca (1942) (repeat), The Third Man (1949) (repeat), Days of Heaven (1978), The Dam Busters (1955) January 2013: Bill Paxton: Films Chosen: Juliet of the Spirits (1965) (repeat), The Spirit of the Beehive (1973), California Split (1974), The Last Detail (1973) March 2013: Joel Grey: Films Chosen: The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) (repeat), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) (repeat), On The Waterfront (1954) (repeat) April 2013: Reggie Miller: Films Chosen: Strangers on a Train (1951) (repeat), Cool Hand Luke (1967), The Graduate (1967) (repeat), Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (1967) (repeat) May 2013: Angie Dickinson: Films Chosen: Gigi (1958), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) (repeat), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), The 400 Blows (1959) (repeat) June 2013: Joseph Abboud: Films Chosen: They Died with Their Boots On (1941), Rebecca (1940) (repeat), Notorious (1946) (repeat), Casablanca (1942) (repeat) July 2013: Frank Rich: Films Chosen: The Palm Beach Story (1942), The Manchurian Candidate (1962), The Rules of the Game (1939), Petulia (1968) September 2013: Madeleine Stowe: Films Chosen: The More The Merrier (1943), Splendor in the Grass (1961) (repeat), The Bicycle Thief (1948), I Confess (1953) October 2013: Gilbert Gottfried: Films Chosen: Of Mice and Men (1939), The Swimmer (1968), Freaks (1932) (repeat), The Conversation (1974) November 2013: Simon Helberg: Films Chosen: Dr. Strangelove (1964) (repeat), The Party (1968), Brief Encounter (1945) (repeat), Modern Romance (1981) December 2013: Patton Oswalt: Films Chosen: Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) (repeat), 3:10 to Yuma (1957), The Wind Journeys (2009), Aaltra (2004) January 2014: Judge Judy: Films Chosen: The Goodbye Girl (1977), Elmer Gantry (1960) (repeat), The Good Earth (1937) March 2014: George Pelecanos: Films Chosen: The Outfit (1974), The Seven Ups (1973), Monte Walsh (1970), Ride the High Country (1962) (repeat) April 2014: 20 Fan Programmers: Tiffany Varquez: Film Chosen: The Naked City (1948) (repeat) Craig Shemin: Film Chosen: A Face in the Crowd (1957) (repeat) Michelle Curtis: Film Chosen: Show People (1928) Steve Hayes: Film Chosen: Them! (1954) Pat Hill-Yandell: Film Chosen: The Catered Affair (1956) (repeat) Dominique Breckenridge: Film Chosen: Witness for the Prosecution (1957) (repeat) Shane Fleming: Film Chosen: Modern Times (1936) Whitney Matheson: Film Chosen: A Woman Under the Influence (1974) Stefanie Del Papa: Film Chosen: Waterloo Bridge (1940) (repeat) Kim McShane: Film Chosen: The Philadelphia Story (1940) (repeat) Glenn Taranto: Film Chosen: Went the Day Well? (1942) Onalee McGraw: Film Chosen: 12 Angry Men (1957) (repeat) Hannah Kass: Film Chosen: Young at Heart (1954) Petri Hawkins Byrd: Film Chosen: A Man Called Adam (1966) Matt Roush: Film Chosen: The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) (repeat) Robert Best: Film Chosen: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) Sara Harmon: Film Chosen: Summer Stock (1950) Laura Ackerman Pauze: Film Chosen: Sunday in New York (1963) Alberto Ferreras: Film Chosen: Nights of Cabiria (1957) (repeat) Peter Tulba: Film Chosen: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) (repeat) May 2014: Mother Dolores Hart: Films Chosen: Lisa (1962), Laura (1944), The Song of Bernadette (1943), The Rose Tattoo (1955) June 2014: Gene Wilder: Films Chosen: Random Harvest (1942) (repeat), The Merry Widow (1934), Witness for the Prosecution (1957) (repeat), Dark Victory (1939) July 2014: William Friedkin: Films Chosen: Bullitt (1968), The Treasure of Sierra Madre (1948) (repeat), Belle de Jour (1967), Blow-Up (1966) (repeat) September 2014: Richard Linklater: Films Chosen: Some Came Running (1958) (repeat), The Asphalt Jungle (1950) (repeat), Fanny and Alexander (1982) (repeat) October 2014: David Steinberg: Films Chosen: A Night at the Opera (1935) (repeat), Swing Time (1936) (repeat), Bringing up Baby (1938), Nights of Cabiria (1957) (repeat) November 2014: Jeff Garlin: Films Chosen: Meet John Doe (1941) (repeat), Bullitt (1968) (repeat), The Third Man (1949) (repeat), Dodsworth (1936) (repeat) December 2014: Jason Lee: Films Chosen: The Kid (1921), City Lights (1931), Paris, Texas (1984) January 2015: Michael Feinstein: Films Chosen: Too Late Blues (1961), Rhapsody in Blue (1945), Cabin in the Sky (1943) (repeat), Summer Holiday (1948) March 2015: Robin Quivers: Films Chosen: A Place in the Sun (1951) (repeat), A Raisin in the Sun (1961), Born Yesterday (1950) (repeat), The Philadelphia Story (1940) (repeat) April 2015: Mo Rocca: Films Chosen: King Kong (1933) (repeat), What's Up Doc? (1972), The Birds (1963), Dog Day Afternoon (1975) (repeat) May 2015: Tony Bennett and Gary Sargent: Films Chosen: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) (repeat), Modern Times (1936) (repeat), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) (repeat), I'll Be Seeing You (1944), One Way Passage (1932) June 2015: Edgar Wright: Films Chosen: Dames (1934), The Last of Sheila (1973) (repeat), The Super Cops (1974), O Lucky Man! (1973) July 2015: Joan Collins: Films Chosen: Gilda (1946) (repeat), Boom Town (1940), The Women (1939) (repeat), The Opposite Sex (1956) September 2015: Diahann Carroll: Films Chosen: Claudine (1974), Now, Voyager (1942) (repeat), Gilda (1946) (repeat), Glory (1989) October 2015: Nathan Lane: Films Chosen: The Producers (1968), All The President's Men (1976), Being There (1979), City Lights (1931) (repeat) November 2015: Greg Proops: Films Chosen: Grand Illusion (1937) (repeat), The Three Musketeers (1973), Out of the Past (1947) (repeat), Dog Day Afternoon (1975) (repeat) December 2015: Tina Fey: Films Chosen: Desk Set (1957), My Favorite Wife (1940), The Goodbye Girl (1977) (repeat), That's Entertainment! (1974) January 2016: Dick Guttman: Films Chosen: Love in the Afternoon (1957), Bonnie and Clyde (1967), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) (repeat), Sullivan's Travels (1941) (repeat) March 2016: Richard Kind: Films Chosen: The Apartment (1960), Soldier in the Rain (1963), MASH (1970), Lawrence of Arabia (1962) (repeat) April 2016: Gloria Steinem: Films Chosen: A Taste of Honey (1961) (repeat), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) (repeat), Mr. Arkadian (1955) (repeat), Z (1969) May 2016: Matthew Broderick: Films Chosen: Doorway to Hell (1930), Breaking Away (1979), The 400 Blows (1959) (repeat), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) (repeat) June 2016: Candice Bergen: Films Chosen: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) (repeat), The Graduate (1967) (repeat), The Earrings of Madame De... (1954) (repeat), The French Connection (1971) July 2016: Louis Gossett Jr.: Films Chosen: Blackboard Jungle (1955), Touch of Evil (1958) (repeat), Lifeboat (1944), The Night of the Hunter (1955) (repeat) September 2016: Tom Bruno: Films Chosen: Casablanca (1942) (repeat), The Dirty Dozen (1967) October 2016: Jonah Goldberg & Leon Wieseltier: Films Chosen: A Face in the Crowd (1957) (repeat), America, America (1963), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) (repeat), Fury (1936) November 2016: Steve Israel: Films Chosen: The Candidate (1972), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) (repeat), The Best Man (1964), Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) (repeat) December 2016: Amy Heckerling: Films Chosen: The Roaring Twenties (1939) (repeat), Footlight Parade (1933), 8 1/2 (1963) (repeat), The Cabinet of Dr. Calgari (1919) January 2017: Damien Chazelle: Films Chosen: It's Always Fair Weather (1955), The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) (repeat), Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) (repeat), City Lights (1931) (repeat) March 2017: Michael Connelly: Films Chosen: Klute (1971), The French Connection (1971) (repeat), Night Moves (1975), Shaft (1971) April 2017: William Daniels: Films Chosen: 1776 (1972), A Thousand Clowns (1965), Dodsworth (1936) (repeat) May 2017: Humberto Martinez: Films Chosen: Bye Bye Birdie (1963), The Eddie Duchin Story (1956), Pal Joey (1957) June 2017: Billy Bob Thornton: Films Chosen: The Man with the Golden Arm (1955), Giant (1956), Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973) October 2017: Todd Haynes: Films Chosen: The Crowd (1928) (repeat), Sounder (1972), The Night of the Hunter (1955) (repeat), Walkabout (1971) November 2017: Matthew Modine: Films Chosen: The Dirty Dozen (1967) (repeat), Cool Hand Luke (1967) (repeat), Network (1976) (repeat), Grand Illusion (1937) (repeat) December 2017: Matt Walsh: Films Chosen: Being There (1979) (repeat), My Favorite Year (1982) (repeat), Withnail and I (1987) (repeat), Horse Feathers (1932) January 2018: Joanna Going: Films Chosen: The Black Stallion (1979) (repeat), Wings of Desire (1987) (repeat), Day for Night (1973), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) (repeat) March 2018: Drew Scott: Films Chosen: High Noon (1952) (repeat), To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), Poltergeist (1982), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) (repeat) September 2018: Keith Carradine: Films Chosen: Captains Courageous (1937) (repeat), Random Harvest (1942) (repeat), Performance (1970)
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    Guest Programmers and their Films

