Sponsored by Xerox and the United Nations, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, scripted by Rod Serling, scored by Henry Mancini, starring Sterling Hayden, Eva Marie Saint, and Robert Shaw, and featuring Peter Sellers as a post-apocalyptic pseudo-Randian cult leader in a spangly hat
—it's A Carol for Another Christmas
, the rare 1964 television special
in which three ghosts teach a melancholy industrialist a Christmas lesson about the virtues of multilateral peacekeeping!
The Politics of Competitive Board Gaming Amongst Friends
is a short documentary by Jay Cheel whose subject is summed up by its title. You can see other short films by Cheel at his website
. The main protagonist of the doc, Gerry Eng, a.k.a. Reed Farrington, has been the subject of many Cheel films, such as Cooking with Gerry
, Cooking with Gerry #2, Poutine
, A Very Gerry X-Mas
and Reed's House
The newly released trailer for Total Recall (2012)
shows a Quaid quite conspicously not getting his ass to Mars. It could all have been different, as many versions of Total Recall 2
have been in the works over the years. Meanwhile is the Robocop remake anything but total recall?
And has the American action movie gone kablooey?
Lily, the caretaker's daughter, was literally run off her feet...
Today is the feast of Epiphany, the last day of the traditional Christmas season; the day also when the Misses Morkan held that grand affair, their annual dance, in James Joyce's "The Dead." [more inside]
From the guys that brought you Hobo With A Shogun
comes award-winning short
Christmas in the London Blitz, 1940
; Making Christmas Crackers, 1910
; Santa Claus, 1898
; Christmas is coming, 1951
: short films from the British Film Institute's wonderful Youtube Channel
(including excellent playlists
), which you can also explore through Google Earth using the kmz file found here
A Matter of Loaf and Death
is the new BBC Christmas short from Nick Park and Aardman
. In the mock murder mystery, Wallace and Gromit
start a new bakery business, Top Bun
. The short, Park's first since 1995, will introduce a new love interest for Wallace, Piella Bakewell
, a bread enthusiast.
Make this Christmas special. Spend it in Ralphie's house
! Bunny suit and Lifebuoy soap included. For an extra fee, the owner will convince you to lick a metal pole and then shoot your eye out. [more inside]
The Bloody Olive
- a 10 minute film noir in the spirit of the season. An interview about the film with director Vincent Bal
The most inspirational film ever
has an underexamined dark side
, including a 1947 FBI memo
that branded the film as subversive
and "a rather obvious attempt to discredit bankers." The film's script was influenced by the liberal populism of the 1930s
, used suicide as a plot point
, and was criticized by a Christian Right website for "lax attitudes on alcohol and drunkenness."
The film also inspired a feminist art project on "bad girl" Violet Bick
and a dead-on parody
of a right-wing Christian movie review. Meanwhile, Jimmy Stewart paid back Frank Capra for reviving his post-WWII career by spying on him for the FBI
. The hidden backstory behind It's A Wonderful Life
A Very Wookie Christmas.
I'm speechless in horror. This actually happened? This actually made it to the airwaves? Thank heavens Lucas is keeping it deeply, deeply hidden forever.
Even though the movie 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas
' doesn't come out until a year from now, they've already got a flash teaser up at their site