Tuesday, December 25, 2012

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET hosted by The Cinemated Man

The Cinemated Man Christmas Special
Miracle on 34th Street (1960)
Directed George Seaton
Story by George Seaton, Valentine Davies
Music by Cyril J. Mockridge
Cinematography by Lloyd Ahem
Art Direction by Richard Day









How's that eggnog holding out? Time for a refill?
Well go fill 'er up and come on back to...

SPARTACUS hosted by The Cinemated Man

The Cinemated Man Christmas Special
Spartacus (1960)
Directed Stanley Kubrick
Story by Dalton Trumbo, Howard Fast
Music by Alex North
Cinematography by Russell Metty
Production Design by Alexander Golitzen
Art Direction by Eric Orbom








I am Spartacus! No, wait, he is Spartacus!
Will all the Spartacuses grab a mug of eggnog
and join in the cheer with
The Cinemated Man!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Saturday, October 27, 2012

MONSTERMONTH!! presents X THE UNKNOWN

Creeping up next on MONSTERMONTH!! 
IT'S THE BLOB WITH A SCOTTISH BROGUE!!
Watch the trailer! 


Now watch the film!
X THE UNKNOWN (1959)
Starring Dean Jagger, Edward Chapman, Leo McKern
Directed by Leslie Norman

Story by Jimmy Sangster
Music by James Bernard
Cinematography by Gerald Gibbs
Art Direction by Ted MarshallSpecial Effects by Jack Curtis, Les Bowie, Vic Margutti



Monsters are Near. But never Fear!
The Cinemated Man is here!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE MUMMY on THE 4:30 MOVIE

Along with some fun surprises, guaranteed to bring back memories! 
It's all part of...
MONSTERMONTH!! 

ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE MUMMY (1955) 
Starring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Marie Windsor 

Directed by Charles Lamont
Story by Lee Loeb, John Grant
Cinematography by George Robinson
Music by Irving Gertz, Henry Mancini
Art Direction by Alexander Golitzen
Special Effects by Clifford Stine
 

"I've got enough money hamburgers and coffee.
And after we sell the medallion, we'll have steaks and potatoes!" 

Join the Monsters! Join the Madness! Join the Fun!
The Cinemated Man

Sunday, October 14, 2012

MONSTERMONTH!! presents FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN

Watch the Trailer!


A Death Fight...Between Two Beasts!
FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN (1943)


Directed by Roy William Neill
Story by Curt Siodmak
Cinematography by George Robinson
Art Direction by John B. Goodman
Music by Hans J. Salter
Makeup by Jack P. Pierce

Visual effects by John P. Fulton


Monsters are Near! But Never Fear!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Coming up on MONSTERMONTH!!

What's a down and out freak of nature to do? Why, get advice from another freak of nature, of course.
Lon Chaney Jr. and Bela Legosi star in...
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man!

With two monsters on the loose there's not enough torches to go around. But don't fear, because It's a full moon tonight at The Cinemated Man.



Don't be Afraid! Join the fun!

Friday, October 12, 2012

MONSTERMONTH!! presents ISLAND OF TERROR

One of our favorites here at The Cinemated Man!
First watch the trailer...



Then watch the film! But whatever you do...
Don't Feed the Silicates!!! 
ISLAND OF TERROR (1966)
starring Peter Cushing, Edward Judd, Carole Gray

Directed by Terence Fisher
Story by Edward Mann, Al Ramsen
Cinematography by Reginald H. Wyer
Music by Malcolm Lockyer
Art Direction by John St. John Earl
Electronic Effects by Barry Gray
Special Visual Effects by John St. John Earl, Michael Albrechtson



Never fear. The Cinemated Man is here!
Join the fun!
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Next up on MONSTERMONTH!! THE GIANT BEHEMOTH!!!

Watch the trailer! 




Now watch the film!
THE GIANT BEHEMOTH (1959)
starring Gene Evans, Andre Morell, John Turner
Directed by Eugene Lourie

Story by Eugene Lourie
Cinematography by Ken Hodges
Music by Edwin Astley
Art Direction by Harry White
Electronic Effects by Jack Rabin, Irving Block, Louis De Witt, Willis O'Brien and Pete Petterson



Never fear. The Cinemated Man is here!
Join the fun!
The Cinemated Man

Saturday, October 6, 2012

QUATERMASS AND THE PIT hosted by The Cinemated Man

First up on...

MONSTERMONTH!!

QUATERMASS AND THE PIT 
A serial in six parts (BBC 1958-59)
Watch each part separately, or all of 'em, if you dare! 
Just hit play and the playlist will do the rest!

Directed by Rudolph Cartier  
Story by Nigel Kneale  
Cinematography by A. Arthur Englander  
Production Design by Clifford Hatts  
Visual effects by Peter Day, Jack Kine, Bernard Wilkie 

Never Fear  
The Cinemated Man is Here! 

