Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Two more sword and sandal flicks for you :)

And, after this, I have two more -- they're processing right now.

Click the links and Enjoy!

Goliath and the Dragon
Duel of Champions

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Re: Classic Movie Lounge

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.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Bye Bye, August!

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.

Last week's top 10

They Call Me Trinity
Jack and the Beanstalk
Attack of the Giant Leeches
Long John Silver
The Last Time I Saw Paris
Gone with the West
Tom and Jerry Festival
Boot Hill
The Gun and the Pulpit

If you are a classic movie buff who has a classic movie uploaded to either Google or the internet archives and would like your movie featured at Classic Cinema Online, please send me an email with the URL to the movie so I can review it for possible featuring.

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.


And now, down to business...
This Week's Movies are:

David and Goliath
Ceasar the Conquerer
Damon and Pythias
Gladiator of Rome

We have some more Sword and Sandal movies that will be added throughout the week, so stay tuned.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Drum roll, please. . .

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:

They Call Me Trinity
Jack and the Beanstalk
Attack of the Giant Leeches
Long John Silver
Tom and Jerry Festival
Boot Hill
Gone with the West
The Last Time I Saw Paris
Death Rides A Horse

This Week's Movies

Since it's back to school time, Classic Cinema Online wishes to honor our youngsters who are headed back to school with the following movies featuring teenyboppoers and other youth:

Rock, Rock, Rock
Nancy Drew ...Reporter
Gangster's Boy
Teenagers from Outer Space
Boys of the City
Little Lord Fauntleroy
The Little Princess

The Legend of Marilyn Monroe

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.


Monday, August 13, 2007

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Our Forum Looks Different

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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.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Welcome to Spaghetti Western week!

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.

This Week's Movies
Boot Hill
China 9 Liberty 37
It Can Be Done, Amigo
The Belle Starr Story
Death Rides A Horse (OK, it's not new, but we did recently add it to our collection. We were playing someone else's, now we're playing ours.)
Grand Duel

Be sure to visit our new Spaghetti Westerns billboard so you can watch our other spaghetti westerns, too!

Last Week's Top 10
Attack of the Giant Leeches
Jack and the Beanstalk
Long John Silver
They Call Me Trinity
Tom and Jerry Festival
Voyage To The Planet of Prehistoric Women
Angel On My Shoulder
The Gun and the Pulpit
God's Gun

Have you seen these?
Law of the Timber
Western Mail
Law of the Rio Grande