Monthly Archives: December 2017

War Movies: Infamous Battle Stories in Film

The stories of great battles throughout history have been re-communicated this way through cinema and moviemaking for the last hundred plus years, because of the clarity of understanding and empathy good cinematic story telling brings to the public.

This week, MovieZoot.com is proud to feature four War films that tell specific stories of specific battles throughout the last 2000 years as we present 1964’s epic film Zulu and The Battle of Rorke’s Drift in Africa in 1879; 2010’s Centurion and the story of the Roman Crusades in 117 A.D; 1957’s The D.I. and the Ribbon Creek Incident on Parris Island in 1956; and 1985’s Hitler’s SS: Portrait of Evil telling of the rise of the Third Reich and Nazi Germany.

Load the fireplace, grab some beer and snacks, sit back and get caught up in some intriguing classic war stories – just like you used to do during the holidays with your Dad and Grandpa. And be amazed at the depth and breadth – and the lengths – of historical cultural clashes.

Zulu

Zulu is the epic 1964 Cy Endfield War/Drama starring Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Mangolsuthu Butherelezi and Michael Caine telling the story of the 1879 battle when over 3,000 Zulu warriors came very close to defeating the British forces in the Battle of Rorke’s Drift. Future South African political leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi plays Zulu King Cetshwayo kaMpande, his own great grandfather in real life. Richard Burton narrated the opening and closing to the film.

Centurion

Centurion is the 2010 Neil Marshall action drama starring Michael Fassbender, Andreas Wisnewski, Dave Legeno and Exelle Carolyn telling the story of 1st century Roman crusades into the Scottish Highlands where over 3,000 men perished.

The D.I.

The D.I. is the 1957 Jack Webb war drama where Webb directed and starred in (along with Don Dubbins and Jackie Loughery) this retelling of the story of The Ribbon Creek incident on Parris Island the night of April 8, 1956 exploring brutality in bootcamp training and military exercises.

Hitler’s SS: Portrait of Evil

Hitler’s SS: Portrait of Evil is the 1985 Jim Goddard war drama starring John Shea, Bill Nighy, Lucy Gutteridge and Davit Warner along with Caroll Baker, Jose Ferrer and Tony Randall telling the story of the very different experiences of two German brothers witnessing the rise to power of the Third Reich and the Nazi Party.

Sultry Divas: The Hubba Hubba Girls

Movies are fantasies, and some of the women in movies are fantasy gals with their sultry looks, their seductive character portrayals and their amazing on-screen performances that drive men (and women) wild.

This week, MovieZoot.com pays homage to six of these beautiful ladies with four all-time classic blockbuster films including 1953’s How to Marry a Millionaire with Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall; 1936’s My Man Godfrey with Carole Lombard; 1956’s And God Created Woman with Brigitte Bardot; and 1963’s Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow starring Sophia Loren.

Beware, these ladies will steal your heart as well as your attention!

Yours Truly,
MovieZoot.com
Where you’ll find Movies you love with Stars you know.

How To Marry a Millionaire

The movie that is every man’s nightmare, How To Marry a Millionaire is a 1953 Jean Negulsesco Romance Comedy staring Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall as three women on a mission: They all want to marry a millionaire. So they move into a elegant New York City apartment and begin dating the city’s elite gentlemen. They have no problem meeting rich men, but unfortunately most of them turn out to be creeps or cons. Eventually they must decide: Is a life of luxury more important to them than finding true love? States one of the ambitious girls, “I want to marry Rockefeller!”’ to which another asks, “Which one?” And the response from the first is, “I don’t care.”

My Man Godfrey

My Man Godfrey is the 1936 black & white Gregory La Cava romance comedy starring William Powell and Carole Lombard telling the story of sibling rivalry, interclass struggles and the power of love staged during the great depression – this is a rags to riches story in more ways than one!

And God Created Woman

And God Created Woman is the 1956 break-out Roger Vadim drama romance starring Brigitte Bardot, Curd Jurgens, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Jan Marken telling the story of an 18 year-old orphan with a high level of unrestrained sexual energy, discovering her power over men and using that power to get what she truly wants. Vadim discovered and later wed Bardot.

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow is a 1963 comedy anthology film by Italian director Vittorio de Sica, starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni and consists of three hilarious short stories about couples in different parts of Italy. This film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 1964 Academy Awards.

Early Star Vehicles

Every actor has to start at the bottom, taking every role they can just for the exposure, experience and education within their craft. This week on MovieZoot.com we feature four such movies that provided an early platform for future big-time movie stars including Jack Nicholson in 1960’s original The Little Shop of Horrors; Jane Russell in 1943’s The Outlaw; Alec Baldwin and rock’s Deborah Harry in 1987’s Crazy Streets also known as Forever LuLu; and Sandra Bullock – America’s Sweetheart – in 1987’s Hangmen.

So, sit back and watch some of today’s icons pay their dues in the movie-making business. These actors have come a long way, baby!

Yours truly,
MovieZoot.com
Where you’ll find Movies you love with Stars you know.

The Little Shop of Horrors

The Little Shop of Horrors is the original 1960 black & white Roger Corman comedy/horror film starring Jonathan Haze, Jackie Joseph, Mel Wells and Jack Nicholson telling the story of a magical – if deadly – flower shop, and the central character of the story – a plant named Audrey, Jr. that demands fresh human blood for food! Nicholson has a brief cameo role as a masochistic dental patient.

