Bob Marley was born February 6, 1945 in Jamaica, to Norvall Marley, a white Jamaican who originally hailed from Sussex, England and oversaw a plantation, and Cordelia Booker, who he married at the age of 18. Marley's father being white lead to him being discriminated against in his own country, but his father passed away when he was just 10 years old after suffering a heart attack.
The original Planet of The Apes movies occupied a curious netherworld of critical opinion. With each film, the budget was sawn in half, leading to a successive pattern of diminishing returns that led to a cheapening of its esteem. The spin-off TV show was quickly cancelled, further dulling the lustre and few people even remember the animated series that finally put the Apes to bed until a rude awakening in 2001.
However, for all their child-pleasing capers (the family-friendly G rating was a mandatory stipulation from the studios), the Apes movies deftly juggled important themes and arguments about slavery, free-will, nuclear war, vivisection, racism and oppression, and man’s innate capacity for cruelty. In pure storytelling terms, the circuitous plot links the first five movies (and the new post-Rise cycle) into a pleasing, if relentlessly pessimistic, self-perpetuating full-circle.
Enormous box office successes in their early stages, they spawned
Warner Archive Collection
1949 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 118 min. / Street Date January 10, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99
Starring: Van Johnson, John Hodiak, Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy, Marshall Thompson, Don Taylor, James Whitmore, Douglas Fowley, Leon Ames, Guy Anderson, Denise Darcel, Richard Jaeckel, James Arness
Cinematography: Paul Vogel
Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters
Film Editor: John D. Dunning
Original Music: Lennie Hayton
Written by: Robert Pirosh
Produced by: Dore Schary
Directed by William A. Wellman
“The Guts, Gags and Glory of a Lot of Wonderful Guys!”
— say, what kind of movie is this, anyway?
Action movies about combat are now mostly about soldiers that fight like killing machines, or stories of battle with a strong political axe to grind. WW2 changed perceptions completely, when a mostly civilian army did the fighting. With the cessation of hostilities combat pictures tapered off quickly, and Hollywood gave the subject a break for several years.
In the second installment of HBO’s crime drama The Night Of, “Subtle Beast”, suspected murdered Nasir “Naz” Khan (Riz Ahmed) is trapped and has nowhere to go. This episode goes past the streets and courtrooms on The Wire and Law & Order to delve deep into the dark trenches of the American prison system and what it’s like to be stuck inside it. The show paints a harrowingly realistic picture of the criminal experience through the eyes of a young brown man.
We open on the morning after the night of and Naz is still being held at the station for possession of a deadly weapon. He hasn’t been charged of any crimes yet but already he feels helpless and desperate for someone to believe that he is telling the truth. But as Stone (John Turturro) explains to him, it
*** Slight spoilers ahead, but nothing that should take away from your viewing entertainment***
Picking up where we left off, Nas (Riz Ahmed) is still replaying the events of his night that have landed him in a cell. The police officers have given their statements of the arrest that lead to the discovery of the knife, and Nas is anxious to tell his side of the story. Jack Stone (John Tuturro) doesn’t care what the truth is, and would prefer to not to hear it until he has to. He wants to be “flexible” and after watching Detective Box (Bill Camp) work, we get an understanding for why.
Nas’ family is given more to do this episode. For starters, tracking down their son. Salim (Peyman Moaadi) and Safar (Poorna Jagannathan) Khan are running around New York City tasked with
How Escape from the Planet of the Apes continued the series and created a saga.
It was 46 years ago that 20th Century Fox released the third film in the original Planet of the Apes cycle, titled Escape from the Planet of the Apes. The fact that a second sequel was even produced, following 1970’s Beneath the Planet of the Apes, was something of a miracle: after all, in an effort to end the franchise after just two films, Beneath’s finale offered nothing less that the destruction of Earth itself. But with Beneath an unqualified success at the box office -- $19 million in earnings against a $4.6 million budget -- screenwriter Paul Dehn was famously sent a terse telegram that simply said, “Apes exist. Sequel required.”
What Dehn did was nothing short of brilliant, finding a way to not only extend the story but make it a self-perpetuating
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
There's almost no point in reviewing Father of the Bride, as one doesn't need insights,
Kino Lorber revealed they will release 1977’s The Island of Dr. Moreau on Blu-ray in June. No special features have been announced at this time, but stay tuned to Daily Dead for further updates.
“Animals become monsters – and a man becomes part animal – in this sci-fi shocker starring Burt Lancaster and a galaxy of mutant monsters created by some of the make-up legends behind Planet of the Apes. On a tropical Pacific island, the mad Dr.
Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari
Stars: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher, Lil Dagover, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski, Rudolf Lettinger | Directed by Robert Weine
Synopsis: At a local carnival in a small German town, hypnotist Dr. Caligari presents the somnambulist Cesare, who can purportedly predict the future of curious fairgoers. But at night, the doctor wakes Cesare from his sleep to enact his evil bidding…
My thoughts: Along with Last Year in Marienbad and The 400 Blows, Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari was one of those “important” films that I,
Damien: Omen II (1978)
Written by: Harvey Bernhard, Stanley Mann, Mike Hodges
Directed by: Don Taylor
Cast: William Holden (Richard Thorn), Lee Grant (Ann Thorn), Jonathan Scott-Taylor (Damien Thorn), Sylvia Sidney (Aunt Marion), Robert Foxworth (Paul Buher), Lance Henriksen (Seargent Neff), Meshach Taylor (Dr. Kane)
I know it may be a bit peculiar to review a sequel without doing a retrospective of a whole series of films, but I actually have never seen this one. I watched it and the third movie “The Final Conflict” with Sam Neill back to back. While I haven’t seen the fourth entry, I can say this is probably the last one that has the feel of the original. I can compare this to “Jaws 2”. While not as powerful as the original, it still seems like it exists in the same world. Also like all the “Jaws” sequels after part two,
After his daughter selects a mate, the father must endure sleepless nights, sticker shock, and the disruption of his household as he navigates through the nightmare of wedding planning. In the original 1950 comedy classic Father Of The Bride, Spencer Tracy is terrific as Stanley banks, the harried father whose plans for a small wedding go awry. As his wife and daughter, Joan Bennett and Liz Taylor aren’t given much to do except look supportive and lovely, respectively (Interestingly, both actresses played Amy in film versions of Little Women; Bennett in 1933 and Taylor in 1949). Don Taylor, who plays the groom, would have a long career as a TV director. Director Vincent Minnelli does a nice job of balancing the comedy and the sentimentality in Father Of The Bride, which was a huge hit in 1950, spawning a
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