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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October 8, 2020 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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September 21, 2020 Podcast

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

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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.

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August 24, 2020 Podcast

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

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New in Theaters

Theatres across the U.S.A. are starting to reopen! Let’s hope they can do so safely and that everyone can stay well.

Last Weekend

  • Unhinged (Solstice Studios)

This Weekend

Also of Note

Tenet is finally opening next week! Advance screenings are happening August 31, September 1, and September 2. The film opens in most U.S. markets where theaters are open on September 3. Check your local theater for showtimes (where available). Tenet is also playing in IMAX.

Reviews

I watched two new movies on Disney+.

  • Howard (2018)
  • The One and Only Ivan (2020)

Classic Cinema Corner

More like “Guilty Pleasures Corner”… I watched the dreadful yet beautiful The Black Hole (1979) on Disney+.

I thought this documentary about the making of The Black Hole was very interesting. Not sure how accurate all of the information is, but it was still enjoyable.

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August 5, 2020 Podcast

Welcome to the 50th episode of the podcast!

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Coming to Theaters

Are we actually going to get new Hollywood blockbusters in theaters in 2020? Warner Bros. is planning to open Tenet on August 28 internationally and on September 3 in select U.S. cities (TBA).

The Walt Disney Studios has decided to put their live-action/CGI remake of Mulan on their Disney+ streaming service. They will charge $29.99 for this “premiere access” viewing beginning on September 4. It will also be opening in some theaters (most likely in international markets) that don’t get Disney+ (also TBA). The film will be a regular part of the Disney+ library in a few months (meaning no extra charge to watch). It’s the Wild Wild West for new movie releases, that’s for sure.

I loved seeing two Star Wars films—The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and The Force Awakens (2015)—as part of the “comeback classics” that have been playing in movie theaters while we’re waiting for new Hollywood releases to happen. Big thanks to Disney and Lucasfilm for re-releasing the films and to Megaplex Theatres for such a nice and safe movie going experience.

Classic Cinema Corner

Paramount Pictures’ new “Paramount Presents” Blu-ray Discs are really cool. More info at Amazon.com.

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is continuing the tradition of their “Summer Under the Stars” programming during the entire month of August. Check out the full lineup on the TCM website.

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June 25, 2020 Podcast

Welcome to this week’s podcast!

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Local Movie Theater Report

I went to a movie in a theater and lived to tell about it (actually, Megaplex Theatres here in Salt Lake City did a fantastic job and I had a very positive experience).

What I’ve Been Watching

I’m in the middle of my James Bond 007 movie watching project–a venerable film series that has had its share of hits and misses.

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June 18, 2020 Podcast

Welcome to this week’s podcast!

Black Lives Matter

Lots of important feature films and documentaries are available for free digital rental through the end of June (in most cases) on Apple iTunes and Amazon Prime Video. Check your preferred digital platform for other possible options.

The new Spike Lee Joint Da 5 Bloods is now available on Netflix.

Reviews

Disney’s adaptation of Artemis Fowl is truly foul. Review on the podcast.

Best Father’s Day Movies

It’s Father’s Day this Sunday, June 21. Celebrate the good men in your life with some quality cinema. My 10 pics are on the podcast.

The 1950 version of Father of the Bride will be playing on Turner Classic Movies this Father’s Day, June 21. Check your local listings.

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June 4, 2020 Podcast

Welcome to this week’s podcast!

Black Lives Matter

Warner Bros. is offering their 2019 film Just Mercy as a free streaming rental during the month of June. Check your preferred digital download/streaming service (I rented it on Apple iTunes).

Also just learned after recording the podcast that Paramount Pictures is offering their film Selma (2014) as a free streaming rental during the month of June, too. See tweet below from the film’s director Ava DuVernay.

The Criterion Channel has taken down the paywall on many of their “Pioneers of African American Cinema” film titles, so even if you aren’t a subscriber you can watch them for free. 

Virtual Cinema

Check out the interesting “Virtual Cinema” options available from Film at Lincoln Center.

“Must-See Sci-Fi” Project

I’m having a blast and learning a lot with my 2020 movie project of 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. Check out the mini reviews on my Instagram feed.

James Bond 007 Project

I’m 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 now scheduled to open in theaters in November 2020. (It was scheduled to open in theaters in April 2020, but was moved, again courtesy of COVID-19.) More info about the project and a complete list of films is here. Check out the mini reviews on my Instagram feed.

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