    One of the films that I was attracted to when I was in film class at Hillsborough Community College was the film "Miami Connection" (1987). It is a genre bending film directed by Y.K. Kim. It combines martial arts and boy band films of the 1980s decade set in the city of Orlando, Florida as well as the city of Miami. It is an unusual film, but it is a lot of fun, if you get a chance to enjoy the corniness of it all. The film was originally not a commercial or critical success in the Orlando area. The film put Y.K. Kim in debt as he struggled to grapple with the film's failure. Overtime the film was shown at underground theaters across the United States and it was in 2012 that Drafthouse Films restored and re-released the film and it gained critical and commercial reception all throughout the country. This film has been shown in dozens of theaters across the country for its newfound audience of corny 1980s action, martial arts, rock music and over-the-top acting that you have to see to believe. This is a film that is a must-see and one that I would highly recommend.
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    Guest Programmers and their Films

    The other film that I watched several days ago from the library was "The Lady From Shanghai" (1948). This film is pretty interesting in that it is one of the few films that was created by Orson Welles with special thanks to William Castle, that the film became an unusual film when it was first released in 1948. I watched this film with audio commentary by Peter Bogdanovich as he provided anecdotes about how he came across this film, his interview with Orson Welles, the debunking of rumors that surrounded Welles' film when it was first shown in theaters, and the cult status that elevated the movie to become a film classic. It is an unusual film from Orson Welles, with his haunting cinematography, score, acting and sequences that were originally planned when Welles wrote meticulous notes about the specifics of how it should be played out throughout the making of the film.
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    Guest Programmers and their Films

    I watched the film "I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang" (1932) several days ago. It was a heartfelt and compelling film that I notice is relevant in today's climate regarding social and political injustice in the United States today. The main character played by Paul Muni is a war veteran who came back home from the war and is struggling to look for work all across the United States, but he finds himself in trouble when he is part of a shooting that he is not a part of. It's message of social injustice and unrest is a good reason of why films of that subject matter ring true in today's culture.
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    Guest Programmers and their Films

    What I have found fascinating about the film Monsieur Verdoux (1947) is that this underrated Charlie Chaplin comedy was meant to move away from the light-hearted comedies Chaplin was known for creating when it comes to writing, acting and directing; as well as producing his own films. This bravura performance that he displays throughout the entire film showcases his willingness of going into dark subject matter while keeping his liberal agenda intact on film. It was Chaplin's biggest flop of the post-war era, but it is an important reminder that even great artists like Chaplin can create artistic films without going against the nth degree of what is distasteful to the audience and what is considered art. It was the film that Bill Cosby introduced in January 2005. But the consequence of this comedian and the film that he selected are not similar to the crime that he was accused of in 2014 by dozens, if not multiple women who threw allegations of sexual criminal activity over the years.
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    Rondo Hatton Awards

