Hello! It's been another week here at Classic Cinema Online, and we've updated our website. I'll continue to post the links to our weekly features here so that your rss feeds will pick them up.
Please visit our new site at http://www.classiccinemaonline.com/a/index.php.
At the bottom of the page you'll see a set of movie posters, if you click on a tab above those posters, you'll see 4 more posters sliding into place. Click on any of these posters to watch a movie. Or, choose from our billboard menu that you'll find on the right side of the screen.
This week I am referring everyone to our Holiday Movies for this week's features because I've been so very busy with a New Year's surprise for everyone that I didn't have time to put new movies on the bill. (Plus my family and I have been sick with some nasty flu type bug that I won't discuss here further because it's so nasty that the only attention it deserves is a swift, hard kick in the hindparts.)
Anyway, have a very MERRY Christmas, and we'll be back next week with our New Year's surprise.
It's another week already at Classic Cinema Online! My how time flies this time of year! This is truly an exciting month for us, as well!
We start this week off with a special page for holiday movies and cartoons. If you check out our genre menu on the left, you'll see a special menu button at the top, it will remain there through New Year's Day.
A VERY SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:
It's our first birthday this month!
We turn 1 year old on December 27, we first published on December 28, 2006.
I can't believe how fast this year has flown by! In fact, it went by so fast, I almost forgot all about it until last night as I was preparing to update this week. It's been a great year, and I'm looking forward to another great year!
Thank you to all of our visitors, friends, and participants for making Classic Cinema Online what it is today. This Week's Features: **Check out our Holiday page for 11 classic holiday cartoons and several holiday movies (including those that were featured last week)
You may see the banner change a few times, I've been messing around with new banner ideas for a 2008 banner. Be sure to send me a shout letting me know what you think of the different banners as I play around with them.
I'm not so fond of this current one, myself, (with the movie posters in the background) but I'll leave it until I get another one going in a day or two.
I just love this time of year! The festivities of the holiday season are enough to cheer me up!
I have a little girl who is autistic, and she just couldn't wait to get the Christmas tree up. So as I was putting the tree up, she actually stood there, as sweetly as could be, singing her version of "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" with the most precious little angelic voice I've ever heard come out of her.
What a beautiful opening to our family holiday season!
Speaking of openings to the holiday season, Classic Cinema Online hosted it's first Christmas party on December 1, which was for a low income housing community. Santa paid a visit to the children, several door prizes were given away, and one lucky family got to take home a fully decorated Christmas tree. It was a good time for all, and we're already looking forward to doing this again next year!
This Week at Classic Cinema Online
Here are this week's features, to kick off the holiday season:
NOTE - the italicized "p" after the title of a feature indicates that the feature is being podcast by Classic Cinema Online, and appears on the Classic Cinema Online channel, featured on Miro. CLICK HERE for our channel page at miroguide.
General Thanksgiving By the PRESIDENT of the United States Of America A PROCLAMATION
WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the Providence of Almighty God --- to obey his will --- to be grateful for his benefits --- and humbly to implore his protection and favour: And whereas both Houses have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States, a DAY of PUBLICK THANKSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"
NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and assign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of these States, to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be: That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks for his kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation, for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favourable interpositions of his Providence in the course and conclusion of the late war;---for the great degree of tranquility, union and plenty, which we have since enjoyed;---for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish Constitutions of Government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;---for the civil and religious Liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge;---and in general, for all the great and various favours which he hath been pleased to confer upon us. AND ALSO, That we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions;---to enable us all, whether in publick or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us); and to bless them with good government, peace and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.
GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.
(signed) George Washington
Source: The Massachusetts Centinel, Wednesday, October 14, 1789
This past week Miro has released it's new downloadable internet tv and video player, MIRO 1.0.
For those of you who are not familiar with Miro, they feature literally thousands of podcasts. They hail themselves as "free internet tv" with over 2700 channels to choose from, and Classic Cinema Online is extremely proud to be one of them!
Download Miro 1.0 today, I think you'll be glad you did!
