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Month: August 2017

Kill Me Again (1989) / Z-View

Posted in Crime, Movies, and Z-View

Kill Me Again (1989)

Director: John Dahl

Screenplay: John Dahl and David W. Warfield

Stars:  Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Michael Madsen and Bibi Besch.

The Pitch: “Let’s throwback detective story about a pretty woman, stolen money, a psycho boyfriend and down-on-his-luck private eye.”

Tagline: Her last request was his first mistake.

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

When an attractive woman (Whalley) offers Jack Andrews (Kilmer) enough money to get him out from under with his bookies, Andrews agrees to help her disappear.  What Andrews doesn’t know is that she’s on the run from her psycho boyfriend (Madsen) with the cash that they stole and killed to keep.

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15 THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT ‘HAWAII FIVE-O’

Posted in Celebs, Crime, Trivia, and TV

Me-TV presents 15 THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT ‘HAWAII FIVE-O’.  Here are three of my favorites…

THE “FIVE-O” SLANG FOR POLICE CAME FROM THIS TELEVISION SHOW.
Ever wonder where that piece of slang came from? Believe it or not, the TV series originated it. The series’ title actually was an homage to Hawaii being the 50th state of the U.S.A. Hawaii Five-O used the numerals as the fictional police division on the show. Over the year, the term came to be used as code for police in general.

THE SHOW NEARLY STARRED GREGORY PECK.
Jack Lord will forever be associated with his character Steve McGarrett, but producers originally had other actors in mind. Richard Boone, the former star of Have Gun – Will Travel, was first offered the part. The former “Paladin” turned it down. Hollywood legend Gregory Peck was also considered for McGarrett. Robert Brown, perhaps best known for playing Lazarus in the Star Trek episode “The Alternative Factor,” nearly won the role, as well, before creators settled on Lord.

ONE CONTROVERSIAL EPISODE WAS BANNED AND WILL NOT BE SEEN AGAIN.
When it originally aired on January 7, 1970, “Bored, She Hung Herself” was one of the stranger cases of Hawaii Five-O. Don Quine, best known as a regular on The Virginian, portrayed Don Miles. He was the primary suspect in the episode, after his girlfriend, Wanda (Pamela Murphy), was found dead, hanging from a noose in their Hawaiian apartment. Audiences were unaccustomed to seeing a character who practices a so-called form of “yoga” with a noose. Somewhere in America, a viewer tried the hanging technique performed by Don at the opening of the episode — and died. “Bored, She Hung Herself” was never shown again, and is no longer included in syndication packages.

Kansas City Confidential (1952) / Z-View

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Kansas City Confidential (1952)

Director: Phil Karlson

Screenplay: George Bruce and Harry Essex from a story by Harold R. Greene and Rowland Brown

Stars: John Payne, Coleen Gray, Preston Foster, Neville Brand, Lee Van Cleef, Jack Elam and Donna Drake.

The Pitch: “Let’s make a crime movie with an ex-con trying to go straight framed for a heist by crooks and crooked cops!”

Tagline: Exploding! Like a gun in your face!

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Joe Rolfe (Payne) is an ex-con trying to go straight who finds himself set-up to take the fall of a million dollar heist.  When the cops can’t beat a confession out of Rolfe, they release him.  This allows Rolfe to begin a real investigation. The trail takes him to Mexico where he finds himself up against the crooks and a crooked cop.

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The 25 Best ’90s Movies

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Gem Seddon and GamesRadar present The 25 Best ’90s Movies. The list is excellent and coming up with just three choices was really tough, but here are three of my favorites…

24. LA Confidential (1999)
The movie: Slow-burning, throwback-inspired noir was a big thing in the ’90s. Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead, Twilight, Red Rock West… and the one that tops the lot: Curtis Hanson’s tightly-plotted riff on James Ellroy’s L.A.-based novel. Its razor sharp script slowly unravels to reveal the rotten core of 1950s Hollywood, that’s made all the more enchanting by its killer cast: Kim Basinger, Kevin Spacey, Guy Pearce and Russell Crowe all deliver stonking turns.

Most ’90s moment: While the film is set during the ’50s, its last act twist is an utterly ’90s invention.

21. The Sixth Sense (1999)
The movie: It’s testament to the quality of The Sixth Sense that it even holds up when you know exactly what is coming. Just in case you haven’t experienced its twist yet (and I can’t imagine there are many who haven’t), I won’t do a cheap gag at its expense. Instead, I’ll praise M. Night Shyamalan’s masterful control of suspense and chills, and bemoan the fact that he’s rarely managed to repeat it. Regarding its iconic ending, I will say that the moment the end credits roll, you’ll dive straight back in to see just how you could have missed it.

Most ’90s moment: It really is the ending. Seriously, the ’90s were all about twists.

 

 

17. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
The movie: Quentin Tarantino’s first – and, for some, still his best – feature introduced us to his world in brilliant fashion. From Mr. Pink’s (Steve Buscemi) opinion on tipping and the cool-as-fuck opening titles to the unforgettable ear-slicing, it showed us exactly what to expect from a Tarantino effort. And those elements remain today in The Hateful Eight, even if his recent movies have lacked the narrative tightness of his debut. Perhaps the only surprising thing for some first-time viewings is how restrained the filmmaker is. Modern-day Tarantino may see Aldo Raine carve a swastika in someone’s head but, back then, we didn’t even see the ear sliced off.

Most ’90s moment: Sure, it was twenty years old at the time but Stealers Wheel’s Stuck In The Middle Of You became a massive ’90s hit.

