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Friday, January 01, 2016

I, THE AUDIENCE: The Movies I Saw in 2015 


Here are the movies I saw in 2015:

1911-1920
1912 — The Musketeers of Pig Alley — 1915 — A Burlesque on Carmen — 1916 — The Ocean Waif — 1920 — The Scarecrow


1921-1930
1921 — The Phantom Carriage * Hamlet — 1922 — Nanook of the North — 1923 — The Smiling Madame Beudet — 1924 — The Great White Silence — 1925 — The Midnight Girl * Battleship Potemkin — 1926 — Tramp, Tramp, Tramp * The Adventures of Prince Achmed * Kurrutta Ippeji * The Scarlet Letter — 1927 — The Kid Brother * Do Detectives Think?— 1928 — The Wind * You’re Darn Tootin’ * A Girl in Every Port * Laugh Clown Laugh * The Trail of '98 * October (Ten Days that Shook the World) — 1929 — Big Business * Double Whoopee * Lambchops * Wild Orchids * The Man with the Movie Camera * The Last of Mrs. Cheyney * Their Own Desire — 1930 — Runaway Bride * Another Fine Mess * Animal Crackers * Let Us Be Gay


1931-1940
1931 — Night Nurse * Strangers May Kiss * A nous la liberte (Freedom For Us ) — 1932 — Horse Feathers * Hell’s Highway * The Music Box * Central Park * I Was Born, But … * Kongo * Rain * The Penguin Pool Murder * Downstairs * Smilin’ Through * Strange Interlude — 1933 — Gold Diggers of 1933 * Picture Snatcher * Christopher Strong * Duck Soup * Baby Face * Bureau of Missing Persons * The Bitter Tea of General Yen — 1934 — The Mystery of Mister X * Twentieth Century * Dames * The Barretts of Wimpole Street * Little Miss Marker * Now and Forever * A Lost Lady * West of the Divide * Stingaree * It’s a Gift * Riptide * Judge Priest * It Happened One Night * Bright Eyes — 1935 — G-Men * Tit for Tat * Broadway Melody of 1936 * Alice Adams * Miss Pacific Girl * The Big Broadcast of 1936 * The Murder Man * Charlie Chan in Egypt * Bonnie Scotland * Crime and Punishment * The Woman in Red * The Littlest Rebel * Curly Top * Peter Ibbetson — 1936 — Show Boat * Fury * Dodsworth * Beloved Enemy * Mr. Deeds Goes to Town * Stowaway * The Walking Dead * Born to Dance — 1937 — Camille * The Awful Truth * Wee Willie Winkie * Elephant Boy * Stella Dallas * Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo * Bulldog Drummond Escapes * A Star Is Born * Conquest * Born Reckless * The Good Earth * West of Shanghai — 1938 — The Toy Wife * Condemned Women * The Adventures of Robin Hood * Bulldog Drummond in Africa * Bulldog Drummond’s Peril * Crime School * Overland Stage Raiders * The Mad Miss Manton * Charlie Chan in Honolulu * The Invisible Menace * The Sisters * A Christmas Carol — 1939 — The Three Musketeers * The Four Feathers * Maisie * Zenobia * King of the Underworld * The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle * Sorority House * Idiot’s Delight * The Saint Strikes Back * Susannah of the Mounties — 1940 — Contraband * I Was an Adventuress * Congo Maisie * Devil's Island * Thief of Baghdad * Strange Cargo * The Blue Bird * The Mark of Zorro * Remember the Night


