September 2022

American Gothic

Book To Screen - America Goes Dark

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Book:  Whatever Happened to Baby Jane

            By Henry Farrell

 

Film:  Whatever Happened to Baby Jane

  (1962)

 

This American horror gothic suspense novel was published in 1960.  The novel has since received cult status as would the film from 1962.

 

The film, starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford and directed by Robert Aldrich would become a cult classic and the filming would become Hollywood legend with a book and miniseries about the making of the film proving to be a top best seller and highly rated television miniseries.  The film follows a former child star terrorising her paraplegic sister in an old Hollywood Mansion.

 

The film would be nominated five Oscars and receiving one for Best Costume Design.  It would also be the tenth and last time Bette Davis would be nominated for an Oscar.  The film would receive an “X” rating in the UK in 1962 and it would be start of hag horror films which would become a stable for the next ten years.  The film in 2021 was selected for preservation in the United States National Registry by the Library of Congress.

Opening Credits; Introduction (2.33); Background History (24.46); Plot Synopsis (25.31); Book Thoughts(31.32); Let's Rate (1:10.23); Introducing a Film (1:13.12); Film Trailer (1:15.21); Lights, Camera, Action (1:17.14); How Many Stars (2:15.44); End Credits (2:28.20); Closing Credits (2:30.48)

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Closing Credits:  Whatever Happened to Baby Jane by Debbie Burton and Bette Davis.  Taken from the album Whatever Happened to Baby Jane soundtrack.  Copyright 1962 – Warner Music

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Opening Credits; Introduction (1.29); Plot Synopsis (6.16); Let's Discuss (8.35); Amazing Design Ad (1:04.39);  Favourite and Least Favourite Storyline (1:05.51); Favourite and Least Favourite Character (1:13.31 ); Let's Rate (1:1747); Tune In Next Time (1:19.56); Closing Credits (1:24.00)

SEASON 1

AN UNEARTHLY CHILD 

Originally Aired:

23 November – 14 December 1963

 

Two teachers have concerns about a pupil who has alien views of England.  They visit her address to find a blue tardis and the pupils voice coming from inside.  William Hartnell makes his appearance as the first Dr Who, They visit the Palelithic tribe where fire shows who will be leader and the team get to involved in their politics to dangerous effects.

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Doctor Who

Opening Credits– Doctor Who Theme. composer Ron Grainer and realised by Delia Derbyshire at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Copyright 1963 BBC World Music.

 

Closing Credits:- Right Back Where We Started From by Maxine Nightingale.  Taken from the album Right Back Where We Started From.  Copyright 1975 United Artist Records.   

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BATMAN:  THE ANIMATED SERIES

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On Leather Wings

 

A mysterious bat like creatures starts terrorising Gotham City and the Caped Crusader must solve the mystery to clear his name.

Opening Credits; Introduction (1.29); Episode One: On Leather Wings (32.42); Episode Two: Christmas With the Joker (1:03.27); Episode Three: Nothing To Fear (1:27.00); Episode Four: The Last Laugh (1:43.21); Amazing Design Advertisement (2:07.40); Favourite Episode (2:08.51); Favourite Character (2:12.26); Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel (2:19.03); Closing Credits (2:20.37)

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Christmas With The Joker

 

After escaping Arkham Asylum on Christmas Eve, he terrorises Gotham by taking on Batman and Robin to find his hidden studio and free the hostages which include Commissioner Gordon, Detective Bullock and Summer Gleason.

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Nothing To Fear

 

Batman encounters the Scarecrow and attempts to foil his scheme of burning down Gotham University but in the process is exposed to Scarecrow’s fear gas and is forced to face his guilt and the death of his parents.

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The Last Laugh

 

The Joker infects Gotham with laughing gas but when Alfred is infected, Batman has added incentive to find an antidote before all of Gotham and Alfred die with a smile.

Opening Credits– Batman Animated Theme by Danny Elfman.  Taken from Batman The Animated Series 0 Copyright 1992 Warner Music 

Incidental Music – Batman Drives to Gotham/14 Seconds Opening/Joker Jingle Bells/Nothing To Fear/Alfred Loses It/Griffin Theme/Question Mark Motif – By Shirley Walker, Taken from Batman: The Animated Series Soundtrack album.  Copyright 1992 Warner Music

 

Closing Credits – Nothing To Fear (But Fear Itself) – by Oingo Boingo taken from the album Nothing to Fear.  Copyright 1982 – IRS/A&M records.

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MAKE/REMAKE

Opening Credits; Introduction (.38); Amazing Design Ad (11.18); Introduction Part 2 (12.30); Background History (34.54); Batman (1989) Film Trailer (36.15); The Original (38.04); Introducing a Remake (1:34.42); Batman Begins Film Trailer (1:36.25); The Remake (1:38.44); Preference Original or Remake (2:29.18); End Credits (2:38.09); Closing Credits (2:40.25)

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Closing Credits:  The Man Inside by David Fionix (single) Copyright 2020 EO Records.  https://davidfionix.com/about-me/

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Batman (1989)

 

Tim Burton’s take on the Batman pathos would be a ground-breaking and box office winner which would take the world by storm.  The film would divert from the Red Hood storyline as an origin story for the Joker but would give him a different story as Jack Napier, local gangster, falling into chemical acid to become the psychotic Joker.  The film would be shot in England at Pinewood Studios with an inflated budget of $48million and would earn $400million at the box office.  The film would take its inspiration between Alan Moore’s and Ryan Bolland’s The Killing Joke and Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns.

 

 

Batman Begins (2005)

 

Batman Begins is a reimaging of the Batman with Christopher Nolan giving the film a darker and more realistic tone.  The campiness would be laid to rest, and we would have a more serious tone.  The film would give a retelling of the origin story with more complex themes.  It would use three sources which includes The Man Who Falls, Batman: Year One and Batman: The Long Halloween.  The film would be a box office success and would be the start of the trilogy now known as The Dark Knight Trilogy.

