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Behind the Scenes: 25 Classic Hollywood Movies

 

If you get a kick out of behind-the-scenes photos, you’ll love Do You Remember’s post Behind the Scenes: 25 Classic Hollywood Movies.

You’ll see Eastwood, Hitchcock, Star Wars, Schwarzenegger, and more.  Check it out!

Frank Miller & Robert Rodriguez on Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

I thought that Sin City: A Dame to Kill For  was better than the original Sin City  movie, and I liked the original a lot.  The fact that A Dame to Kill For  isn’t tearing it up at the box office doesn’t surprise, but it sure disappoints me.

My hope is that overseas dollars and dvd purchases make it possible for more Sin City  yarns from Miller and Rodriguez.  Scott Huver at CBR. interviewed Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez and it’s obvious they feel the same,

Torrance, Stallone & Mitchum Say, “Farewell, My Lovely”

Mike Torrance aka The Krayola Kidd is back and he’s brought Sly and Robert Mitchum from Farewell, My Lovely  with him!  Over the coming weeks/months I’ll be posting more of Mike’s sketch card commissions.  My goal is to eventually get a card for every character Sly has played.  We’re well on our way!

You can see more of Mike’s art at his Deviant Art siteMike is available for commissions and his prices are very reasonable.

 

Z-View: “Westworld”

Ed Neumeier recently introduced Westworld   at the Trailers from Hell site and it reminded me how much I love that movie.

Spoilers lurk below…

Man, I was the right age to love Westworld  when I saw it in a theater when it premiered in 1973.  I loved the concept of a Disney-like park where adults could vacation and live out their fantasies.  Heck, who wouldn’t?  Maybe any age is the right age for that.

Yul Brynner was on-point as the Cowboy killing machine.  James Brolin was the perfect movie-star-leading-man who would save his nerdy buddy [played by Richard Benajmin] and the day.  So when Brolin was gunned down by the gunslinging Brynner and Benjamin was left to make it out on his own, I was shocked.  And hooked.

Westworld  Rating: 4 out of 5

The Most Engrossing Crime Comics in History

Mark Peters at Salon recently posted his choices for The Most Engrossing Crime Comics in History.  Peters’ choices are solid.  Both the article and recommended comics are worth a read.

  Although they didn’t make Peters’ list I would also heartily recommend:

10 Bone-Chilling Urban Legends

Gregory Myers at ListVerse presents 10 Bone-Chilling Urban Legends.

You won’t find an escaped con with a hook for a hand, but there are more than a few scary stories.  My favorite of the urban legends presented is Chilling Discovery.

So lights on, or lights off?

15 Things You Might Not Know About “Conan the Destroyer”

I enjoyed Chris Hutchinson’s 15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Conan the Destroyer more than the movie Conan the Destroyer.  Here are my three favorite things…

1. THE DIRECTOR INSPIRED HIS WAY.

Director John Milius drew major inspiration for the first Conan movie, Conan the Barbarian, from 1958’s The Vikings. When Milius was unavailable to direct the Conan sequel, Conan the Destroyer, producer Dino De Laurentiis went to the original source by hiring The Vikingsdirector Richard Fleischer. [They should have waited for Milius. - Craig]

11. ANDRE THE GIANT MAKES A VERY SUBTLE CAMEO.

Who was the actor underneath the rubber suit created for the monstrous deity Dagoth? None other than André René Roussimoff, better known as the wrestler André the Giant.

 

15. AND THEN POLITICS SCRAPPED ANOTHER SEQUEL.

Original director John Milius came close to making a third Conan movie with Schwarzenegger in 2002. His script, entitled “King Conan: Crown of Iron,” was to be directed by The Matrix’s Andy and Lana Wachowski, but was scrapped after Schwarzenegger was elected governor of California. [Can you imagine what that Conan film would have looked like.  Crom!  - Craig]

Source: Mental Floss.

6 Ways Movies Get Space Wrong

Continuing with our space theme, Mark Hill  at Cracked presents 6 Ways Movies Get Space Wrong (by Astronaut Chris Hadfield.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the piece which I highly recommend reading…

SPACE WILL KILL YOU IN SURPRISINGLY MUNDANE WAYS!  Luca Parmitano came close to drowning in space when his water supply leaked into his helmet. The crew of the Russian space station Mir had to put out a fire while dealing with malfunctioning gas masks. And we all know the story of Apollo 13, although the true-life incident involved much less Tom Hanks.

