300: Rise of an Empire
In comparison with "300", this insane film is more engaging by dint of being absolutely impossible to take even a little bit seriously.
Charles Bukowski died on his day in 1994. His voice is open and fearless, romantic, honest. He probably has a whole generation of writers getting drunk and wondering why they can't write like that.
In Big Ed's during the filming of "Barfly." Left to right, Bukowski, Ebert, Faye Dunaway, visiting fireman Andre Konchalovsky.
My story about a day on location with "Barfly."
Tom O'Bedlam reads Bukowski's incomparable "Who in the Hell is Tom Jones?"
Bukowski sits in the back set of a convertible and gives a running commentary along Hollywood Boulevard.
Bukowski photos and a song by Johnny Cash
Bono reads "Roll the Dice" by Bukowski
Charles Bukowski Reads "The Fire Station"
Tom Waits reads Bukowski's "The Laughing Heart," Hanks version of Ecclesiates 7, 3 -12:
Realizing I would never read his great book, I got the audiobook and entered the world of the charming Mr. Pepys. Ambitious, lustful, a gossip, well-connected, he witnessed the Great London Fire, the Black Plague and Shakespeare's plays at court, buried gold in his back yard, became Secretary of the Admiralty, seduced servant girls.
Branagh's reading is conversational, confiding and funny. The prose can appear daunting on the page, but he makes it conversational. Pepys' voice comes through, as if he's confiding the low-down on things.
This is good for listening to in the car, because each daily entry is brief, so you don't get stranded in the middle of a long chapter when you have to park. The "home page" of Pepys' Diary. Tweets rhymes with Pepys. Samuel Pepys on Twitter.
Drawing by Richard Levine from the New York Review of Books.
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The Kennel Murder Case (1933) Directed by Michael Curtiz. Screenplay by Robert N. Lee, Robert Presnell Sr. and Peter Milne. Based on the novel "The Kennel Murder Case" by S.S. Van Dine. Starring William Powell, Mary Astor, Eugene Pallette, Ralph Morgan, Robert McWade, Robert Barrat, Frank Conroy, Etienne Girardot, James Lee, Paul Cavanagh, Arthur Hohl and Helen Vinson.Synopsis: "Archer Coe has been found dead in his locked bedroom. The cops consider it suicide, but Philo believes otherwise. When the Coroner shows up, he finds that Archer had been hit with a blunt object, stabbed and shot - making suicide unlikely. When the evidence points to his brother, Brisbane is found stabbed to death in the closet. Archer had a number of enemies, any one of which would have been glad to knock him off, but which one did and how did the murder occur in a room looked from the inside. Only one man, the keen, fascinating, debonair detective Philo Vance, would be able to figure out who is the killer..."Note: Film historians such as William K. Everson, who pronounced The Kennel Murder Case a "masterpiece" (in the August 1984 issue of Films in Review) consider it one of the greatest screen adaptations of a Golden Age mystery novel; ranking it with the 1946 film Green for Danger. - Wikipedia
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I've never forgotten this show, but feared it was lost forever. Now it's turned up on YouTube. How well I remember the day we taped this special! I couldn't get anything to work. Maybe this is historical evidence of why I've never gotten along with video games. Gene Siskel's comic timing is flawless here, and I make a great Oliver Hardy. Stay tuned while we play "Wheel of Fortune" via low-tech VHS tape.
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Teenagers from Outer Space (1959) Directed by Tom Graeff. Starring David Love, Dawn Bender, Bryan Grant, Harvey B. Dunn, Tom Graeff and King Moody. Synopsis: a team of extraterrestrials arrive on Earth in a space ship. They've been searching the galaxy for a planet suitable to raise their herd of "gargons" - a lobster-like yet air-breathing creature, and which is a food staple on their home-world. The crew of the ship includes teenagers, two of whom oppose each other in their activities.Notes from Wikipedia: The film was largely the work of a single person, Tom Graeff, who, in addition to playing the role of reporter Joe Rogers, wrote, directed, edited and produced the film on which he also provided cinematography, special effects and music coordination.Cost cutting measures included using old flight suits clearly decorated with masking tape, dress shoes covered in socks and surplus Air Force helmets. Props included a single bolted-joint skeleton re-used for every dead body, a multichannel mixer that the producers made no attempt to conceal (even clearly bearing the label "Multichannel Mixer MCM-2") as a piece of alien equipment, and the infamous dime-store Hubley's "Atomic Disintegrator" as the aliens' focusing disintegrator ray.In an odd move, Director Graeff also pre-recorded some of the film's dialogue for several scenes, and had the actors synchronize their actions with the sound. The score of the film came from stock, composed by William Loose and Fred Steiner - the same score that's been recycled in countless B-movies such as The Killer Shrews and Night of the Living Dead.The film failed to perform at the box office, placing additional stress on an already-burdened Graeff in the wake of law suit by his investors, and in the fall of 1959, he suffered a mental breakdown, proclaimed himself the second coming of Christ, and after a number of public appearances followed by a subsequent arrest for disrupting a church service, Graeff disappeared from Hollywood until 1964 and eventually committed suicide in 1970. - Taken from Wikipedia. Enjoy the movie!
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This artwork found here on Jim Romanesko's site.
So much began and changed with Toland's eye and his camera. This film is short but remarkably comprehensive. The sequence rehearsing the low-angle shot in "Citizen Kane" is invaluable, even though I knew by reading how it was done. This is one of the most useful seven minutes I've ever spent learning about cinematography.
Many thanks to Marie Haws for this video find.