What do you get when you combine Doc Savage, Thomas Pynchon, Orson Welles, H.G. Wells, Saturday Matinee Serials, Rock ‘N’ Roll, “B” Westerns, brain surgery, and Red & Black Lectroids? One of the best, most enduring and most neglected perfect movies of all time. The loyal following for this movie surely rivals The Rocky Horror Picture Show, albeit with less costuming and no toast being thrown at the screen. The amazing cast includes Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, Je
Near the very end of the Silent Era, just a month before Warner Bros. turned the film world upside down with The Jazz Singer, F. W. Murnau’s lyrical cinematic tone-poem Sunrise was released. It is appropriate that this film ushered out the era of purely visual film language, for they just couldn’t get much better or purer than this. For the uninitiated, we also discuss the world of the Silent Cinema in the first part of this broadcast. Besides being the first silent film we’v
“Have you ever had Deja Vu?” “I’ll check with the kitchen...” answers Bill Murray’s befuddled host as Bill wanders through one of his many February Second go-arounds in Harold Ramis’ wonderful fantasy comedy. A film that has not only demonstrated an enviable lasting power, but has altered the very meaning of the words “groundhog day” in our popular lexicon! IMDb entry
Image from The Man with a Movie Camera by Dziga Vertov On this “very special” episode of Filmically Perfect, the Film Guys sit down with Niki Dakota to discuss some of those terminologies seen in the credits of films that make you scratch your head and go “Hmmm...” Also, the shocking truth about beloved color films like Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz—that they were actually shot in Black and White!!
Who would’ve cast light comic, later to be known as “everyone’s favorite dad,” Fred MacMurray as the lustful, loathsome insurance man Walter Neff? It was Billy Wilder, who also cast Barbara Stanwyck as the amoral Phyllis Dietrichson, in this adaptation of pulp favorite James M. Cain’s novel, a book that he originally could not get sold! Listen in as we discuss this film that opened the floodgates for one of the greatest of all genres, the Film Noir! IMDb entry