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Blood of the Vines – The Nutty Professor

by TFH Team

Good and evil are depicted to some degree in almost every movie.  I tend to view any character drinking wine as “good,” which leads to some confusion when screening “Rosemary’s Baby.” In “The Nutty Professor,” Jerry Lewis portrays both good and evil in his dual role as the goofy chemistry prof and his suave, slick…

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Sam Hamm on

The Nutty Professor

1963

Probably Jerry Lewis’s most enduring film, and the one that sparked a critical reappraisal of his entire ouvre, this variation on The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll has inspired not only a 1996 Eddie Murphy remake and followup but an animated direct-to-video sequel and a proposed Broadway musical version directed by Jerry with music by…

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10 YEARS OF CINEMACADEMIC SLIFR MOVIE QUIZZES

by Dennis Cozzalio

“You all know me… You know how I make my livin’…”  Quint (Robert Shaw), Jaws Well, the truth is, you probably don’t know me, although you may have an idea that I don’t earn my keep by sharkin’, like our very quotable friend above. I just like his dialogue, and the line seemed like a…

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Jerry Lewis Returns to the Cosmos

by Charlie Largent

  On August 20, 2017, Jerry Lewis took a pratfall off this mortal coil, presumably knocking an unwitting dowager on her keister and sending a surprised cop into an open manhole on his way out. The durable enfant terrible was all of 91 years when he finally left the building though he had been making spirited…

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Steven Van Zandt

Celebrating the release of his new memoir, multi-hyphenate Steven Van Zandt joins hosts Josh Olson and Joe Dante to discuss a few of his favorite movies. Show Notes: Movies Referenced In This Episode Elevator To The Gallows (1958) – Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review Breathless (1960) – Allan Arkush’s trailer commentary Angels With Dirty Faces…

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Allan Arkush

Director and long time TFH guru Allan Arkush strolls down memory lane and the movies that made him. Slideshow: Josh’s photos of Allan’s original NYU-era copy of The American Cinema by Andrew Sarris, notes from Allan’s Martin Scorsese NYU class, and notecards detailing some of the film prints he watched with Joe Dante and Jon…

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Woman in the Moon

by Glenn Erickson

Fritz Lang applies rigorous realism and excellent science in the first half of his final silent film, a treat for fantasy fans and those impressed by a NASA-like moon rocket forty years before the reality. The action on the moon is pure green-cheese fantasy, with breathable air, deposits of gold and evidence of a human…

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Tobor the Great

by Glenn Erickson

Robot roll call! This also-ran robotic fantasy from the 1950s is precisely the kind of movie one would expect from Republic, a two-fisted anti-Commie tract for juveniles. The studio comes up with an impressive robo-hero, but short-changes us when it come time for action thrills. Still, as pointed out in Richard Harland Smith’s new commentary,…

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The Woman in the Window

by Glenn Erickson

Fritz Lang and Nunnally Johnson take a deep dive into Psych 101 and come up with a winner: a milquetoast-meets-murderous-femme tale that pays off marvelously, even with its trick ending. Entranced more by his own gentle dreams than the allure of Joan Bennett, Edward G. Robinson imagines a perfect dalliance, and follows it up with…

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The Mortal Storm

by Glenn Erickson

  It’s pretty scary to think that as late as 1940 both Washington and the American public were sharply divided over Nazi Germany. Poland had been overrun and France was about to fall, but MGM waited until June of that year to release this softened adaptation of a novel written as a warning to the…

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Drew Friedman

Illustrator, cartoonist, and Shemp afficianado Drew Friedman joins us to discuss his most profound seminal cinematic influences. Show Notes: Movies Referenced In This Episode The Cabin In the Woods (2012) The Ski Bum (1971) Freaks (1932) Rock ‘N’ Roll High School (1979) Dracula (1931) Frankenstein (1931) The Wolf Man (1941) The Invisible Man (1933) Creature…

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Paprika Steen

The Danish star of The Celebration and many others discusses what seeing America only through movies when she was growing up. Show Notes: Movies Referenced In This Episode Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) Jack Reacher (2012) Gremlins (1984) Piranha (1978) The ’Burbs (1989) Matinee (1993) Hollywood Boulevard (1976) The Celebration (1998) On The Border (1998)…

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Eric Newman

The producer of Narcos takes us on a walk through some of the movies that made him. Show Notes: Movies Referenced In This Episode Contagion (2011) Panic In The Streets (1950) Rififi (1955) Night And The City (1950) Thieves’ Highway (1949) Never on Sunday (1960) The Karate Kid (1984) The Game (1997) The Dirty Dozen…

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Nicole Holofcener

Writer, director, producer Nicole Holofcener joins podcast hosts Josh Olson and Joe Dante to discuss some of her favorite films. Show Notes: Movies Referenced In This Episode Enough Said (2013)  True Romance (1993) Coming Home (1978) Bound for Glory (1976) Hal (2018)  The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946) The Cowboys (1972) Harold And Maude…

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Alraune (1952)

by Glenn Erickson

  There’s one ironclad rule for mad scientist movies:  if you show a monstrous caged ape-creature in the first act, that ape-creature must absolutely break loose and wreak havoc before the end of Act III.  It makes no difference if the film is being made on Gower Gulch, or at Germany’s prestigious UfA Studios. Just ask George Zucco or…

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Mill of the Stone Women

by Glenn Erickson

That’s how things ought to work — give this reviewer EXACTLY the great disc he wants to see and wait for the flood of praise. This Italian-French gothic gem can hold its own in the Eurohorror Renaissance of 1960, with fine direction, an attractive cast, a seductive heroine/villainess, and lush color cinematography that turns a…

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Mill of the Stone Women (German import)

by Glenn Erickson

Mad doctors! Mortiferous maidens! Horrifying hallucinations! A key early Euro-horror and one of the very first in color, this French-Italian production is a medical horrorshow crossed with a folk tale — its centerpiece is a vintage carillon attraction in an old mill; creepy Scilla Gabel is the minatory seducer who bridges the gap between life…

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‘Pimpernel’ Smith

by Glenn Erickson

How could England have won the war without him? Horatio Smith sneaks about in Nazi Germany, liberating concentration camp inmates right under the noses of the Gestapo. Leslie Howard directed and stars in this wartime escapist spy thriller, as a witty professor too passive to be suspected as the mystery spy. ‘Pimpernel’ Smith Blu-ray Olive…

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Seddok, L’erede di Satana (Atom Age Vampire)

by Glenn Erickson

    Seddok, l’erede di Satana (Atom Age Vampire) Region 2 PAL DVD Terminal Video Italia SRL 1960 / B&W / 1:66 flat letterbox / 103 min. / Street Date June 12, 2011 / available through Amazon.it / EUR 6,64 Starring: Alberto Lupo, Ivo Garrani, Susanne Loret, Sergio Fantoni, Rina Franchetti, Franca Parisi, Roberto Bertea….

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Stalker

by Glenn Erickson

Andrei Tarkovsky’s bizarre philosophical science fiction epic may be his most successful picture overall — every image and word makes its precise desired effect. Three daring men defy the law to penetrate ‘the Zone’ and learn the truth behind the notion that a place exists called The Room, where all wishes are granted. Plenty of…

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