And speaking of podcasts... To enjoy Classic Cinema Online in to the fullest, I encourage viewers to subscribe to our channel through Miro (watch for a button to appear somewhere on this page soon!) and to subscribe to our blog as well.
The reason for this is that not all of the movies we show are aired in our podcasts.
Starting today, movies that are also being podcast will be marked with p.
I know some of you have been excitedly waiting for more action filled movies, so I have a few of them.
This week I'm introducing martial arts films to our billboards. I had a couple of them to start with but one of them had problems, so we're starting off with only one of them, I'll introduce the other ones next week.
BUT -- first things first. . .
Before I get to that, though, I have a site announcement. I really enjoy communicating with participants, some of you communicate with me by way of our Classic Cinema Online Myspace and others through email and here.
I've decided to start a new category on the forum for those of you who are interested in movie information and who would like to review some of our features. It's named after Jonathan, one of our participants, and it's open to everyone for discussion and reviews. Jonathan seems to have some interesting movie tidbits that he posts in the chatbox, and since I enjoy what he is writing I thought I'd create a special posting place in the forum for him and those of you who'd like to join him.
If any of you would like to post a movie review and it's particularly interesting, I'll post it here on the blog, too, to draw attention to it for you.
And now, on with the shows! As promised, we have a few extra movies this week, and I hope to start reading your reviews in the forum. :)
I just wanted to let you know that, because I've been off line for a couple of days, our updates should happen on Tuesday sometime (USA time), barring any unforseen circumstances. I apologize for any inconvenience to you, and I'm looking forward to getting back on track.
The Grass is Greener NOTE: To watch this movie in full screen, hover over the screen until the tool bar at the bottom of the screen is displayed. Then click on the dark square on the right side of the tool bar that has the arrows coming out of the corners.
This week Hollywood has lost two classic greats, The Rat Pack's Joey Bishop and actress Deborah Kerr.
I've received several requests for An Affair to Remember, starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, but I'm unable to come up with that just now. However, I can play "The Grass is Greener", which will be this week's Saturday Special, so I'll post that in about 12 hours from now.
Meanwhile, I found some nice tributes to Deborah Kerr and Joey Bishop on YouTube, so I thought I'd post those here.
I was so excited about this that I just couldn't wait until next week to publish it!
As a special treat for you Sci-Fi and Horror flick fans out there, Classic Cinema Online is delighted to introduce you to our very special guest, Tom Keenan, who is known in Myspace circles as "MonsterlandDVD". Tom hosts the new Monsterpiece Theater series (not the Sesame Street version) and owns a shop called Monsterland DVD. He has a rather impressive collection of monster films!
I asked Tom to tell us a little bit about himself, so without further ado -- folks, meet Tom: Before I get started on this little dissertation on my life as a horror host I would like to begin by saying thank you to the folks at Classic Cinema Online for taking a liking to my program and for wanting to share it with others. I’m both flattered and honored.
How do I begin? I guess I could say that I’m like everyone else here. I grew up watching old monster flicks and have loved them ever since.
I grew up in Brooklyn NY and discovered monsters sometime in the early 70’s. It was great. There was a ton of stuff being broadcast on shows like Creature Feature, Chiller, Million Dollar Movie, Movie of the Week, and others. My first exposure to monsters were the classic Universal monsters. Later I discovered the great AIP not-so-classics, Godzilla and Toho sci-fi, Kong, and too many others to list. My personal favorites were the Godzilla movies, and they still remain my favorites.
Fast forward to the late 90’s. I’ve retired from the Air Force and have settled down with my wife in Cape Girardeau Mo. I lost track of the monsters I loved during the previous 20 years and missed out on some great shows like Elvira’s Movie Macabre and Commander USA’s Groovie Movie. When I learned that Toho had started filming more Godzilla flicks after Terror of MechaGodzilla, I had to track them down. This ignited a spark of renewed interest in monsters. It wasn’t until sometime around Halloween 1998 that the spark became a flame. It was during that time that I discovered AMC’s Monsterfest. At that time they were showing the classics from the 50’s, and I found myself watching them over and over again. I then went out and started to build my movie collection. I currently own over 400 sci-fi/horror films on dvd and about another 100 on vhs.
