Monday, September 24, 2007

All Better Now

OK the movies seem to be working again, but I'm still working on a backup "thing" in case this happens again.


Technical Difficulties

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.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

This Week's Features

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:

Black Fist
The Giants of Thessaly
Broadway Limited
The Fountainhead - based on an Ayn Rand novel
It Happened One Night - which is also this week's Saturday Special Matinee
Cosmos: War of the Planets

Have a wonderful and healthy week!

Saturday Special Matinee - It Happened One Night

Thanks to Ana for this! :)

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Do You Like Classic Television?

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!

This Week's Features

Had such a busy week that I didn't have time to write anything, so I'll just cut to the chase and get to this week's features:

* Rembrandt
* Lady Says No
* Power Dive
* The Stork Club
* That Gang of Mine
* She Done Him wrong
* A Thief In The Night
* Scared To Death

Saturday, September 15, 2007

She Done Him Wrong (1933)

Starring Mae West & Cary Grant

To view this movie in full screen, click on the button that looks like a square with arrows coming out of each corner in the toolbar that appears when you hover over the movie screen.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Heaven Can Wait

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!

This Week's Lineup

Heaven Can Wait
The Snows of Kilimanjaro
The women
Love Island
Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven
Bank Alarm

Have a great week!

Saturday Special Matinee

Life With Father
Part - 1

Part - 2

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Happy Labor Day (USA) Weekend!

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.

This week's Saturday Special is A Matter of Life and Death, starring David Niven and Kim Hunter.

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
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.

And, again, to repeat one of last week's announcements, if you have or know of any classic movies uploaded to Google or somewhere that you'd like featured here, please send me the URL for consideration. If it meets Classic Cinema Online's preferences, I'll be more than happy to feature it.

Have a terrific weekend!

Salt of the Earth
The Grapes of Wrath
His New Job (Silent, short)
Check and Double Check
Penny Serenade
That's My Baby!
Father's Little Dividend
The Lawless Frontier
Hercules and the Tyrants of Babylon

Movie - A Matter of Life and Death

Starring David Niven & Kim Hunter

Part 1

Part 2