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M&M:  MONSTERS AND MADMEN

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Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954)

The Creature From the Black Lagoon is a black and white 3D monster horror film directed by Jack Arnold.  The film's plot follows a group of scientists who encounter a piscine amphibious humanoid in the waters of the Amazon; the Creature, also known as the Gill-man, was played by Ben Chapman on land and by Ricou Browning underwater. The film was filmed in 3D using a black and white polarised light method which is used today.  On the video and beta version released in the 80s they would change this to the red and blue tinted glasses.

 

 

 

Shape of Water (2017)

Shape of Water is a 2017 romantic fantasy film directed by Guillermo Del Toro and is his love letter to The Creature From the Black Lagoon.  Set in 1962, Baltimore, Maryland, the film follows a mute cleaner at a high security government facility who falls in love with a humanoid amphibian creature.  She decides to help him escape from the hands of the evil colonel.  The film would be nominated for 13 Academy Awards and would win three including Best Picture.  After viewing Creature from a young age, Del Toro wanted to make a film where the creature and woman end up together at the end.

Opening Credits; Introduction (1.06); Background History (23.05);Creature from the Black Lagoon Film Trailer (25.09); The Horror (26.48); Amazing Design Advertisement (1:02.02); Introducing the Double Feature (1:03.13); Shape of Water Film Trailer (1:05.11); The Attraction (1:08.05);  How Many Stars (2:07.15); End Credits (2:16.20); Closing Credits (2:18.29)

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Closing Credits:  You’ll Never Know by Renee Fleming. Taken from the Shape of Water Soundtrack.  Copyright 2017 Decca Records

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DARK SHADOWS

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DECEMBER 1970 – JANUARY 1971

Episodes 1157 - 1200

Opening Credits; Introduction (01.08); Firey Kitten Podcast (17.13);  Into The Shadows:  Scene One  Curtis Does Hitchcock’s Rebecca (17.46); Scene Two – AngeliqueAlexis – Which Witch Is Which (35.08); Scene Three – Curtis does Robert Louis Stephenson (57.49); Scene Four – And Then There Is This (1:25.24); Scene Five – Barnabas is Stuck on Repeat (1:43.01); (); Morning Has Broken (1:55.25); Character Breaks Tune In Next Time (2:10.41); Nothing To Say Podcast (2:44.42) Closing Credits (2:25.12); End Credits (2:26.06)

Opening Credits – Dark Shadows Theme – by Robert Cobert

 

Closing Credits – Monsters and Angels by Voice of the Beehive.  Taken from the album Honey Lingers.  Copyright 1991, London Records.

 

Music Cues by Robert Cobert from Dark Shadows Catalogue

 

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October 2022

Darkness Ventures Into Reality

Book To Screen - America Goes Dark

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Book: Whatever Happened to Cousin                         Charlotte?

            By Henry Farrell

 

Film:  Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte (1964)

 

Whatever Happened to Cousin Charlotte was a short story that was never published until years later as part of the novel Whatever Happened to Baby Jane novel.

 

The film was supposed to be the follow-up from Whatever Happened to Baby Jane bring back the two stars but due to the complications and problems between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, Crawford dropped out after the start of filming to be replaced by Olivia de Haviland.  The film follows a middle-aged Southern woman, suspected in the unsolved murder of her lover from decades before, who is plagued by bizarre occurrences after summoning her cousin to help challenge the local government's impending demolition of her home.  The film would be nominated for seven Academy Awards and would co star Agnes Moorhead and Mary Astor in her last film role

Opening Credits; Introduction (); Background History (); Plot Synopsis (); Book Thoughts(); Let's Rate (); Introducing a Film (); Film Trailer (); Lights, Camera, Action (1:40.59); How Many Stars (); End Credits (2:36.51); Closing Credits (2:38.58)

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Closing Credits: 

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Opening Credits– Doctor Who Theme. composer Ron Grainer and realised by Delia Derbyshire at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Copyright 1963 BBC World Music.

 

Closing Credits: 

Original Music copyrighted 2020 Dan Hughes Music and the Literary License Podcast. 

 

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Doctor Who

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Opening Credits; Introduction (); Background History (); Plot Synopsis (); Let's Discuss (); Let's Rate (); Tune In Next Time (); Closing Credits ()

The Daleks – Part 1

 

21 December 1963 – 1 February 1964

 

Episode 1 – 4:

The Dead Planet

The Survivors

The Escape

The Ambush

 

The First Doctor, his granddaughter Susan Foreman and her teachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright land in an alien jungle and are captured by the Daleks, a race of mutated creatures who survive off the radiation that remains in the atmosphere after a nuclear war with their enemies. As the group attempt to escape the Daleks, they discover more about the planet and the ensuing war, and attempt to broker a peace.

Opening Credits– Doctor Who Theme. composer Ron Grainer and realised by Delia Derbyshire at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Copyright 1963 BBC World Music.

 

Closing Credits: 

Original Music copyrighted 2020 Dan Hughes Music and the Literary License Podcast. 

 

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BATMAN:  THE ANIMATED SERIES

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Pretty Poison

 

When District Attorney Harvey Dent collapses after a meal with his finance Pamela Isley and friend Bruce Wayne, doctors discover that he has been poisoned and it is up to Batman to find the culprit and find the antidote before time runs out.

Opening Credits; Introduction (); Episode One On Leather Wings (); Christmas With the Joker (); Nothing To Fear (); The Last Laugh (); Favourite Episode (); Favourite Character (); Favourite Villain (); Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel (); Closing Credits ()

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The Underdwellers 

 

Batman traces a series of bizarre robberies on the streets of Gotham back to a band of homeless children, who have been raised to do the bidding of their master, the Sewer King.

Opening Credits– Batman Animated Theme by Danny Elfman.  Copyright 1992 Warner Music 

 

Closing Credits: 

Original Music copyrighted 2020 Dan Hughes Music and the Literary License Podcast. 

 

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P.O.V. 

 

A botched police operation results in the suspension of those involved: Officer Wilkes, Officer Montoya, and Detective Bullock. Confronted by their superiors, each of them is forced to tell their tale of what happened that night.

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The Forgotten 

While investigating the disappearances of Gotham's homeless in an undercover disguise, Bruce Wayne is kidnapped and imprisoned in a chain gang mining camp, suffering from amnesia. Alfred must thus track him down, help him escape, and free the rest of the prisoners.