Fast forward again to the year 2005. I was beginning to get frustrated in my search for some of my favorite monsters on dvd in my local area. I had a hard time finding the Ray Harryhausen classics, along with some others. Then it struck me. If I was having a hard time, then so were others. What was needed in my area was a shop that catered to our tastes, and thus Monsterland DVD was born. It wasn’t until April of 2006 that I opened for business, thanks mainly to my friend Ken Murphy of Marvels and Legends who set aside space in his shop for me to set up my dvd business. Today I have a selection of about 350 different titles, including the Harryhausens I couldn’t find earlier, most of the Godzilla movies, all the Universal monsters legacy collections, Hammer, AIP, Wade Williams collection, and many more.
Now that I had a shop my next problem was to advertise. At the start I went the usual route by advertising in the local paper and on radio, but this got expensive and I did not see a significant increase in foot traffic to my shop to warrant continuing to pay the prices I was paying. What could I do to get some free advertising?
As you can see from one of the photos I sent with this, one of my favorite magazines is Scary Monsters, which usually has articles on horror hosts both past and present. Reading about the current crop of hosts I learned that a great resource for them to air their programs was through local public access stations.
Having a place to broadcast my show, I next tackled the problem of how to get it filmed. Fortunately I have a friend involved in local independent filmmaking, Charles Parsons, who heard what I was wanting to do. He asked if it was okay with me if he approached our local Career and Technology center, which had a course on filmmaking. I said go for it. The program that came from this was called “It Came From The Past”. Unfortunately I had absolutely no input on the show, and it wasn’t what I had wanted, but it was going on the air, and was a form of free advertising for me. Sadly, only two episodes were ever filmed. Or maybe I should say happily since I was now in control of putting together the kind of show I wanted.
Since I had done It Came From The Past it proved to me that I could host my own program, something I was in doubt of up until the filming of that show. However, since I‘m not an actor I had no interest in trying to come up with an odd character to play. I would simply play it as myself.
Now that I decided on how to host the show, the next problem was what kind of content would be included? Due to budgetary concerns I have to show movies found in the public domain. This isn’t a problem since there are a lot of good movies in the public domain available to me. But if I were to show just a movie this would make for a very short program and I was wanting to make this into a nice enjoyable viewing pleasure. I had to flesh out the program. Then I remembered a show I briefly saw on PBS many years ago called Saturday at the Bijou. It contained movie serials, cartoons, b-movies and other items. This would be perfect for me, but I would give it a sci-fi/horror slant. Over the coming weeks I will be showing Fleischer Superman cartoons, all of Undersea Kingdom, to be followed up with Phantom Empire. I will also be showing episodes from a little known cartoon called Space Angel, along with episodes of Colonel Bleep. Movies - well coming up are Killers From Space, Gammera The Invincible, The Wasp Woman, Phantom From Space, The Devil Bat, and many more.
For those of you who watched my first program, thank you. I was a little stiff in it, but I believe I do get better. If you haven’t seen it yet, but would like to you can see it here: www.veoh.com/videos/v1305921npGnCBpC
I had planned to make this Thriller week, but that didn't work out, so I'm making this a Sci-Fi Horror Monster week. Next week will be Halloween Week, and we'll play Halloweenish movies for you.
Before I introduce this week's features, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to one of Classic Cinema Online's myspace friends, Monsterland DVD, who does Monsterpiece Theater. Please click on Monsterland's name to visit his really cool Myspace page.
I'm hoping to write more about him next week, but until then, visit his page, he has some cool monster flicks on there.
So, down to business -- We have 11 features for you this week. I don't know who to thank for these, they're all on the same Google account, so if that person is out there and sees this and recognizes his or her flicks, THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH for your generosity! Classic Cinema Online LOVES you for this!
I've had a lot of requests for foreign films, and I had planned on incorporating them into this site but trying to do so just made a big mess for me, so I gave the foreign films their own site.
