The Jericho Drive-In does a waycool nice gesture…

As you are aware, I am a big fan of the Jericho Drive-In and what they’ve done over the years.  Not just satisfied with being a decent outdoor movie getaway in the Capital District, the Jericho has opened up an ice cream shop (Twist), they’ve opened their drive-ins for fundraisers and charity events, and now…

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The Royale with Cheese TV Club: HBO’s Deadwood

One of the subjects of my blog is the Royale With Cheese Movie Club, an observation of films that everyone in the world has seen – except me.  Whether it was through circumstance or happenstance, I never got around to watching that film when it first came out, and after people tell me “You’ve never…

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My big problem with the new Shazam! movie

Yesterday, I took advantage of a Fandango promotion that gave movie-goers an opportunity to see the new Shazam! movie a week before its official premiere date.  So I spent a few dollars and next thing I know, I’m at Colonie Center, and the new Shazam! movie is on the big screen in front of me.…

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Bill and Ted 3? Excellent, dude!

There was no greater time traveling comedy than Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, a low-budget film that dominated the 1988 box office and became a major success story.  The movie follows the adventures of two slackers, Bill S. Preston, Esq. (Alex Winter) and Ted “Theodore” Logan (Keanu Reeves) as they rode their phone booth /…

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Black Mirror: USS Callister on the Royale with Cheese Movie Club

I had no desire to watch the Super Bowl yesterday.  Hell, I don’t even know who won, although I suspect that with all the memes on Facebook this morning, I wouldn’t have been happy with the results.  Something about the refs giving the victory to the Patriots.  That, and Maroon 5 doing the halftime show. …

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So I watched They Shall Not Grow Old last night…

Last night, I took in a rare (for me) Monday night motion picture, as the Peter Jackson-directed documentary They Shall Not Grow Old premiered for the first date of a two-night engagement. And can I say this?  The film was totally impressive.  Peter Jackson took 100-year-old footage from World War I (the “Great War”) or…

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City Lights is the greatest silent film ever made

It’s a film that took Charlie Chaplin three years to finish.  He replaced his leading actress midway through the film, then brought her back when he knew he couldn’t start the film over with a new actress. This film debuted four years after the release of the first successful talking picture, The Jazz Singer.  And…

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They Shall Not Grow Old: An incredible film restoration project

I am a huge fan of restored motion pictures and vintage films.  Back when AMC was “American Movie Classics,” they would host an annual weekend “Film Preservation Festival” on TV, with commercial-free broadcasts of restored and preserved films – such as the Todd-AO version of Oklahoma, the roadshow version of It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad,…

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