#moviemarathonday: Bill Murray

You know I love Bill Murray, don’t you? So what about dedicating him this week’s movie marathon? The choice was very very difficult because he made a lot of films in his life and everyone is unforgettable. But I finally selected three of them, Rotten Tomatoes agrees with me about their beauty. Three comedies today.

  • What about Bob, 1991, directed by Frank Oz, with Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss. This movie is not well-known in Europe and I don’t know why. It’s about something very serious, schizophrenia, described in a pleasant way. “Roses are red/ violets are blue/ I’m a schizophrenic/ and so am I”
  • Groundhog day, 1993, directed by Harold Ramis, with Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. This story has been used a lot of time, everyone knows it. The same day repeated everyday, forever.
  • The life aquatic of Steve Zissou, 2004, directed by Wes Anderson, with Bill Murray, Owen Wilson and Cate Blanchett. Wes Anderson is my favourite movie director, also because he loves Bill Murray as I do.

If you love Bill Murray too, write me, we can found a club!

#moviemarathonday: ghosts

If you love ghost stories, then you’ll love this week’s marathon. It’s about funny ghosts, mysterious ghosts, enormous ghosts and jelly ghosts. As usual, I selected different types of movies to let the marathon be enjoyable for everyone. I think that the eighties ghosts movies are the best, but I chose also a “more modern” one.

  • Ghostbusters, 1984, directed by Ivan Reitman, with Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver. You can’t leave behind a film like this. It has laugher, it has eighties ghosts, it has a bit of fear for the god of destruction, it has Bill Murray. It has everything.
  • Beetlejuice, 1988, directed by Tim Burton, with Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis. I know a lot of people who have never seen this movie. First, I think that Tim Burton deserves always a chance. Second, this became a cult movie that every film lover should have in his collection.
  • The Others, 2001, directed by Alejandro Amenàbar, with Nicole Kidman and Fionnula Flanagan. It’s a supernatural gothic horror movie, perfect for a marathon of this type. What is a ghost movie marathon without a well done horror movie?

Which ghost movies would you have chosen?

P.s. I love Bill Murray

Movie marathon day: New year’s eve

Are you a New Year’s Eve hater or lover? If you have no time or desire to party, you can win with a movie marathon! I chose 3 movies set on the last day of the year (or with an episode on that day) for you, the hater-of-the-parties-on-command.

Everyone will be satisfied, because I mixed various genres. 3 different types of films, 3 different directors, 3 different decades: a thirties crime story, a sixties horror and a XXI century comedy.

  • After the thin man, 1936, directed by W.S. Van Dyke, with Myrna Loy and William Powell. Perfect for who loves crime stories and black and white movies.
  • Rosemary’s baby, 1968, directed by Roman Polanski, with Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes. The most powerful Polanski’s movie and a beautiful horror story.
  • Bridget Jones’s diary, 2001, directed by Sharon Maguire, with Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant. A comedy is the best way to peacefully end a night in which the most sensible people will be terrified after the last two movies.

5 hours of movies, wine and crisps are not bad with the right company. What you think about it?

#moviemarathonday: Cat People

Wait, wait, this is not a marathon for cat lovers. This is for people who love vintage horror, panthers, David Bowie and kitsch. Cat People can not miss from your movie library. The first film is Cat People (1942), produced by Val Lewton, who saved the RKO studios from financial disaster. It was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. It has a sequel, our second choice, The curse of the cat people (1944), directed by Gunther Von Fritsch. Let me tell you that I’m literally scared of children in horror movies and this is one of them. There is almost entirely the cast of the first movie, but no cat people, only a curse from them.

At last, a remake. In 1982 the RKO decided to produce it again adding some eros and Giorgio Moroder and David Bowie touch. The new Cat People is directed by Paul Schrader; Nastassja Kinski and Malcolm McDowell are the main characters: eros and horror together. Do you remember McDowell’s face in Stanley Kubrick’s A clockwork orange? Well, it is not changed.

So this is the movie marathon I chose for you this week:

  • Cat People (1942), directed by Jacques Tourneur, with Simone Simon and Kent Smith
  • The curse of cat people (1944), directed by Gunther Von Fritsch, with Simone Simon
  • Cat People (1982), directed by Paul Schrader, with Nastassja Kinski and Malcolm McDowell

Tell me what you think about it!

#moviemarathonday: Dracula

Are you a movie marathon lover? Well, we are and we want to share our favourite with you!

The first movie marathon is dedicated to the king of the horror counts, Dracula. Considering that a night doesn’t last forever, you can choose two or three of all the Draculas produced. We love classics so we selected the first Dracula movie ever made, its sequel and the most famous one:

  • Dracula – 1931, directed by Tod Browning, with Bela Lugosi
  • Dracula’s Daughter – 1936, directed by Lambert Hillyer, with Otto Kruger and Gloria Holden
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula – 1992, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, with Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves ed Anthony Hopkins

In the early days of sound films, it was common for Hollywood studios to produce foreign language versions of their films using the same sets, costumes and so on. While Tod Browning filmed during the day, at night George Melford was using the sets to make the Spanish-language version Dracula, with Carlos Villarias. So, actually, there are two 1931 Dracula’s movies!

Here are the important films starring the terrific and terrifying count:

  • Dracula – 1931, directed by Tod Browning, with Bela Lugosi (english)
  • Drácula – 1931, directed by George Melford, with Carlos Villarías (spanish)
  • Dracula’s Daughter, a 1936 sequel to the 1931 English-language film
  • Dracula – 1958, directed by Terence Fisher, with Christopher Lee
  • Dracula: Prince of Darkness – 1966, directed by Terence Fisher, with Christopher Lee,a kind of sequel of the 1958 movie
  • Count Dracula – 1970, directed by Jesus Franco, with Christopher Lee
  • Dracula – 1979, directed by John Badham, with Frank Langella and Laurence Olivier
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula – 1992, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, with Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves ed Anthony Hopkins
  • Dracula: dead and loving it – 1995, directed by Mel Brooks, with Leslie Nielsen
  • Dracula 2000 – 2000, directed by Patrick Lussier, with Gerard Butler
  • Dracula 3D – 2012, directed by Dario Argento, with Thomas Kretschmann and Asia Argento
  • Dracula, the dark prince – 2013, Pearry Teo, with Luke Roberts and Jon Voight
  • Dracula Untold – 2014, directed by Gary Shore, with Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon and Dominic Cooper

(we didn’t consider every Dracula produced)

Which movies would you choose?