 

Bruce Lee’s Never Before Revealed Letters to Himself About Authenticity, Personal Development, and the Measure of Success

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Maria Popova and BrainPickings present Bruce Lee’s Never Before Revealed Letters to Himself About Authenticity, Personal Development, and the Measure of Success.  Fans will want to check out Bruce Lee’s thoughts displayed through photographs of his actual journal entries.

31 Things We Learned from Frank Darabont’s “The Mist” Commentary

Posted in Authors, Books, Celebs, Horror, and Movies

Rob Hunter and Film School Rejects present 31 Things We Learned from Frank Darabont’s The Mist Commentary.  Here are three of my favorites…

1. The opening set, where David Drayton (Thomas Jane) is painting, is designed after Drew Struzan’s actual studio and features copies of his most famous poster work including The Thing and Pan’s Labyrinth. “My idea was our artist here is painting a movie poster for a fictional Dark Tower film.”

6. He picked Melissa McBride (The Walking Dead) from tapes given them by the local casting director, and she impressed even the more seasoned actors during her initial scene in the market where she’s concerned about her kids. “The audition was thrilling, but what she did on set was even more thrilling.” The cast and crew burst into applause when he called cut.

23. The jump scare at 1:24:53 — William Sadler pounding on the glass door — made King jump in his seat on first viewing. “It was really one of the most gratifying moments because I scared the crap out of Stephen King, with the oldest trick in the book.”

 

12 Tiny Little Goofs You Never Spotted in “I Love Lucy”

Posted in Humor, Trivia, and TV

Me-TV presents 12 Tiny Little Goofs You Never Spotted in I Love Lucy.  Here are three of my favorites…

FRED’S HEAD   “Redecorating”
Near the end, Lucy and Ricky enter the room, which has been wildly covered in wallpaper. Take a look behind the two when they walk in the door. William Frawley (Fred) can be spotted in the background, peeking around a wall, awaiting his cue. He quickly realizes he is in the the shot and steps back to hide.

CABLE CAR  “Lucy Learns to Drive”
Ever wonder how they drove those big ol’ automobiles on a closed set? Well, they didn’t. The cars were pulled around with cables. In this episode, Ethel waits for Ricky to pull up. When his car arrives, a thin black cable can be seen tugging the the vehicle into the shot. The black wire shakes wildly as it hauls in that heavy car.

RECYCLING THE PAPER   “Ricky’s Old Girlfriend” and “Lucy’s Club Dance”
The same New York Gazette newspaper appears repeatedly on the show. Either that, or “BOND ISSUE DEFEATED” was a common headline back in the 1950s.

The Walking Dead: 15 Mysteries The Creators Have Completely Neglected

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Tara Diaz and ScreenRant present The Walking Dead: 15 Mysteries The Creators Have Completely Neglected.  Here are three of my favorites and my thoughts on each…

15. WHAT’S WITH THE FREAKY ZOMBIE SOLDIER THAT RICK ENCOUNTERS?
Little has been mentioned about the military operations that took place at the start of the spread, and this has a lot to do with the fact that Rick is in a coma while a big chunk of the action occurs. In the very first episode, Rick climbs into a tank to protect himself and rather awkwardly bumps into a zombie soldier who is extremely unwelcoming.

This tells us that there was some attempt to contain or diminish the epidemic, but how and why it failed is never really looked into at all. The whole premise of the show revolves around the aftermath, so it’s understandable why the creators have decided not to show this, but still, it would be interesting to see if there were any mistakes made on the government’s part. Fear the Walking Dead‘s attempts to do so were…we’ll say ineffective.

For me, the most exciting part of any zombie tale is when the outbreak starts and nobody knows what is going on or what to do.  It might be interesting to see a flashback to the start of the outbreak following a heroic soldier who, you guessed it, ends up as a zombie in the tank with Rick.

6. WHAT’S ZOMBIE GIRL’S DEAL?
Zombie girl with the little teddy bear is the first ever walker Rick sees and kills. And of course, this is an extremely emotional moment for Rick, as he comes to terms with the fact that he’s going to have to blow this little monster away. Big ones, little ones, they’re all the same. They’re monsters, they’re no longer people, and they’ll have to be put down.

Something that stands out as slightly off is the fact that Zombie girl bends down to pick up a teddy bear to take with her. This seems rather odd, considering the walkers don’t possess human traits or emotions and only really seem to care about getting their five humans a day, if you know what we mean.

I don’t like zombies who can think.  They shouldn’t be pumping gas or firing guns or using rocks to break windows (although I can over look that in Romero’s NOTLD car scene).  Yet, for some reason the little girl picking up the stuffed teddy bear didn’t bother me.  Maybe because it seemed more of an instinctive act than a premeditated action.

1. HOW DID THE VIRUS EVEN START?
They haven’t really touched on this subject, although there’s been a few attempts to find a cure. What we do know is that humans, or most of them, already live with the zombie pathogen which will become active upon their death. ‘Zombification’ can also be caused by a walker’s bite or scratch, which transmits an infection that kills and subsequently releases the pathogen.

The brain is directly affected; a walker displays no human intelligence or emotion (except for the occasional teddy bear attachment), yet has primal abilities such as smell and movement. The only way to destroy a walker is to damage their brain, and there has been no mention of a permanent cure, as of yet. It would be interesting to find out what triggered the infection in the first place and whether this was man made or a natural occurrence. None of the characters seem to have any real knowledge on the subject, and it’s possible no one really knows what happened! Except Robert Kirkman, of course.

While it might be interesting to discover how the virus started, it is kind of cool that no one seems to know.