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Dandy Vintage Japanese James Bond Movie Posters   Leave a comment


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Posted December 4, 2016 by markosun in Movies

Hercules in New York – Arnold vs the Bear Fight   Leave a comment


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Hercules in New York is a 1970 low-budget fantasy comedy film. It is notable for being the first feature film to star (a then-unknown) Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was about 22 years old when the film was produced. It is further notable for being one of the films that Schwarzenegger admits regretting having appeared in.

In the scene a bear escapes from the Central Park zoo. Arnie confronts the bear and the fight begins. They grapple for a while then Hercules body slams the bear. After he has the bear down Herc starts punching the furry brute and then chokes it into submission.

Posted December 1, 2016 by markosun in Movies

National Film Board’s Neighbours   Leave a comment


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Posted November 20, 2016 by markosun in Movies

Planet of the Sharks   Leave a comment


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I missed this one, it played during Sharknado Week this summer. Sounds like a bombastic blockbusting blast of blood and mayhem. Short plot blurb, polar icecaps melt and the world is just ocean, due to some aberration, there are no fish for the sharks to eat, they must feed on surface dwellers. Basically Waterworld meets Jaws.

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The original Planet of the… Movie. Planet of the Apes!

 

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Another honourable mention Shark Movie:

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Posted November 16, 2016 by markosun in Movies

Santanico Pandemonium   Leave a comment


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Posted October 31, 2016 by markosun in Monsters, Movies

Zombie Comedies   Leave a comment


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I started watching a movie the other night titled “A Little Bit of Zombie.” So I decided to find out where the movie was shot, as it sure looked like Canada, lakes, trees and rocks.  So I checked IMDb.  The flick was filmed in the movie hotbed of the north, Sudbury, Ontario. 

It was not your typical zombie movie, lots of funny stuff.  But what caught my attention on the IMDb site was a list that showed Zombie Comedies. There are dozens of them. Below is a list of some of these movies with really cool titles that have a menagerie of Zombies.

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Deadheads (2011)

 Two inexplicably coherent zombies awake amidst a zombie attack, and decide to take a road trip to find the one’s lost love, unaware they are being chased by the agents of a ruthless company with its own agenda.
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Doghouse (2009)

 
A group of men head to a remote village to help one of their friends get over his divorce; when they get there, though, they discover that all the women have been infected with a virus that makes them man-hating cannibals.
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Dead & Breakfast (2004)

   
A night at a local bed and breakfast turns into a bloody supernatural fight to the death.
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Dance of the Dead (2008)

 
On the night of the big High-School Prom, the dead rise to eat the living, and the only people who can stop them are the losers who couldn’t get dates to the dance.
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Zombeavers (2014)

A fun weekend turns into madness and horror for a bunch of groupies looking for fun in a beaver infested swamp.
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Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015)

Three scouts, on the eve of their last camp-out, discover the true meaning of friendship when they attempt to save their town from a zombie outbreak.
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Goal of the Dead (2014)
Returning to his hometown for the first time since his big money move to the professional leagues, Sam Lorit expects a joyful homecoming and a routine cup-game victory. But with the zombie outbreak fueling bitter rivalries, the players and their entourage are dragged into a brutal game for their lives.
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A Cadaver Christmas (2011)

United by terrifying and bizarre circumstances, the janitor, the drunk, the bartender, the cop, his perp…
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Stalled (2013)

   
A janitor gets trapped in a women’s restroom and encounters an all-out attack by a horde of zombies.
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Harold’s Going Stiff (2011)

 
Harold is suffering from a frightening new disease that is turning him into a zombie. After an experimental new treatment fails…
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Cockneys vs Zombies (2012)

 
A gang of bank robbers fight their way out of a zombie-infested London.
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Braindead (1992)

A young man’s mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors.
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Boy Eats Girl (2005)

A boy declares his love for his girlfriend, only to die the same night. He is brought back to life by his mother as a flesh-craving zombie, who sires more teen undead while trying to control his, er, appetite for his beloved.
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Burying the Ex (2014)

 
A guy’s regrets over moving in with his girlfriend are compounded when she dies and comes back as a zombie.
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Wasting Away (2007)

 
Turning the zombie film on its head, this film is an oddball comedy from the perspective of the brain munching monsters themselves.
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Posted October 27, 2016 by markosun in Monsters, Movies

1960’s Beach Party Movies   Leave a comment


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Beach party movies were an American subgenre of feature films produced and released between 1963 and 1968, created by American International Pictures (AIP), beginning with their surprise hit, Beach Party in July 1963. With this film, AIP is credited with creating the genre. In addition to the AIP films, several contributions to the genre were produced and released by major and independent studios alike. According to various sources, the genre comprises over 30 films, with the lower-budget AIP films being the most profitable.

Generally comedies, the core elements of the AIP films consisted of a group of teenage and/or college-age characters as heroes; non-parental adult characters as villains and/or comic relief; simple, silly storylines that avoided any sober social consciousness; teen trends and interests (such as dancing, surfing, drag racing, custom cars, etc.); simple romantic arcs, original songs (presented in both the “Musical” genre style and as ”source music”); teen-oriented musical acts (frequently performing as themselves); and a tongue-in-cheek attitude toward the target audience.

