Catching the Classics: The French Connection

french_connectionSince 1998, I have been maintaining a list of movies that I wanted to see. Sometimes these are all-time classics that passed me by, sometimes they’re genre classics that interest me. The list grows regularly and is currently more than 1300 movies long. Fogs has gone through and hand-picked several classic films for me to “fast-track” and review here. This is one of those films.

The French Connection first came to my attention when I was watching the AFI’s “100 Years, 100 Movies” program, which inspired my watch list; they had it ranked at #77. It was therefore one of the very first items to make it onto the list. It was also the Best Picture winner at the Oscars for 1971. As such, it seemed like a perfect choice for the inaugural entry in “Catching the Classics”.

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New Episode of The (title pending) Movie Podcast with Tank and Fogs!!

PodcastLadies and gentlemen, boys and girls… Here’s this weeks TPMP!

Mr Tanski has the listeners covered on two limited release movies this week, “The To Do List” and “The Way, Way Back”, and then we both join forces to discuss “The Wolverine”!

Then Tank and I play a little game of live grenades, where we throw “Top Five” topics at each other with no prep time and see what we each come up with! It was a bit of a spur of the moment idea that really came out well. We had a lot of fun with it, and I think you’ll enjoy!

It’s a great episode and you won’t want to miss it! As always, you can download it directly, here, or search for us on iTunes or Stitcher radio by looking for (title pending) or Tank and Fogs!

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Movies I Want Everyone to See: The Rocketeer (1991)

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Review By Richard Kirkham

Hollywood in the Golden Age, Nazi Commandos, Gangsters, Young Love, Air Speed Races, Howard Hughes, is there anything that is not found in this Walt Disney Picture from more than twenty years ago? I can’t think of anything they could have added to make this movie better. The story is a clever adventure which mixes real world events with science fiction elements and puts it in the backdrop of one of the most romantic times and places in film history. “The Rocketeer” was a modest success and not a break out hit that would justify a sequel. The movie harkens back to the serial adventures of the 1940s but is based on a racy 1982 graphic novel/comic, which has enjoyed greater literary success than it’s cinematic cousin. There are some obvious changes made in adapting this to the big screen. The biggest change was altering the character of Jenny Blake. Instead of the somewhat seedy “party girl/stripper” she is in the comic, she becomes a more wholesome ingenue. She is an innocent young actress, trying to break into the movies by playing in the crowd scenes in the movies being manufactured at the Hollywood Dream Factories of the Golden Age. The+Rocketeer

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Big changes ahead at FMR

ChangeHey everyone, how’s it going?

By now I’m sure you’ve noticed the changes in FMR over the past few weeks. It’s been a few months since the last MTESS, and a couple of weeks without a “Tossin’ It Out There”. I didn’t want to make any rash decisions or announce anything prematurely, but there’s no avoiding it now: Changes are on the way for FMR.

For the past two years, my employment situation has been… extraordinarily conducive to blogging. Let’s just say that. Recently, however, I’ve taken a job that is, well… not as conducive. LOL. I have much less free time to work with, and no capability of blogging from work (as I have in the past, sshhhhhh….).

Fear not, however! Friends of FMR are coming to the rescue!

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New Episode of The (title pending) Movie Podcast with Tank and Fogs!!

PodcastHey everybody, we’re back! After a week off due to illness, Tank and I return with a mega review show for your listening enjoyment!

This week we have six – SIX – movies to review for you! The Conjuring, Grown Ups 2, Pacific Rim, Turbo, R.I.P.D., and RED 2! It’s a massive review slate that gets everyone up to speed with all the newest releases from the past two weeks!

After the break, in honor of “The Conjuring”, Tank and I talk up the greatest Haunted House movies ever with a Haunted House Top Ten!

It’s a great episode and you won’t want to miss it! As always, you can download it directly, here, or search for us on iTunes or Stitcher radio by looking for (title pending) or Tank and Fogs!

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Logan’s Run: Why There is Mileage left in the Wolverine story

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After three instalments of the X-Men franchise and a largely disappointing solo outing, is there much left for audiences to get worked up over as the titanium claws come out once again on July 25th for The Wolverine? In short the answer is a resounding yes, as the series looks to take a murkier, in depth approach that aims to encapsulate the iconic anti-hero in a way that previous attempts have failed to do.  Continue reading

The Conjuring

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Frightening, well acted and well directed, “The Conjuring” is the Haunted House movie that horror fans have been waiting for. It skillfully savors the slight chills in the early going, then indulges in some outright jump in your seat moments before heading into the no holds barred ending.

This is a movie that is certain to be discussed as one of the best of the year, and likely to claim a spot in the discussion of all time great haunted house movies in years to come.

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Turbo

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Dreamworks Animation’s latest offering is the story of a snail who dreams of being fast enough to race. Through a freak accident, he’s empowered with speed that allows him to do just that.

It’s a bit of a strange choice for a feature, but DreamWorks is talented enough to turn the story into a mildly entertaining animated film.

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