Basically, instead of choosing a genre, visitors will choose a language. Currently we have 8 movies in 5 languages (Spanish, Russian, German, Japanese, and French) on there to start our viewers off.
As much as I'd like to update it weekly, it'll be updated as I discover foreign films for it, so updates will vary. Interested parties are welcome to subscribe to the new site in order to be notified when the site is updated.
I do hope you enjoy the new site, I'd love to have your feedback on that. And, Speaking of Feedback. . . I've been a busy little bee this week creating new graphics (have you noticed our new drapes and nav buttons?) and a new contact page complete with a nice little contact form on there. Feel free to use that form to contact me with any questions or comments you may have. This Week's Features: Because of how busy I've been, we only have four new features this week -
Due to technical difficulties, three of our movies - Black Fist, The Giants of Thessaly, and Broadway Limited are temporarily unavailable. We are working to resolve this issue and will let you know as soon as they're available again.
Thank you for your patience, and I apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.
Boy has this week gone fast, despite that I've been sick with a chicken soup resistant form of "the crud".
I should have just put on a bunch of sci-fi movies about medical science this week just to make fun of this crud going around, but then I figured that would be too depressing so maybe I'll do that during flu season instead.
I went through almost an entire brand new box of about 300 Kleenex tissues yesterday, and when a friend came over to visit she couldn't help but notice my strong resemblance Rudolph the red nosed reindeer.
So, folks, please stay healthy and stay away from the crud. If you insist on having the crud anyway, try to have plenty of chicken soup and Kleenex Tissues available, along with Ricola cough drops. I like the lemony ones, they actually helped me feel like I could breathe, too, and they didn't taste too strong for me. Hot beverages are another thing that helps, for me drinking a cup of decaf works better at loosening the junk than the hot tea with lemon.
And, of course I can't forget to advise cuddling up with pillows and your favorite quilt to watch a classic movie which will help take your mind off of how lousy you feel -- and that brings us to this week's features:
If you haven't already discovered our Classic TV blog, I invite you to take a gander at it for some really good older television shows.
Today begins a new season with new fall programming which includes shows like Gilligan's Island, The FBI, Superman, The Man From UNCLE, Welcome Back Kotter, Flash Gordon, Chico And The Man and much, much more.
The line-up is updated daily, Monday through Friday, with approximately 10 classic television episodes a day.
Please enjoy Classic TV, brought to you by Classic Cinema Online -- with our compliments!
Welcome to another week here at Classic Cinema Online.
I've just finished enjoying probably one of the most delightful movies I've ever seen, and I'm sure you'll like it too.
I am so impressed with every aspect of Heaven Can Wait, from the set design to the costuming, the screenplay, the casting, and especially the makeup -- all to complete perfection. I found it interesting how the artist aged the lead character to look as naturally aged as he did when he actually did naturally age, if that makes any sense.
As the story begins, Henry Van Cleve, played by the ever so charming and witty Don Ameche, has appeared at the gates of Hell, apparently not even bothering to consider trying Heaven first. He tells his story to the gatekeeper in an attempt to determine whether he belongs there, and this is what we see played out on the screen before us.
This charmingly lighthearted tale kept me laughing, and I especially enjoyed the rather witty Grandpa, played by Charles Coburn. This had to be one of the better supporting roles I've ever seen.
Each character in this production was played to perfection, I can't say enough about this film, I'm ready to turn around and watch it again!
It's time to box up our white shoes, hats, and handbags, ladies; Labor Day Weekend (click me!) is here! That's right, it's the end of Summer, although Summer doesn't actually end for 3 more weeks yet.
To a man, Labor Day weekend has traditionally meant rest from work. To a woman, it's when we start getting ready to give birth to last year's Christmas presents. I've done this twice, myself. I've also had three Mother's Day presents and two Labor day ones, so I'm seriously considering developing an "allergy" to holidays.