MAKE/REMAKE

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The Mummy (1932)

 

The Mummy is a 1932 pre-code American supernatural horror film directed by Karl Freund and stars Boris Karloff.  In the film, Karloff stars as an ancient Egyptian mummy named Imhotep, who is discovered by a team of archaeologists and inadvertently brought back to life by a magic scroll being read aloud. Disguised as a modern Egyptian named Ardeth Bey, Imhotep searches for his lost love, who he believes has been reincarnated as a modern girl.  In recent times, the film has drawn criticisms for orientalism and the “othering” of Egyptian culture.

 

 

 

The Mummy (1999)

 

The Mummy, the 1999 American fantasy action-adventure film is a remake of the 1932 film starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah and  Kevin J O’Connor.  he film follows adventurer Rick O'Connell as he travels to Hamunaptra, the City of the Dead, with a librarian and her older brother, where they accidentally awaken Imhotep, a cursed high priest with supernatural powers.  The film would spawn three sequels and be a box office success making over $416.4million worldwide. 

Opening Credits; Introduction (); Background History (); Film Trailer (); The Original (); Let's Rate (); Introducing a Remake (); Film Trailer (); The Remake (1:40.59); How Many Stars (); Preference Original or Remake (); End Credits (2:36.51); Closing Credits (2:38.58)

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Closing Credits: 

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M&M:  MONSTERS AND MADMEN

Opening Credits; Introduction (); Background History (); Film Trailer (); The Original (); Let's Rate (); Introducing the Double Feature (); Film Trailer (); The Attraction (1:40.59); How Many Stars (); Overall Thoughts (); End Credits (2:36.51); Closing Credits (2:38.58)

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Closing Credits: 

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The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec (2010)

 

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec  is a 2010 French fantasy adventure feature film written and directed by Luc Besson. It is loosely based on the comic book series The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec by Jacques Tardi and, as in the comic, follows the eponymous writer and a number of recurring side characters in a succession of far-fetched incidents in 1910s Paris and beyond, in this episode revolving around parapsychology and ultra-advanced Ancient Egyptian technology, which both pastiche and subvert adventure and speculative fiction of the period. The primarily live-action film, shot in Super 35, incorporates much use of computer animation to portray its fanciful elements and contemporary action film special and visual effects within the form of the older-style adventure films they have largely superseded.

Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)

 

Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy is a 1955 horror comedy that would star the legendary team of Abbott and Costello making their final appearance in the Universal-International feature.  The film would also star stuntman Eddie Parker as the mummy who was Lon Chaney’s double in the previous mummy films.

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November 2022

There's Always A Woman

Book To Screen - America Goes Dark

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Book:  Gone Girl

    By Gillian Flynn

 

Film:    Gone Girl (2014)

 

 

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn was published in June 2012 and become an instant success.  The sense of suspense in the novel would come whether Nick Dunne is responsible for the disappearance of his wife Amy.  The book would be told in three parts changing the point of view between the different parts.

 

 

 

 

 

The film, directed by David Fincher and starring Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck.  Set in Missouri, the story is a postmodern mystery that follows the events surrounding Nick Dunne who becomes the prime suspect in the sudden disappearance of his wife, Amy. The film also stars Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry.  It would be the highest grossing film of David Fincher’s career earning $369million at the box office.

Opening Credits; Introduction (); Background History (); Plot Synopsis (); Book Thoughts(); Let's Rate (); Introducing a Film (); Film Trailer (); Lights, Camera, Action (1:40.59); How Many Stars (); End Credits (2:36.51); Closing Credits (2:38.58)

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Closing Credits: 

Original Music copyrighted 2020 Dan Hughes Music and the Literary License Podcast. 

 

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Doctor Who

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Opening Credits; Introduction (); Background History (); Plot Synopsis (); Let's Discuss (); Let's Rate (); Tune In Next Time (); Closing Credits ()

The Daleks – Part 2

 

21 December 1963 – 1 February 1964

 

Episodes 5 – 7

 

The Expedition

The Ordeal

The Rescue

 

The Doctor, his granddaughter Susan Foreman and her teachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright land in an alien jungle and are captured by the Daleks, a race of mutated creatures who survive off the radiation that remains in the atmosphere after a nuclear war with their enemies. As the group attempt to escape the Daleks, they discover more about the planet and the ensuing war, and attempt to broker a peace.

Opening Credits– Doctor Who Theme. composer Ron Grainer and realised by Delia Derbyshire at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Copyright 1963 BBC World Music.

 

Closing Credits: 

Original Music copyrighted 2020 Dan Hughes Music and the Literary License Podcast. 

 

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BATMAN:  THE ANIMATED SERIES

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Be A Clown 

 

Mayor Hamilton Hill's miserable son, Jordan, becomes even sadder when his father uses his birthday party as a political gathering rather than a normal celebration, and ends up stowing away in the truck of the party clown hired by Hill for the party, whom he doesn't know is actually the Joker in disguise. It is now up to Batman, whom Mayor Hill distrusts, to rescue the boy before it is too late.

Opening Credits; Introduction (); Episode One On Leather Wings (); Christmas With the Joker (); Nothing To Fear (); The Last Laugh (); Favourite Episode (); Favourite Character (); Favourite Villain (); Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel (); Closing Credits ()

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Two Face Part 1

 

Mobster Rupert Thorne attempts to use Harvey Dent's secret split personality to blackmail him. But when Dent meets with Thorne at a chemical plant, "Big Bad Harv" takes over, and the resulting confrontation leads to an explosion that horribly scars half of Dent's face and his entire body.

Opening Credits– Batman Animated Theme by Danny Elfman.  Copyright 1992 Warner Music 

 

Closing Credits: 

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Two Face Part 2

 

Harvey Dent, now calling himself Two-Face, resurfaces and starts robbing Rupert Thorne's illegal businesses, preparing for a final confrontation with the crime boss, and Batman must stop his former friend before he and Thorne kill each other.

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It’s Never Too Late

 

A mob war between crime bosses Rupert Thorne and Arnold Stromwell is nearing its end, and comes to a climax when Stromwell is set up to be killed in an exploding restaurant by Thorne. Batman saves him at the last moment, and aided by Stromwell's brother (now a priest who lost his leg years before, an accident for which Stromwell carries a secret guilt), tries to persuade him to give up his life of crime and help the police bring Thorne down by testifying against him.