    BEST WEBSITE birth.movies.death (WINNER) Runners-up: Bloody Disgusting, Dread Central Honorable mentions: Collinsport Historical Society; Video Watchblog; Daily Dead; Dr. Gangrene's Mad Blog BEST MULTI-MEDIA SITE TWILIGHT ZONE PODCAST (WINNER) Runners-up: Blumhouse Shock Waves; Bloodbath and Beyond; Monster Kid Radio; Ray Harryhausen Podcast Honorable mentions: Trailers From Hell; Damn Dirty Geeks; Count Gore De Vol's Creature Features; Homicidal Homemaker BEST CONVENTION MONSTER BASH (WINNER) Runners-up: Monsterpalooza; HorrorHound Weekend Honorable mention: Texas Frightmare BEST LIVE EVENT RAY HARRYHAUSEN'S MYTHICAL MENAGERIE, Science Museum Oklahoma (WINNER) Runners-up: Blob Panic Re-Enactment (BlobFest); MST3K tour Honorable mentions: Women in Horror Month; Frankenstein the True Story event (Creature Features, Burbank) FAVORITE HORROR HOST SVENGOOLIE (WINNER) Runners-up: Elvira, Joe Bob Briggs Honorable mentions: Dr. Gangrene, Penny Dreadful, Count Gore De Vol, Karlos Borloff, Bone Jangler, Lord Blood-Rah, Son of Ghoul BEST HORROR COMIC BOOK MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS, by Emil Ferris (WINNER) Runners-up: American Gods; Walking Dead; Haunted Horror; Lucio Fulci's Zombie BEST CD HAMMER HORROR: CLASSIC THEMES 1958-1974 (WINNER) Runners-up: Bram Stoker's Dracula; Long Live the King; Audio Adventures of Big Dan Frater; Vault of Horror INDIVIDUAL AWARDS WRITER OF THE YEAR Patrick McCray Few people know the secrets of Collinsport more than Patrick McCray, a Dark Shadows expert whose contributions to the Dark Shadows Daybook keep horror's enduring scare opera alive for new generations. A writer who viewed 1,225 episodes in 45 days, he shares his obsession with Collinsport fans daily. Runners-up: Jonathan Rigby, Gary Rhodes, Tom Weaver, Tim Lucas, Kit Ellinger, **** Coangelo, Frank Dello Stritto, Kim Newman ARTIST OF THE YEAR Mark Maddox The dazzling artwork of Mark Maddox has become as familiar as the logos of our favorite monster magazines. Whether giving a vibrant vibe to Ghidrah or a somber take on Dracula, the Maddox touch is sure and steady. No wonder his work is nominated for several covers each year. Runners-up: Daniel Horne, Chantal Handley, Scott Jackson, Gary Pullin, Frank Dietz, Jason Edmiston, L.J. Dopp, Peter Von Sholly, George Chastain LINDA MILLER AWARD FOR FAN ARTIST OF THE YEAR (In Memory of the late Linda Miller) David G. Hardy The art of David G. Hardy flows naturally, capturing the hearts and torments of our favorite monsters and supporting players. Whether casual sketches or full-throated portraits, Hardy's work is in the grand tradition of classic fantasy, propelled by an exuberance of spirit that keeps his horrors...alive. Runners-up: John Sargent, Malcolm Gittins, Jeff Carlson, Jerrod Brown, Rob Costello. SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Sonny Vento of the Haunted Barn Movie Museum Sonny Vento, now 87, appeared very briefly in 1953 as a longshoreman in THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS, just before the Rhedosaur attacks. Vento helped his son, Joey, start the Haunted Barn Movie Museum in New York, which since 1968 has displayed monster props and shown movies to kids young and old. Says Joey: "When we do our Monstrous Movie Memories Show displays, we always do a tribute to dad." We at the Rondos are delighted to honor a Greatest Generation Monster Kid! MONSTER KID OF THE YEAR TIM LANZA A vice president at the Cohen Media Group, Tim was the driving force behind the restoration of James Whale's OLD DARK HOUSE on Blu-Ray. Working his industry contacts for years, he finally got access to a Library of Congress copy for a 4K restoration. Classic horror fans now have the 1932 film as it was meant to have been seen. The Rondos are honored to select Tim Lanza as our Monster Kid of the Year. THE MONSTER KID HALL OF FAME JUNE FORAY June Foray was quite literally the voice of several generations, the voice artist behind Rocky and Bullwinkle, Looney Tunes, Hanna-Barbera, Disney and scores of commercials and films. Passing away last year at the age of 99, her legacy lives on to the delight of our children and grandchildren. CASSANDRA PETERSON Taking the tradition of horror hosts to sexy and hilarious heights, Cassandra Peterson's Elvira character never forgot the dignity of the films she lampooned. For 30 years she's kept forgotten horror franchises alive. One of the genre's true pioneers. GREG NICOTERO In a world of suits and balance sheets, it's rare that someone who gets it takes charge of a horror franchise as important as THE WALKING DEAD. A trailblazing makeup and effects artist, Nicotero's deft directing touch keeps the show at the cutting edge of 21st Century storytelling. His work will be a guide for generations of filmmakers to come. ROBERT TAYLOR In a world of collectors, few can compare with Robert Taylor, whose rooms of show business memorabilia from the early 1900s to the fright films of the 50s is a living museum. With access to Forrest J. Ackerman's writings and Vincent Price artwork, Taylor is a master of ephemera that matters. In addition, his years of serving as Sara Karloff's aide de camp at conventions and elsewhere have kept icons available to fans and researchers. HARUO NAKAJIMA For decades he was the anonymous man in the Godzilla suit, walking silently though miniature cities. It was hot in the suit, he said later, sometimes he was injured. But Haruo Nakajima never faltered as he kept Toho's monster franchise on schedule. Late in life fans learned his names and flocked to him at conventions. When he died at age 88, Nakajima knew that in his own way, he was a star. MIKE HILL Mike Hill's lifelike sculpts of famous monsters can take your breath away. Full-size and detailed down to the tear on a teenage werewolf's pants leg, Hill's work reveals the humanity in even the fiercest of creatures. His work on the merman in THE SHAPE OF WATER shows his Hollywood influence has only just began.
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    Rondo Hatton Awards