All these lovely presents are making the stork weary, too. About three years ago, while pregnant with present number 7, I went to the local drug store for something, I forget what it was, and the cashier offered me a free gift. It was a 10-pack of garden seeds. "How cool", I thought, I love gardens. Then I got home and took a closer look. There were three packages of seeds for mustard greens and 7 packages of seeds for (take a wild guess, now -- ) CABBAGE. And of course, I'm so slow witted that I didn't even get the humor of that until this morning when I was thinking about it. I guess that explains why the cashier, to this day, tries not to laugh every time I go into the store.
My guess is that the stork put her up to that, he's trying to tell me to grow my own cabbage patch so he can have a break, too, delivering babies to me for twenty years has, no doubt, been a tough job.
So anyway, in honor of Labor Day, we're honoring Mothers, Fathers, and Storks by featuring some baby-type movies.
One of them, Penny Serenade, starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne, is about a lovely couple who bend over backwards to jump through the hoops of the adoption process. Although this movie is classified as a comedy, I think it's more of a drama, as it actually paints a pretty good picture of the stress induced struggles a couple can face as they go through the adoption process.
Natural parents have many stresses, but we fail to recognize that adoptive parents have them, too. So whether you got your kid from the stork or you pulled him out of a cabbage patch, Classic Cinema Online wishes you all happy Labor Day, with wishes of joy and happiness to outweigh the not so happy moments.
And for those of you who's Labor Days are a day of rest from work, we have some good movies for you, too. The Grapes of Wrath should help you to appreciate your job enough to send a nice gift basket to your boss in appreciation for your job when you return to work on Tuesday, because things could be worse for you. Without our jobs we face homelessness and having our families endure stresses that could tear us apart as we struggle to find shelter and meet our families' other basic needs.
Another Labor Day feature, which is another highly acclaimed movie, is Salt of the Earth. This has to do with the plight of coal miners in New Mexico. This movie made me cry in some areas, and rejoice in others. AND, not only is this a good Labor Day movie because it highlights someone's employment, but as an added bonus, the stork had a role in this movie. No Top 10 This week We're cutting out our top 10 movies for a while, as I'm reorganizing things here so that I can include all the movies, not just the ones on the Google server, in our top 10s. They'll be back after the first of the new year, if not a little sooner. Beginning This Week... Starting today, I will play one film request every Saturday by posting that request directly on the blog. This will be our Saturday Special.
The Saturday Specials may or may not also be found on our billboards, but they can all be found in the menu bar on the right side of the blog below the film genres. Look for the "Saturday Specials" label, and you'll see the movies listed there. Beginning in January, 2008, we'll publish the Saturday Specials on our new blog dedicated solely to our Saturday Specials, called "Classic Cinema Online's Saturday Special Matinee". This way you won't have to sift through our archives to find the different Matinee specials, you can just visit the other blog for that. And last but NOT least... You may have noticed that some of our movies are on a new player. We actually had intended to use only the Google player, but there are times when we just can't do that. So, while the movies that are hosted on the Google server are still on the Google player, and will remain so, some of our newer movies will be on the new player, which has some really nice features.
First, we found that this is a popular player for many other sites that play movies, and between this and the divx player, it was a difficult choice. The problem with the DIVX player is that you have to download the divx plug in, which I encourage everyone to do, because starting in 2008, we'll also be using the DIVX player.
One really cool feature the DIVX player and our new player both feature is the ability to watch movies in full screen mode. That is, without all the background stuff. If you enjoy seeing our red drapes in the background, we think that's great, we like our red drapes. But, sometimes it's nice to watch a movie in full screen mode for the best effects, so with the click of a button you can do that on the new player.
The DIVX player has a feature where you can download the movie you watched and it'll save to your computer in a file called DIVX movies. If you download the divx player to your machine, you can watch those movies on or off line whenever you want. Most of you probably already know that.
The current new player also has a nice feature where the tool bar magically disappears, and if you hover over the screen it'll reappear. I noticed that in Firefox, if the movie is in full screen mode that tool bar does not magically disappear, but it's small enough and the colors are subtle enough that, at least for me, it wasn't a bother. I haven't tested this in IE or Netscape or AOL yet. If any of you have, please send me a comment about that, either on the shoutbox or on our forum. You can also post a comment about that here, too.