1941-1950
1941 — Suspicion * Here Comes Mr. Jordan * Riders of the Purple Sage * The Bride Came C.O.D. * Life Begins for Andy Hardy * Citizen Kane * The Nurse’s Secret * Dressed to Kill * Dead Men Tell * Topper Returns — 1942 — The Corpse Vanishes * Woman of the Year * Andy Hardy’s Double Life * George Washington Slept Here * The Glass Key * The Great Gildersleeve * Yankee Doodle Dandy * In This Our Life * The Talk of the Town * The Man Who Came to Dinner * Her Cardboard Lover * We Were Dancing — 1943 — Sweet Rosie O’Grady * Here Comes Kelly * Ghost Ship * The More the Merrier * The Seventh Victim* Old Acquaintance — 1944 — What a Man! * Ministry of Fear * Leave It to the Irish * Torment * Bathing Beauty * The Invisible Man’s Revenge * Tunisian Victory * Once Upon a Time * I'll Be Seeing You — 1945 — I Know Where I'm Going * Thrill of a Romance * Flame of the Barbary Coast * A Tree Grows in Brooklyn * Leave Her to Heaven * Isle of the Dead * The House on 92nd Street * It’s in the Bag * Lady on a Train * Anchors Aweigh — 1946 — The Harvey Girls * Night and Day * Gilda * Undercurrent * Deadline at Dawn * Let There Be Light * The Hoodlum Saint * Dick Tracy vs. Cueball * It’s a Wonderful Life — 1947 — The Ghost and Mrs. Muir * The Bishop’s Wife * Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman * Nightmare Alley — 1948 — Criss Cross * Miranda * Macbeth * Sorry, Wrong Number * The Big Clock * Cry of the City * The Dark Past * On an Island with You * Every Girl Should Be Married — 1949 — Little Women * The Window * Love Happy * A Letter to Three Wives * Neptune’s Daughter * The Set-Up * Red Light * Twelve O’Clock High * They Live By Night * Follow Me Quietly * Too Late for Tears * Mr. Belvedere Goes to College * The Story of Seabiscuit * Whirlpool * Batman and Robin * Samson and Delilah — 1950 — The Gunfighter * The Asphalt Jungle * Madeleine * The Daughter of Rosie Grady * Quicksand * Born Yesterday * Scandal * Chain Lightning * Where the Sidewalk Ends * Pagan Love Song * Sunset Blvd.


1951-1960
1951 — A Place in the Sun * The Racket * Hakuchi * Diary of a Country Priest * Fourteen Hours * People Will Talk * Double Dynamite — 1952 — The Bad and the Beautiful * Singin’ in the Rain * Pat and Mike * Don’t Bother to Knock * The Star * Million Dollar Mermaid * The Narrow Margin * Clash by Night * The Sniper * Monkey Business * Room for One More — 1953 — Gentlemen Prefer Blondes * Pickup on South Street * Titanic * The Big Heat * The Naked Spur * Last of the Comanches * Dream Wife * The Bigamist * Beat the Devil * Summer with Monika — 1954 — Johnny Guitar * Dial M for Murder * A Star Is Born — 1955 — I’ll Cry Tomorrow * Mr. Arkadin * World Without End * Jupiter’s Darling * Kiss Me Deadly * Artists and Models — 1956 — Trapeze * The Catered Affair * Lust for Life * Giant * Our Miss Brooks * Early Spring * The Girl Can’t Help It * Godzilla, King of the Monsters * The Solid Gold Cadillac — 1957 — Saint Joan * An Affair to Remember * Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison — 1958 — The Old Man and the Sea * Du cote de la cote * The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw * I Want to Live * A Night to Remember * Run Silent, Run Deep * The Magician * Thunder Road * Party Girl — 1959 — Imitation of Life * The Nun’s Story * Darby O’Gill and the Little People * The Gunfight at Dodge City * Operation Petticoat * Solomon and Sheba * The Devil's Disciple * Odds Against Tomorrow * Pickpocket * The Diary of Anne Frank * Eyes Without a Face * Green Mansions — 1960 — Carry On Constable * Purple Noon * The Warped Ones * Butterfield 8 * Peeping Tom * Zazie dans la Metro


1961-1970
1961 — Fanny * Night Tide * Yojimbo * Pocketful of Miracles * Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea — 1962 —Barabbas * Requiem for a Heavyweight * The Miracle Worker * L’eclisse * Ivan's Childhood * The Grim Reaper * That Touch of Mink * Billy Rose’s Jumbo — 1963 — Cleopatra * How the West Was Won * Irma La Douce * The V.I.P.s * The Day Mars Invaded Earth * California * Charade — 1964 — Diary of a Chambermaid * Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb * Zorba the Greek * Lady in a Cage * Band of Outsiders * The Unsinkable Molly Brown * The Night Walker * Night Train to Paris * I Am Cuba — 1965 — The Nanny * The Sandpiper * The Chimes at Midnight * Pierrot le Fou * Doctor Zhivago — 1966 — Georgy Girl * The Alphabet Murders * Modesty Blaise * Au Hasard Balthazar * The Professionals — 1967 — Berserk * The Sorcerors * Two for the Road * A Countess from Hong Kong * Ten Days that Shook the World * The Jungle Book — 1968 — Star! * Barbarella — 1969 — Support Your Local Sheriff * The Diane Linkletter Story * Marlowe * The Milky Way * Don’t Drink the Water * Some Kind of Nut — 1970 — The Out-of-Towners * The Owl and the Pussycat * Tristana * Trog * Rio Lobo