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The Women (1939)

The Women is a 1939 American comedy-drama film directed by George Cukor. The film is based on Clare Boothe Luce's 1936 play of the same name, and was adapted for the screen by Anita Loos and Jane Murfin, who had to make the film acceptable for the Production Code for it to be released.  The film stars Norma ShearerJoan CrawfordRosalind RussellPaulette GoddardJoan FontaineLucile WatsonMary BolandFlorence Nash, and Virginia GreyMarjorie Main and Phyllis Povah also appear, reprising their stage roles from the play. Ruth HusseyVirginia WeidlerButterfly McQueen, and Hedda Hopper also appear in smaller roles. Fontaine was the last surviving actress with a credited role in the film; she died in 2013. It is also important to note that even the animals and pets are all female.  The film continued the play's all-female tradition—the entire cast of more than 130 speaking roles was female. Set in the glamorous Manhattan apartments of high society evoked by Cedric Gibbons, and in Reno, Nevada, where they obtain their divorces, it presents an acidic commentary on the pampered lives and power struggles of various rich, bored wives and other women they come into contact with.  Filmed in black and white, it includes a six-minute fashion parade filmed in Technicolor, featuring Adrian's most outré designs; often cut in modern screenings, it has been restored by Turner Classic Movies. On DVD, the original black-and-white fashion show, which is a different take, is available for the first time.

The Opposite Sex (1956)

 

The Opposite Sex is a 1956 American musical romantic comedy film shot in Metrocolor and CinemaScope.[3][4] The film was directed by David Miller and stars June AllysonJoan CollinsDolores GrayAnn Sheridan, and Ann Miller, with Leslie NielsenJeff RichardsAgnes MooreheadCharlotte GreenwoodJoan Blondell, and Sam Levene.

The Opposite Sex is a remake of the 1939 comedy film The Women. Both films are based on Clare Boothe Luce's original 1936 play.

Unlike the 1936 play and the 1939 film adaptation, The Opposite Sex includes musical numbers and features male actors who portray the husbands and boyfriends, whose characters were only referred to in the previous film and stage versions.[6] This alters the structure and tone of the base storyline significantly.

Opening Credits; Introduction (); Background History (); Film Trailer (); The Original (); Let's Rate (); Introducing a Remake (); Film Trailer (); The Remake (1:40.59); How Many Stars (); Preference Original or Remake (); End Credits (2:36.51); Closing Credits (2:38.58)

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Closing Credits: 

Original Music copyrighted 2020 Dan Hughes Music and the Literary License Podcast. 

 

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M&M:  MONSTERS AND MADMEN

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Double Indemnity (1944)

Double Indemnity is a 1944 American crime film noir directed by Billy Wilder, co-written by Wilder and Raymond Chandler, and produced by Buddy DeSylva and Joseph Sistrom. The screenplay was based on James M. Cain's 1943 novel of the same title, which appeared as an eight-part serial for the Liberty magazine in February 1936.  The film stars Fred MacMurray as an insurance salesman, Barbara Stanwyck as a provocative housewife who is accused of killing her husband, and Edward G. Robinson as a claims adjuster whose job is to find phony claims. The term "double indemnity" refers to a clause in certain life insurance policies that doubles the payout in cases when the death is accidental.  Praised by many critics when first released, the film was nominated for seven Academy Awards but did not win any. Widely regarded as a classic, it often is cited as having set the standard for film noir.

Basic Instinct (1992)

 

Basic Instinct is a 1992 neo-noir erotic thriller film directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Joe Eszterhas. The film follows San Francisco police detective Nick Curran (Michael Douglas), who is investigating the brutal murder of a wealthy rock star. During the investigation, Curran becomes involved in a torrid and intense relationship with the prime suspect, Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone), an enigmatic writer.  Eszterhas developed the script in the 1980s. It became a subject of a bidding war until Carolco Pictures acquired the rights to the film. From there, Verhoeven signed on to direct and Douglas and Stone joined the project, after many actresses were considered for the role of Tramell. Before its release, Basic Instinct generated controversy due to its overt sexuality and violence, including a rape scene. Gay rights activists criticized the film's depiction of homosexual relationships and the portrayal of a bisexual woman as a murderous psychopath.[4][5] In one scene, Stone's vulva was filmed as she crossed her legs, which she claimed was done without her knowledge, a claim denied by the director.  There are several cuts available. 

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December 2022

You Are What They Say You Are

Book To Screen - America Goes Dark

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Book:   We Have Always Lived in The Castle

     By Shirley Jackson

 

Film:   We Have Always Live in the Castle

   (2018)

 

We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a 1962 mystery novel by American author Shirley Jackson. It was Jackson's final work, and was published with a dedication to Pascal Covici, the publisher, three years before the author's death in 1965. The novel is written in the voice of eighteen-year-old Mary Katherine "Merricat" Blackwood, who lives with her sister and uncle on an estate in Vermont. Six years before the events of the novel, the Blackwood family experienced a tragedy that left the three survivors isolated from their small village.  The novel was first published in hardcover in North America by Viking Press, and has since been released in paperback and as an audiobook and e-book.[2] It has been described as Jackson's masterpiece.

 

We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a 2018 American mystery thriller film directed by Stacie Passon, written by Mark Kruger, and starring Taissa FarmigaAlexandra DaddarioCrispin Glover, and Sebastian Stan. It was based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Shirley Jackson.

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Doctor Who

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The Edge of Destruction

8 February – 15 February 1964

 

The Doctor, his granddaughter Susan and her teachers  are in the Doctor's time and space machine the TARDIS when it appears to be taken over by an outside force. The travellers begin acting strangely and turn against each other.

Opening Credits; Introduction (); Background History (); Plot Synopsis (); Let's Discuss (); Let's Rate (); Tune In Next Time (); Closing Credits ()

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BATMAN:  THE ANIMATED SERIES

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I’ve Got Batman In My Basement

 

During a fight with Batman over a stolen Fabergé egg, the Penguin incapacitates Batman with poison gas. The Dark Knight is rescued by a teenage amateur detective named Sherman Grant and his friend Roberta, who hide Batman in Sherman's basement long enough for him to recover before the Penguin finds them.