NOTE: The new player may take a bit longer to load, if it's taking too long, please let me know immediately so I can check to make sure it's not having problems. Meanwhile, your browser needs to have adobe flash player (plug in) version 8 or higher installed to facilitate the player. That's a free download, and only takes a minute or so to complete. One more last thing...lol... I really appreciate and enjoy the feedback and comments you folks have been leaving on the shoutbox and sending via email (including yours, Henry! lol!), keep those requests coming, too! Feel free to leave a message and say hello, if I happen to be on line at the time you pop in, I'm happy to chat with you for a few minutes, too. Also, please feel free to use the shoutbox to chat with each other, as well -- what a great way to compare notes and create new on-line friendships.
I may not be able to get to all of your requests right away, some of them have licensing issues that I have to take care of before I can show those, so if I'm unable to show your request, please don't be disheartened, because I'd really like to be able to show most every movie that has been requested.
The plan is to be able to show licensed features after the beginning of 2008, but this means that first I have to be able to obtain permission from the copyright owner to show films that are not in the public domain. Those films will probably only be featured for a short length of time, unless I can obtain some kind of indefinite licensing that will allow it to stay on the site, but it'll also come with a fee.
Whereas it's our goal to keep movies on the net for free viewing, we still have to come up with the money to purchase those licenses, so we're in the process of looking for sponsors. If you or your company is interested in sponsoring Classic Cinema Online for the licensing of movies that are not on the public domain, please send me an email. Meanwhile, it's taking some footwork on my end, and good things don't always happen over night.
One of our "favoritist" other classic cinema blogs to visit and refer people to is Classic Movie Lounge, and I noticed for several days that when I attempt to visit I'd get a 404 error message.
So I sent Nathania, the blog's author, an email asking what's up with that, and found out that their server went down for about 10 days, and just about everything was lost in the process. Because of this unfortunate incident, Nathania is rebuilding from scratch and hopes to be back on line September 4, the day after labor day.
I really feel for Nathania, I don't know how she reacted to this, but if it were me, the word "conniption" would have to be redefined. To coin a new word, I'd be "vesuvial", so named after the famous volcano who's explosive eruption destroyed Pompeii on August 24, 79AD.
So hang in there, folks, I know that many of you who visit Classic Cinema Online also enjoy Classic Movie Lounge, as do I. They'll be back up soon.
We celebrate the last week of August with Sword and Sandal flicks. Can you believe Summer is almost over already? Where I live the locusts have been singing loud enough to nearly drown-out the sound of happy mothers celebrating the start of a new school year.
The movie must be in one single clip, and must be at least 30 years old. In some cases I can make an exception to this, for example, if the movie is a classic documentary series or if it's a good enough movie that is just under 30 years old.
The movie must be something the entire family can enjoy, I do not allow excessive blood and gore, excessive profanity, or displays of nudity that are not pertinant to the film's story line. If the movie contains scenes showing sexual encounters, it is not eligible to be shown here. Very brief nudity may be allowable depending on the nature of the scene. I prefer movies that have no profanity, vulgarity, gore, or nudity whatsoever, but there are times when even a good classic film pushes the limit, especially the si-fi's, so it's a judgment call for me. Foreign Films Soon I will be adding foreign classic films that may or may not be subtitled with English for you foreign classic film fans. So if you have any favorite foreign films, please send your requests and if you know of any on line that you'd like to see here, send me the URLs to those. I'll be happy to consider them. In answer of the question of the month. . . I have received a numerous emails asking about a very popular silent classic called, "Birth Of A Nation".
"Birth of a Nation" is hailed, even today, as an important historical film, and while Classic Cinema Online appreciates the historical value of this film, it's political agenda promoting white supremacy is not appropriate for this site, so it will not be shown here.