1971-1980
1971 — The Last Picture Show * Klute * The Creatures the World Forgot * Support Your Local Gunfighter * Little Murders * What’s the Matter with Helen? * Get Carter * THX-1138 * See No Evil * The Anderson Tapes — 1972 — Pulp * What's Up, Doc? * Cabaret * Conquest of the Planet of the Apes * The Thing with Two Heads * Female Convict Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 — 1973 — The Sting * The Way We Were * Deaf Smith and Johnny Ears * The Baby * Mean Streets * The Train Robbers * Don't Look Now — 1974 — Lenny * The Castle of Sand * Freebie and the Bean * Murder on the Orient Express — 1975 — Grey Gardens * Dog Day Afternoon * Rooster Cogburn * Hearts of the West * Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins * Friday Foster * Escape to Witch Mountain * Black Moon * Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai de Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles — 1976 — Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull’s History Lesson * Carrie, Logan's Run, Nickelodeon * Murder by Death — 1977 — Hausu * Empire of the Ants * The Hills Have Eyes — 1978 — Autumn Sonata * Midnight Express * The Swarm * Return from Witch Mountain * Eyes of Laura Mars — 1979 — The Great Train Robbery * A Little Romance * The Tin Drum — 1980 — Gloria * American Gigolo * Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown * Stardust Memories


1981-1990
1981 — Absence of Malice * Pennies from Heaven * Atlantic City * Road Games * Polyester * Mommie Dearest — 1982 — Diner — 1983 — The Curse of the Pink Panther * The Dead Zone * Cujo — 1984 — The Natural — 1985 — Blood Simple * Pale Rider * Pee-Wee's Big Adventure * Pulgasari — 1986 — A Christmas Story — 1987 — River’s Edge * The Whales of August * Lethal Weapon * Project X — 1988 — Midnight Run * A Story of Women * Scrooged — 1989 — Back to the Future II — 1990 — Miller's Crossing * Air America


1991-2000
1991 — Life Stinks — 1992 — Orlando * Indochine — 1993 — Addams Family Values — 1995 — Cold Comfort Farm * While You Were Sleeping — 1996 — Larger than Life * Courage Under Fire * The Hunchback of Notre Dame — 1997 — Cop Land * That Darn Cat * The House of Yes — 1999 — The Cider House Rules * The Insider * 10 Things I Hate About You — 2000 — Circus * Unbreakable * Erin Brockovich


2001-2010
2001 — — 2002 — One-Hour Photo * The Cat Returns — 2003 — Terminator 3: The Rise of the Machines — 2004 — Napoleon Dynamite * Godzilla: Final Wars — 2005 — Elektra * Assault on Precinct 13 * Domino — 2006 — The Queen — 2007 — Juno * Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story — 2008 — Pineapple Express * Tropic Thunder * Barbie in 'A Christmas Carol' — 2009 — Public Enemies * (500) Days of Summer — 2010 — Insidious


2011-2015
2011 — The Thing * Hitler's Children — 2012 — Taken 2 * Hitchcock * To Rome with Love * Insidious, Chapter 2 * Cockneys vs. Zombies — 2013 — We're the Millers * This Is the End * Star Trek Into Darkness — 2014 — The Interview * Birdman * Earth to Echo * Dracula Untold * Interstellar * Paddington * No-No: A Dockumentary * Guardians of the Galaxy * The Search for General Tso * Life After Beth — 2015 — Jupiter Ascending * The Avengers: The Age of Ultron * Hot Pursuit * Insidious, Chapter 3 * Jurassic World * Terminator Genesys * Kingsman: The Secret Service * Mortdecai * Survivor * Ant-Man * Home * SPECTRE * Star Wars: The Force Awakens * The Hateful Eight

My favorite of the 2015 releases that I saw was The Hateful Eight.

Among the very best of the movies that I saw for the first time this year: Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai de Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, The Phantom Carriage, Wild Orchids, The Last of Mrs. Cheyney, The Bitter of General Yen, Little Miss Marker, The Mad Miss Manton, I Was an Adventuress, The Harvey Girls, Macbeth (1948), Sorry Wrong Number, A Letter to Three Wives, They Live by Night, The Bad and the Beautiful, Pat and Mike, The Naked Spur, Early Spring, The Magician, Peeping Tom, Zazie dans la Metro, The Miracle Worker, Ivan's Childhood, Diary of a Chambermaid, Au Hasard Balthazar, The Diane Linkletter Story, The Baby, Grey Gardens, Black Moon, Gloria, River's Edge, Orlando, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.

