Fifteen Years Later, “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” is Still a Marvel

I was always such a big fan of movie serials and pulp superheroes even before my initiation in to comic books. I loved characters like Superman and The X-Men, but I also loved The Shadow, Commander Cody, and the Green Hornet. Some of those heroes made up some of my most entertaining fantasies, and it wasn’t a big adjustment considering most of the nineties’ superhero movies were mainly adaptations of pulp heroes like “The Phantom” and “The Rocketeer.” Kerry Conran remains one of the most prophetic filmmakers of all time.

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The Elvis Movies

Elvis Presley was the king of rock ‘n’ roll, but he was also one of the most popular film stars from the mid-1950s through the late 1960s. In this episode of “The Online Movie Show,” film historian James L. Neibaur, author of “The Elvis Movies,” considers Elvis’ cinema output and place in film history.

The episode can be heard here.

Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (2019)

No one loves Kevin Smith more than Kevin Smith. He’s a fan of not just building this façade of an extended universe with his films, but the smug idea that he ultimately rejected Hollywood when all is said and done. After endless efforts to hit the mainstream vein, and re-invent himself as a horror director, Smith has come back to doing what he does best: Repeating himself, repeating the same old jokes, and giving his hardcore fans a ton of weed jokes, and near endless pop culture references about “Star Wars” and “Batman.”

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Moby Dick: The Radio Play (Part 2 of 2)

Cinema Crazed’s Phil Hall makes his playwriting debut with this radio drama based on the Herman Melville masterpiece. This is the second of a two-part presentation, directed and produced by J. Timothy Quirk and presented via the syndicated radio program “Nutmeg Chatter.”

The episode can be heard via this link.

It Chapter Two (2019) [Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital]

At this point I’m just glad that the new “It” adaptation didn’t get split in to a trilogy. “It Chapter One” was great just as it was, I thought “Chapter Two” needed to be the book end. Thankfully it truly is the finale I was hoping for as a poignant, complex, and heartbreaking film about the horrors of the past, and trying to prevent the nightmares of our childhood from deciding who we are and can become as adults. Once “The Losers Club” is forced back in to Derry Maine, they have no choice but to confront their own personal monsters before fighting the physical manifestation of their demons known as Pennywise.

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The Bootleg Files: Love

BOOTLEG FILES 710: “Love” (newly bootlegged version of a copyright-protected restoration of a 1919 comedy short starring Roscoe “Fatty” Arbucke).

LAST SEEN: On YouTube.

AMERICAN HOME VIDEO: This just appeared online two days ago.

REASON FOR BOOTLEG STATUS:
Someone must have thought it was okay to rip off the presentation because the source material is public domain.

CHANCES OF SEEING A COMMERCIAL DVD RELEASE: Not likely at all.

The basic premise of this column is to highlight rare film and television productions that can only be seen in bootlegged prints and unauthorized online video postings. The column has never encouraged bootlegging of copyright-protected work. On occasion, this column has considered public domain titles that are the subject of endless duping because of their lapsed copyrights – and in too many cases, the only way that one can appreciate those works is by enduring the duped versions.
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Prophecy (1979) [Blu-Ray]

John Frankenheimer’s survival horror film came in the midst of horror films that often preached something about conservation or the risks of pollution which would inevitably spawn some kind of monster in nature. Films like “Piranha” and “Orca” were all common place, and “Prophecy” is one of the many of its ilk. While it’s not exactly a great movie, “Prophecy” is a good enough man vs nature horror film about pollution and the fall out from corporate greed and irresponsibility.

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Making Waves (2019)

Here is something that you don’t see every day: a documentary that gets its facts wrong.

Viewers with little knowledge on the history of sound technology in filmmaking are advised to stay away from Midge Costin’s feature, which gives a cockamamie overview of the audio aspects of the cinematic experience. Costin appears to be under the impression that movies were completely silent between Edison’s failed sound film experiments of the late 1890s and the Warner Bros. releases of “Don Juan” and “The Jazz Singer” in the late 1920s – in reality, there were numerous experiments taking place to create the so-called “talkies,” and many of these works still survive and are widely available for review.

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