April 27, 2021 Podcast

Welcome to episode 69 of the Movies Past and Present podcast! Glad you’re here!

Now in Theaters and Streaming

  • Mortal Kombat; now playing in theaters and streaming on HBO Max
  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines; coming to Netflix on April 30

TCM Classic Film Festival on May 6-9

This year’s TCM Classic Film Festival is another virtual affair, with the addition of streaming content being added to HBO Max.

Three By…

This month’s “Three by” director is Brad Bird.

Movie of the Week

Nomadland (Searchlight Pictures, 2020)

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Subscribe to the Movies Past and Present podcast on Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle Podcasts, and Stitcher. I hope that watching some great movies will bring you peace and comfort this week. Thanks for listening, be safe out there, and dedicate yourself to the truth.

Movie of the Week for April 26-May 2, 2021

As mentioned in my March 15, 2021 podcast, I’ve started a new “Movie of the Week” feature. I’ll be recommending a favorite movie with the hopes that it will be a film that you’ll enjoy, too. I’d love to chat online about each week’s film on my Instagram and Twitter feeds if you’re so inclined.

This week’s movie is the newly-crowed Oscar winner for Best Picture, Nomadland (Searchlight Pictures, 2020). I loved this film when I got to see it a few weeks ago and it was my top pic for the Best Picture Oscar, too.

Movie of the Week for April 19-25, 2021

As mentioned in my March 15, 2021 podcast, I’ve started a new “Movie of the Week” feature. I’ll be recommending a favorite movie with the hopes that it will be a film that you’ll enjoy, too. I’d love to chat online about each week’s film on my Instagram and Twitter feeds if you’re so inclined. (And sorry to be a little slow with this week’s selection…)

This week’s movie is the highly entertaining western Tombstone (1993).

April 16, 2021 Podcast

Welcome to the 68th episode of the Movies Past and Present podcast!

New in Theaters

Review

Godzilla vs. Kong (Warner Bros., 2021)

Best Picture Nominations

I finally saw all of the films nominated for an Academy Award®️ for Best Picture:

A list of all of this year’s Oscars nominations is here. A downloadable PDF ballot for your Oscars party is here. Watch the Oscars on Sunday, April 25, 5PT/8ET on ABC.

Movie of the Week

Speed (20th Century Fox, 1994)

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Subscribe to the Movies Past and Present podcast on Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle Podcasts, and Stitcher. I hope that watching some great movies will bring you peace and comfort this week. Thanks for listening, be safe out there, and dedicate yourself to the truth.

Movie of the Week for April 12-18, 2021

As mentioned in my March 15, 2021 podcast, I’ve started a new “Movie of the Week” feature. I’ll be recommending a favorite movie with the hopes that it will be a film that you’ll enjoy, too. I’d love to chat online about each week’s film on my Instagram and Twitter feeds if you’re so inclined. (And sorry to be a little slow with this week’s selection…)

This week’s movie is the action thriller Speed (20th Century, 1994). Directed by Jan de Bont (it was his directoral debut) and starring Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, and Dennis Hopper, this film is a total blast. The plot revolves around a public bus that is has a bomb planted on it that will explode if the bus goes under 50 miles per hour. The action is great, the chemistry between is the stars is great (supposedly Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock each had a crush on the other), and the script is great, too. I’m excited to watch it again.

I thought these publicity shots of Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock were adorable, too.

©️20th Century Studios
©️ 20th Century Studios

Movie of the Week for April 5-11, 2021

As mentioned in my March 15, 2021 podcast, I’ve started a new “Movie of the Week” feature. I’ll be recommending a favorite movie with the hopes that it will be a film that you’ll enjoy, too. I’d love to chat online about each week’s film on my Instagram and Twitter feeds if you’re so inclined.

This week’s movie is a classic crowd-pleaser from the 1970s, the original Rocky (MGM/UA, 1976). I love this film for a lot of reasons–the great underdog story, the exciting action, the relationships, the terrific soundtrack by Bill Conti, and just the relatability of it all. It’s was a childhood favorite, but I think I love it even more as adult.

Here’s my Instagram post on the film.

I was happy to come across this publicity shot of Sylverster Stallone and Talia Shire as well on the Rocky Facebook page.

©️MGM/UA

Movie of the Week for March 29-April 4, 2021

As mentioned in my March 15, 2021 podcast, I’ve started a new “Movie of the Week” feature. I’ll be recommending a favorite movie with the hopes that it will be a film that you’ll enjoy, too. I’d love to chat online about each week’s film on my Instagram and Twitter feeds if you’re so inclined.

This week’s movie is Passover and Easter themed. It’s Cecil B. DeMille’s Biblical epic The Ten Commandments (Paramount, 1956). Watching this film during Easter weekend on the ABC television network was a staple in my home growing up. It’s been years since I’ve seen the film, so I’m excited to watch it again during Holy Week this week.

My Instagram post gives the scoop:

Here’s a pic of the cover art for the new Blu-ray that I’ll be watching this week.

©️Paramount Pictures

TCM “Must-See Musicals” Update for March 2021

This year, I am watching all 50 movies listed in the great book from Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Must-See Musicals: 50 Show-Stopping Movies We Can’t Forget by Richard Barrios (Running Press, 2017; available on Amazon.com, on the Shop TCM website, and, hopefully, from your favorite bookseller). More information about the book and my viewing project this year is here.

Here’s the rundown of the movies I watched in March (courtesy of the Movies Past and Present Instagram feed).

Swing Time (1936)

Rose Marie (1936)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

March 29, 2021 Podcast

Welcome to the 67th episode of the Movies Past and Present podcast!

New in Theaters

Three By…

This month’s “Three by…” director is Chloé Zhao. More about her filmography is on IMDb.com.

Movie of the Week

This week’s pick is The Ten Commandments (1956). The film will be screened as it is every year on the ABC Television Network this Saturday, April 3 (check your local listings). It will also be playing on the big screen as part of the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Big Screen Classics series this Wednesday, March 31 and Easter Sunday, April 4; more info at fathomevents.com/tcm. I’ll be watching it on a Blu-ray Disc that I just ordered from Amazon.com.

Thanks for Tuning In!

Subscribe to the Movies Past and Present podcast on Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle Podcasts, and Stitcher. I hope that watching some great movies will bring you peace and comfort this week. Thanks for listening, be safe out there, and dedicate yourself to the truth.

Movie of the Week for March 22-28, 2021

As mentioned in my March 15, 2021 podcast, I’ve started a new “Movie of the Week” feature. I’ll be recommending a favorite movie with the hopes that it will be a film that you’ll enjoy, too. I’d love to chat online about each week’s film on my Instagram and Twitter feeds if you’re so inclined.

In honor of the new CGI-slugfest Godzilla vs. Kong (Warner Bros., 2021) opening in theaters on HBO Max on March 30, 2021, I picked another double-feature this week with the original King Kong (RKO, 1933) and the original Godzilla (Toho Co., Ltd., 1954). I watched both of these films on HBO Max.

While the Godzilla vs. Kong film appears to have nothing to do with the storylines from the original films, I still marvel at the artistry and filmmaking techniques used in both of these classic monster movies, particularly with the amazing visual effects in King Kong done by special effects wizard Willis O’Brien. (And it’s a total guilty pleasure watching these original Godzilla films knowing that it’s a dude in a rubber suit destroying miniature sets.)

Here’s some cool artwork for both of these classic monster movies.

©️RKO
©️Toho Co., Ltd.