Monday, October 1, 2012

OCTOBER IS MONSTERMONTH!! hosted by The Cinemated Man

Join us once again as we host a bevy of beasts, a cavern of creatures, a den of dastardly demons all from the abandoned movie theater on the outskirts of Tokyo!


Trick or Treat!
The Cinemated Man

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Prometheus - Are You Getting This?

"Prometheus" which I was very much looking forward to, disappointed me, too! So, no, Prometheus, I'm not getting this.


What's going on? First "Total Recall", now this. Jeesh! The only new movie I've liked so far is "Dark Knight Rises". Sure, there were cool things in "Prom", but Ridley, you can do much better. You HAVE done much better.


SPOILERS:


I won't go into the story or details or the retreads of old ideas, some work, some don't. I won't go into the characters or lack thereof. I can name on one alien hand how many I actually cared whether they lived, died or were turned into god knows what. I just didn't care about them. Any of them. Like John Carpenter's "The Thing", I didn't like them, either. Johnny C made that same mistake back when he chose to remake one his favorite films, Hawks' classic "The Thing From Another World", which, as everyone knows, is filled to the brim with likable wonderful characters, good, bad and indifferent, all different and all real. "Prometheus" remakes the error Carpenter made in his remake, peppering the story with unlikeables. Ridley should've called it "The Unlikeables". The only 'person' who had personality was the robot! Was Ridley giving a tribute to Kubrick, making the machine 'more human than human'? He did, after all, name him David!


I did like the other tributes that I caught, i.e. the musical references from the score of Cameron's "Aliens" and some of the new concepts, though most were not used well enough or were wasted entirely. And I did very much enjoy all of the "Lawrence of Arabia" bits, including even a subtle line by Claude Raines from the classic Lean masterpiece, "big things have small beginnings (sir)"! In a strange coincidence we were talking about that very film in the lobby just before we went in. I was relating to friends about an incident at the Tokyo International Film Festival some years back where right in the middle of the scheduled classic film "Lawrence of Arabia" the chandelier suddenly began to sway. No, there was no chandelier in the desert - the one in the theater was swaying - like Zorro was swinging from it! I wasn't under the overly elaborate, and quite heavy, lighting fixture, thankfully, but I had an instant and total recall of that scene in "Poseidon Adventure" where one comes crashing down on the passengers and I could swear the guy in front of me looked like Roddy McDowall.


No, we didn't get hit by a tidal wave but we were having an earthquake right there in the middle of the festival, totally unscheduled - the nerve! Then, the film melted a hole through Omar Sharif's gorgeous black tunic and snapped, leaving only a bright white screen and a blinking audience of jittery folks who weren't sure whether to stay seated or start filing out.


The room soon stopped swaying and as the announcement came over the PA telling us it was a small quake and not to worry, we didn't. They asked us to be calm and remain seated. So we did. This was before 3.11, of course. Now, I'd charge out of that room like Peter O'Toole, saber raised, screaming 'NO PRISONERS!!'


But anyway, "Prometheus" was all right. Not great. It added elements to the Alien story that were not onlynot needed, but their inclusion wiped away yet another layer of mystery that I prefer remain enshrouded for eternity. I liked not knowing about those elephantine creatures. And I had always thought of them as benign and victims of the 'alien' which they were either transporting or had infested their ship too.


And talk about happy endings! I like happy endings as a rule, but this happy ending is not one of those I'd include. It was ridiculous! Good grief. Okay, to all those "Blade Runner" Director's Cut folks out there who hated the 'happy ending' post elevator door shut scene in "Blade Runner" - you know, the overland shots from cousin Kubey's outtakes of "The Shining" and the scene in the car with the, yes, wonderful line:

"Gaff had been there and let her live. Four years, he figured. He was wrong. Tyrell had told me Rachel was special. No termination date. I didn't know how long we'd have together. Who does?"

(from memory, may not be exactly as it was said, but that's how I remember it).


Okay, so to all those folks who hate that, I repeat, wonderful ending of "Blade Runner" the original theatrical release, if you now dare to state your love for the ending of "Prometheus", I shall call you out as hypocrites of the first order, pronouncing this universal challenge to you all: Duel with me on this point, and of the first of you to fall I shall build a statue in your memory.


Ridley, to quote from your own movie:

"Try harder".


Prometheus: B-



Sunday, July 8, 2012

20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH hosted by The Cinemated Man

The Cinemated Man presents...
MAD INVASION!!! Movie Marathon
All Summer Long!

