Today marks the 64th Anniversary of the premier of This Is Cinerama in New York City on September 30th, 1952. So, today we are taking a look a something a little different. The Flying Clipper (1963) is a 70mm travelogue, described by some as "budget version" of the 1958 Norwegian Cinemircle production, Windjammer: The Voyage Of … Continue reading THE FLYING CLIPPER (aka MEDITERRANEAN HOLIDAY) (CINERAMA, CINEMASCOPE, 70mm, WONDERAMA!… YOU NAME IT!)
1954 DIRECTOR: William H. Brown No, it was not Dr. No, starring Sean Connery as James Bond, 007 in 1962 where it all began. Ian Fleming's James Bond began his screen career eight years prior, in an early episode of an anthology drama TV series called Climax! In this U.S. series, the American "Jimmy Bond" … Continue reading CLIMAX! “CASINO ROYALE”
1967 DIRECTORS: Ken Hughes, John Huston, Joseph McGrath, Robert Parrish, Val Guest & Richard Talmadge This is the second "filmed" of the three versions of Ian Fleming's inaugural 007 novel. The first was a 1954 episode of the U.S. TV series Climax!, in which James Bond was rewritten as an American, rather than British spy. The latest is the better known … Continue reading CASINO ROYALE (1967)
2012 DIRECTOR: Sam Mendes Opening, yet again within the Daniel Craig Bond era, without the ubiquitous 'gun barrel' sequence at the beginning, Oscar winning Director, Sam Mendes, the first of such calibre in the 23 films and 50 years of bond to this date, set out his stall from frame one with an artistic interpretation … Continue reading SKYFALL
THE HUMAN ADVENTURE IS JUST BEGINNING... It all began not in 1966, but 1964 with Gene Rodenberry's first pilot, "The Cage". No Kirk, but instead the Enterprise's maiden voyage was helmed by Jeffrey Hunter, when he was not play Jesus Christ, King Of Kings (1964) of course. Even though, this is possibly one of Classic Star Trek's … Continue reading STAR TREK @50: LOOKING BEYOND THE FINAL FRONTIER
After watching Avatar in 3-D for the first time since theatres in 2009, I began to think about the long delay in the production of the sequels. I remembered how long it took to bring the original to the screen, a decade to be precise, with talk of "developing something new and innovative". It was … Continue reading AVATAR 2, 3, 4 & 5 -WHY THE DELAY?