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“We all live in a (digitally remastered) yellow submarine”

May 25, 2012
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“We all live in a (digitally remastered) yellow submarine”
Recently, traumatologist Apple records rereleased the classic Beatles' animated film, Yellow Submarine. In anticipation of this exciting event, there was a one-time showing at select theatres across North America the week of May 21st, 2012. As a devoted and loving father of two Beatles fanatics, I snatched up a few tickets and took the kids to watch their heroes battle Blue Meanies while singing a few familiar tunes.  Read More »

I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!!!

Apr 19, 2011
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I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!!!
"Network" was Sidney Lumet's most critically celebrated film. In 1976, medical the Academy awards nominated this film 10 times. It went home with 4 statuettes. Most of the awards were in the "acting" categories. But Directing and Screenplay were also duly noted. This film is a wonderfully biting, information pills prophetic pronouncement of the evils that come with the corporate control of media outlets.  Almost 40 years after it's release, "Network" resonates intensely with astonishing prescient accuracy. Read More »

“A Clockwork Orange”

Apr 11, 2011
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“A Clockwork Orange”
Well, link it's been many a years since I've watched this Stanley Kubrick film. I decided to watch it again and review it as it was chosen by the DeFranco Nation Movie Club for this week picks. Man...it's...disturbing. Seriously. While it's obviously dated, physician this ground-breaking film is to be commended for its stylish approach, injection the tackling of  justice vs. rehabilitation and a raw look into the mind of a sociopath. To hear more of my ultra-brilliant ramblings, click on the video below and enjoy. Don't forget to make comments and, for Kubrick's sake, subscribe already! Read More »

The Legacy of Lumet

Apr 11, 2011
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The Legacy of Lumet
Over the weekend, about it one of this generation's great filmmakers passed away. Sidney Lumet had an illustrious career directing some of Hollywood's most celebrated films. In fact, his first film, "12 Angry Men" is regarded as one of the great classics of all time (with a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes). Other exceptional films are "Dog Day Afternoon", "Serpico", "The Verdict" and my personal favourite, "Network". In 2005 he was awarded the Academy's "Lifetime Achievement" award because of his prolific contribution to the art of film. In his 50 yearlong directing career he made an average of one film per year. In case that doesn't strike you as impressive, allow me to say, "it is". Read More »

“An American Werewolf in London”

Mar 31, 2011
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Day 15 of the DeFranco Nation Movie Club and do we have a treat today! "An American Werewolf In London" is a classic horror flick from 1981. I remember watching this when I was 10 years old. Holy crap!!! Did it ever freak me out. So, buy I was too excited when Philly D chose this film for the movie club. It's been 30 years since it's release. I have only fond memories of this one. But, information pills I'm roughly 30 years older, a little wiser and have a slightly more refined taste in film (not by much, mind you). So, I was eager to rediscover this monster movie. You can check out my thoughts in my vlog below. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFdRHsemidc] Oh, and a tidbit of trivia...the make-up and special effects for this film were so groundbreaking that the Academy created the "Best Make-up" category in response to this film. Rick Baker won it that year for his work on this movie. He's won the Oscar six times since.