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from Tony Nash

HAPPY HALLOWEEN to all my followers, those I’m following, and all curious visitors

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Take a Film Dare Challenge: A Fun Little Game for the Lock-down

From Tony Nash

Hello to my followers, those I’m following, and all curious visitors

With things still up in the air thanks to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), I figured I’d try making up a nice little game to stifle some of the boredom of being indoors most of the time

I’m calling this game “Take a Film Dare Challenge” and the object is for people to pick out some Word-Pressers who follow you and try to think of a film they would like, but for whatever the reason, haven’t talked about them before. Once the film is viewed, do however long or short a write up you would prefer about your thoughts and impression of the film, and whether you’d check out other films from that genre or similar films The object of course is to have fun and also to see if extra spark can be found for new types of films and genres. I’ll start out by picking some of the folks I find very cool to read. To make the inaugural round interesting, I’ll be picking titles for these WP users via my personal collection of Blu Rays and DVDs.

MMC! (Make Mine Criterion!): I’ve got to admit at first I thought I wouldn’t be able to find anything for MMC! as his knowledge and interest in film is vast and I’m pretty sure there isn’t too much he hasn’t seen. I quickly realized I shouldn’t be thinking about what he hasn’t watched, but what he hasn’t discussed in his writings he’d be eloquent with. For this reason I’ve chosen Jacques Demy’s Une Chambre en Ville ( A Room in Town) from 1982 as his challenge.

Une chambre en ville

Demy’s salute to Opera doesn’t come close to recapturing the magic of his classic Le Parapluis du Cherburg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) but it does capture the magic and style of such composers as Puccini, Verdi, Wagner, Leoncavello, and many others. MMC!, I think you’ll enjoy this one.

Mikes Take on the Movies: Like with MMC!, Mike has a pretty eclectic taste in varied film genres and movements, so this one had to be really special. I haven’t heard Mike talk too much about Musicals, and I believe I’ve found one that would peak his curiosity. I’m sticking with Demy on this one, and Mike’c challenge is Demy’s 1970 Musical Fairy Tale Peau d’Ane (Donkey Skin).

Donkey Skin

Mixing bizarre, whimsical, and enchanting as only Demy can, this little fable has both the charm of the kind of stories told to children, and the qualities only adults would truly understand. Mike, I believe you’d get a lot of enjoyment out of this for both the visuals and storytelling.

Debbi’s I Found it at the Movies: I couldn’t decide on just one film for Debbi as she’s very eclectic as well in her viewing pleasures, so I’m giving her the option of doing two films, or picking the one that intrigues her the most. I’ve seen her talk about quite a lot from the classic era of movies, but I’m unsure of how much Japanese cinema she’s experienced, so I’m giving her double dose of Samurai action films in Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo from 1961

Yojimbo

and the Italian Western influenced Kill! by Kihachi Okamoto from 1968

Kill!

Both films offer a wandering samurai taking on outlaw gangs, one in a more philosophical sense, and the other leaning more towards tongue-in-cheek humor. Both are on the dark comedy side when it comes to giving viewers a chuckle, but aren’t offensive in any way.  Both are also action-packed and offer great thrills along the way. Debbi, I’m sure you’ll enjoy either of these.

The Wee Writing Lassie: At first I wasn’t sure whether to include the Lassie in this game as I believe her blog deals a little more in books, travel, and theater, but I know she enjoys a good film like the rest of us, so hope you enjoy ride Lass. Since I know she enjoys a good mystery from time to time, I figured Lassie would enjoy an early Italian Giallo thriller that offers the same thrills and intrigue without the sleaze and exploitation frills that would come to dominate it from the 1970’s onward.

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I thought Le Foto Proibite di una Signora per Bene (The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion) from 1969 would be something that keeps you guessing, but not worrying about how much skin or sleaze gets in the way. Lass, I hope you enjoy and maybe find something new to explore as you try things out.

Master Mix Movies: This dude is one of my more recent followers, but I’m already very impressed with his material so I decided to include him here. So far from what I’ve seen he likes films that mix a lot of stuff together to form a solid whole that makes for good entertainment. With this in mind, I’ve picked two titles and, like with Debbi, can choose to both, or pick the one he likes the most.

