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Wings – 1927

The best parts of any journey are not the main highways, but the side-trips.  It’s not the interstate, but the odd little roads that carry you off the the concrete ribbon of predictability that make travelling worthwhile.  For me, the movie “Wings” was an exit ramp off the highway of  films nominated for the academy award for special effects and onto a […]

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The Jazz Singer – 1927

This movie is where Cheap Trick got their style, Elvis got his moves, and it has some of the best acting I’ve yet seen in a silent film.  Its also got some weird remnants of southern plantation culture.   Movies, like people, sometimes do dumb stuff while they’re growing up. The Jazz Singer was one […]

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Metropolis – 1927 (Germany)

What silent film from the 1920’s features a Leonardo DiCaprio look-alike who falls in love with a girl who starts off acting sweet until they use her face to program an evil Miley Cyrus robot?  The story line manages to mash up science, religion, magic, and technology with a romance that will make you say […]

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The Lost World – 1925

This is a silent movie based on a serialized novel written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle of Sherlock Holmes fame.  It is famous for being one of the earliest feature length films to use stop-motion animation to bring fantastic creatures (dinosaurs) to life. As a teenager, I read the original novel and loved it.  The […]

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A Trip to the Moon – 1902

This short film from 1902 is quite famous and I’m sure I’ve seen parts of it before.  The scene of the space capsule hitting the man-in-the-moon in the eye is particularly well known.  in 1902, Teddy Roosevelt was president, Ford Motor Company did not yet exist and reliable airplanes were still several years away.  Radio and […]

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Failure to launch 1000 ships

I expected to have trouble finding some of the old movies but I didn’t expect it for the very first film! 1929 was the year of the first Academy Awards ceremony. There were three individuals nominated for “Engineering Effects”. Ralph Hammeras for “The Private Life of Helen of Troy”, Nugent Slaughter for “The Jazz Singer”, […]

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A quest is born…

I’m creating this blog because I like movies. Particularly, I like science fiction and fantastic adventure types of movies.  But not exclusively.  I’ve loved these types of movies since I first saw Journey to the Far Side of the Sun and Jason and the Argonauts and many, many, others as a kid. Anyway, I recently looked up movies that had […]

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