January 12, 2022 Podcast

Welcome to the 79th episode of the Movies Past and Present podcast.

New in Theaters

  • The 355 (Universal); opened January 7
  • Scream (2022; Paramount); opens January 14

My Top 10 of 2021

I dissect my 10 favorite films from 2021.

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December 24, 2021 Podcast

Welcome to the 78th episode of the Movies Past and Present podcast. And Merry Christmas Eve to you and yours!

TCM Big Screen Classics Series for 2022

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has announced the lineup of films for their 2022 Big Screen Classics series. This is a great opportunity to see classic movies in an actual theater along with some great context from a TCM host (typically TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz).

Here’s the list of films. For more info, visit fathomevents.com/tcm.

TCM Classic Film Festival 2022

The TCM Classic Film Festival is back again for 2022! The festival will take place April 21-24, 2022 in Hollywood, California. Select passes are still available online. For more information, visit tcm.com/festival.

A Tribute to Walt Disney Animation Studios

Walt Disney Animation Studios recently released their 60th animated motion picture, Encanto. The film has been playing exclusively in theaters and will make its debut on the Disney+ streaming service today (December 24). Make sure to check it out!

A complete list of Disney Animation’s 60 films in chronological order is here.

To commemorate this wonderful milestone, here’s my ranking of all 60 films (solely based on personal taste and preference, not necessarily respecting the overall quality or historical significance of the film).

  1. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  2. The Jungle Book (1967)
  3. Cinderella (1950)
  4. Peter Pan (1953)
  5. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
  6. Aladdin (1992)
  7. Sleeping Beauty (1959)
  8. 101 Dalmatians (1961)
  9. The Rescuers (1977)
  10. Tangled (2010)
  11. Lady and the Tramp (1955)
  12. The Little Mermaid (1989)
  13. Dumbo (1941)
  14. Bambi (1942)
  15. Mulan (1998)
  16. Zootopia (2016)
  17. Big Hero 6 (2014)
  18. Frozen (2013)
  19. Fantasia (1940)
  20. Tarzan (1999)
  21. The Lion King (1994)
  22. Pinocchio (1940)
  23. The Rescuers Down Under (1990)
  24. Frozen 2 (2019)
  25. Moana (2016)
  26. Encanto (2021)
  27. Robin Hood (1973)
  28. The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
  29. The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)
  30. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)
  31. Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)
  32. Raya and the Last Dragon (2021)
  33. Saludos Amigos (1943)
  34. Hercules (1997)
  35. Fantasia 2000 (2000)
  36. Pocahontas (1995)
  37. Oliver and Company (1988)
  38. Bolt (2008)
  39. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)
  40. Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
  41. Treasure Planet (2002)
  42. The Aristocats (1970)
  43. Winnie the Pooh (2011)
  44. Alice in Wonderland (1951)
  45. Meet the Robinsons (2007)
  46. Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
  47. The Sword in the Stone (1963)
  48. Make Mine Music (1946)
  49. Melody Time (1948)
  50. Fun and Fancy Free (1947)
  51. The Three Caballeros (1945)
  52. Lilo and Stitch (2002)
  53. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
  54. The Princess and the Frog (2009)
  55. The Fox and the Hound (1981)
  56. Brother Bear (2003)
  57. Chicken Little (2005)
  58. Home on the Range (2004)
  59. Dinosaur (2000)
  60. The Black Cauldron (1985)

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December 17, 2021 Podcast

Welcome to the 77th episode of the Movies Past and Present podcast!

New in Theaters

Opening Friday, December 17

Opening Wednesday, December 22

Reviews

  • West Side Story
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

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November 11, 2021 Podcast

Welcome to episode 76 of the Movies Past and Present podcast!

New on Streaming

  • Red Notice (Netflix)
  • Finch (Apple TV+)

Also, Disney+ is celebrating its second anniversary on November 12 with a fun set of “Disney+Day” programming and promotions. Learn more here.

Reviews

  • The Last Duel
  • Dune
  • The French Dispatch
  • Eternals

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October 14, 2021 Podcast

Welcome to episode 75 of the Movies Past and Present podcast.

New in Theaters

The Last Duel (20th Century Studios)

(More about Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon is here.)

Reviews

No Time to Die (MGM)

Check out my ranking of the previous 24 James Bond 007 films.

Mindy Johnson Interview

I had the distinct honor and privilege of interviewing animation historian and author Mindy Johnson. Mindy is giving a presentation at Film Forum about her Pencils, Pens & Brutshes: A Great Girls’ Guide to Disney Animation book this Sunday, October 17 in New York City. Learn more here.

Buy Mindy’s books:

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September 15, 2021 Podcast

Welcome of episode 74 of the Movies Past and Present podcast.

New in Theaters

  • Cry Macho (Warner Bros.)
  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye (Searchlight)

Review

  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the 10 Rings (Marvel Studios)

Check out this featurette about the film.

Three Recent TCM “Must-See Musicals” Picks

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.

Three recent musicals of note are:

  • The Pajama Game (1957)
  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
  • A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

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July 30, 2021 Podcast

Welcome to episode 73 of the Movies Past and Present podcast.

New in Theaters

Reviews

  • Black Widow (Marvel Studios)
  • Space Jam: A New Legacy (Warner Bros.)
  • Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (Paramount)
  • Jungle Cruise (Disney)

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June 26, 2021 Podcast

Welcome to the 72nd episode of the Movies Past and Present podcast.

New in Theaters

  • F9 (Universal)

Classic Cinema Corner

The Birdcage (United Artists, 1996) returns to the big screen on June 27, 28, and 30 as part of the Turner Classic Movies Big Screen Classics series. Visit the Fathom Events webpage to find a screening near you.

Reviews

Fast & Furious “Fast Friday” Screenings and F9 Review

The first Fast & Furious film, The Fast and the Furious, opened on June 22, 2001 and celebrated its 20th anniversary this week. Now, the ninth film of the series, F9, makes its long awaited debut in the U.S.A. this weekend. Universal Pictures did free screenings of all eight Fast & Furious films, one per week, on what they termed as “Fast Friday” screenings. I went to all eight screenings, as well as saw F9 yesterday, and lived to tell (barely).

©️ Universal Pictures

More info about the films is at thefastsaga.com.

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May 31, 2021 Podcast

Welcome to the 71st episode of the podcast!

New in Theaters on June 4

Review

  • Cruella (Walt Disney Studios; now in theaters and on Disney+ with extra-fee Premier Access)

Three by…

This month’s “Three by” director is Yasujirō Ozu. I watched these films on The Criterion Channel streaming service.

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May 21, 2021 Podcast

Welcome to the 70th episode of the Movies Past and Present podcast.

New in Theaters

Summer 2021 Movie Season

I discuss five films I’m really looking forward to seeing this summer (trailers below).

In the Heights – June 11

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Luca – June 18

Official website

Black Widow – July 9

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The Beatles: Get Back – August 27

Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – September 3

Movie of the Week

Singin’ in the Rain (MGM, 1952)

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