For the Spielberg Blogathon this is Rob Medaska, filmmaker and reviewer for 20 years and contributor to Citizen Screenings. My film of choice for this auspicious event is RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981), in my opinion Steven Speilberg’s best film, bar none.
“I’ve wanted to make a dinosaur picture all of my life and have always been a huge fan of Ray Harryhausen, but I could never find a realistic way to do dinosaurs – until Michael Crichton figured out a genius way to combine science and imagination.” – Steven Spielberg
For many, August signals the ending of summer. One of the fun ways this August celebrates summer is via sharks, sharks and more sharks. Sharknadoes came back with a sequel vengeance when “Sharknado 2″ aired on SyFy channel recently and became a national, albeit majorly campy, phenomena. On August 10th, Discovery Channel returns with its 27th season of the very popular “Shark Week” and “JAWS Week” just completed its swim on AMC Channel. With all this shark action on the little screen, one can’t help but consider how much Steven Spielberg kicked off a firestorm and created a national fascination due to his film JAWS (1975).
In the midst of blogathons celebrating and honoring films and filmmakers we’re ready for a debate!
Hello – this is Rob with this week’s GetTV Lost Treasure pick…
First let me say right off the bat that in my opinion there is no Sherlock Homes other than Basil Rathbone, the rest simply don’t measure up. Of course this may be due to the fact that I grew up watching the old Universal Pictures Holmes movies starring Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. All of those pictures had that great music, as well as eerie sets that helped to add and create a fantastic atmosphere for murder and mystery.
THE WOMAN IN GREEN features many of the great character actors that Universal employed around the time period, all playing up to their strengths. The story is solid, revolving around murder and blackmail. And the performances are all first-rate, especially that of Hillary Brooke, the film’s villain. This movie is a bit longer than some of the other HOLMES films, but for me moves at a nice pace. There are plenty of the usual twists and turns to the story,and the script has a nice ending. As part of the Universal series of Sherlock Holmes films this is one of the better ones. So, set the alarm, get breakfast in hand, set the channel to GetTV and be ready for a mysterious ninety minutes tomorrow (Saturday) morning.
Thanks for your time and remember if you look hard enough you will always be able to find a lost treasure.
THE WASP WOMAN on TCM July 19th @ 12pm est
…welcome back to my TCM pick of the week….and what more can be said except THE WASP WOMAN from 1959 and directed by Roger Corman and Jack Hill, simply one of the worst B-movies of all-time. It is so bad it is awesome.
To celebrate THE WASP WOMAN”S awesomeness let’s start out with the buzzing bee sound throughout the beginning of the movie, a sound so loud you can barely hear anything else – fantastic! Next, the almost nine minutes of bee-related material at the beginning, with very little dialog – stupendous! Then there are the board room scenes, a big company that apparently works in a shabby office – inspiring! Add the casting, the costumes and the conclusion….WOW! THE WASP WOMAN must have been the PERFECT drive-in flick as it fit the mood of the times and delivery of film to a T.
If you have not already seen this Roger Corman horror movie you must! It is simply too “bad” to miss.
Till next week, this is Rob saying thank you so much.