Opening Credits; Introduction (); Episode One On Leather Wings (); Christmas With the Joker (); Nothing To Fear (); The Last Laugh (); Favourite Episode (); Favourite Character (); Favourite Villain (); Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel (); Closing Credits ()

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Heart of Ice

 

Bitter scientist Victor Fries, as Mr. Freeze, attacks several divisions of GothCorp, each time stealing a piece for a secret weapon he intends to build. Batman investigates the connections, and discovers that the start of Freeze's vendetta against GothCorp was a bitter falling out between Fries and GothCorp's CEO, Ferris Boyle (Mark Hamill), during which Boyle almost killed Fries (mutating him into Freeze) and presumably killed Fries' terminally ill wife, Nora. Batman must find a way to bring Boyle to justice before Freeze carries out his revenge.  This episode won the 1993 daytime Emmy for most Outstanding Script.

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The Cat and the Claw Part 1

 

Batman encounters a new cat burglar calling herself Catwoman, and around the same time, meets a woman named Selina Kyle (as Bruce Wayne), to whom he is visibly attracted. When Selina runs into trouble with a terrorist group known as The Red Claw, who want the mountain lion sanctuary she was trying to protect, she decides to take matters into her own hands and investigate.

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The Cat and the Claw Part 2

 

The leader of the Red Claw group (known herself only as Red Claw) attacks a military train and steals a viral plague, which she intends to release in Gotham if she isn't paid a ransom, and Batman and Catwoman must put aside their differences and work together to stop Red Claw before it is too late.

MAKE/REMAKE

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West Side Story (1961)

West Side Story is a 1961 American musical romantic drama film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. With a screenplay by Ernest Lehman, the film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same title, which in turn was inspired by Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. It stars Natalie WoodRichard BeymerRuss TamblynRita Moreno, and George Chakiris, and was photographed by Daniel L. Fapp in Super Panavision 70. The music was composed by Leonard Bernstein, with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.  Released on October 18, 1961, through United Artists, the film received high praise from critics and viewers, and became the highest-grossing film of 1961. It was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 10, including Best Picture (in addition to a special award for Robbins), becoming the record holder for the most wins for a musical.

West Side Story (2021)

West Side Story is a 2021 American musical romantic drama film directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay by Tony Kushner. It is the second feature-length adaptation of the 1957 stage musical of the same name.[9][10] It stars Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler in her film debut with Ariana DeBoseDavid AlvarezMike Faist, and Rita Moreno in supporting roles. Moreno, who starred in the 1961 film adaptation, also served as an executive producer alongside Kushner.[3] The film features music composed by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.  The film entered development in 2014 at 20th Century Fox;[11] Kushner began writing the screenplay in 2017.[12] In January 2018, Spielberg was hired and casting began that September. Justin Peck choreographed the dance sequences. Principal photography occurred in New York and New Jersey; filming began in July 2019 and ran for two months.  The film was a box office bomb losing over $100million dollars at the box office.

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M&M:  MONSTERS AND MADMEN

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Cannibal the Musical (1993)

Cannibal! The Musical (originally known as Alferd Packer: The Musical) is a 1993 American black comedy musical film directed, written, produced, co-scored by and starring Trey Parker in his directorial debut while studying at the University of Colorado at Boulder, before reaching fame with South Park alongside his friend Matt Stone who also stars in and produced the film. It is loosely based on the true story of Alferd Packer and the sordid details of the trip from Utah to Colorado that left his five fellow travelers dead and partially eaten. Trey Parker (credited as Juan Schwartz) stars as Alferd Packer, with frequent collaborators Stone, Dian Bachar, and others playing the supporting roles.  A live staged version was performed at Sierra College, in Rocklin, California, in May 1998. It was followed by Dad's Garage Theater, Atlanta Georgia, in the fall of 1998. The Dad's Garage version is highlighted in the special features of Troma's DVD release of the movie. The show has continued to find small theaters and audiences across America and beyond for many years. In 2001, a production was staged Off-Broadway at the Kraine Theater on East 4th Street in New York.  A large-scale stage production was produced by The Rival Theatre Company at the 2008 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It featured West End performers. It was executive produced by Jason McHugh and directed by Frazer Brown

Eating Raoul (1982)

Eating Raoul is a 1982 American black comedy film written, directed by and starring Paul Bartel with Mary WoronovRobert BeltranEd Begley Jr.Buck Henry, and Susan Saiger. It is about a prudish married couple (Bartel and Woronov) who resort to killing and robbing affluent swingers to earn money for their dream restaurant. The writers commissioned a single-issue comic book based on the film for promotion; it was created by underground comix creator Kim Deitch.  It would also become a hit off Broadway musical.

 

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DARK SHADOWS

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February 1971 – April 1971

 

Episodes 1201 - 1245

Opening Credits; Introduction (01.08); Firey Kitten Podcast (17.13);  Into The Shadows:  Scene One  Curtis Does Hitchcock’s Rebecca (17.46); Scene Two – AngeliqueAlexis – Which Witch Is Which (35.08); Scene Three – Curtis does Robert Louis Stephenson (57.49); Scene Four – And Then There Is This (1:25.24); Scene Five – Barnabas is Stuck on Repeat (1:43.01); (); Morning Has Broken (1:55.25); Character Breaks Tune In Next Time (2:10.41); Nothing To Say Podcast (2:44.42) Closing Credits (2:25.12); End Credits (2:26.06)

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January 2023

You Are Born Into A Family

Book To Screen - America Goes Dark

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Book:    We Need to Talk About Kevin

     By Lionel Shriver

Film:      We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

 

We Need to Talk About Kevin is a 2003 novel by Lionel Shriver, published by Serpent's Tail, about a fictional school massacre. It is written from the first person perspective of the teenage killer's mother, Eva Khatchadourian, and documents her attempt to come to terms with her psychopathic son Kevin and the murders he committed, as told in a series of letters from Eva to her husband. The novel, Shriver's seventh, won the 2005 Orange Prize, a UK-based prize for female authors of any country writing in English. In 2011 the novel was adapted into a film.