Classic Cinema Online is a politically neutral site who's sole purpose is for entertainment. It makes no difference to us whether you're a democrat or republican, what your ethnic heritage, religion, or even your sexual orientation is; and it doesn't even make a difference whether you're male or female, but if you're an intelligent, handsome, affluent, well dressed, well mannered, loyal, faithful, straight, single, middle aged non-smoking man who enjoys fine chocolates and the company of a financially depleted, stressed out, haggardly, frumpy, old-looking woman approaching middle age and the golden years faster than the speed of light and who has no teeth, then I'll reserve a seat for you next to me. We all look the same in the darkened cinema anyway.
lol... And now, down to business... This Week's Movies are:
Last Week's Top 10 Folks, it's unbelievable! After 7 straight weeks in the number one spot, "Attack of the Giant Leeches" falls to third place, replaced by "They Call Me Trinity". It'll be interesting to see whether Attack of the Giant Leeches will make a come back to it's number one ranking.
Here are this past week's top 10 most watched movies:
I'd like to thank our friends at http://imovies.blogspot.com for discovering this valuable documentary and posting it on their site. I liked it so much I had to grab it and post it here. I'll add it to our documentaries this weekend.
Our forum is looking a little different these days! The original look was just too ugly, even with our lovely red velvet grand drape, so I've taken down the drapes and redecorated! Feel free to stop by and discuss various topics in there of your choice.
I've started a new topic in there about whether teachers should show cinematic films in classrooms. I'd love to know people's opinions on that.
Our movie updates will be delayed by a few hours, by the way, because of the amount of time it took me to fix up the forum.
Ah, there's nothing like an Italian western for entertainment!
I think most spaghetti westerns are kind of corny, but one thing I like about them is that they seem to be more true to life where the grit of being a cowboy or prairie person is concerned. (Prairie Person?? Did I just create a politically correct term? LOL!)
Life in the old west wasn't as clean and wrinkle free as some movies and even western tv shows (like another one of my favorites, BONANZA) would have us to believe, there was dirt on faces and under fingernails. Men and women would both sweat in the heat of the sun dressed in the many layers of clothing worn in those days. You can almost taste and smell the sweat in spaghetti western close ups. Is that a disgusting remark, or what?! I'm sorry, I hope you weren't eating or drinking anything when you read that. But if you compare the spaghetti westerns to the others we have, the others are far more tame, for the most part.
Even some of the better westerns we have, like One Eyed Jacks or Kid Vengeance -- as gritty as they depict the wild west, they don't hold a candle to spaghetti westerns.
The "true" spaghetti westerns were all "westerns" (cowboys and indians type of deal) that were shot in Italy in the Italian language, then dubbed in English, and were filmed in the 1960's and into the early 1970's. They were not well respected or tolerated among Hollywood types, they were considered as cheap and did not display the same quality of cinematography. Typical spaghetti westerns contained a lot of close up shots and "narrow" shots, so you didn't generally see a whole lot of background "pretties". I think that was a good thing, it helps the viewer remain focused on the movie and not the pretty mountain scenery in the back ground, but don't tell any producers I said that. lol!
Watching spaghetti westerns can be pretty entertaining. While the quality of the films seems low because they were usually filmed on a small budget, a person who doesn't take movies too seriously can truly enjoy these. The story lines are usually pretty unrealistic and corny anyway, but how can you take a movie seriously when the actor has stopped talking and his mouth is still going? Or the other way around, he's talking before his mouth starts to move.
So if you like a little unrealistic entertainment once in a while, grab your Orville Redenbacher's Movie Theater Popcorn (Don't forget to nuke it first, unpopped popcorn is hard on the teeth and tastes nasty), a tall bottle of your favorite carbonated beverage, and a huge box of Raisinettes, pull up a comfy chair, and enjoy the heck out of yourself.
Oh, and just to clear any confusion, Orville Redenbacher's isn't paying me to promote them, but I will say they're my favorite.
What kind of popcorn do you like to eat while watching these movies? Send me a comment about that.
Can you believe it's already the last weekend of July? Where did this year go?!
