Previews & Reviews that are Z's Views

Martin Scorsese’s List Of 85 Must-See Films

Kevin Jagernauth posted Martin Scorsese’s List Of 85 Must-See Films for The Playlist.  Of the 85, I’ve seen 23 and tried to watch a few more but couldn’t get into them…

1. Apocalypse Now
2. Arsenic and Old Lace
3. Cape Fear
4. Cat People
5. Citizen Kane
6. Dial M for Murder
7. Do the Right Thing
8. Duel in the Sun
9. The Godfather
10. Gun Crazy
11. House of Wax
12. The Hustler
13. Jason and the Argonauts
14. Kiss Me Deadly
15. The Lady From Shanghai
16. Midnight Cowboy
17. Smith Goes to Washington
18. Night and the City
19. Pickup on South Street
20. The Player
21. Stagecoach
22. The Third Man
23. Touch of Evil

Surely You Can’t Be Serious: An Oral History of “Airplane”

Will Harris’ Surely You Can’t Be Serious: An Oral History of Airplane takes us behind the scenes of the making of the classic comedy with remembrances from the creators and stars of the film.

Check out the piece to learn about Peter Graves not getting the humor until seeing the film, Leslie Nielsen‘s fart machine, and a whole lot more.

Source: AV Club.

30 Things We Learned from Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” Commentary

Rob Hunter and Film School Rejects  have posted 30 Things We Learned from Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” Commentary.

Here are three of my favorites…

1. It was Scott’s choice to have the opening credits be simply text against a black screen. “I knew my opening shot would be so spectacular,” he says, “that I didn’t want the titles to upstage them in any form.”

29. He points out a detail during the end sequence with Deckard hanging from a building that I’ve never noticed in my numerous watches of the film. Just as Deckard loses his grip he spits at Roy in a final act of bravado, and it’s that action, that refusal to beg for his life, that leads Roy to save his life.

30. Regarding whether or not Deckard is a replicant, Scott is okay with either interpretation, but he himself believes the answer to be yes. He says the expression on Deckard’s face after noticing the origami unicorn outside his apartment door is confirmation. Gaff was there, the unicorn is from Deckard’s dreams, and Gaff would have had access to Deckard’s file which would probably include mention of the unicorn dream implant. I guess we’ll find out for sure in the sequel…

10 Final Messages From People Facing Certain Death

Final wills are interesting because they give insight into what a dying person finds important.  Usually the person plans out their final will with the hope that it won’t be used any time soon.

That is not what Alan Boyle’s 10 Final Messages From People Facing Certain Death  is about.  Instead, his piece looks at, well, here’s how he describes it…

Death can take us at any time. But when you realize you have only hours or minutes left to live, you get a chance to deliver a final message to the world. Perhaps it’ll be a phone call or a text message or even just a note scratched into a nearby surface. They’ll be your last words. Make them count.


21 Wonderful Facts About “The Wizard of Oz”

 Cory Mahoney and  have posted 21 Wonderful Facts About The Wizard of Oz.  There are some new [at least to me] facts and here are three of my favorites…

1. The snow the wakes Dorothy up from the poppy field was 100% asbestos. 

Even though the health hazards had been known for years. [Hey – that is not a wonderful fact! – Craig]

4. And that horse [the horse of a different color see in Oz] originally had a much larger part in the film. The horse, which was originally a striped with different colors and could speak, joined the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion, along with the Wizard, to save Dorothy from the Witch.

6. Because Margaret Hamilton’s performance as the Wicked Witch of the West was so frightening, many of her scenes were trimmed or deleted entirely. 

They were thought to be too frightening.