    BEST FILM OF 2017 THE SHAPE OF WATER (WINNER) Runner-up: GET OUT Honorable mentions: WONDER WOMAN, IT, BLADE RUNNER 2049 BEST TV PRESENTATION STRANGER THINGS 2 (WINNER) Runners-up: BLACK MIRROR, GAME OF THRONES Honorable mentions: DOCTOR WHO, FEUD BEST BLU-RAY/DVD SUSPIRIA LIMITED EDITION (Synapse) (WINNER) Runner-up: THE OLD DARK HOUSE (Cohen) Honorable mentions: THE LOST WORLD (Flicker Alley); THE LODGER (1927; Criterion); RAWHEAD REX (Kino); CALTIKI: THE IMMORTAL MONSTER (Arrow) BEST COLLECTION THE PHANTASM COLLECTION (Well Go USA) (WINNER) Runner-up: FRITZ LANG: THE SILENT FILMS (Kino) Honorable mentions: GEORGE ROMERO: BETWEEN NIGHT AND DAWN (Arrow); PAUL NASCHY COLLECTION (Scream Factory) BEST RESTORATION SUSPIRIA LIMITED EDITION (Synapse) (WINNER) Runner-up: THE OLD DARK HOUSE (Cohen) Honorable mentions: THE LOST WORLD (Flicker Alley); ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN MARVEL (Kino); CALTIKI (Arrow) BEST COMMENTARY DAVID DEL VALLE, DEREK BOTELHO (Suspiria) (WINNER) Runner-up: TOM WEAVER, GARY RHODES, ROBERT KISS (Invisible Ghost); TIM LUCAS (Caltiki) Honorable mention: ROD BURNETT, TROY GUINN (Naschy Collection) BEST DVD EXTRA A SIGH FROM THE DEPTHS: 40 YEARS OF SUSPIRIA, directed by Daniel Griffith (WINNER) Honorable mentions: THE LOST WORLD (restoration of Ghost Slumber Mountain); THE OLD DARK HOUSE (interview with Sara Karloff); THE LODGER (Hitchcock talks to Truffaut); TALES FROM THE HOOD (Making of) BEST INDEPENDENT FILM THE DEVIL'S CANDY, directed by Sean Byrne (WINNER) Runners-up: A GHOST STORY; Jovanka Vuckovic's XX Honorable mentions: DEMON WITH THE ATOMIC BRAIN; THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM; THESEUS AND THE MINOTAUR; I DON'T FEEL AT HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE; FANTASMA; HG Lewis' BLOODMANIA BEST SHORT FILM KONG: STEEL IN LOVE, directed by Tom Woodruff Jr. Honorable mentions: WHY IS THERE CARDBOARD IN DRACULA?; BURN; THE BLACK CAT; RAKKA; MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH BEST DOCUMENTARY MONSTER KIDS: THE IMPACT OF THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT, directed by James-Michael Roddy (WINNER) Runner-up: BATMAN AND BILL Honorable mentions: YOU'RE SO COOL, BREWSTER: THE STORY OF FRIGHT NIGHT; WHO GOES THERE: IN SEARCH OF THE THING; KING COHEN; TO HELL AND BACK: THE KANE HODDER STORY BOOK OF THE YEAR THE ART OF HORROR MOVIES: An Illustrated History by Stephen Jones (WINNER) Runners-up: RICCARDO FREDA: The Life and Works of a Born Filmmaker, by Roberto Curti; NOPE, NOTHING WRONG HERE: The Making of Cujo, by Lee Gambin; MONSTER SQUAD: Celebrating the Creators Behind Cinema's Most Memorable Creatures, by Heather A. Wixson; A WEREWOLF REMEMBERS, by Frank Dello Strito Honorable mentions: ISHIRO HONDA, by Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski; UNIVERSAL TERRORS, by Tom Weaver, David Schecter, Robert J. Kiss, and Steve Kronenberg; MICHAEL CURTIZ, by Alan K. Rode; ARE YOU IN THE HOUSE ALONE: A TV Movie Compendium, by Amanda Reyes BEST MAGAZINE (Classic) SCARY MONSTERS (WINNER) Runners-up: LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS, FAMOUS MONSTERS Honorable mentions: VIDEO WATCHDOG, CLASSIC MONSTERS OF THE MOVIES, SCREEM, DIABOLIQUE, FILMFAX, MONSTERBASH; G-FAN BEST MAGAZINE (modern) RUE MORGUE (WINNER) Runner-up: HORRORHOUND Honorable mention: SCREAM BEST ARTICLE 'The Epic Untold Saga Behind Frankenstein: The True Story,' by Sam Irvin, LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #38. (WINNER) Runners-up: 'Robert Bloch: The Clown at Midnight,' by Steven Vertlieb, thunderchild.com; 'Boris Karloff: Host of NBC's Thriller,' by Robert J. Kiss, CLASSIC IMAGES #507. Honorable mentions: 'Battle of the Monster Makers,' by Mark C. Glassy, SCARY MONSTERS #103; 'The Great and Secret Showman' by Sean Plummer, RUE MORGUE #176; 'The Future of Horror,' by Nathan Hanneman, HORRORHOUND #68; 'Caltiki, the Name Written in Tripe,' by Tim Lucas, SCREEM #33; 'Supernatural Folklore in the Japanese Ghost Film,' by Kat Ellinger, DIABOLIQUE #26; 'Less is More: The Need to Return to Generic Horror,' by Preston Fassel, HeardTell.com BEST INTERVIEW (Award goes to interviewer) The W.I.T.C.H. interviews by Andrea Subassati, RUE MORGUE #178 (WINNER) Runners-up: Marie Wallace, by Rod Labbe, SCARY MONSTERS #104; Martin Landau by Mike Stein, FILMFAX #149 Honorable mentions: Adrienne Barbeau by Terry and Tiffany Dufoe, VIDEOSCOPE #103; Sissy Spacek by Lee Gambin, SCREAM #41; John Walsh (Harryhausen friend), by Adrian Smith, SCREEM #33; Kelli Maroney by Preston Fassel, CineDump.com BEST COLUMN The Doctor Is In-Sane, by Dr. Gangrene (SCARY MONSTERS) (WINNER) Runner-up: It Came from Bowen's Basement, by John T. Bowen, RUE MORGUE Honorable mentions: They Came from the Crypt, by Jon Kitley, HORRORHOUND; SHOT IN THE DARK, by Tim Lucas, DIABOLIQUE; Rondo Remembers, by Ron Adams, MONSTER BASH; Overlooked in Hollywood, by Laura Wagner, GOLDEN FILMS OF THE GOLDEN AGE BEST COVER SCARY MONSTERS #105 by Scott Jackson (WINNER) Runners-up: LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #38 by Mark Maddox; CLASSIC MONSTERS OF THE MOVIES #9 by Daniel Horne Honorable mentions: FAMOUS MONSTERS #289 by Terry Wolfinger; RUE MORGUE #178 by Sara Deck and Andrew Wright
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    Rondo Hatton Awards

    Hello guys, Sorry for the delay of the recent Rondo Hatton Award Winners, but I will submit the winners and nominees from this year's Rondo Awards in just a moment.
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    Svengoolie

    This Saturday on Svengoolie, Keep watching the skies, because the martians are here to invade earth in the classic 1956 science fiction film "Earth vs. The Flying Saucers" (1956). Saturday at 8/7c on MeTV.
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    Svengoolie

    On MeTv, there is a horror host from chicago, his name is Svengoolie, also known as Rich Koz. He was part of the WCIU television station in the area known as Berwyn. He first started as the Son of Svengoolie in 1979 after Joey G. Bishop retired the character in 1973. Then, after the cancellation of the Son of Svengoolie in 1986, Rich Koz kept on going with the Koz Zone from 1986 to 1995. In 1995, Koz finally attributed the title of Svengoolie. He is currently one of the last remaining horror hosts from the golden age of television to continue his stance on television. He currently screens horror movies from Universal as well as monster movies from Toho Studios. To learn more about Svengoolie, visit svengoolie.com.
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    Svengoolie

    For the first week of April, Svengoolie aired the science-fiction film classic "Dinosaurus! (1960). The movie aired on April 7, on MeTV at 8/7c. In the second week, he aired "Abbott and Costello Go To Mars" (1953). It aired on April 14, at 8/7c on MeTV. The third week, he aired "Have Rocket, Will Travel" (1959) with the Three Stooges. The movie aired on April 21, at 8/7c on MeTV. Tomorrow, Svengoolie will air the classic William Castle horror film "Mr. Sardonicus" (1961). Be sure to catch the excitement at 8/7c on MeTV.
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    Svengoolie

    The Gill Man is back! Svengoolie is presenting the sequel to the Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954). It's the Revenge of the Creature (1955). Saturday at 8:00/7:00 p.m. central on MeTV.
  18. The film that I have watched from nearly a month ago is a wonderful foreign language horror film from academy award winner Guillermo del Toro entitled Cronos (1993). The film's gore factor ranges from moderate to extreme, but it doesn't shy away from the main story as well as del Toro's themes and motifs that he utilizes in his later work, such as catholicism and his fascination with horror and fantasy.