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Thursday, January 01, 2015

2014: I, THE AUDIENCE 




Here are the movies I saw in 2014: 

1901-1910
1903 — The Monster ­— 1910 — A Christmas Carol  

1911-1920
1912 — The Conquest of the Pole — 1914 — Judith of Bethuliah * The Avenging Conscience 

1921-1930
1921 — Never Weaken — 1923 — A Woman of Paris — 1924 — He Who Gets Slapped — 1925 — The Big Parade * The Monster * The Freshman — 1926 — The Boob * The Better ’Ole — 1927 — The Unknown — 1928 — Two Tars * The Circus — 1929 — The Letter — 1930 — The Bishop Murder Case * Billy the Kid * Doughboys 

1931-1940
1931 — Dance, Fools, Dance * A Free Soul * M * The Champ * Waterloo Bridge * Kameradschaft * Illicit * Blonde Crazy * The Public Enemy * Little Caesar * The Black Camel * City Lights — 1932 — Jewel Robbery * The Half-Naked Truth * Blonde Venus * Three on a Match * The Dark Horse — 1933 — Cavalcade * Going Hollywood * Ace of Aces * King Kong * I’m No Angel * The Eagle and the Hawk — 1934 — House of Rothschild * Gambling Lady * A Very Honorable Guy — 1935 — Rendezvous * Mutiny on the Bounty * Les Miserables * Sylvia Scarlett — 1936 — Mary of Scotland *Stage Struck * Our Relations — 1937 — Madam X * Super Sleuth * Topper * Kid Galahad — 1938 — There’s Always a Woman * Bringing Up Baby * Night Spot * A Christmas Carol * Holiday — 1939 — Of Mice and Men * Dodge City * Goodbye, Mr. Chips! * Stagecoach * Bachelor Mother * The Hunchback of Notre Dame * The Day the Bookies Wept * They Made Me a Spy * The Cat and the Canary * Love Affair * The Little Princess * Only Angels Have Wings * Gunga Din — 1940 — Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum * Strike up the Band * The Great Dictator * The Ghost Breakers * Broadway Melody of 1940 * The Shop Around the Corner

1941-1950
1941 — Mexican Spitfire’s Baby * The Maltese Falcon * The Ghost Train * Penny Serenade * Suspicion — 1942 — My Sister Eileen * Man from Headquarters * Ball of Fire * Phantom Killer * My Favorite Blonde — 1943 — The Desperadoes * Casablanca — 1944 — Lifeboat * National Velvet * To Have and Have Not * The Lodger * The Whistler * Army * None But the Lonely Heart — 1945 — Brewster’s Millions * Dillinger * Hotel Berlin * Conflict * Detour * I See a Dark Stranger * The Power of the Whistler — 1946 — Dick Tracy vs. Cueball * The Strange Love of Martha Ivers * The Big Sleep * Spook Busters * Devotion * Mysterious Intruder — 1947 — Possessed * Out of the Past * Good News * The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer — 1948 — The Boy with the Green Hair * The Fallen Idol * The Man from Colorado * Key Largo * Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House * Joan of Arc * The Woman in White — 1949 — Flamingo Road * I Was a Male War Bride * The Barkleys of Broadway — 1950 — Summer Stock * Three Came Home * In a Lonely Place * Gun Crazy * It’s a Small World * Annie Get Your Gun * Crisis * Side Street 

1951-1960
1951 — Quo Vadis * Angels in the Outfield * Detective Story * Texas Carnival * Lightning Strikes Twice * A Christmas Carol — 1952 — Chained for Life * Forbidden Games * Plymouth Adventure * O. Henry’s Full House * Angel Face * Umberto D. — 1953 — Gate of Hell * The Blue Gardenia * The Hitch-Hiker * Shane * The Juggler * Half a Hero * The Robe — 1954 — The Student Prince * Journey to Italy (Viaggio in Italia) * La strada * Dial M for Murder — 1955 — The Virgin Queen * Mister Roberts * The Cobweb * Smiles of a Summer Night * Dreams — 1956 — Plucking the Daisy * Baby Doll * Safari * Bus Stop * The Bad Seed * Anastasia — 1957 — The Joker Is Wild * Edge of the City * Paths of Glory * The Unholy Wife * Raintree County * The Three Faces of Eve * The Sweet Smell of Success * Wild Strawberries * The Pride and the Passion — 1958 — No Time for Sergeants * The Vikings * Attack of the 50-Foot Woman * Separate Tables * The Defiant Ones * Auntie Mame * Indiscreet * Houseboat — 1959 — Pillow Talk * Ride Lonesome * The Ghost of Yotsuya * North by Northwest * Eyes Without a Face * Santa Claus * The Big Fisherman — 1960 — Sergeant Rutledge * Village of the Damned * Psycho * The Grass Is Greener 

