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About DeMilleBuff32

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  1. Penelope Spheeris is one of the most versatile filmmakers to ever leave her mark in Hollywood. Her documentary, THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION shed light on the LA punk scene of the late 70's/early 80's, and carved a colorful path that would lead her to direct WAYNE'S WORLD, THE LITTLE RASCALS and BLACK SHEEP. I sat down with Spheeris and her daughter, Anna Fox, at the beautiful Texas Theatre, to discuss the DECLINE series... and ended up with the funniest episode of BACKSEAT FILMMAKER, yet.
  2. Just a reminder, tomorrow is Walter Huston's birthday, and TCM is celebrating by showing KONGO in the morning.
  3. Like he's from India? Jesus probably didn't look like Jeffrey Hunter, but people forget that even then, there was a mixture of different ethnic groups and cultures during that time, thanks to, in no small part, the Roman Empire. I'm sure he looked Middle Eastern, but that's not the same as looking South Asian.
  4. We're getting straight-up sacrilegious on this week's episode of Backseat Filmmaker; Joey Monroy and Connor Quade join forces with me to compare the works of two of cinema's greatest artists. The Easter holiday means many things to many different people. Chocolate rabbits, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and cascarones, those hollow egg shells, filled with confetti, that Mexican kids use to break on each other’s heads. But for me, Easter is a celebration of one of my favorite film genres: The Biblical Epic. In 1927, Hollywood titan Cecil B. DeMille directed The
  5. https://bigjohncreations.wordpress.com In 1932, the American Horror Film came into its own as a viable genre. Dracula and Frankenstein had blown the doors off the industry the year before, making overnight stars of Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff, and paving the way for a variety of imitators. Paramount responded with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (starring Fredric March in the roles that would land him an Oscar,) and the similarly literate Island of Lost Souls, which cast Charles Laughton as HG Wells’ overly ambitious Dr. Moreau. Not to be outdone, MGM turned to their silent master of the ma
  6. As far as the finished film goes, there's a lot to like in it, but it feels very much like there's chunks missing. If you watch our discussion, we talk about all those factors and try to be as fair as we can to this much-maligned, often overlooked, film.
  7. “Rev-o-lution… a word. Spoke everywhere.” Some epics are released and receive the immediate admiration and laurels they deserve. Ben-Hur. Lawrence of Arabia. Amadeus. Even the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Then you have those masterpieces so ahead of their time, they're shredded by the critics of their day, and fail to find their proper footing. The Night of the Hunter (1955) director Charles Laughton was so disheartened by the reaction to his first directorial work, he never got behind a camera again. The film is now considered one of the all-time essential thrillers. R
  8. If you're a fan of classic Universal and Hammer Horror, or just love anything related to Gaston Leroux's *Phantom of the Opera*, you won't want to miss this thrilling new independent film told from the Phantom's perspective: http://www.youtube.com/user/GastonLerouxsErik http://www.facebook.com/ErikMovie Thank you for your time! Edited by: DeMilleBuff32 on Aug 2, 2011 2:19 AM
  9. If you guys are interested in anything vampire, Dracula or classic horror related, please check out, "I Was a Pre-Teen Dracula!" Part I on YouTube: Starring Adrian Haas, and Ryan Jeri. Directed by Ryan B. Jeri. This is the recently re-edited first installment to a crappy no-budget "Dracula" movie I made with a friend back in middle school. It was originally edited on VHS, but the original tape was lost, so I am currently re-editing the movie on my PC, for posterity. My friend and I had set out to make a serious adaptation of Stoker's novel, but that obviously wasn't going
  10. I saw it twice. Here is my first review, followed by my second: For months, I had been pumped to see CR. This past week I read the book, and rewatched most of the films. I just got back from my first viewing and have really mixed feelings. I love the grittiness, and felt it was a very good drama-thriller. I loved the action scenes, especially the first fifteen minutes, and the Kleinman titles were great, if a little slow. However, something dissapointed me in the film. I don't know if it was the hype and the preparation for me that let me down a bit, but somethings did. First off, l
  11. hahahaha thats so funny, and so true! I can't wait to see both movies. Even though this is a little off topic of happy feet (sorry bobhopefan1940) what do you think of james bond having blonde hair and blue eyes? I am really excited for Casino Royale tomorrow, and can't wait. I think the movie I going to be great and as an actor, Daniel Craig will do a great job. However, I feel he really doesn't have that traditional Bond look. The blue eyes are fine, since that is how Fleming described him, yet Fleming also frequently refers to Bond having jet black hair. Roger Moore DID have light br
  12. Frankly, I'm pumped! I am a huge Bond fan and became one around the time of DIE ANOTHER DAY (The first 007 film I saw in theaters.) I think the film is going to be great,and I can't wait to see it on Friday. However, I'm still not sold on Craig. he may be the greatest actor in the world, but he still doesn't have that Bond look. Sorry to sound like a troll, but alot of it has to do with the hair. Anyway, I've just finished reading the original Fleming novel, and I'm getting myself warmed up by rewatching most of the 007 films throught the week. This weekend I watched DR.NO, FRWL, GOLDF
  13. I don't know about that, but I do know James Bond will kill those Penguins with his bare hands!
  14. With it's cool look, and late-night time slot, I wonder if TCM could get away with showing more Hammer films, and later horror classics like the original TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974), HALLOWEEN (1978) and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984.) Normally, I wouldn't care for these later slasher flicks on TCM, but they are important cinematic films, and would go great with the format of TCM Underground.
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