As we approach August, it's time to start thinking about the holiday movies you'd like to see, send me your requests now so I can have time to round them up and get them on the billboard. ANNOUNCEMENT:
I have to apologize, several of you have written about The Time Machine not working, and I kept meaning to remove the link and kept getting side tracked.
The Time Machine, regrettably, is no longer available. It was not part of the Classic Cinema Online collection, I found it on Google and played it here. For whatever reason it has been removed from the Google server, and we don't happen to have a copy of it.
I apologize for any inconvenience to you for this, I'm trying to locate a copy, and once I have and have gotten any legalities out of the way, I'll be happy to show it again. When I do, we'll be sure to announce it here.
Last Week's Top 10
It's that time again. You know the results, for the last month these 10 movies, without much change other than to trade places with each other, have held the top 10 most watched movies of our collection. These do not include movies we're showing that are not part of our collection, by the way.
This past week breaks that trend, dropping God's Gun and introducing Hercules Unchained in place of The Gun and the Pulpit, but the first six in line have kept their places in line from the week before, as has the last one, Angel On My Shoulder. Attack of the Giant Leeches remains number one for the 5th week in a row.
Coming Next Week As feminine and dainty as I am, I love my Spaghetti Westerns! In fact, I'll be altering the billboard soon to add a new Spaghetti Westerns genre, because I think they're deserving of their own genre.
Next week I have another Spaghetti Western lined up called "Boot Hill". This is a sequel to "They Call Me Trinity", so if you enjoyed "They Call Me Trinity", chances are you'll enjoy this.
And, Speaking of Spaghetti Westerns. . .
The Spaghetti Western that we have this week is probably one of the cornier ones, and I got a really good laugh out of it towards the end. If you've ever watched All My Children -- how many times has a plot involving Erica Kane taken yet another turn for the hilarious worst before that story line finally dies a classic soap opera style death? Well, there's a scene towards the end of Any Gun Can Play that's just like that, and I know it was supposed to be serious, but I nearly fell out of my chair laughing and choking on my popcorn. Plus the English dubbing was a little off, so it was like watching one of those Kung Fu flicks that were so popular back in the 1970's. You know, the ones where they stop talking but their mouths keep moving anyway?
A few things I noticed in Any Gun Can Play:
There's a fight scene in the bath house. I can't believe how cheap their bath tubs must have been to break apart so easily. At one point, a guy goes through what I'm sure was supposed to be a wooden room divider, but it tears like paper as he goes flying through it as if it wasn't there.
I also like one of the scenes where our dashing movie lead, played by George Hilton, is quite a distance away from two bad guys who are whispering out their bad boy plans, yet he hears every word they say! How'd he do that?
And were trains really that tall in those days?
lmao! When you see the movie, you'll understand. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
That's right, I'm finally starting to get the hang of this podcasting thing that's so popular, and am attempting to offer video podcasts. If I did this right, it'll work. If not, I hope to hear from you.
I'm sorry, I'm so new at this that, knowing me, I've screwed something up somewhere so PLEASE send me feedback, and if you have advice for me, I'm all ears. Or eyes.
If I did this right, this will podcast our nine most recent films that have been uploaded to our google account, so the podcasts will not be showing any films that we feature that are uploaded to Google by other people. Eventually I may learn how to add those to the podcast if it's even possible to do so, but for now, I'm doing good to get this far.
Starting this Sunday, I'll be announcing our new movies on the blog as well as posting the links in the menu bar so that blog subscribers will be able to see what's new from their feed readers.
While I'm at it, I'd like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to all of you who visit this site helping me enjoy these movies. It is you folks who make Classic Cinema Online a success just by visiting, and I am delighted to bring these movies to you.
So delighted am I, in fact, that I have some fun in store for you starting in 2008, so stay tuned.
I apologize for any inconvenience, but this week's updates are delayed by anywhere from 24 to 48 hours, due to technical difficulties.
As of this posting, I was actually hoping to have already resolved this issue, but things are taking a little longer than anticipated, so please enjoy the movies we still have up, and our latest films will be ready for you as soon as possible.
Again, I apologize for the delay and I thank you for your understanding.