1961-1970
1961 — The Mysterious Island * Raisin in the Sun * The Innocents * King of Kings — 1962 — The 300 Spartans * Winter Light — 1963 — Bye Bye Birdie * The Pink Panther * Shock Corridor * The Old Dark House * The Birds * The Thrill of It All * The Raven * The Silence — 1964 — Della * Séance on a Wet Afternoon * The Comedy of Terrors * Murder Most Foul * Strait-Jacket * Kwaidan * Dead Ringer * A Carol for Another Christmas — 1965 — The Shop on Main Street * A Thousand Clowns * The Cincinnati Kid — 1966 — Alvarez Kelly * Closely Watched Trains * Harper * The Glass Bottom Boat * The Trouble with Angels * Boy Did I Get a Wrong Number! — 1967 — Wait Until Dark * Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner * Death Rides a Horse * The Big Mouth — 1968 — Ice Station Zebra * Planet of the Apes — 1970 — The Aristocats * There Was a Crooked Man * Kelly’s Heroes * Scrooge

1971-1980
1971 — Walkabout * Carnal Knowledge — 1973 — The Legend of Hell House * American Graffiti * The Long Goodbye * The Last Detail — 1974 — Young Frankenstein * Thieves Like Us — 1976 — The Shootist * The Outlaw Josey Wales * The Pink Panther Strikes Again — 1977 — Rollercoaster — 1978 — Up in Smoke — 1979 — The Frisco Kid * Manhattan — 1980 — Caddyshack 

1981-1990
1981 — Bloody Birthday — 1982 — Poltergeist — 1983 — Zelig * A Christmas Story — 1984 — Firestarter * A Passage to India * The Bounty — 1985 — Re-Animator * Runaway Train — 1986 — Back to School * Aliens — 1987 — Planes, Trains and Automobiles — 1988 — Paperhouse * Working Girl * Scrooged — 1990 — Mountains of the Moon 

1991-2000
1992 — Porco Rosso * Unforgiven — 1993 — Jurassic Park — 1994 — Serial Mom — 1996 — Scream — 1998 — The Big Lebowski — 1999 — Superstar * Payback — 2000 — How the Grinch Stole Christmas 

2001-2010
2001 — Zoolander — 2003 — Kill Bill, Vol. 1 * Elf — 2004 — Kill Bill, Vol. 2 * Collateral — 2005 — Flightplan — 2006 — Flyboys — 2007 — 88 Minutes * Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street * Death Proof * Los Angeles Plays Itself — 2008 — Tropic Thunder — 2009 — Year One * Whiteout * The Taking of Pelham 123 — 2010 — Devil 

2011-2014
2011 — The Descendants * Up on Poppy Hill * Bad Teacher * Paul — 2012 — Rise of the Guardians * On the Road * Parental Guidance * Kon-Tiki * Safety Not Guaranteed * The Act of Killing — 2013 — The Lone Ranger * Frozen * Man of Steel * American Hustle * Free Birds * Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 * The Wind Rises * Escape Plan * 12 Years a Slave * Blackfish * Insidious: Chapter Two * Machete Kills * A Haunted House  2014 — The Monuments Men * The Grand Budapest Hotel * Captain America: The Winter Soldier * X-Men: Days of Future Past * Dawn of the Planet of the Apes * Guardians of the Galaxy * Sin City: A Dame to Kill For * Lucy * Non-Stop * The Amazing Spider-Man 2 * A Million Ways to Die in the West * Mr. Peabody and Sherman * The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies * The Imitation Game 

The highlights among the movies I never saw before: Only Angels Have Wings, Forbidden Games, Angel Face, Umberto D., Plucking the Daisy, Baby Doll, Winter Light, The Silence, Kwaidan, The Shop on Main Street, Walkabout, The Act of Killing, Blackfish. 

Among the films I saw from 2014, my favorite is either The Grand Budapest Hotel or X-Men: Days of Future Past.

