“LICORICE PIZZA” (2021): Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1970s California

“LICORICE PIZZA” (2021) “BOOGIE NIGHTS” (1997) & “INHERENT VICE” (2014): Paul Thomas Anderson movies set in 1970’s California (he was born in 1970 and was raised in the Valley, so much of the content is pulled from his experience or adjacent to his personal upbringing). “THE NICE GUYS” (2016) is the other movie (NOT inContinue reading ““LICORICE PIZZA” (2021): Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1970s California”

“LAST NIGHT IN SOHO” (2021), Films Inspiring Nostalgia, Stylized Horror & Clever Camera Work

“Last Night in Soho” (2021), directed by Edgar Wright, is about a young girl who heads off to fashion school in London (Thomasin Mckenzie) when she begins connecting with the past through an affection for the 1960s and dreams about a mysterious young dancer, Sandie (Anya Taylor Joye). Her whimsical transportation to this beloved decadeContinue reading ““LAST NIGHT IN SOHO” (2021), Films Inspiring Nostalgia, Stylized Horror & Clever Camera Work”

Holiday Hidden Gem #4: “It Happened On 5th Avenue” (1947) & Iconic NEW YEARS EVE Scenes

“It Happened On 5th Avenue” (1947) directed by Roy Del Ruth is a holiday movie about a homeless man who squats in a mansion during the winter season pretending it’s his own, and how hi-jinx ensue when he “generously” takes in guests to stay with him. Screenwriters, Herbert Clyde Lewis and Frederick Stephani, were nominated forContinue reading “Holiday Hidden Gem #4: “It Happened On 5th Avenue” (1947) & Iconic NEW YEARS EVE Scenes”

Holiday Hidden Gem #3: “The Family Stone” (2005) & What Not To Do When Meeting The Family

“The Family Stone” (2005), written and directed by Thomas Bezucha, is the story of what happens when Everett Stone (Dermot Mulroney) wants to bring his girlfriend, Meredith Morton (Sarah Jessica Parker), to meet his bohemian Connecticut family at Christmas. Straitlaced Meredith, feeling she needs backup, asks her sister Julie (Claire Danes) to come along. HopingContinue reading “Holiday Hidden Gem #3: “The Family Stone” (2005) & What Not To Do When Meeting The Family”

Holiday Hidden Gem #1: “While You Were Sleeping” (1995)

Holiday Hidden Gem #1: “While You Were Sleeping” is a 1995 classic Christmas rom-com, directed by Jon Turteltaub, who is responsible for Cool Runnings, National Treasure franchise, The Meg, & The Kid. Who Could Have Been? Lucy Moteratz (Sandra Bullock) could have been played by Demi Moore, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts or Meg Ryan. JackContinue reading “Holiday Hidden Gem #1: “While You Were Sleeping” (1995)”

Murder Mystery #3: “Knives Out” (2019)

“Knives Out” (2019) directed by Rian Johnson was the sneak attack stacked hit from a year that already was full of top tier highly anticipated features (“Once Upon A Time in Hollywood,” “The Irishman,” “1917” “Midsommar” “Hustlers” “Little Women” “Us” and “Parasite”). Stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Ana De Armas, Chris Evans, Katherine Langford, Don Johnson,Continue reading “Murder Mystery #3: “Knives Out” (2019)”

Murder Mystery #2: “Gosford Park” (2001)

“Gosford Park” (2001) directed by Robert Altman, written by Julian Fellowes (of “Downton Abbey”). “Gosford Park” was based on a French film that came out in Jean Renoir’s French classic, “La Règle du jeu” (“The Rules of the Game”) which came out in 1939. Development on “Gosford Park” began in 1999, when Bob Balaban askedContinue reading “Murder Mystery #2: “Gosford Park” (2001)”

Murder Mystery #1: “Clue” (1985)

Murder Mystery #1: Murder mystery parody, CLUE “Clue” (1985) was directed and conceptualized by Johnathon Lynn who was in collaboration with John Landis. The film stars Tim Curry, Eileen Brennan, Colleen Camp, Bill Henderson, Howard Hesseman, Madeline Kahn, Jeffrey Kramer, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Martin Mull, Kellye Nakahara, Lee Ving, Lesley Ann Warren, and more.Continue reading “Murder Mystery #1: “Clue” (1985)”

“Far From The Madding Crowd” (2015) Episode Notes

Sources/Further Reading & Listening: The novel by Thomas Hardy https://variety.com/2015/film/reviews/far-from-the-madding-crowd-review-1201464632/ https://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/10/travel/on-englands-coast-thomas-hardy-made-his-world.htmlPoldark Fancast Typecast Podcast NPR Interview with Carey Mulligan – clips used in episode

ELVIRATOBER Pt. 4: “Messiah of Evil” (1973): Girls, Gore, and a Lovecraftian Giallo

Cinematic Breadcrumbs ELVIRATOBER Pt 4: “Messiah of Evil” (1973) – Girls, Gore, and a Lovecraftian Giallo Lovecraftian horror or sometimes called “cosmic horror” is a subgenre that predicates itself on the unknown or incomprehensible – you might have heard of this term more recently in relation to the HBO drama series “Lovecraft Country” which takesContinue reading “ELVIRATOBER Pt. 4: “Messiah of Evil” (1973): Girls, Gore, and a Lovecraftian Giallo”

ELVIRA-TOBER Pt. 3: “City of the Dead” (1960) & the Salem Witch Trials in Cinema History

“City of the Dead” (1960) also known as “Horror Hotel” was directed by John Llewellyn Moxey and stars Christopher Lee, otherwise known as Count Dracula (from the Hammer Horror productions movies & seven total films). The film is about a young student who travels to Whitewood, New England to research the Salem Witch Trials –Continue reading “ELVIRA-TOBER Pt. 3: “City of the Dead” (1960) & the Salem Witch Trials in Cinema History”