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“Treasures” for June and July: “The Mob and the Making of The Godfather”; “Good Morning Vietnam”; “Lost in Austen”; “Armageddon”; Charlie Chan’s “Murder Cruise”; “Mysteries and Scandals — William Holden”; Michael Jackson’s “Ghosts; Rebecca”; “Pearl Harbor”; “Hitler’s Secret Weapons”; “Beyond the Sea”
Ed’s note: Sorry, the videos are no longer available.
A short documentary of how the mob tried to stop filming of the epic film, The Godfather. Talk about fact meeting fiction !
Good Morning Vietnam is a 1987 war-comedy film loosely based on the experiences of Air Force Radio Service DJ Adrian Cronauer. Set in the Saigon of 1965, during the Vietnam War, the film stars Robin Williams. Only Robin Williams could have done justice to both the comedic and dramatic parts of this engaging and thought provoking movie. Brings back a lot of memories and great songs.
If you´re a Jane Austen buff, this is one you might like. This British miniseries was written by Guy Andrews as a fantasy adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. It is young, irreverent, hopeful, witty and totally entertaining. Not for the die-hard stuffy purists but for the fun loving fans of anything even remotely Austen. For those of you who haven’t read Austen yet, try this one out; you just might get hooked.
Armageddon is an American science fiction disaster drama film, directed by Michael Bay with an ensemble cast featuring Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler and Owen Wilson among others. It was the highest grossing film in 1998 worldwide in spite of generally negative reviews from critics. But who listens to critics? This film is full of action, comedic moments, great special effects plus the end of the world scenario. As always, Michael Bay knows exactly how to get the best out of his actors and story. Great family movie!
Charlie Chan is a fictional Chinese-American detective created by Earl Derr Biggers, loosely based on a Honolulu detective. Over four dozen films featuring Charlie Chan were made, beginning in 1926. The most famous of all, first starred Warner Oland (15 films) and later Sidney Toler who made 22 movies. They are all in black and white, very 1930´s – 40s with Charlie Chan and his “number 1 son” which became so famous. The film we´ve chosen is with Sidney Toler in 1940 and is typical of the series. Charlie tries to discover the identity of a strangler who strikes multiple times on a cruise ship bound from Honolulu to California.
If you´d like to see more, just look on the right of your screen in YouTube when you upload the video.
William Holden was one of the most popular and well known American movie stars. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1953 for his role in Stalag 17,and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor for his role in the 1973 television film The Blue Knight. Holden starred in some of the most popular and critically acclaimed films of all time, including such blockbusters as Sunset Boulevard, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Wild Bunch, The Towering Inferno, and Network. He is listed on the American Film Institute’s AFI’s 100 Years…100 Stars as number 25.
Mysteries and Scandals is an American television series originally broadcast from March 1998 until February 2001. The series detailed the lives of celebrities and featured those that had endured hardships or died untimely deaths.
If you want to see more celebrity Mysteries & Scandals, look to your right on YouTube when you download this program about Holden.
The first 35 minutes is the music video Ghosts and the rest to 1 hr. is The Making Of. . .
Michael Jackson’s Ghosts is a short film starring Michael Jackson, co-written with horror novelist Stephen King and directed by Stan Winston. It is also classified as a long-form music video and upon its release 1997 Guinness considered it the longest music video in history.
Jackson plays a total of five roles in the film. Can you guess which ones – BEFORE you continue to see THE MAKING OF part of the video???. Entertaining and great if you´re a Michael Jackson fan, or if you just like to view something different which showcases the multiple talents of Michael. Every song from the film was taken from Michael Jackson’s albums. Download soon. It won´t last long on the web.
One of the basic must-see Hitchcock classic films based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier. This 1940 black and white gothic psychological thriller starred Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine and Judith Anderson and was produced by legendary David Selznick. It won 2 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Cinematography out of 11 nominations.
Pearl Harbor is a 2001 American epic war film directed by Michael Bay and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. It features a large ensemble cast, including BenAffleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Tom Sizemore, JonVoight, Colm Feore and Alec Baldwin.
Pearl Harbor is a dramatic reimagining of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor with a recurring love story of its main stars. In spite of negative reviews from critics, Pearl Harbor became a major box office success. It was generally panned for its lack of historical accuracy and considered one of Michael Bay´s least recommended films. However, there is a legion of fans that love this film and made it a $450 million worldwide success. It was ranked the sixth highest-earning picture of 2001. It is also the third highest-grossing romantic drama film of all time and won the Academy Award for Best Sound Editing.
A National Geographic video documenting unearthed blueprints and reconstructed Third Reich technology to determine whether some of Hitler’s top-secret armaments might have changed the course of war. Those weapons in Adolf Hitler’s fantasy arsenal were never fully brought to light, but this National Geographic program explores what might have happened if they had been fully developed. Under Hitler, the German military developed some of the world’s most destructive technology during World War II, but it might have paled in comparison to some of his most secret weapons that were in development or rejected by the Nazis before the end of the war.
If you loved Bobby Darin, if you love music and want to see a totally different kind of biography you must see Kevin Spacey´s tour de force production of the life of BobbyDarin, which he co-wrote, directed, and co-produced. Not a straightforward biography,the film weaves fantasy sequences with scenes containing somewhat fictionalized accounts of events in Darin’s life, and throughout it, the adult singer interacts with his younger self.
It chronicles Darin´s determination to rise from his working class Italian-American roots as Walden Robert Cassotto, a frail Bronx boy plagued by multiple bouts of rheumatic fever, to become a singer/actor arguably more famous than Frank Sinatra at the time. He married Sandra Dee and tragically died too young.
Kevin Spacey used his own singing voice for the musical numbers. The resemblance is riveting and although it received generally negative to mixed reviews, top movie criticRoger Ebert stated that “Kevin Spacey was born to play Bobby Darin. In his own best work,Spacey has achieved genius; he is better as an actor than Darin ever was as a singer.” Darin´s family and manager responded with enthusiastic feedback to Spacey´s work on the film and he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and for a Grammy Award. Unfortunately the full version in one part is not available on YouTube but I have given you all 8 parts to download in sequence.
This will not last onYouTube so check it out ASAP.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFriu8fEivA – Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkQGibXRUG8 – Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5CusYTIXMg – Part 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M698WlbJFxE – Part 4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiPhASGSuTU – Part 5
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2K8–ON1tI – Part 6
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUeF7zs9dwQ – Part 7
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwU2ng8w8Os – Part 8
No, this is not the movie, but it´s a great collection of the original songs in the movie and of the early 60´s played in sequence. For watching or just listening.
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