 

We Need to Talk About Kevin is a 2011 psychological thriller drama film directed by Lynne Ramsay from a screenplay she co-wrote with Rory Stewart Kinnear, based on the 2003 novel of the same name by Lionel Shriver. A long process of development and financing began in 2005, with filming commencing in April 2010.  Tilda Swinton stars as the mother of Kevin, struggling to come to terms with her psychopathic son and the horrors he has committed. The film premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and was released in the United Kingdom on 21 October 2011.

Opening Credits; Introduction (); Background History (); Plot Synopsis (); Book Thoughts(); Let's Rate (); Introducing a Film (); Film Trailer (); Lights, Camera, Action (1:40.59); How Many Stars (); End Credits (2:36.51); Closing Credits (2:38.58)

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Doctor Who

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Opening Credits; Introduction (); Background History (); Plot Synopsis (); Let's Discuss (); Let's Rate (); Tune In Next Time (); Closing Credits ()

MARCO POLO – Part 1

22 February – 4 April 1964

 

EPISODES:

The Roof of the World

The Singing Sands

Five Hundred Eyes

The Wall of Lives

 

The story is set in Yuan-era China in the year 1289, where the Doctor , his granddaughter Susan Foreman and her teachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright meet the Italian merchant-explorer Marco Polo  and Mongolian Emperor Kublai Khan.

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BATMAN:  THE ANIMATED SERIES

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See No Evil  

 

Lloyd "Eddie" Ventrix is on the verge of losing his daughter, Kimberly (Elisabeth Moss), to his ex-wife, Helen, due to his past as a con artist. Determined not to lose Kimberly, Ventrix dons a suit, stolen from where he used to work while on parole, which grants the user invisibility but also becomes highly toxic and drives him insane. He poses as Kimberly's imaginary friend, Mojo, and planning to abduct her from her mother, while in a crime spree as an invisible robber. Batman must solve the mystery crimes and stop Ventrix, despite the fact that he cannot even see him.

Opening Credits; Introduction (); Episode One On Leather Wings (); Christmas With the Joker (); Nothing To Fear (); The Last Laugh (); Favourite Episode (); Favourite Character (); Favourite Villain (); Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel (); Closing Credits ()

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Beware the Gray Ghost

 

Simon Trent, an actor best known for his past role as "The Gray Ghost", is on the verge of bankruptcy thanks to his declining career. To save himself, he sells off all of his Gray Ghost merchandise. Immediately afterwards, a series of bombings related to the old show begin to occur. Batman, having himself been inspired partly by the show to become the crimefighter he now is, goes to Trent for help, and they team up to put an end to the crimes, and also revive Trent's career.

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Prophecy of Doom 

 

Batman investigates a cult, called the Brotherhood, founded by the "mystic" Nostromos, after hearing about a number of stories from his colleagues about his ability to predict the future. Batman finds out that Nostromos is actually a con artist who was rigging near-fatal accidents to gain the confidence of Gotham's upper class citizens, and he must expose this ruse before it is too late.

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Joker’s Favor

 

After a man named Charlie Collins curses at the Joker on the road for offensive driving, the Clown Prince of Crime corners him and intimidates him into doing him a "small favor". Two years pass, and the Joker finally decides how to use Charlie: to sneak a bomb into the Peregrinator's Club, where Commissioner Gordon is to give a speech at an award ceremony. Charlie, who merely has to open the door, is skeptical at first, but for the sake of his family, he reluctantly decides to obey.

MAKE/REMAKE

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Castle Freak (1995)

Castle Freak is a 1995 American direct-to-video horror film directed by Stuart Gordon. The film stars Jeffrey Combs as John Reilly, an American recovering alcoholic who inherits an Italian castle when a distant relative passes away. John travels to Italy with his estranged wife Susan (Barbara Crampton) and blind daughter Rebecca (Jessica Dollarhide). The three plan to stay at the castle, but unbeknownst to them, a freakish monster locked away in the basement of the castle is about to escape and commit a series of murders. The police place John as the prime suspect, leading him to confront his alcoholism, fight the demon and prove himself innocent. Castle Freak went into production in 1994 after Gordon noticed art for the film in producer Charles Band's office. Gordon agreed to develop the film on Band's condition that the film take place in a castle, contain a freak, and would be shot on a very low budget. Gordon obliged as he would be able to cast who he wanted in the film and would get the final cut. The film was shot in 1994 in a castle owned by Band in Italy, where Gordon had previously shot The Pit and the Pendulum.

 

Castle Freak (2020)

 

Castle Freak is a 2020 American direct-to-video horror film that was directed by Tate Steinsiek. It has been billed as a reboot of the 1995 Stuart Gordon film by the same name, which is a loose adaptation of the stories "The Outsider" and "The Dunwich Horror" by H.P. Lovecraft.

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M&M:  MONSTERS AND MADMEN

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The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976)

The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane is a 1976 cross-genre film directed by Nicolas Gessner and starring Jodie FosterMartin SheenAlexis SmithMort Shuman, and Scott Jacoby. It was a co-production of Canada and France and written by Laird Koenig, based on his 1974 novel of the same title.  The plot focuses on 13-year-old Rynn Jacobs (Foster), a child whose absent poet father and secretive behaviours prod the suspicions of her conservative small-town Maine neighbours. The adaptation, originally intended as a play, was filmed in Quebec on a small budget. The production later became the subject of controversy over reports that Foster had conflicts with producers over the filming and inclusion of a nude scene, but a 21-year-old body double (Foster's sister) was used. After a screening at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival, a court challenge was launched regarding distribution, and a general release followed in 1977.

