October 15, 2020 Podcast

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New in Theaters

  • Honest Thief (Briarcliff Entertainment)
  • Comeback Classics: The Nightmare Before Christmas (Disney; 1993); check your local listings

“Three by…”

A new monthly category for the podcast is going to be an exploration of three different films from a specific film director. I’m calling the section “Three by…”. The three films will be sample representation from the director’s entire body of work and/or some of my favorite films from the director.

This month’s director is Carl Reiner. Reiner passed away this summer at the ripe old age of 98. Turner Classic Movies recently had a tribute day where they showed six of his films. I recorded them on my DVR and finally had a chance to watch the three films which I discuss in the podcast, each from a different decade of his career: Enter Laughing (1967), Oh, God! (1977), and All of Me (1984).

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Our Mega Marvel Cinematic Universe Re-watch!

With the rescheduling of Marvel Studios’ Black Window from November 8, 2020 to May 7, 2021 (thanks, COVID-19…), I’m embarking on a new movie watching project to ease the disappointment. I’m watching all 23 films of the “Marvel Cinematic Universe” (MCU) starting this weekend.

To mix it up, I’m going to watch the films in story chronological order rather than by release date, which really should be fun.

Here’s the watch order (with the year of original release in parenthesis):

  1. Captain America : The First Avenger (2011)
  2. Captain Marvel (2019)
  3. Iron Man (2008)
  4. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  5. Iron Man 2 (2010)
  6. Thor (2011)
  7. Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)
  8. Iron Man 3 (2013)
  9. Thor: The Dark World (2013)
  10. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
  11. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  12. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
  13. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
  14. Ant-Man (2015)
  15. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
  16. Spider-Man: Homecoming  (2017)
  17. Black Panther (2018)
  18. Doctor Strange (2016)
  19. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
  20. Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
  21. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
  22. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
  23. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

The goal is to watch one of these films a week. I’ll update the blog periodically, but will be tracking most of the action on the Movies Past and Present Instagram feed (@moviespap). Please follow or watch along if you’re into this sort of thing!

Speaking of Marvel Studios, I love this Avengers poster art by Matt Ferguson (@mattfergusonartist on Instagram).

©️ Marvel Studios, Matt Ferguson

October 8, 2020 Podcast

Welcome to the podcast!

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New in Theaters

  • The War with Grandpa (101 Studios)
  • Yellow Rose (Sony)
  • Comeback Classics: Coco (Pixar; 2017), Hocus Pocus (Disney, 1993), Beetlejuice (Warner Bros., 1988), A Nightmare on Elm Street (New Line Cinema, 1984), and Akira (Funimation; 1988). Check your local listings.
  • TCM Big Screen Classics: Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (Universal, 1960)—October 11, 12, and 16. Details at fathomevents.com/tcm.
  • Fathom Events: Other films include a 40th anniversary screening of Friday the 13th (Paramount; 1990) on October 9 and 10, and a 30th anniversary screening of Total Recall (Rialto Pictures/StudioCanal; 1990) on October 10, 13, and 27. Details at fathomevents.com.

Reviews

Enola Homes (2020); watched on Netflix

TCM “Must-See Sci-Fi” Project

Brazil (1995); rented from the Apple iTunes Store. Part of this year’s TCM science fiction movie watching project.

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Ranking of All 24 “James Bond” Films

I have just finished watching in order all 24 of the James Bond 007 films in preparation for the 25th Bond film (aka “Bond 25”), No Time to Die, which is scheduled to open in theaters in November 2020. (Correction: No Time to Die has been moved to an April 2021 release date. #covid19sucks) It’s been a total blast and just the escape that was needed during COVID-19.

Here’s my ranking of the 24 films, starting with the bottom (and courtesy of my Instagram feed).

All images ©️ Eon Productions

24. A View to a Kill (1985)

23. Octopussy (1983)

22. Moonraker (1979)

21. The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

20. The World Is Not Enough (1999)

19. Live and Let Die (1973)

18. Thunderball (1965)

17. Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

16. You Only Live Twice (1967)

15. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)

14. Quantum of Solace (2008)

13. Die Another Day (2002)

12. License to Kill (1989)

11. From Russia with Love (1963)

10. Spectre (2015)

9. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

8. The Living Daylights (1987)

7. For Your Eyes Only (1981)

6. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

5. GoldenEye (1995)

4. Dr. No (1963)

3. Casino Royale (2006)

2. Skyfall (2012)

And No. 1 Is Goldfinger (1964)

TCM “Must-See Sci-Fi” Update for September 2020

I am watching all 50 movies listed in the cool book from Turner Classic Movies (TCM) called Must-See Sci-Fi: 50 Movies that Are Out of This World by Sloan De Forest (Running Press, 2018; available at Amazon.com and Shop TCM). The complete list of 50 films is here.

Here’s the rundown of this month’s movies (courtesy of my Instagram feed).

September 21, 2020 Podcast

Welcome to this episode of the Movies Past and Present podcast!

You can listen below as well as on Apple PodcastsSpotify, Google Podcasts, and Stitcher. And follow me on Instagram (my handle is @moviespap).

New in Theaters

Check your local listings for some great comeback classics, like special 35th anniversary Fathom Events’ screenings of The Breakfast Club (1985) playing on 9/21 and 9/24, and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) which is coming back again on 9/25 to many theater chains in the U.S. in honor of its 40th anniversary.

Also, the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Big Screen Classics series is back! First up is Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) playing on 9/27, 9/29, and 10/1.

Review

  • Disney’s live-action/CGI Mulan (2020), which is now playing on Premier Access on the Disney+ streaming service.

Also of Note

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September 3, 2020 Podcast

Welcome to this episode of the Movies Past and Present podcast!

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New in Theaters

Reviews

  • The New Mutants (20th Century Studios)
  • Tenet (Warner Bros.)
  • The Personal History of David Copperfield (Searchlight Pictures)

As a side note, here’s what the soundtrack of Tenet in the IMAX theater sounded like to me.

Classic Cinema Corner

  • Airplane! (Paramount Pictures; 1980; check out the cool blu-ray release from Paramount on amazon.com; also playing in theaters on September 9 courtesy of TCM and Fathom Events)

Film Festival

Ever want to attend the New York Film Festival (NYFF)? Now you can with the NYFF’s virtual screenings this year. More at at NYFF website.

Thank You for Tuning In!

Subscribe to the Movies Past and Present podcast on Apple PodcastsSpotify, and Google Podcasts. I hope that watching some great movies will bring you peace and comfort this week. Be safe out there! Thanks again.

TCM “Must-See Sci-Fi” Update for August 2020

I am watching all 50 movies listed in the cool book from Turner Classic Movies (TCM) called Must-See Sci-Fi: 50 Movies that Are Out of This World by Sloan De Forest (Running Press, 2018; available at Amazon.com and Shop TCM). The complete list of 50 films is here.

Here’s the rundown of this month’s movies (courtesy of my Instagram feed).