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Monthly Archives: October 2015

James Bond Movie Bracket Game: Goldfinger Vs. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service


Goldfinger Vs. OHMSS

We’re celebrating the upcoming release of Spectre, the 24th official James Bond movie, with a 007-themed bracket game!  We’ve paired up sixteen of the best Bond has to offer and letting you sort out the winners from the losers.  It’s Connery vs. Craig, Dalton Vs. Lazenby and Moore Vs. Brosnan in a battle of the Bonds!

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Matthew Modine: The Long View


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When this interview with Matthew Modine ran in the October 1990 issue of Movieline magazine, Modine seemed poised for a career breakout.  He had spent the previous decade working with some A-list directors, but never had a box office hit.  Memphis Belle and Pacific Heights, both of which were released that year, could have changed that.  But neither one did.  In the interview, Modine doesn’t seem overly concerned with box office hits or movie stardom.  He comments on his sometimes difficult relationships with some of the top directors of the time.

On the subject of box office, Modine admits that while he has never had a hit, he has also never had a flop.  Five years later, that would change with the notorious failure of Cutthroat Island which pretty much ended his days as an aspiring movie star.

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Let’s take a Halloween tour of the Haunted Mansion!


It’s that time of year again, when the spooky and unsettling get just a little more attention and we recognize the value of embracing everybody’s bad end. While there are plenty of people who don’t like the horror genre at all and there are others who are fascinated by any terror more extreme than the last, I tend to err to somewhere in the middle. I love the mysterious and romantic aesthetics that come with that little prickle of suspense. Add a little humor and you’ve hit my sweet spot.

Disney’s classic Haunted Mansion theme park attraction has done a great job of immersing guests in light-hearted Victorian age creepiness since its original version opened in Disneyland in August of 1969, making use of era-appropriate stage magic and up to date ride vehicle technology along the way. The Haunted Mansion has attracted a large and faithful fan base and has become a “must” for inclusion in each primary Disney park that has been built, with each version being either just a little different (Tokyo Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion is almost identical to the Orlando version of thirty years ago), or changed significantly to appeal to the locals (as was done with Disneyland Paris’ Phantom Manor). The version of the Haunted Mansion we’ll be touring today will be the one which I’ve visited the most often, which opened with the Magic Kingdom in Florida in 1971 (pictured below).

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James Bond Movie Bracket Game: Licence to Kill Vs. Casino Royale


Licence to Kill Vs. Casino Royale

We’re celebrating the upcoming release of Spectre, the 24th official James Bond movie, with a 007-themed bracket game!  We’ve paired up sixteen of the best Bond has to offer and letting you sort out the winners from the losers.  It’s Connery vs. Craig, Dalton Vs. Lazenby and Moore Vs. Brosnan in a battle of the Bonds!

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Melanie Griffith: Dark Side of the Moon


Melanie Grffith - Movieline Cover - October, 1990

Melanie Grffith – Movieline Cover – October, 1990

“Is Melanie Griffith a bimbo?”  The question is perhaps less urgent in the 21st century than it was twenty-five years ago.  But in 1990, Movieline contributor Joe Queenan took a deep dive into Griffith’s career to date in an attempt to figure out if there was more to the actress than a helium voice and a butt that just won’t quit.

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Worst To First: Ranking The James Bond Theme Songs


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One of the quintessential elements of the James Bond series is music. Of course, you have John Barry’s classic theme song:

Additionally, each entry in the series has its own theme song.  Many of those songs have found life outside of the movies they accompanied. But like the 007 features themselves, these songs vary in quality. Some of them have held up quite well over the years while some have faded as fast as Paris Hilton after getting a dip in Blofeld’s shark tank.

So which Bond themes stand as good to great and which reside in the category of mindless caterwauling. Read on to find out!

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James Bond Movie Bracket Game: For Your Eyes Only Vs. GoldenEye


For Your Eyes Only Vs. GoldenEye

We’re celebrating the upcoming release of Spectre, the 24th official James Bond movie, with a 007-themed bracket game!  We’ve paired up sixteen of the best Bond has to offer and letting you sort out the winners from the losers.  It’s Connery vs. Craig, Dalton Vs. Lazenby and Moore Vs. Brosnan in a battle of the Bonds!

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Golden Raspberry Awards: 1984


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The Golden Raspberries started off as an informal joke.  Something for a publicist and his friends to do after the Oscars had ended.  Over time, it has become and enduring and irreverent tradition.  In theory, The Razzies poke fun at the worst movies of the year.  But like any awards ceremony, the Razzies frequently make the wrong call.  We’re going back and looking at the history of the Golden Raspberry Awards one year at a time.

The fifth annual Razzies nominated the movies of 1984.  Ghostbusters and Beverly Hills Cop were the big movies that year.  Amadeus won Best Picture at the Oscars and Sally Field won Best Actress for Places in the Heart.  But at the Razzies, it was the year of Bo.  Specifically, Bo Derek in Bolero.

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James Bond Movie Bracket Game: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Vs. The Spy Who Loved Me


On Her Majesty's Secret Service Vs. The Spy Who Loved Me

We’re celebrating the upcoming release of Spectre, the 24th official James Bond movie, with a 007-themed bracket game! We’ve paired up sixteen of the best Bond has to offer and letting you sort out the winners from the losers. It’s Connery vs. Craig, Dalton Vs. Lazenby and Moore Vs. Brosnan in a battle of the Bonds!

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Readers Rank the Harry Potter Movies


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I recently ranked the Harry Potter movies from worst to first and asked you readers to pitch in with your own opinions on the matter. We had some interesting discussion in the comments section, but when it came down to it, the readers pretty much agreed with my rankings. Either that’s because I’m a really persuasive writer, or it means after careful consideration I had managed to pretty much come to the right decisions.

Let’s take a look at how the readers rank the Harry Potter movies!
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What Might Have Been Wednesday: Winona Ryder in The Godfather: Part III


Ryder in Godfather III

In honor of Winona Ryder‘s birthday, we’re looking at one of the actress’ biggest missed opportunities.  Originally, Ryder was supposed to appear in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather Part III which was released in 1990.  But Ryder dropped out of the picture at the last-minute citing exhaustion (or something – accounts are vague and sometimes contradictory).  The role was eventually played by Coppola’s daughter, Sofia, who proved that as an actress, she makes a great director.

Many claim that Sofia Coppola’s stiff performance in a key role ruined the ending of the beloved trilogy.  I don’t know about all that.  The third movie in the series had flaws that had nothing to do with Sofia’s performance.  But there’s no denying that an actress of Ryder’s calibre would have been an improvement.

Sylvester Stallone: On the Sly


Stallone Movieline Cover Oct 1995

In 1995, Sylvester Stallone was a decade removed from the best year of his career.  Ten years earlier, he had starred in two of the top three movies of the year.  But by the time he sat down for this interview with Movieline Magazine, his career had suffered through a failed attempt to reinvent his image.

The article from October of 1995 presents a complex image of Stallone.  He’s obviously intelligent and witty, and yet he extols the virtues of prostitution which he believes keeps sexual assaults in check.  Several crewmembers on the set of Stallone’s movie, Assassins, warn the interviewer that the actor is touchy about his height, his hairline and people whistling in his presence.  And yet Stallone opens up very candidly about his love life, when he lost her virginity and whether or not he has ever used a penis pump.  The actor also addresses rumors of plastic surgery and his future as an action star.

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