 

Alice Sweet Alice (1976)

 

Alice, Sweet Alice (originally titled Communion) is a 1976 American slasher film co-written and directed by Alfred Sole, and starring Linda Miller, Paula Sheppard, and Brooke Shields in her film debut. Set in 1961 New Jersey, the film focuses on a troubled adolescent girl who becomes a suspect in the brutal murder of her younger sister at her First Communion, as well as in a series of unsolved stabbings that follow.  Inspired by Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now (1973) and the films of Alfred Hitchcock, writer-director Sole devised the screenplay with Rosemary Ritvo, an English professor who was his neighbor. At the time, Sole had been working as an architect restoring historic buildings in his hometown of Paterson, New Jersey, and several properties he had worked on were used as shooting locations. Filming took place throughout the summer of 1975 in Paterson and Newark. The film premiered at the Chicago International Film Festival under its original title, Communion, in November 1976, and was released under this title in London in September 1977. After being acquired by Allied Artists, it was re-titled Alice, Sweet Alice, and released in the United States on November 18, 1977. Another theatrical re-release occurred in 1981 under the title Holy Terror, which marketed the popularity of Shields after her performance in Louis Malle's Pretty Baby (1978). While not prosecuted for obscenity, the film was seized and confiscated in the UK under Section 3 of the Obscene Publications Act 1959 during the video nasty panic, and was controversial in Ireland due to its apparent anti-Catholic themes.

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February 2023

The Evil In Everyday Life

Book To Screen - America Goes Dark

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Book: The Color Purple

   By Alice Walker

Film:   The Color Purple (1985)

 

 

The Color Purple is a 1982 epistolary novel by American author Alice Walker which won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction.[1][a] It was later adapted into a film and musical of the same name. The novel has been the frequent target of censors and appears on the American Library Association list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2000–2009 at number seventeenth because of the sometimes explicit content, particularly in terms of violence.

 

The Color Purple is a 1985 American epic coming-of-age period drama film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Menno Meyjes, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1982 novel of the same name by Alice Walker. It was Spielberg's eighth film as a director, and marked a turning point in his career, as it was a departure from the summer blockbusters for which he had become known. It was also the first feature film directed by Spielberg for which John Williams did not compose the music, instead featuring a score by Quincy Jones, who also produced. The cast stars Whoopi Goldberg in her breakthrough role, with Danny GloverOprah WinfreyMargaret AveryRae Dawn ChongWillard Pugh, and Adolph Caesar.  Filmed in Anson and Union counties in North Carolina,[4] the film tells the story of a young African-American girl named Celie Harris and shows the problems African-American women experienced during the early 20th century, including domestic violenceincestpedophilia, poverty, racism, and sexism. Celie is transformed as she finds her self-worth through the help of two strong female companions

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MARCO POLO – Part 2

22 February – 4 April 1964

 

EPISODES:

Rider from Shang-Tu

Mighty Kublai Khan

Assassin at Peking

 

The story is set in Yuan-era China in the year 1289, where the Doctor , his granddaughter Susan Foreman and her teachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright meet the Italian merchant-explorer Marco Polo  and Mongolian Emperor Kublai Khan.

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BATMAN:  THE ANIMATED SERIES

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Feat of Clay – Part 1

 

Bruce Wayne is framed for the attempted murder of Lucius Fox. The real perpetrator is an actor and master of disguise named Matt Hagen, who was disfigured in a car accident years ago. In order to keep his fame, he secretly started working for Roland Daggett, who provides him with a monthly supply of an addictive face cream known as Renuyu (a pun on "Renew You") that can temporarily reshape his face back to normal, and who wants to take Wayne Enterprises over for marketing expansion. For botching the murder due to Batman's interference, Hagen's supply is cut off, and when he breaks into Daggett's lab for more Renuyu, he pays the price dearly when Daggett's men drench his face in the formula and force him to swallow liters of it to avoid drowning. Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne is arrested and taken into custody, charged with the assault on Fox.

Opening Credits; Introduction (); Episode One On Leather Wings (); Christmas With the Joker (); Nothing To Fear (); The Last Laugh (); Favourite Episode (); Favourite Character (); Favourite Villain (); Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel (); Closing Credits ()

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Feat of Clay – Part 2

 

Bruce Wayne is released from prison on bail. Hagen, as it turns out, survived the murder attempt on him, but at a high cost: the formula entered his body and soaked every single one of his cells, turning him into a shape-shifting mutant. With his newfound powers, Hagen, now calling himself Clayface, decides to take his revenge on Daggett and his men, and Batman must bring Daggett to justice and stop Clayface before innocent people are hurt.

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Vendetta

Detective Bullock is arrested for kidnapping. Batman, who dislikes Bullock but nevertheless believes him to be a good man, investigates, and discovers the identity of the real criminal: Killer Croc, who harbors a vendetta against Bullock for capturing him once. Batman must clear Bullock's name before it is too late.

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Fear of Victory 

 

The Scarecrow invents a fear chemical that is activated by adrenaline. Then, he uses it to affect the outcome of athletic events. Whenever a single person becomes agitated, the fear chemical kicks in, turning his excitement to fear. The Scarecrow bets against the sports stars' teams as part of his criminal scheme to scare up some quick cash, and Batman and Robin must foil his plot.

MAKE/REMAKE

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Scarface (1932)

Scarface (also known as Scarface: The Shame of the Nation and The Shame of a Nation) is a 1932 American pre-Code gangster film directed by Howard Hawks and produced by Hawks and Howard Hughes. The screenplay, by Ben Hecht, is based loosely on the 1929 novel by Armitage Trail which was inspired by Al Capone. The film stars Paul Muni as Italian immigrant gangster Antonio "Tony" Camonte, a gangster who violently rises through the Chicago gangland, with a supporting cast that includes George Raft and Boris Karloff. Camonte's rise to power dovetails with his relentless pursuit of his boss's mistress while his own sister pursues his best hitman. In an overt tie to the life of Capone, one scene depicts a version of the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre.  After Hughes purchased the rights to Trail's novel, Hughes quickly selected Hawks to direct and Hecht to write the film's screenplay. Beginning in January 1931, Hecht wrote the script over an eleven-day period. Scarface was produced before the introduction of the Production Code in 1934, which enforced regulations on film content. However, the Hays Code, a more lenient precursor, called for major alterations, including a prologue condemning gangsters, an alternate ending to more clearly reprehend Camonte, and the alternative title The Shame of a Nation. The censors believed the film glorified violence and crime. These changes delayed the film by a year, though some showings retained the original ending. Modern showings of the film have the original ending, though some DVD releases also include the alternate ending as a feature; these versions maintain the changes Hughes and Hawks were required to make for approval by the Hays Office. No completely unaltered version is known to exist.

