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!

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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).

August 24, 2020 Podcast

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

You can listen below as well as on Apple PodcastsSpotify, and Google Podcasts.

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.

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.

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.

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.

August Is TCM’s “Summer Under the Stars” Month

August 2020 on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) again means “Summer Under the Stars.” Every day during the month, a different Hollywood actor will be highlighted with 24 hours worth of films. So, get excited for some deep cuts, new discoveries, and old favorites from some great movie stars.

For a full schedule, visit the TCM “Summer Under the Stars” website. The day resets at 6:00 a.m. ET.

Here’s the full rundown for the month:

  • August 1 – Barbara Stanwyck
  • August 2 – Rock Hudson
  • August 3 – Rita Hayworth
  • August 4 – S.Z. “Cuddles” Sakall
  • August 5 – Ann Miller
  • August 6 – Burt Lancaster
  • August 7 – Sylvia Sidney
  • August 8 – Charlie Chaplin
  • August 9 – Goldie Hawn
  • August 10 – Norma Shearer
  • August 11 – Sammy Davis Jr.
  • August 12 – Lana Turner
  • August 13 – John Barrymore
  • August 14 – Steve McQueen
  • August 15 – Nina Foch
  • August 16 – Cary Grant
  • August 17 – Maureen O’Hara
  • August 18 – Warren Beatty
  • August 19 – Delores del Rio
  • August 20 – William Powell
  • August 21 – Diana Dors
  • August 22 – Natalie Wood
  • August 23 – Olivia de Havilland
  • August 24 – George Raft
  • August 25 – Anne Shirley
  • August 26 – Laurence Olivier
  • August 27 – Claudette Colbert
  • August 28 – Paul Henreid
  • August 29 – Eva Marie Saint
  • August 30 – Charlton Heston
  • August 31 – Alain Delon

Image ©️ Turner Classic Movies

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

The 2020 sci-fi movie project continues! I’m 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 (with two of the four sections courtesy of my Instagram feed).

Sleeper (1973)

The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

Pure torture.

©️ British Lion Films

Logan’s Run (1976)

Star Wars (1977)

One of my all time favorites (although I consider it more of a “space opera” than science fiction).

©️ Lucasfilm, 20th Century Studios

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

My 2020 movie project continues 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.

June’s films were as follows (content mostly from my Instagram feed).

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Barbarella (1968)

I thought that this weird sci-fi sex comedy was mostly just excessive and stupid. I can understand its cult status, but it did nothing for me.

©️ Paramount Pictures

THX 1138 (1971)

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

This film is a difficult one. I know that’s the point, but I don’t think there was anything redeeming in it and I don’t believe I gained anything from submitting myself from the torture of watching it.

©️ Warner Bros. Pictures

Silent Running (1972)

And as an added bonus, I recently saw this cool poster for Silent Running created by artist Matt Ferguson.

©️ Universal Pictures, Matt Ferguson

Solaris (1972)

“The New Mutants” Update

I am ever hopeful that we’ll actually get to see some new movies in an actual theater this fall. One of the first ones out of the gate will be 20th Century Studios’ oft-delayed The New Mutants which is currently scheduled to open in theaters on August 28 (COVID-19 permitting).

Josh Boone, the film’s director, and the film’s main stars did a presentation at last week’s Comic-Con@Home event which is available to view on YouTube.

Check out this cool new poster for the film, too.

©️ Marvel, 20th Century Studios