 

 

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Wednesday, January 01, 2014

I, THE AUDIENCE: The Movies I Saw in 2013 

Give or take a few movies I might have forgotten to write down, here are all the films I saw between January 1 and December 31, 2013:

1921 - 1930
1922 — Oliver Twist — 1927 — King of Kings — 1929 — The Canary Murder Case

1931 - 1940
1931 — The Maltese Falcon (Dangerous Female) * Street Scene — 1932 — The Mask of Fu Manchu * Freaks * White Zombie — 1933 — Child of Manhattan * Solitaire Man — 1934 — Cleopatra — 1935 — The Crime of Doctor Crespi * The Mark of the Vampire * Ruggles of Red Gap * Scrooge * David Copperfield — 1936 — Satan Met a Lady * Charlie Chan at the Circus * Dracula's Daughter — 1937 — Think Fast, Mr. Moto * Thank You, Mr. Moto * Damsel in Distress * The Man Who Could Work Miracles — 1938 — Mr. Moto Takes a Chance * Mysterious Mr. Moto * A Christmas Carol — 1940 — You'll Find Out

1941 - 1950
1941 — Man Hunt * Shadow of the Thin Man * I Killed That Man * The Wolf Man — 1942 — Cat People — 1943 — The Mad Ghoul * The Ape Man * The Ox-Bow Incident * I Walked with a Zombie — 1944 — The Lady and the Monster * Laura * Black Magic (Meeting at Midnight) * The Chinese Cat * Charlie Chan in the Secret Service * The Scarlet Claw * Nothing but Trouble * The Uninvited — 1945 — The Thin Man Goes Home * House of Dracula * The Shanghai Cobra * Along Came Jones * The Scarlet Clue * The Jade Mask * The Woman in Green * Dead of Night * Christmas in Connecticut — 1946 — Cloak and Dagger * The Postman Always Rings Twice * She Wolf of London * Dressed to Kill * Terror by Night * Anna and the King of Siam * Three Strangers — 1947 — Green Dolphin Street * Brute Force — 1948 — Letter from an Unknown Woman * Key Largo — 1949 — Kind Hearts and Coronets — 1950 — House by the River * Caged

1951 - 1960
1951 — The Lavender Hill Mob * Callaway Went Thataway — 1952 — Beware My Lovely — 1953 — By the Light of the Silvery Moon * Calamity Jane * Vicki * The Band Wagon — 1954 — Lucky Me * Pushover — 1955 — The Ladykillers — 1957 — The Cranes Are Flying * Tip for a Dead Jockey * The Tall T * Silk Stockings — 1958 — The Blob — 1959 — Good Morning * A Bucket of Blood

1961 - 1970
1961 — Yojimbo * Sniper's Ridge * Splendor in the Grass — 1962 — Walk on the Wild Side — 1963 — The Haunting * From Russia with Love — 1964 — Sex and the Single Girl * Bunny Lake Is Missing — 1965 — Red Beard * What's New, Pussycat? * Godzilla vs. Monster Zero * Major Dundee * The Cincinnati Kid — 1966 — After the Fox * The Witches — 1967 — Fathom — 1968 — Hang 'Em High — 1969 — Anne of the Thousand Days * The Reivers * Hard Contract

1971 - 1980
1972 — Horror Express * Play It Again, Sam — 1973 — Theater of Blood * High Plains Drifter — 1974 — Rhinoceros — 1975 — A Boy and His Dog * Love and Death — 1976 — Midway * Aces High — 1977 — The Last Remake of Beau Geste * The Goodbye Girl — 1978 — The End — 1979 — Life of Brian * Escape from Alcatraz — 1980 — Don't Answer the Phone

1981 - 1990
1983 — The Outsiders * The Meaning of Life *A Christmas Story — 1984 — Sixteen Candles — 1985 — The Breakfast Club — 1986 — Pretty in Pink — 1987 — Mannequin — 1988 — Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie — 1989 — The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover

1991 - 2000
1991 — Wild Hearts Can't be Broken — 1992 — Alien 3 — 1995 — Godzilla vs. Destoroyah — 1996 — Independence Day — 1997 — Hercules — 1998 — Ringu — 1999 — Sleepy Hollow

2001 - 2010
2001 — Hannibal — 2002 — Resident Evil — 2003 —Anything Else * The Last Samurai — 2004 — Mean Girls * Resident Evil: Apocalypse * Saw — 2005 — Chicken Little * The Curse of the Were-Rabbit — 2006 — Night at the Museum * Monster House — 2007 — Gonzo * The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford * Resident Evil: Extinction * The Simpsons Movie * Death Proof — 2009 — Alice * Monsters vs. Aliens * Puss in Boots * Inglourious Basterds * Extract — 2010 — Winter's Bone * Incendies * Despicable Me * Vampires Suck * Tangled * Resident Evil: Afterlife * RED