The earliest films by AIP, as well as those by other studios, focused on surfing and beach culture. Although the genre is termed “beach party film”, several subsequent films that appeared later in the genre, while keeping most of the core elements mentioned above, do not actually include surfing—or even scenes on a beach.

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The complete AIP series

American International Pictures produced a series of twelve films that fall into the genre. With the exception of Sergeant Deadhead, Fireball 500 and Thunder Alley, all were related by recurring characters. For example, much of the cast in Bikini Beach appear in the follow-up Pajama Party, albeit with different names – however, biker Erich von Zipper appears in the film, along with his gang of “Rats,” playing the same characters as in two previous films. In addition, Ski Party would appear unrelated, except that the characters of Todd and Craig also appear in the later Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine, which is also linked to How to Stuff a Wild Bikini by the appearance of Erich von Zipper and Annette Funicello.

The only film not to have an appearance of some kind by either Avalon or Funicello is The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (early promos for the film had announced that the two would appear, but it didn’t happen); Funicello does not appear in Avalon’s Sergeant Deadhead and Avalon does not appear in Funicello’s Thunder Alley.

Film Release date Director Writer(s) Score
Beach Party 7 August 1963 William Asher Lou Rusoff, William Asher, Robert Dillon Les Baxter
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Bikini Beach 22 July 1964 William Asher William Asher, Robert Dillon, Leo Townsend Les Baxter
Pajama Party 11 November 1964 Don Weis Louis M. Heyward Les Baxter
Beach Blanket Bingo 14 April 1965 William Asher Leo Townsend, Sher Townsend, William Asher Les Baxter
Ski Party 30 June 1965 Alan Rafkin Robert Kaufman Guy Hemric & Jerry Styner
How to Stuff a Wild Bikini 14 July 1965 William Asher William Asher, Leo Townsend Les Baxter
Sergeant Deadhead 18 August 1965 Norman Taurog Louis M. Heyward Les Baxter
Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine 6 November 1965 Norman Taurog James Hartford, Robert Kaufman Les Baxter
Ghost in the Invisible Bikini 6 April 1966 Don Weis Louis M. Heyward, Elwood Ullman Les Baxter
Fireball 500 7 June 1966 William Asher William Asher, Leo Townsend, Burt Topper Les Baxter
Thunder Alley 22 March 1967 Richard Rush Sy Salkowitz Mike Curb

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A few offshoot films.

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Posted October 16, 2016 by markosun in Movies

Two movie napalm bombing scenes   Leave a comment


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The first one is from Apocalypse Now

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The second one makes the Apocalypse scene look like the minor leagues. It is from the zombie film 28 Weeks Later. When zombies are on the loose you need lots of napalm.

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Posted September 29, 2016 by markosun in Movies

Tribute to Gene Wilder   Leave a comment


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Jerome Silberman (June 11, 1933 – August 29, 2016), known professionally as Gene Wilder, was an American stage and screen comic actor, screenwriter, film director, and author.

Wilder began his career on stage, and made his screen debut in the TV-series Armstrong Circle Theatre in 1962. Although his first film role was portraying a hostage in the 1967 motion picture Bonnie and Clyde, Wilder’s first major role was as Leopold Bloom in the 1968 film The Producers for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. This was the first in a series of collaborations with writer/director Mel Brooks, including 1974’s Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, which Wilder co-wrote, garnering the pair an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. Wilder is known for his portrayal of Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) and for his four films with Richard Pryor: Silver Streak (1976), Stir Crazy (1980), See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989), and Another You (1991). Wilder directed and wrote several of his own films, including The Woman in Red (1984).

His third wife was actress Gilda Radner, with whom he starred in three films. Her death from ovarian cancer led to his active involvement in promoting cancer awareness and treatment, helping found the Gilda Radner Ovarian Cancer Detection Center in Los Angeles and co-founding Gilda’s Club.

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Posted August 29, 2016 by markosun in Movies

Prometheus Film Utilized Stunning Landscapes of Iceland   Leave a comment


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Prometheus ( pro-MEE-thee-uhs) is a 2012 American science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott. It is set in the late 21st century and centers on the crew of the spaceship Prometheus as it follows a star map discovered among the artifacts of several ancient Earth cultures. Seeking the origins of humanity, the crew arrives on a distant world and discovers a threat that could cause the extinction of the human race.

Exterior shots of the alien world were shot in Iceland, where filming occurred for two weeks. It commenced on July 11, 2011, at the base of Hekla, an active volcano in southern Iceland. Speaking about working at the volcano, Scott said, “If one is afraid of nature in this profession then it would be best to find a different job”. Filming also took place at Dettifoss, one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe.

Scott said that the filming in Iceland comprised approximately fifteen minutes of footage for the film, and that the area represented the beginning of time. Morocco had been chosen as a location for these scenes, but the 2010 Arab Spring protests forced the change of venue. Alternatives including the Mojave Desert had been considered, but Scott explained that Iceland was ultimately chosen because “here it is so rough and ‘Jurassic-like’ and that proved decisive”.

Dettifoss Waterfall used in the opening scene

 

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From the film, an ‘Engineer’ on the edge of the Falls.

 

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Aerial shot from an early sequence in the film

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This background landscape is actually Jordan. I had to include it because it is so cool. Other geographical locations included Scotland and Spain.

Amazing Iceland landscapes

 

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Posted June 24, 2016 by markosun in Geography, Movies, Science Fiction