"Bond. James Bond." These classic words would launch a cinematic empire that would span five decades and six actors portraying the role of agent 007 on the big screen. Sean Connery is still the quintessential James Bond for fans of the series' golden age. It's easy to see why when considering classics like From Russia With Love, Goldfinger and Thunderball. Although critically savaged when On Her Majesty's Secret Service was released in 1969, George Lazenby has gone on to gain a cult following for his solo appearance as 007.
Roger Moore took over for seven films during the seventies and eighties, becoming the Bond for a new generation that would come to embrace his more comedic antics in the role. Shakespearean actor Timothy Dalton assumed the role in 1987's The Living Daylights to c...
The adventures of Captain Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise defined a new level of science fiction fandom in the late sixties. The image of Luke Skywalker blowing up the Death Star forever changed the impact and scope of blockbuster moviemaking. Audiences ate it all up without even batting an eye at the believability of the scientific concepts on display, but the science in such sci-fi favourites is often questionable at best.
Sounds in Outer Space
The dramatic screeching of TIE fighters swooping across the screen to the strains of John Williams’ Imperial March in The Empire Strikes Back is in an unforgettable part of science fiction history. So are the whooshing sounds of the Enterprise going to warp speed in the Star Trek movies.
Now imagine the same images with no so...
Alfred Hitchcock, the master of suspense and psychological thrillers, is as popular today as he was in his heyday. Dial M for Murder, To Catch a Thief and Rear Window are a few of his classics. Here's a look at the legendary directors career that spanned six decades.
Hitchcock's early years
Born in 1899, the youngest of three children, he spent his formative years attending St. Ignatius College. He left the school at 14 after his father passed away and studied at the London County Council School of Engineering and Navigation becoming a draftsman and advertising designer after graduating.
Being intrigued with photography his life took a turn that led to working as a title card designer for a company that would eventually become Paramount Pictures. In 1920 Hitchcock was successf...
Contributions women have made to American history are sometimes well-publicized, but many have been under-recognized. Watching films about strong women in American history is a great way for students, history buffs or anyone to learn more about women's history in the U.S.
20th Century American Women in History
All of these films feature as their subjects women who have made history in some way. This first film is a biopic about a woman well-known for her accomplishments:
Amelia (2009) – Hilary Swank plays record-setting aviation pioneer and suffragette, Amelia Earhart. In 1932, Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Mira Nair directed this biographical film.
Women Activists in American History – Biopics
These two period pieces, also biograp...
Bond is back this spring with the new movie, No Time to Die. Daniel Craig’s final outing as the secret agent with a licence to kill is due out on April 6th, and with Phoebe Waller-Bridge involved in the script, it promises some fiery dialogue to match the excitement and the action.
The new film is the 25th in the franchise, which dates back almost sixty years,- to Sean Connery’s debut in Dr. No, in 1962.
It’s all in the song
While some of the best Bond films stand out, such as Moonraker’s space adventures and Live and Let Die’s voodoo vibes, it’s fair to say that many of the Bond plots blur together in a somewhat formulaic fashion.
However, there is one thing that clearly differentiates one Bond movie from another, and that is the iconic themes. A key part of the package sinc...
Ever since movies became a new form of art, people have been fascinated by horror movies. These types of movies seek to evoke fear for entertainment purposes and people seem to not get enough of them.
The earlier horror movies have been inspired by literature from authors such as Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley, or Edgar Allan Poe. This movie genre has been around for over a century now, with themes like the macabre and the supernatural. There are many horrors that overlap with thriller, supernatural fiction, and fantasy genres.
The most common elements we often find in these types of movies are demons, ghosts, zombies, extraterrestrials, vampires, evil witches, psychopaths, serial killers, and the list can go on. Even though these movies are intended to elicit fears, nightmares, revul...