2011 - 2013
2011 — Mars Needs Moms * Limitless * The Rum Diary * A Dangerous Method * Carnage * The Help * The Big Year * Chillerama * Pitch Perfect * The Soloist — 2012 — Django Unchained * Silver Linings Playbook * Argo * Moonrise Kingdom * The Beat Hotel * Looper * Zero Dark Thirty * Wreck-It Ralph * Life of Pi * Frank & Robot — 2013 — Gangster Squad * Movie 43 * Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters * Beautiful Creatures * Side Effects * Oz the Great and Powerful * Iron Man 3 * Epic * World War Z * Gravity * The Croods * The Heat * Ender's Game * Thor: The Dark World * R.I.P.D. * RED II * Scary Movie 5 * 47 Ronin * Despicable Me 2 *The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug * The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

My favorite movie released in 2013 was either Gravity or The Heat. A good year for Sandra Bullock. Notable movies from previous years that I saw for the first time in 2013: Winter's Bone, Hotel Terminus, Red Beard, Good Morning, Calamity Jane, The Uninvited, Letter from an Unknown Woman, Dead of Night, Caged.

Another one that I liked was "After the Fox." It's not hysterically funny, but it has a great premise and some of the scenes are very amusing. Some of it is surreal. Peter Sellers is great as usual and I've developed another layer of respect for the talents of Victor Mature.





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Friday, July 19, 2013

BATMAN FRIDAY 

Why We Love Detective Comics

THE JOKER'S MILLIONS

I love finding things like this on the Internet! Feast your eyes on "The Joker's Millions," from Detective Comics #180, with a cover date of 1952.

The Joker inherits a fortune from a former rival in the underworld. And that's just the start of his troubles!

It's as good as "The Joker's Journal." Heck, it's probably better than "The Joker's Journal." But "The Joker's Journal" gets so many extra points for the "Batman the Sapman" comic strip and the section where Gotham's crooks are interviewed about what they think of Batman and Robin.


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Friday, July 12, 2013

BATMAN FRIDAY 

Why We Love Detective Comics

ROBOTMAN


No Batman today. Sorry. Today we're talking about one of Batman's co-stars in Detective Comics, the amazing Robotman! Robotman is kind of obscure today, but he had a pretty good run in the Golden Age. He first appeared in Star-Spangled Comics #7 in 1942, ran in Star-Spangled until #82 in 1948, and then got switched over to Detective Comics, where he appeared from #138 all the way to #202 in 1953.

That's twelve years! He lasted two years after the Golden Age Flash, Green Lantern and Hawkman had disappeared from the comics pages! (And way longer than current favorites like the Spectre or Dr. Fate, who were long gone at this point!)

(Let's be careful not to confuse him with the other Robotman, the one from the Doom Patrol, who didn't appear until the early 1960s. The Golden Age Robotman looks like this.)

The earlier Robotman was a scientist named Robert Crane who worked tirelessly to create a robot body that could be used to house a human brain in case the subject's body was, let's just say for argument's sake, killed by criminals who showed up to rob a laboratory. Well, Dr. Crane was in luck when he was shot by criminals who showed up to rob the laboratory. Crane's assistant managed to place Crane's brain into the mechanical body and that's how Robotman was born!

I can't say too much about the Robotman stories because I've only read a handful but they have a reputation for being a cut above your average Golden age fare, especially with the artwork of Jimmy Thompson. I found a couple of stories online. Here is a link to "Robotman in the Moon!" and "Robot Town, U.S.A!" These two stories are from 1948 and 1949.

For much of his run in Star-Spangled Comics, Robotman enjoyed the assistance of Robbie the Robotdog. Unfortunately Robbie was gone by the time Robotman shifted over to Detective Comics.

When Robotman was ousted from Detective, he was replaced by ... Captain Compass and Mysto the Magician Detective! (Well, the times, they were a-changin'.)

Robotman returned (sort of) when Roy Thomas resurrected him for The All-Star Squadron in the 1980s. The All-Star Squadron, you may recall, was set in the 1940s, and Robotman was one of the Golden Age heroes that Thomas utilized a little more than some of the others, but the Golden Age Robotman was seldom used in modern-day stories, probably because somebody wanted to spare the readers from being confused by the existence of a Golden Age Robotman and a slightly more well-known Silver Age Robotman (the one from The Doom Patrol). Eventually, the brain of Dr. Crane was put into a human body. (It's a long story.)

And that's pretty much it for Robotman!