 

GOING INTO SPACE MAKES YOU PUKE, COMING BACK MAKES YOU SHAMBLE LIKE A DRUNK.  …On average, it takes about one to three days to adjust to weightlessness… Once you’re physically comfortable, you’re still a long way off from moving around gracefully…

Returning to Earth is a bigger adjustment, because your bones and muscles atrophy when they aren’t in use. I lost 8 percent of the bone across my hips, and that’s after two hours of exercise every single day in space. I wouldn’t have been able to pass a sobriety test for a week after I returned, and it was four months before I could run properly. In that first week, you’re lumbering around like a guy in a Godzilla costume.

 

 

10 Little Known Facts About the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Eric Newill at Do You Remember posted 10 Little Known Facts About the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.

You’ll probably know some of the facts, but there may be a surprise or two along the way.  These were my three favorites…

The crew originally wanted to call their vessels Charlie Brown and Snoopy, but the bureaucrats in charge thought that would undermine the gravity of the mission. Snowcone andHaystack became the working names, before the more august Columbia and Eagle were decided upon as the final choices.

Armstrong carried on board a piece of wood from the 1903 airplane crafted by the Wright brothers, as well as a diamond-studded pin in honor of the deceased astronauts of the doomed 1967 Apollo 1 mission.

In covering the landing live, CBS anchor Walter Cronkite was not only overjoyed to deliver such good news in a troubled time, but was also famously at a loss for words, rubbing his hands gleefully and saying only, “Whew…boy.” In recognition of his continued enthusiastic coverage of America’s space program, NASA presented him with an Ambassador of Exploration Award in 2006; he was the only non-astronaut or non–NASA employee to receive one.

I hope that someday space flight becomes important again. I would love to live to see a manned expedition to Mars.

32 Movies With Unbelievably Bleak Endings

Louis Peitzman at Buzzfeed recently took a look at…32 Movies With Unbelievably Bleak Endings.

These endings aren’t just unhappy — they’ll leave you feeling completely hopeless.

Of the 32 movies with bleak endings, I’ve seen 22.

Of the 22, while more upbeat endings could be imagined, the bleak finales seem right.  I am still surprised that The Mist  ended the way it did.  Talk about bleak endings. That is the bleakest ending of all the movies listed.  I commend the folks behind it to have the stones to go with it.

The Fury 500 Cap Machine Gun

The Fury 500 cap machine gun is a toy I would have loved to have had as a kid!  Sadly, I never had one, or had even seen even a photo of one until recently thanks to Steve Niles’ Tumblr.

I wanted to find out more about the Fury 500.  The Nichols Cap Gun site had the info! The Fury 500 was produced in 1960 [I was two years old and way too young for that bad boy].  Can you imagine a gun like that today for kids?  Parents and consumer groups would go crazy.

Z-Nation: “This is an Extinction-Scale Event…”

“This is an extinction-scale event.  The president is dead.”

Those are the first two sentences you hear in the trailer to Z Nation  which premieres in September on the SyFy Channel.

While it’s true that I’m skeptical of anything brought to us from the folks behind Sharknado, the trailer does look promising.  Let me warn you before you watch the Z Nation  trailer below, there is typical zombie movie gore.  So give the trailer a view and let me know your thoughts.

Playing The Beatles Backwards Devil Worship Quiz

So, do ya want to take The Playing Beatles Backwards Devil Worship Quiz?

If you do, you’ll probably beat me.  I scored 70% and the average internet player scores 71.54%.  I thought I’d do better, but second-guessed myself on numbers 5 and 9.

I remember being introduced to the whole hidden messages thing about Paul being dead when I was in junior high.  A new conspiracy theory.  I was intrigued.  Hidden messages in Beatles songs and album covers.  Was Paul really dead and the remaining Beatles trying to send messages to fans?

The crazy thing is Paul may end up being the last Beatle standing.

“Longmire” Poster, TV Series & Novels

I really like this poster for Longmire created by Thinkinb4Talkin.

Longmire is one of my favorite shows currently running.  I also think it is the most under-rated and the only one to continue to get better and better with each season.  If you have been watching then you know what I mean.  If you somehow missed this gem, then please give it a go.

If you’re interested, here’s a link to the first four Longmire novels by Craig Johnson.  I haven’t read all of them, but the ones I have read are excellent and they are what got me interested in the tv series.