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    Trailers from Hell

    In 2005, Joe Dante, an astounding filmmaker of his own right, launched a youtube channel to focus on movie trailers of movies that ranged from science fiction to horror to exploitation films of the 1950s and 1960s decade as well as some classic films of the 1930s and 1940s of different genres. Gaining his expertise as an editor at New World Pictures under Roger Corman, he shared his fascination of films, even before Leonard Maltin and Robert Osborne. he was the original expert of movie knowledge. He was an early film critic that wrote an early predecessor of Leonard Maltin's movie guide back in the 1960s decade. Leonard Maltin had a discussion with him in a podcast interview a few years ago about that topic. Since then, Dante's channel had gained the interest of filmmakers, editors, film historians and screenwriters to talk about some of their favorite movie trailers and what makes them attracted to a particular film as they comment about it under whatever running time or trailer length from beginning to end. Your gurus range from John Landis, Mick Garris, Edgar Wright, Allison Anders, Roger Corman, Guillermo Del Toro, Mary Lambert and many others. To visit his website go to trailerfromhell.com or visit the Youtube channel under the name Trailers from Hell. The trailers are great, you never know what trailer they will comment next.
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    Trailers from Hell

    A special treat from the youtube channel Trailers from Hell is a clip from the compilation film that Joe Dante edited from 1968 The Movie ****. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7fp4v8bTEo
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    Trailers from Hell

    The first video that was posted on this youtube channel was Joe Dante's introduction for the movie Gremlins to film fans in France for the Cinenasty series back in 2011.
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    Trailers from Hell

    This week on Trailers from Hell, Night of the Following Days.
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    Guest Programmers and their Films

    Who would you want to be a guest programmer on TCM to share their favorite movies that have influenced their career or are films that they enjoyed?
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    Svengoolie

    This Saturday on Svengoolie, in a departure from Horror movies, Sven will bring in a bizarre movie that feels like a horror movie that give more kids nightmares in its original release. It's Dr. Seuss' The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953), Starring: Hans Conreid in the lead role. Saturday at 8:00/7:00 central on MeTV.
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    Time Out 100 Best Animated Films