The Outlaw

The Outlaw is the 1943 black & white western produced and directed by Howard Hughes (along with uncredited director Howard Hawks) debuting Jane Russell in her break-out role as a horse thief that get raped by her victim – Billy the Kid. Of course there is more to the story, but this is the moment when all of the world is exposed to the curvaceous beauty of Jane Russell – Howard Hughes’ arm-candy of the moment!

Crazy Streets

Crazy Streets (also known as Forever LuLu) is the 1987 Amos Kollek comedy/mystery film starring Alec Baldwin, Deborah Harry Hanna Schygulla and Annie Golden where a beautiful novelist (Harry) gets involved with the violent crime underworld in New York and becomes a target. Baldwin’s cop character pursues her killers.

Hangmen

Hangmen is the 1987 Christian Invordsen action/adventure movie debuting Sandra Bullock and starring Rick Washburn, Dog Thomas and Keith Bogart in which the assassin of a U.S. Senator is responsible for responding to the incident accidentally kills several innocent bystanders with the team during the operation. Because of her later success, Sandra Bullocks roll – pretty much as an ‘extra’ is highlighted on the movie promotions as interest in her career grew with her later successes.

Hitchcock! – The Director Honing His Craft

What movie-goer/movie-lover never heard of the iconic director Alfred Hitchcock? No one! This director is so iconic that he has been studied and copied for well over 90 years – and his style and craft of storytelling has influenced almost every horror, suspense, or dramatic movie released in the last 70 years. This week, MovieZoot.com features four movies that show Hitchcock’s refinement of his craft during his earlier years with Murder! from 1930, Number 17 from 1932, Secret Agent from 1936, and finally, The Man Who Knew Too Much from 1956 – one year after he became an American citizen.

Sit back and relax if you can as we present these mystery/dramas. We bet you will be on the edge of your seats!

Yours truly,
MovieZoot.com
Where you’ll find Movies you love with Stars you know.

Murder!

Murder! is a 1930 black & white British drama film co-written and directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Herbert Marshall, Norah Baring and Edward Chapman. It was only Hitchcock’s third all-talkie film, after Blackmail and Juno and the Paycock. Murder! tells the story of a juror that happens to be an actor, who tries to prove that an actress who was found holding the murder weapon is innocent.

Number 17

Number 17 is a black & white 1932 thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring John Stuart, Anne Grey and Leon M. Lion telling the story of a group of criminals who committed a jewel robbery and put their money in an old house over a railway leading to the English Channel. An outsider stumbles onto this plot and intervenes with the help of a neighbor – a police officer’s daughter.

Secret Agent

Secret Agent is the black & white 1936 Alfred Hitchcock mystery thriller starring Peter Lorre, Madeleine Carroll, John Gielgud and Robert Young (with a brief uncredited appearance by Michael Redgrave) telling the story of three British agents who are assigned to assassinate a mysterious German spy during WWI. Two of the agents become ambivalent when their duty to the mission conflicts with their consciences.

The Man Who Knew Too Much

The Man Who Knew Too Much is the 1956 Alfred Hitchcock thriller starring James Stewart, Doris Day, Brenda de Banzie and Bernard Herrmann telling the tale of a doctor and his family on vacation in Morocco when a chance encounter with a stranger sets their trip and their lives on a drastically different course with the murder of the stranger and the abduction of their son to insure the couple’s silence of their knowledge of the murder. They must figure out a way to get their son back without the help of the Moroccan police.

Critically Acclaimed Award-Winning Movies

These classic award-winning movies are a delight to watch anytime, but to watch them all within a week is heaven. This week, Moviezoot.com features four classic blockbusters including the 1963 three-time Oscar-winning To Kill A Mockingbird, the 1952 two-time Oscar-winning The Snows of Kilimanjaro, the 1932 two-time Oscar-winner A Farewell to Arms, and the 1955 New York Film Critics Circle Award winner Diabolique.

Better get an extra few boxes of popcorn for this week!

Yours truly,

MovieZoot.com
Where you’ll find Movies you love with Stars you know.

 

To Kill A Mockingbird – Gregory Peck and Brock Peters

To Kill A Mockingbird is the 1963 three-time Oscar-winning blockbuster drama directed by Robert Mulligan based on Harper Lee’s 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel starring Gregory Peck, Mary Badham and a very young Robert Duvall. It tells the story of kids coming of age in the 1930s while bigotry in all forms is in the forefront and reaches its first denouement in a climactic courtroom scene, which all others – real and imagined – have ever since been measured against.

The Snows of Kilimanjaro – Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner

The Snows of Kilimanjaro is the 1952 two-time Oscar-winning epic drama directed by Henry King and starring Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward and Ava Gardner based on the Ernest Hemingway novel of the same name, in which adventure writer Harry Street reflects on his life, as he lies dying from an infection while on safari in the shadow of nearby Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. Have your tissues and popcorn handy for this movie – you’ll need both!

A Farewell to Arms – Helen Hayes and Gary Cooper

A Farewell to Arms is the 1932 two-time Oscar-winning drama directed by Frank Borzage starring Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes and Adolphe Menjou based on Ernest Hemingway’s novel of the same name, telling the story of an American ambulance driver who falls in love with an English nurse in Italy during the horrors of World War I. “There may be no tomorrow.”

Diabolique – Simone Signoret and Vera Clouzot

Diabolique is the 1955 Henri-Georges Clouzot thriller starring Paul Meurisse, Vera Clouzot and Simone Signoret where the cruel and abusive headmaster of a boarding school becomes the target of a murder plot hatched by the unlikely duo of his wife and his mistress. Diabolique won the Louis Delluc Prize and the award for best foreign film at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards in 1955, and remains in Time Magazine’s Top 25 Horror films.