Scarface (1983)

 

Scarface is a 1983 American crime drama film directed by Brian De Palma and written by Oliver Stone.[6] Loosely based on the 1929 novel of the same name and serving as a loose remake of the 1932 film,[7][8][9] it tells the story of Cuban refugee Tony Montana (Al Pacino), who arrives penniless in Miami during the Mariel boatlift and becomes a powerful and extremely homicidal drug lord. The film co-stars Steven BauerMichelle PfeifferMary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Robert Loggia.[6] De Palma dedicated this version of Scarface to the writers of the original film, Howard Hawks and Ben Hecht.  Pacino became interested in a remake of the 1932 version after seeing it, and he and producer Martin Bregman began to develop it. Sidney Lumet was initially hired to direct the film but was replaced by De Palma, who hired Stone to write the script. Filming took place from November 1982 to May 1983, in Los Angeles and Miami. The film's soundtrack was composed by Giorgio Moroder. Scarface premiered in New York City on December 1, 1983, and was released on December 9, 1983, by Universal Pictures. The film grossed $45 million at the domestic box office and $66 million worldwide. Initial critical reception was negative due to its excessive violence, profanity, and graphic drug usage. Some Cuban expatriates in Miami objected to the film's portrayal of Cubans as criminals

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M&M:  MONSTERS AND MADMEN

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M (1931)

M is a 1931 German thriller film directed by Fritz Lang and starring Peter Lorre in his breakthrough role as Hans Beckert, a serial killer of children. An early example of a procedural drama, the film centers on the manhunt for Lorre's character, conducted by both the police and the criminal underworld. The film's screenplay was written by Lang and his wife Thea von Harbou and was the director's first sound film.[3] It features many cinematic innovations, including the use of long, fluid tracking shots, and a musical leitmotif in the form of "In the Hall of the Mountain King" whistled by Lorre's character. Now considered a timeless classic, the film was deemed by Lang to be his magnum opus.[4][5] It is widely considered one of the greatest films of all time, and an indispensable influence on modern crime and thriller fiction.

Badlands (1973)

Badlands is a 1973 American neo-noir[2] period crime drama film written, produced and directed by Terrence Malick, in his directorial debut. The film stars Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek, and follows Holly Sargis (Spacek), a 15-year old who goes on a killing spree with her lover, Kit Carruther (Sheen); the film also stars Warren Oates and Ramon Bieri. While the story is fictional, it is loosely based on the real-life murder spree of Charles Starkweather and his girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugate, in 1958.  Badlands was released in 1973 to positive reviews from critics, who particularly praised its cinematography, soundtrack—which includes pieces by Carl Orff—and the lead performances. At the 49th British Academy Film Awards, Spacek was nominated for the Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles award; at the San Sebastián International Film Festival, Sheen won the Best Actor award. Badlands is often cited by film critics as one of the greatest and most influential films of all time

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March 2023

Injustice Always Gets Rewarded

Book To Screen - America Goes Dark

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Book: To Kill A Mockingbird

   By Harper Lee

 

Film:   To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)

 

To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by the American author Harper Lee. It was published in 1960 and was instantly successful. In the United States, it is widely read in high schools and middle schools. To Kill a Mockingbird has become a classic of modern American literature, winning the Pulitzer Prize. The plot and characters are loosely based on Lee's observations of her family, her neighbors and an event that occurred near her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, in 1936, when she was ten.  Although the novel deals with rape and racial inequality, the book is told with warmth and humour.

 

The 1962 American drama film directed by Robert Mulligan. The screenplay by Horton Foote is based on Harper Lee's 1960 Pulitzer Prize–winning novel of the same name. The film stars Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch and Mary Badham as Scout. It marked the film debut of Robert Duvall, William Windom and Alice Ghostley.  It gained overwhelmingly positive reception from both the critics and the public; a box-office success, it earned more than six times its budget. The film won three Academy Awards, including Best Actor for Peck, and was nominated for eight, including Best Picture.  In 1995, the film was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

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Doctor Who

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The Keys of Marinus

11 April – 16 May 1964

 

The First Doctor his granddaughter Susan Foreman and her teachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright search for four keys to restore the Conscience of Marinus, a computer which maintains law and order. The group travel to two cities, a jungle, and an icy wasteland in search of the keys.

Opening Credits; Introduction (); Background History (); Plot Synopsis (); Let's Discuss (); Let's Rate (); Tune In Next Time (); Closing Credits ()

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BATMAN:  THE ANIMATED SERIES

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The Clock King

 

After his company goes bankrupt, Temple Fugate becomes the Clock King. Fugate sets out to seek his revenge against the man whom he blames for his misfortunes: Mayor Hamilton Hill. Fugate kidnaps Hill, intending to do away with him to accomplish his revenge. Batman must stop Fugate from carrying out his revenge and save the mayor's life.

Opening Credits; Introduction (); Episode One On Leather Wings (); Christmas With the Joker (); Nothing To Fear (); The Last Laugh (); Favourite Episode (); Favourite Character (); Favourite Villain (); Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel (); Closing Credits ()

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Appointment in Crime Alley 

 

With the help of arsonists, Roland Daggett plans to destroy Crime Alley and use the land to expand his business empire. Batman must stop Daggett's men and also save a captured Leslie Thompkins (Who helped a young Bruce Wayne cope with the loss of his parents).

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Mad As A Hatter 

 

Miserable Wayne Industries scientist Jervis Tetch is unable to pursue the girl he loves, Alice the secretary. When she splits up from her boyfriend, he makes an advance and develops a fast friendship with her, until her boyfriend reconciles with her and proposes to her. Enraged, Tetch decides to take matters into his own hands, and dons the mantle of the Mad Hatter, using his mind-control devices to force those who have wronged him all his life to become his mindless slaves.

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Dreams in Darkness

 

Batman is incarcerated in Arkham Asylum after being exposed to the Scarecrow's fear-inducing gas. Batman knows that the Scarecrow has escaped for the second time and is planning to poison Gotham's water supply with the same fear-inducing gas, and he must bring himself to break the law and escape from Arkham before the Scarecrow brings Gotham to its knees.