20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)

Directed by Nathan Juran
Written by Robert Creighton Williams, Christopher Knopf, Charlotte Knight
Music by Mischa Bakaleinikoff
Cinematography by Irving Lippman, Carlos Ventigmilia
Editing by Edwin H. Bryant
Art Direction by Cary Odell
Technical Effects created by Ray Harryhausen



Run for shelter!
It's the Vanguard of an Invasion!
on
The Cinemated Man

20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH coming up on The Cinemated Man

Coming up on MAD INVASION!!!
Saturday 8 PM Eastern (U.S.) 12 Midnight GMT


Life is difficult for a homesick Venusian.

And Joan Taylor, Thomas Brown Henry and John Zaremba know the problem will only get bigger! William Hopper stars in this classic Ray Harryhausen Roman Holiday...


20 Million Miles to Earth

It's all happening next on The Cinemated Man




Run for shelter!
It's the vanguard of an invasion!
on
The Cinemated Man


Sunday, July 1, 2012

EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS hosted by The Cinemated Man

The Cinemated Man presents...
MAD INVASION!!! Movie Marathon

Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)

Directed by Fred F. Sears
Written by Curt Siodmak, George Worthing Yates, Bernard Gordon, Donald E. Keyhoe
Music by Mischa Bakaleinikoff
Cinematography by Fred Jackman jr.
Editing by Danny Landres
Art Direction by Paul Palmentola
Special Animation Effects by Ray Harryhausen

Missed the broadcast?
You can still catch it on The Cinemated Man LIVESTREAM Channel!

Run for shelter!
It's the vanguard of an invasion!
on
The Cinemated Man

Saturday, June 30, 2012

EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS coming up on The Cinemated Man

Hugh Marlowe, Joan Taylor, and Morris Ankrum star
in this classic of daylight discs and Harryhausen tricks!






Run for Shelter! It's the Vanguard of an Invasion!
All Summer Long on The Cinemated Man

MAD INVASION MOVIE MARATHON!!!

The Invasion Begins July 1st! 
Hosted by The Cinemated Man




Watch the skies! All Summer Long! 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

SAHARA hosted by The Cinemated Man

It's Summer and The Cinemated Man brings back another Classic Episode...
Sahara (1943)
Directed Zoltan Korda
Story by John Howard Lawson, Zoltan Korda, James O'Hanlon, Philip MacDonald
Music by Miklos Rozsa
Cinematography by Rudolph Maté
Art Direction by Lionel Banks
Set Decoration by William Kiernan








Measure that water in a cup!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

SON OF FRANKENSTEIN hosted by The Cinemated Man

From the Monstermonth Files...
Son of Frankestein (1939)
Directed by Rowland V. Lee
Story by Mary Shelley, Wyllis Cooper
Cinematography by George Robinson
Music by Frank Skinner
Art Direction and Makeup by Jack Otterson, Jack P. Pierce
Special Effects by John P. Fulton

Never fear!
The Cinemated Man is here!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

THE RIGHT STUFF presented by The Cinemated Man

In honor of the passing of Levon Helm
The Cinemated Man brings you...
THE RIGHT STUFF (1983) 
America was looking for a hero who had what it takes to become a legend. America found seven of them

Directed Philip Kaufman
Story by Tom Wolfe, Philip Kaufman
Music by Bill Conti
Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel
Visual Consultant Gene Rudolf
Visual Creations by Jordan Belson
Edited by Glenn Farr
Production Design by Geoffrey Kirkland
Special Visual Effects by Gary Gutierrez



"Sir, is that a man?"
"You're damn right it is!" 
The Cinemated Man

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

One of my Mom's Favorite Films. A GUY NAMED JOE (1943)

Remembering my Mom with one of her favorite films. She would've been 75 today. 



A GUY NAMED JOE (1943)
Directed by Victor Fleming
Story by Dalton Trumbo, Frederick Hazlitt Brennen, Chandler Sprague, David Boehm
Music by Herbert Stothart
Cinematography by George J. Folsey, Karl Freund
Art Direction by Cedric Gibbons


We end our War Bonds marathon with a film from the War Buddy genre that my Mom was particularly fond of. 


She passed away on February 28th, 2010 and we honor her with the message of hope and everlasting life that this film celebrates. With an encyclopedic mind on so many topics as well as film, she was the primary inspiration for my own interest in cinema. And she had always insisted I see this Spencer Tracy classic.
Finally I did a few years ago and I loved it. I hope you do, too.

Here it is. Thanks Mom. We love you and we miss you.



Never fear. The Cinemated Man is here!
The Cinemated Man

Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Cinemated Man Salutes Ben Gazzara

In honor of Ben Gazzara who passed away today. 
When Michael Calls (1972) 
starring Ben Gazzara, Elizabeth Ashley, Michael Douglas 

Directed by Philip Leacock 
Story by James Bridges, John Farris 
Cinematography by Reginald H. Morris 
Music by Lionel Newman 
Art Direction by Jack McAdam 



Rest in Peace, Ben. Thanks for all you gave us.  
The Cinemated Man 


Check out Ben's long and varied career at his IMDB listing!