October 26th, 2007

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

A Good O'Reilly article about what is wrong with the Motion Picture Business

I am not enthused about finding a movie to review this weekend. Perhaps it is the prevailing influence of the "misery loves company crowd" operating the motion picture business.

Authored by Bill O'Reilly, ""Dusk for the Sundance Kid" is a good article that explains what is wrong with show business. Box office results confirm O'Reilly's thesis.

"Dusk for the Sundance Kid"
By Bill O'Reilly for BillOReilly.com
Thursday, October 25, 2007
http://www.billoreilly.com/newslettercolumn?pid=22243

The actress Reese Witherspoon can't be pleased with the performance of her new movie "Rendition." It is a colossal bomb and will disappear as quickly as one of the movie's characters, courtesy of the evil CIA, of course.

Once again, Hollywood is on a "let's make America look bad" binge. This is directly caused by loathing for the Bush administration, which the entertainment left sees as a combination of the Third Reich and Emperor Nero.

Thus, a series of earnest "America is a human-rights violator" films are coming to a theatre near you, and the odds are you will ignore them.

Good.

The Sundance Kid, Robert Redford, has directed a movie called "Lions for Lambs," of which Variety opines, "Back-bendingly liberal but also deeply patriotic."

Well, that doesn't sound so bad, but then Redford goes to Rome and says this about the USA: "We have lost lives, we've lost sacred freedoms, we've lost financial stability."

Really, Bob? You seem mighty rich to me, and I believe you can make movies that say anything you want them to say. So what's this loss of "sacred freedoms" deal?

While researching this column, I came across a letter written by Samuel Goldwyn in 1961. Goldwyn was a major movie mogul responsible for hundreds of classic films. In this letter, Goldwyn tells producer Jerry Wald, "Today we are at a very crucial period in history. Even if the cold war never develops into a hot one, our country still has its hands full all over the world. The pictures we send abroad have an effect in every corner of the globe.

"We should never lose sight of the fact that, no matter how entertaining a picture may be or how much money it may make, it can do our country a great deal of harm if it plays into the hands of our enemies ... we have a great responsibility in this regard--far greater than almost any other segment of our country--and we must guide ourselves accordingly."

Well, that doesn't sound so bad, but then Redford goes to Rome and says this about the USA: "We have lost lives, we've lost sacred freedoms, we've lost financial stability."

Really, Bob? You seem mighty rich to me, and I believe you can make movies that say anything you want them to say. So what's this loss of "sacred freedoms" deal?

While researching this column, I came across a letter written by Samuel Goldwyn in 1961. Goldwyn was a major movie mogul responsible for hundreds of classic films. In this letter, Goldwyn tells producer Jerry Wald, "Today we are at a very crucial period in history. Even if the cold war never develops into a hot one, our country still has its hands full all over the world. The pictures we send abroad have an effect in every corner of the globe.

"We should never lose sight of the fact that, no matter how entertaining a picture may be or how much money it may make, it can do our country a great deal of harm if it plays into the hands of our enemies ... we have a great responsibility in this regard--far greater than almost any other segment of our country--and we must guide ourselves accordingly."

I believe Samuel Goldwyn, if he were alive today, would be appalled at how radical left the American entertainment industry has become. He would, I suspect, also suggest to Robert Redford that he tone it down.

There is no question that every time a Redford, Sean Penn, or Barbra Streisand bashes the USA to the overseas press, millions of America-haters rub their hands with glee. Prop up Hugo Chavez, sure. Shake hands with the Iranian fascists, certainly.

But the tide has turned against these showbiz pinheads, and the failure of movies like "Rendition" prove it. Dissent is fine. Dishonest propaganda is not.

Robert Redford and his crew might bemoan the loss of "sacred rights," but I'm with Samuel Goldwyn. These Hollywood big shots have an obligation to a country that has allowed them to become wealthy and speak their collective minds on any subject they choose.

The Sundance Kid has truly been out in the sun way too long. Wise up, Bob.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Last of the RKO Radio Players



Robert "Bob" Carter and Cinema Dave remember the bygone days of 105.9 WAXY FM, one of the last radio stations from the legendary RKO Radio Stations. Photo by Ward Donoho, son of legendary station manager, Doug Donoho.

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

"Bring Me the Horizon" - a fun and detailed book about the "Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy



While the tone is excessively positive, "Bring Me the Horizon" provides some interesting details about all three "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies. The first movie was a surprise hit, even to the astonishment of the cast and crew.

The plans for the two sequels were constructed with Disney care and the addition of Davy Jones made "Pirates" a mythical rival to "Star Wars."

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Dr. Phibes Rises Again...Vincent Price's rare sequel



"Dr. Phibes Rises Again" was not a fun motion picture for Vincent Price. According to "The Films of Vincent Price" and Victoria Price's biography about her father, Vincent Price did not get along with his costar, Robert Quarry.

Still, "Dr. Phibes Rises Again" is a good, fun and entertaining sequel with a satisfying ending.

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Vincent Price IS Dr. Phibes



Dr. Anton Phibes could be considered Vincent Price's "Phantom of the Opera." Phibes is a music professor gone mad when his wife dies in a car accident. Phibes loses his voice and is disfigured. The music doctor blames the medical doctors and proceeds to kill them off in biblical fashion. The murders are darkly funny in the manner of an early Alec Guiness comedy.

Joseph Cotton is the co starring doctor who must perform miracle surgery. Cotton's life saving surgery is performed under the most cliff hanging situations. A real nail biter.

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

The Legend of Camp Blood



"Making Friday the 13th The Legend of Camp Blood" covers all of the "Friday the 13th" horror movies from 1980 to 2003. It is a franchise that reinvents itself with each motion picture. The first four movies are basically the same movie, the middle films are pivitol, but the Kane Hodder movies feature first rate stuntwork. "Freddy versus Jason" concludes the series and basically marks the end of an era, much like "House of Frankenstein" and "House of Dracula" retired Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster and the Wolf Man.

The book details each motion picture and provides the trivia of actors who got their start in the motion picture industry. Many of the victims have done quite well for themselves in other financial pursuits. If you want to see what the victims of Jason and his mother are up to, then check out this website; http://www.fridaythe13thfilms.com/home.html

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