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Friday, June 28, 2013

BATMAN FRIDAY 

Why We Love Detective Comics

THE READY-MADE GENERIC ROGUES GALLERY

I was going to call this Why We Love Detective Comics: The New 52. But unfortunately, Detective Comics has not been well served by DC's latest reboot. The art's pretty good, and the series got off to a strong - if shocking - start, but the storylines have been a bit drawn out and meandering. And not much happens in each issue because there's three panels per page. And Batman is not much of a detective a lot of the time.

Detective Comics - the comic book from which DC got its name - started in 1937 and ran 881 issues before it was canceled in 2011 and then started up again the following month with a brand new first issue, in which The Joker had his face cut off for some reason. Starting over again with a new #1 seems to me to have been a mistake, but I'm not going to hold that against the new Detective series. My problem with The New 52 version of Detective Comics is that it's not really very good.

However, Detective Comics has been around for a long time and has had its rough patches. In hindsight, these rough patches have provided some of the charm of the venerable series. So that's why - after ignoring the new Detective Comics for a year and a half, I've decided to pick out something that I got a kick out of.

These guys:
They just showed up in Detective Comics #6. (The panel above is from the following issue.) I don't even know all their names. They were at the Penguin's night club, sitting around a table. I guess they are investing in the night club and making a sort of gangland alliance with the Penguin.

The guy who looks like he should be called Light-Bulb Head is Mr. Combustible. The guy with the scarf and the spectacles is known as Hypnotic. The dude in the center in the back is Mr. Toxic. The others? Ya got me. I couldn't find their names mentioned anywhere.

I'm kind of intrigued. They're more like villains from the pulps than comic book villains. But they aren't really breath-taking creations. They remind me of all those one-shot Batman villains from years past. (Like Mr. Camera and The Spinner and The Mirror Man.)

I guess I could describe what's going on in the issue. But I just read it a few days ago and I've forgotten already. I'd have to read it again and the very idea is making me sleepy.

Still. These dudes. (I think they were called "the investors" at some point. Not the best name for a super-villain group.) There's some potential here. I think they've appeared since, alone or in groups. But they haven't made much of an impression as yet.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

BATMAN FRIDAY 

Why We Love Detective Comics

Dr. Tzin-Tzin

Batman has his very own personal Dr. Fu Manchu!

His name is Dr. Tzin-Tzin.

Dr. Fu Manchu is, of course, the iconic Asian mastermind, a shadowy and evil character from the Orient who always has some unwieldy master plan that he hopes to enact with his super-science and his faithful hordes of assassins and warriors. He originally appeared in 13 novels published between 1913 and 1959, written by Arthur Henry Sarsfield Ward under the pen name Sax Rohmer. The novels spawned a number of films (with such actors as Boris Karloff, Warner Oland, Christopher Lee and Peter Sellers as Fu Manchu), radio shows, comic books and so on.

(Actually, I could write an entry on Dr. Fu Manchu as one of the reasons to love Detective Comics because, in the very early days of Detective Comics, Fu Manchu was one of the features! It ran from #17 to #28 and I would guess that it's an adaptation of one of the novels. And you may notice that Detecive Comics #27, the first appearance of Batman himself, is included in that run! So Fu Manchu appeared in the very first comic book that Batman ever appeared in!)

Fu Manchu has spawned a number of imitators, the most notable among them being The Mandarin, who used to be Iron Man's arch-enemy, and The Yellow Claw, who had his own comic book in the 1950s and used to pop up sporadically to fight Captain America, S.H.I.E.L.D., Iron Man, Nova and the Avengers. (The Mandarin and the Yellow Claw are both Marvel characters, which makes Marvel look kind of greedy. Did they really need two Fu Manchu surrogates, especially when you realize that - for a time - they had Fu Manchu as well?)

Which bring us to Dr. Tzin-Tzin.

That's him. The lemon-colored fellow on this page from Detective Comics #354, 1966.

To defy me is to die!

he says.

I guess that, what with Marvel greedily hogging all the "good" Fu Manchu imitators, by the time DC got around to jumping on the Fu Manchu imitator bandwagon, all that was left was Dr. Tzin-Tzin.

He shows up every once in a while with some weird scheme. He took a hiatus after his first appearance, showing up a few years later in Detetcive #408. (He was now affiliated with the League of Assassins and didn't seem quite so ludicrous with Neal Adams drawing him.)  A few months after that, he fought Supergirl in Adventure #418. A few years later, in 1977, he appeared in a few issues of Batman, where our hero foiled his attempts to steal New Gotham Stadium or something.

And then he took another hiatus, later showing up in The Peacemaker in the late 1980s.

Not very ambitious. Dr. Tzin-Tzin needs to try harder!

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