    Back in August 2014, Time Out part of Time Magazine came up with a list of their favorite movies from 100 to 1. And below me is the list of these 100 films selected by the critics, animators and film fans and their critiques. 100. Peter Pan (1953) Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson and Hamilton Luske Best quote: ‘But Mother, I don’t want to grow up!’ Defining moment: Peter leads Wendy and her siblings across the London night sky. Parents, do you know where your children are? Maybe they’re following mischievous spirit Peter Pan past the second star and straight on to Neverland, where kids can be kids to their hearts’ content. The sight of grown men threatening children with cutlasses and even a ticking bomb makes this occasionally uncomfortable viewing today (and its dubious treatment of the crimson-hued Native Americans is hard to forgive). But while definitely from a more innocent age, the comedy still plays: Blustery Captain Hook remains an endearingly fallible bad guy, hotly pursued by an ever-ravenous crocodile, while the vigorous action throughout suggests that the Disney team had one eye on Warner Bros.’ Looney Tunes output. It’s somewhat superficial overall, but still the best adaptation of Barrie’s play, perennially unlucky onscreen. Trevor Johnston 99. Millennium Actress (2001) Director: Satoshi Kon Best quote: ‘It’s the key to the most important thing in life.’ Defining moment: When we first realize Chiyoko’s memories and movies are blurred into one. A fictional reclusive screen legend recalls how she embarked upon a lifelong romantic quest to track down the rebel artist who captured her young girl’s heart. Was she hopelessly deluded, or in the throes of a grand passion many of us will never be fortunate enough to experience? So strong are her memories that her devoted interviewer (and his nonplussed cameraman) find themselves sucked into her past, where personal travails and melodramatic film roles intermingle via ‘Perfect Blue’ auteur Kon’s dizzying narrative transitions. The sheer single-mindedness of Chiyoko’s journey almost traps the movie in a groove, yet Kon saves the day with some thought-provoking final-reel reveals, by which point the sheer audacity of his fluidly imaginative direction and loving re-creation of Japanese screen history – from samurai swashbucklers to modern sci-fi epics – has long since cast their spell. Trevor Johnston 98. Feherlofia (1981) Director: Marcell Jankovics Best quote: ‘Tell your mother to breast-feed you for another seven years, then you’ll be able to pull out the tree single-handed.’ Defining moment: When an animated film starts with a hallucinogenic birthing scene, you know you’re not in Kansas anymore. Any director who has written 15 books on folklore takes his ancient legends seriously, and in Magyar maestro Marcell Jankovics’s full-on fable, three princes ignore the king’s warning about ‘the lock which must not be opened.’ All hell (literally) breaks loose, and a white mare goddess spawns three human sons – who subsequently take the fight back to the underworld. An archetypal saga involving daunting trials of endurance, it unfolds in a Day-Glo visual style suggesting Kandinsky’s colorful curves, Matisse’s cutouts and way too many prog-rock album covers. It is unlike anything else in the world, ever, which makes this a must-see, though the sheer brutality with which Treeshaker, Stonecrumbler and Ironrubber press through the pit of Hell and back may make this just a bit too heavy-duty for sensitive younger viewers. Trevor Johnston 97. Perfect Blue (1997) Director: Satoshi Kon Best quote: ‘The Internet? That’s popular at the moment. What is it?’ Defining moment: The sight of Mima’s alter ego skipping in midair from lamppost to lamppost would freak anyone out. The pressures of career choices and the threat of a murderously obsessive fan loosen former pop star Mima’s grasp on reality, in a story that explores the dehumanizing effects of the entertainment industry. ‘Perfect Blue’ also shows how that same industry makes vulnerable women complicit in their own sexual exploitation. This startling first feature reminds us of the immense talent the anime universe lost when director Satoshi Kon succumbed to cancer at 46. No one else would even have thought of doing this intense psychodrama as an animated feature – the source material’s not dissimilar to ‘Black Swan’ – and surely only Kon had the visual skills to transfer the disturbingly fragmented mise en scène of a Polanski or an Argento into animated form. The outcome is dark, mesmerizing, but also controlled and coherent in a way the hyperimaginative Kon never quite managed again. Trevor Johnston 96. Nausea of the Valley of the Wind (1984) Director: Hayao Miyazaki Best quote: ‘Man and insect cannot live together!’ Defining moment: The glow of the rampaging insects’ hate-filled red eyes lines the horizon. Miyazaki’s first film based on his own original material is a major statement of intent. The man doesn’t just tell stories; he creates entire worlds. That sense of total immersion pays dividends here. It’s truly shocking when the eponymous heroine’s peaceful agrarian community comes under attack from a warmongering nation whose aggressive expansion plans could completely unbalance the postapocalyptic environment, where deadly giant insects lurk in the so-called Sea of Decay. Just as ‘Star Wars’ did before it, the film thrillingly shows how one individual’s distinctive perceptions can affect events on a cosmic scale, yet the triumph here is the insistence on endeavoring to resolve mankind’s fate rather than deploy more destruction. Looking to discover early Miyazaki? Start with this epic saga of conflict and compassion. Trevor Johnston 95. Little Otik (2000) Director: Jan Svankmajer Best quote: ‘He’s our child and we have to stick by him through thick and thin.’ Defining moment: When the baby devours his own father: Svankmajer never lets Freud get the better of him. Adapted from a Czech folktale, Svankmajer’s gleefully wicked satire depicts how far a childless couple go to satisfy their parental impulses. After the husband finds a tree stump shaped a little like a human baby, he cleans it up and presents it to his wife, but she soon comes to believe it’s actually their child. Such is her devotion that it somehow brings the thing to life, and its increasingly insatiable appetite has to be dealt with – by any means necessary. With his customary mix of live action and stop-motion animation, Svankmajer explores the more lethally destructive aspects of familial affection and loyalty; at once nightmarish, grotesque and genuinely subversive, the film is also savagely funny as the solipsistic monster grows and grows. Geoff Andrew 94. Night on the Galactic Railroad (1985) Directors: Gisaburo Sugii and Arlen Tarlofsky Best quote: ‘I’m going to be just like that scorpion...’ Defining moment: An old woman sings ‘Nearer, My God, to Thee’ in the most cracked and haunting voice imaginable. Kenji Miyazawa’s 1927 novel is a standard text for Japanese schoolchildren but remains virtually unknown elsewhere. Combining eerie Christian mysticism, awestruck pseudoscience and bleak realism, the book follows two put-upon schoolboys, Giovanni and Campanella, as they board the titular train to the stars and beyond. Anime directors Gisaburo Sugii and Arlen Tarlofsky made one major change when they adapted Miyazawa’s work for the screen: They replaced all the central human characters with cute anthropomorphized kittens. But if their intention was to make the story more appealing to youngsters, they were way off. With its meditative pace, unstructured plotting, and rambling, often incomprehensible discourses on morality and mortality, this is about as kid-friendly as a morning in church. For those with patience, however, it is a beautiful, frequently enlightening trip. Tom Huddleston 93. Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998) Director: Michel Ocelot Best quote: ‘Why are you mean and evil?’ Defining moment: Any time Kirikou’s tiny legs scamper across the savannah. French director Michel Ocelot, whose deliberately simple visual style celebrates the power of the silhouette, grew up in Guinea, and manages the rare feat (for a Western filmmaker) of telling a rural African tale without patronising his subject matter. Instead, the action proceeds with the patience and confidence of a fable, as plucky Kirikou wisely refuses to accept the rule of fear exerted by the stern sorceress Karaba over his home village. Adults will pick up on the political analogy with the continent’s dictatorial rulers, but younger viewers are more likely to be mesmerized by the courage and resilience of the pint-size protagonist. Yes, there’s realistic and entirely nonsexual nudity in the imagery here, but it would be a shame to let Anglo-Saxon prudery stop this delightful film from becoming a much-loved family classic. Trevor Johnston 92. James and the Giant Peach (1996) Director: Henry Selick Best quote: ‘Try looking at it another way.’ Defining moment: The eponymous peach is set free from its tree and rolls to freedom, leaving much bewilderment in its wake. Many filmmakers have struggled to nail the blend of the whimsical and the macabre in Roald Dahl’s inimitable children’s fiction. Oddly, the ones who succeed best are those who put their own creative personality first: Nicolas Roeg, Wes Anderson and, in this winningly surreal take on Dahl’s least overtly filmable work, Henry Selick. The ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ director’s Gothic-style puppetry and doleful sense of humour are ideally suited to this initially melancholy, increasingly manic tale of a lonely young orphan whose life takes a turn for the better when he boards a giant peach bound for New York and populated with lovable mutant bugs. Short, strange and bookended with live-action sequences scarcely less cartoonish than the rest, it’s a fond but inventive tribute to a great storyteller. Guy Lodge 91. Gulliver's Travels (1939) Director: Dave Fleischer Best quote: ‘There’s a g-g-giant on the b-b-beach!’ Defining moment: Lilliputian ingenuity and effort transport their new arrival back to the royal castle. The achievements of the Fleischer brothers (director Dave and producer Max) have long been overshadowed by Walt Disney, yet they invented many key animation techniques, brought sound to the medium, and found wide audiences for their Betty Boop, Popeye and Superman shorts. Still, Disney’s 1937 ‘Snow White’ was a game-changer, and the Fleischers responded with their own animated feature, which took the more family-friendly elements from Swift’s caustic original and delivered an upbeat story in which shipwrecked sailor Gulliver intervenes in the senseless conflict between tiny rival nations over the music at a forthcoming royal wedding. The operetta-influenced warbling hasn’t worn especially well, and the knockabout comedy lacks subtlety, yet the thought-through detail with which the Fleischers imagine Lilliput’s micro fixtures and fittings still impresses. A worthwhile reminder that Disney didn’t have it all its way. Trevor Johnston 90. Goodbye Mr. Christie (2011) Director: Phil Mulloy Best quote: ‘That villain’s **** is huge!’ Defining moment: When our hero Mr Christie accidentally kills God. Well, He was disguised as a spider. How’s this for a plot synopsis? After being seduced by a studly French sailor, straitlaced upper-middle-class father, husband and unwitting reality-TV star Mr Christie goes insane and decides to dig a hole to Australia in the garden. Emerging in the Tokyo subway system by mistake, Mr Christie inadvertently murders God and is exiled to the land of the dead, where he meets Adolf Hitler, Jesus and Dracula. Sadly, just as he’s starting to get a handle on things, the local parish priest decides to rape Mrs Christie, leading to the destruction of the universe. Part of artist and animator Phil Mulloy’s ongoing Christie series (which has so far consisted of 12 shorts and two features, with another in the pipeline), ‘Goodbye Mr Christie’ utilises ultraminimalist animation, computer-modulated deadpan voices and a dry, mordant wit to create something that is at once enlightening, aggravating, strangely moving and extremely funny. Tom Huddleston 89. ParaNorman (2012) Directors: Chris Butler and Sam Fell Best quote: ‘Can’t you be like other kids your age?’ Defining moment: Norman attempts to wrench a book of spells from the rigor-mortis-stiff grasp of a corpse. If, in a few years’ time, a generation of teenagers develops an unhealthy fixation with wearing black and the undead, point the finger of blame at ‘ParaNorman’. Never has a kids’ film been so gloriously ghoulish. Our hero is a horror-film-obsessed 11-year-old called Norman (nicknamed Ab-Norman by the kids at school, who graffiti ‘freak’ on his locker). Norman can see ghosts – which terrifies his meat-and-potatoes dad, who’s worried that his son will grow up into ‘limp-wristed hippie stuff’. The second stop-motion animation from the studio Laika (after 2009’s ‘Coraline’), ‘ParaNorman’ was brought lovingly to life, with up to 300 people working on it at a time, and 3-D printers to animate characters’ faces. The detail, down to the zombies’ tombstone teeth, is stunning. Cath Clarke 88. Ernest and Celestine (2012) Directors: Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar and Benjamin Renner Best quote: ‘If you don’t eat me, I’ll give you whatever you most want in the world.’ Defining moment: Parallel court cases above and below ground, as Ernest and Celestine try their best to end bear-mouse apartheid. Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar came to prominence with the deliciously absurd, aptly titled ‘A Town Called Panic’, to which this more conventionally visualized heart-warmer seems positively Disneyesque by comparison – if Disney made off-kilter political allegories involving bohemian bears and tooth-collecting mice on the fringes of society, all rendered in delicate watercolor tones. A dark-horse Oscar nominee in 2014, this adorable oddity was big in France, but has yet to find the English-speaking audience it deserves; perhaps a new Forest Whitaker–featuring dub will make the difference. In its current form, however, it’s as pretty and as quintessentially Gallic as a plate of pastel-colored macarons, though with a sharper bite than you might expect. Guy Lodge 87. The Bugs Bunny/Road-Runner Movie (1979) Directors: Chuck Jones and Phil Monroe Best quote: ‘Duck season! Wabbit season! Duck season! Wabbit season!’ Defining moment: Too many to choose from, but the Wagner-inspired ‘What’s Opera, Doc?’ will make your jaw drop. The only conceivable reason why this roundup of the best Warner Bros. shorts isn’t higher on this list is because so few are aware of its existence. Released briefly into theaters in 1979, the film opens with Bugs Bunny in scholarly mode, looking back over the history of the chase movie from the earliest silents to the present day. Cue a cavalcade of some of the most insanely inventive, vigorously intelligent, wildly subversive and mind-bendingly bizarre skits and spoofs ever seen on film. The highlights are now part of our culture: Elmer Fudd going toe-to-toe with Bugs in ‘Rabbit Fire’; Daffy Duck berating his own animator in the dizzying ‘Duck Amuck’; the surly appearance of Marvin the Martian in ‘Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century’. But where else can you find them all in one place? We don’t use the word genius lightly, but this qualifies. Tom Huddleston 86. The Tale of the Fox (1930) Directors: Irene Starewicz and Wladyslaw Starewicz Best quote: ‘Sir, I demand compensation for a cold, a nervous breakdown and some stolen hams.’ Defining moment: The silver-tongued, rascally fox talks his way out of the hangman’s noose. Wes Anderson acknowledged ‘The Tale of the Fox’ as the biggest single influence on the look of ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’. Watching the 1930 French film today (you can see it in full on YouTube), it’s astonishing how fresh and modern it is. Codirector Wladyslaw Starewicz pioneered stop-motion animation, creating the elegant world of ‘The Tale of Fox’ with his daughter Irene. Fast, funny and anarchic, ‘The Tale of the Fox’ is as giddily inventive as Pixar, and as charming as Wallace and Gromit. But no film today could get away with being this deliciously and subversively cynical. In another kids’ film, the crafty, cunning fox would get his comeuppance. Not here. After a string of dastardly crimes, Monsieur Fox is hauled in front of the king of beasts, a chin-stroking lion, only to cheat his way to freedom. Bravo. Cath Clarke 85. Coonskin (1975) Director: Ralph Bakshi Best quote: ‘Harlem. Yeah! The pot of smack at the end of the rainbow. No more happy-actin’, back-bustin’. Harlem!’ Defining moment: A naked obese preacher who claims he’s the black Jesus shoots holes in photos of John Wayne, Richard Nixon and Elvis Presley. After introducing drug use, salty street talk and working genitalia into his scandalous first feature, ‘Fritz the Cat’, Ralph Bakshi really caused a stir with this caustic look at race relations, featuring three animated brothers in conflict with both phony revolutionaries and the New York Mafia. Notwithstanding the white and gay characters (just as caricatured as the black ones), racial-equality groups were appalled and the film was barely released, later emerging on DVD under the more benign title ‘Street Fight’. Viewed in retrospect – and putting aside the Tarantino argument of whether a white writer-director has the right to use the n-word so liberally – it’s possible to see Bakshi attempting a strong statement about the subjugation of African-Americans, but undermining himself by using the worst stereotypes of preachers, pimps and whores to make his point. Trevor Johnston 84. Castle in the Sky (1986) Director: Hayao Miyazaki Best quote: ‘The crystal should remind us that we come from the earth and to the earth we must return.’ Defining moment: The destructive power of a giant robot signals the ominous threat of Laputan technology. For the very first Studio Ghibli production, writer-director Miyazaki stepped forward boldly with fleets of lovingly realised vintage flying machines. The film traces the story of a young girl wondering whether the glowing crystal passed to her as a family heirloom will lead her to the legendary flying city of Laputa. If the tale then proceeds along expected lines, the exhilaration of the myriad chase sequences and aerial dogfights remains a marvel (not least given the rudimentary technology available to the Ghibli animators at the time). Also, a strong, ecologically aware undertow adds ballast to otherwise slightly two-dimensional villains. As such, it’s not as thematically rich as Miyazaki’s best (those titles are coming up), but the sheer imagination on view as the camera navigates the richly thought-out Laputa cityscape is obviously the product of a true visionary. Trevor Johnston 83. Ghost in the Shell (1995) Director: Mamoru Oshii Best quote: ‘I am a living, thinking entity who was created in the sea of information.’ Defining moment: Our security-agent heroine pulls the connectors from her neck and we realize she’s a cyborg. Among the first Japanese anime features to be released theatrically in the West, this remarkable vision of the networked future arrived when most of us were barely aware of the Internet. As an elite cybercrime squad hunts down a dangerous hacker known as the Puppetmaster (who’s active online yet elusive in the real world), the story is also an opportunity to wonder if a character is still human when its body is a patchwork of cyborg limbs, and its memories a catalog of information open to manipulation. It’s more a think piece than a thriller, and you can certainly see the roots of the ‘Matrix’ trilogy here. A ‘Blade Runner’–like noir atmosphere still compels, meshing beautifully with Kenji Kawai’s electro-organic score to convey the aching melancholy of being connected to everything, yet remaining utterly alone. Trevor Johnston 82. Alice in Wonderland (1951) Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson and Hamilton Luske Best quote: ‘If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t.’ Defining moment: Alice disappearing down the rabbit hole is only the beginning of the weirdness. Walt Disney had long had his eyes on adapting Lewis Carroll, and when he did so, the results were faithful enough to qualify as one of the studio’s strangest offerings. Evoking the books’ original John Tenniel illustrations but with more than a touch of Disney cuteness, the film as a whole is in thrall to Carroll’s singular visual imagination and his play with language. But it doesn’t quite know how to turn dotty schoolgirl Alice’s episodic odyssey following the white rabbit into anything resembling a satisfying story. One can only imagine what apple-pie audiences thought of it at the time, besieged by hookah-puffing caterpillars, hallucinogenic mushrooms, the Mad Hatter’s tea party and an evidently psychotic Queen of Hearts. It was subsequently a late-night favorite among the herbally assisted. Trevor Johnston 81. Robin Hood (1973) Director: Wolfgang Reitherman Best quote: ‘Oh, he’s so handsome... just like his reward posters.’ Defining moment: The opening tune sung by ‘King of the Road’ balladeer Roger Miller sets the scene perfectly, with laid-back country charm and wheezy gags. Disney may be infamous for manhandling the world’s finest folktales into moralistic all-American parables (see also ‘The Sword in the Stone’, ‘Aladdin’, ‘Mulan’, etc.), but there are times when it really works. ‘Robin Hood’ is a fine example: The ‘Jungle Book’ director Wolfgang Reitherman’s decision to transplant hokey, cowpokey Western movie tropes to Ye Olde England should have led to disaster, but the resulting film is so sweet-natured, so casual, so doggone friendly that it becomes impossible to resist. The minuscule budget meant that entire sequences and characters were lifted wholesale from earlier Disney hits (just think of Little John as a brown Baloo), but somehow this only adds to the film’s unpretentious, shaggy-dog charm. Tom Huddleston 80. The Lord of the Rings (1978) Director: Ralph Bakshi Best quote: ‘My precious…’ Defining moment: The attack at the ford by Rotoscoped Black Riders is truly unnerving. First, let’s get the standard complaints out of the way: Yes, it can be a bit goofy, and some of the voices are way off (whose bright idea was it to cast C-3PO Anthony Daniels as Legolas?). And yes, it unexpectedly stops halfway through, with Frodo and Sam still lost in the wild and the Riders of Rohan beating back the orc army at Helm’s Deep (a conclusion was actually shot for TV, without Bakshi’s involvement, but the less said about that the better). But please, let’s focus on the positives, and there are many. The characterization is simple but effective: We’d say that Sam Gamgee is more wholesomely Tolkienish here than in the Jackson version. The action scenes are genuinely gripping, especially the climactic battle. And most of all, the visual style is just glorious, from the ornate, convincingly twisted woods of Fangorn to those utterly unique Rotoscoped Ringwraiths. Tom Huddleston 79. The King and the Mockingbird (1980) Director: Paul Grimault Best quote: ‘Attention: A charming shepherdess and a worthless little chimney sweep are being hunted by His Majesty the King’s police.’ Defining moment: A giant robot under the mockingbird’s control frees a young chicken from its cage, before smashing said cage with its fist. If you chucked Disney characters into a sci-fi setting and sprinkled in a dose of French lyricism, you might end up with something like ‘Le Roi et L’Oiseau’. The film, scripted by poet Jacques Prévert and loosely based on a Hans Christian Andersen tale, tells the story of a detestable king brought down by arrogance and the machinations of his own paintings (trust us, it makes sense when you watch it). Ostensibly a kids’ flick, it doubles as a cautionary tale about the dangers of totalitarianism – the king’s absurdly ornate palace brings to mind the Bavarian castles beloved of the Nazis, whose regime had barely collapsed when Prévert and Paul Grimault began scripting it in 1948. But above all, it’s a great yarn, at once warm and sharply satirical, all 32 tortuous years of its production visible in the glorious attention to detail. Alex Dudok De Wit 78. Kung Fu Panda (2008) Directors: Mark Osborne and John Stevenson Best quote: ‘Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.’ Defining moment: The beautiful prologue sequence, playing on Chinese shadow-puppet traditions. Jack Black’s public profile was on the verge of hitting full saturation when this knockabout, action-packed tribute to Chinese martial-arts flicks was released. Its huge success may have been instrumental in pushing Black over the line from lovable manchild to omnipresent irritation. It’s a shame, because ‘Kung Fu Panda’ really is inventive and enjoyable, and much of its success is due to Black, whose overweight, ever-eager hero, Po, is the big, soft heart of the movie. It could be argued that the film goes slightly overboard on the voice casting – Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Ian McShane and, somewhat inevitably, Jackie Chan all chime in – but luckily, ‘Kung Fu Panda’ has the witty script to support their celebrity weight. Tom Huddleston 77. Faust (1994) Director: Jan Svankmajer Best quote: ‘How comes it then that thou art now out of hell with me?’ Defining moment: The scene showing a baby’s rapid journey through childhood and adulthood to death is Svankmajer’s Claymation at its best. Svankmajer’s second feature reimagines the Faust story with reference to Marlowe, Goethe, Gounod, Freud, folk legend – and his own extremely fertile invention. A nondescript everyman (Petr Cepek) emerging from a crowded Prague subway is handed a map with a spot marked X; the next day he visits the place, a dressing room in an abandoned theater, where he unthinkingly transforms himself into Faust and sinks into a sinister realm of arcane spells, alchemy and tricky negotiations with Lucifer. The man’s seemingly inexorable descent toward annihilation is conveyed by an expertly executed blend of live action, puppetry, Claymation and other forms of filmic trickery. As ever with Svankmajer’s work, the underlying pessimism of the story and characterization are balanced by the director’s mischievously witty delight in the absurd. Geoff Andrew 76. Coraline (2009) Director: Henry Selick Best quote: ‘They say even the proudest spirit can be broken... with love.’ Defining moment: Coraline’s first, dizzying adventure in the night garden, with its exploding flowers, fountains and mechanical grasshoppers. Director Henry Selick and author Neil Gaiman were an inspired match: two hugely talented, totally idiosyncratic artists who worked like catnip on kids with a somewhat dark turn of mind. So far, this is their only collaboration, an adaptation of Gaiman’s 2002 novel, about a girl whose drab new life in a remote cottage with her parents gains a little spark when she discovers a mysterious door into another world. Selick’s film utilises the same fabric-and-thread stop-motion style as his earlier success ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’, but jettisons that film’s relatively cheery goths-get-festive ethos for something far more twisted and bleak, a mournful meditation on parental responsibility and childish selfishness. Selick’s attempts to shoehorn in Gaiman’s sprawling gallery of characters doesn’t entirely work, and the film can be hard to warm to. But the visuals are breathtaking, from a pulsating, womblike corridor into the ‘button world’, to a series of terrifyingly monstrous transformations. Tom Huddleston 75. Paprika (2006) Director: Satoshi Kon Best quote: ‘Isn’t it wonderful to see inside a friend’s dream as if it were your own?’ Defining moment: The opening scene moves from a surreal chase sequence to playback of the same dream images now stored on computer. It’s called the DC Mini, a flimsy headset that records our dreams as video files. There’s consternation at the research unit when one of the prototypes goes missing. Soon the very fabric of reality tears when the addled psyches of the scientific team and investigating cop take physical form. The last completed feature of the ill-fated Kon (lost to cancer at 46) exemplifies his uniqueness and his foibles, since the supernova of weirdness bursting from the characters’ imaginations is something to behold: fridges on the march, giant robots at large, a psycho-cutie Japanese doll. While the plot itself makes very little sense, Kon’s depiction of flexible reality inside others’ dreams parallels Christopher Nolan’s ‘Inception’, and his mind-**** cavalcade truly has to be seen to be believed. Trevor Johnston

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