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Tip of the Hat to Imagination

One of the best parts about being an uncle is rewatching my favorite movies from when I was a kid. It involves putting in a DVD I own or one from the local library. The entire experience is nostalgic bliss.

Speaking of which, I just finished watching the 1971 classic film ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory’ with my niece and mom. Three generations of movie-watchers who differ in cinematic preferences yet this trip down memory lane will always remain one of the all-time greatest films to all who watch it.

Case in point…

That’s what Tuesdays are all about can be all about.

P.S. The world still misses the kind spirit and pure imagination of Gene Wilder. 

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Going Inside the Theatrical Snow Globe

Do you think movie trailers are long today at around 2 1/2 minutes?

Travel back to 1941 (a few years ago) and then add another minute to the audience’s first glance at a film.

Well, a glance behind the curtain of the film that hasn’t been released to the public.

Perhaps back in the old days, this burgeoning new medium known as cinema required such transparency to succeed with the masses? Seventy-seven-years later, what do you think of the first trailer for this little-known indie flick.

Believe it or not Ripley, but the set-up to the trailer in the trailer as the trailer spotlights a certain kind of movie magic and charm.

They sure don’t make movies movie trailers like this anymore.

Happy Throwback Thursday! 

A Shadow’s Hidden Brilliance

One of the greatest aspects about film (beyond its ratios) is the fact that some movies showcase vivid colors and some movies showcase black and white and, despite this monumental difference in appearance, the quality of the story rarely ever suffers as a result.

Ladies and gentlemen, the latter will be explored in today’s blog post.

Like yesterday’s post, there certainly are scenes I would add and delete from YouTube user Now You See It’s montage of famous movie clips. Having said this, the video below is a pleasant reminder of the uniquely artistic quality that black and white films gave audiences during the early decades of the still burgeoning movie-making medium. The simplicity, the contrasts and the shadows, if shot correctly and if utilized correctly with clever storytelling, has the power to effortlessly shock, surprise and guide a movie and its engaged audience along a wonderful journey to a variety of discoveries.

I bet you’re thinking what I am:

What would these classic black and white films look like in 4K?

Halloween’s Friendly Host

Casper is a scary fun family Halloween movie, while Halloween is just scary.

The celebration of carving pumpkins, brushing away cobwebs, avoiding black cats, ghosts, goblins, vampires and witches and watching kids (and adults) dress up as superheroes, athletes, musicians, celebrities, current event phenomenons and virtually any character is a great time to gauge society’s preferences and pop-culture’s influences. Culturally speaking, All Hallows’ Eve is an entertaining annual snapshot of who we are.

And on this “Throwback Thursday,” we can never forget the classic (and sometimes underrated) stories that bring this tradition to life with an unmistakable impression.

Well played 1995!