First off, we have Henri-Georges Clouzot’s, the man who gave Hitchcock a run for his money, Le Salaire de la Peur (The Wages of Fear) from 1952

The Wages of Fear

A tense, and at times both cynical and nihilistic, Thriller as 4 desperate expatriated men try to get money to escape poverty in a rural South American town. Yves Montand and Charles Vanel have great chemistry and represent two separate generations, one on the way out, the other on the rise-but still with a lot to learn.

Then we have Francesco Rosi’s underscored hit, Salvatore Giuliano from 1962.

Salvatore Giuliano

This film mixes both documentary style filmmaking, Murder Mystery Thriller, and Crime Drama, as Rosi traces the life of the notorious Sicilian outlaw and the forces many believe silenced him from telling the truth.

Now I’m gonna be taking part in this myself, but I’ll leave my pick as a surprise. I can tell you it’ll be posted at the end of September when I complete a special I’ll be starting next week, which I’m sure many of you will get a kick out of.

Now if any of you I’ve picked don’t have access to the films I’ve picked for you, please let me know and I will gladly pick something else out, this is meant for pure fun and to do something unique and different.

I hope those I have picked will enjoy this experiment, have fun with it, and pick out some folks to give it a try themselves.

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Blog News #6/Special Announcement #5

Hello to my followers, those I’m following, and all curious visitors,

I’ll be taking a vacation break from now until the first full week of August. Normally I’d have taken this during July 4th, but this Pandemic has all the days gelling together and me confused. Don’t worry I’ll still be watching movies and talking about them here, I just want to recharge myself and go at a leisure pace for right now.

I have some exciting news for everybody interested in my writing, I’ll be appearing in my first official publication this September in the 2nd issue of the Spaghetti Western Digest. The Digest was started by SW fan Mike Haus and I was able to contact him through the SW Forum and he said he’s always looking for contributors and so I’ll be a regular contributor for as long as I can. Since I’ll be doing the Digest, The Western Wednesdays series will be on indefinite hiatus for the time being, of which I’m a little sad to do, but this frees me up to focus on other stuff to write about.

Look out for a belated Jaws spin-off write up when I come back for the 40th Anniversary of the Shark film blockbuster. The two episode special will be on Fabrizio De Angelis’ Killer Crocodile double feature, which were the last of, but non the less entertaining, Jaws rip-offs .

I’ll be starting a new series called Odd & Unique where I’ll discuss films that defy genre identification, but at the same time are too fascinating to ignore. This won’t be a regular series like Western Wednesdays and The Case of the Melodic Gialli that’ll rotate, but instead will be done only on occasion when I feel a film I’ve viewed fits the bill. I think you’ll enjoy it when I do post them.

Finally, if there’s any film you wan’t me to write about, please feel free to check out A Tour of My Collection or My Man Cave Tour of my collection posts and pick a film out of my collection that you find interesting. List whatever film you want to write about in the comments section which is open here.

Take care all, and stay safe.

Tony Nash, AKA Movie Fan Man

 

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My First Fan/Viewer Input Spot

Hello to all my followers, those I’m following, and all curious visitors,

With all the craziness of the COVID-19 Pandemic, I forgot to make an announcement I was excited to share with everyone.

I recently hit a milestone of 21 Followers here on WordPress, something I never thought would happen. I figured maybe five to ten people would find what I write about interesting, and am still pleasantly surprised by the number of people following and reading my entries. Thank you all so much!!!!

Now officially I have 20 Followers as one of my followers, Mr. Gary Loggins, aka Cracked Rear Viewer sadly passed away, and at the same time I didn’t have the heart to take his name off of my followers list, and another follower, whose name escapes me right now, has retired his WordPress Page; but in reality numbers aren’t too essential as its the people themselves who count in the long run.

To celebrate this milestone, I’d like my followers to feel free to offer their input on an idea I had for Halloween 2020. Normally I try to have a theme every Halloween as it’s pretty much my year end hurrah as I take a vacation from posting material from November to the new year in January, save for Holiday greetings, and anything super special, so I try to have something cool every time. This year I was thinking about doing a little salute to the Spanish Lon Chaney Jr., Paul Naschy, as several of his films are being graced with Blu Ray treatments. So far I have only seen his sole foray into the Mummy realm, La Venganza de la Momia (Vengeance of the Mummy/The Mummy’s Revenge), and thought that was fairly well made. Many of his entries in the El Hombre Lobo (The Wolfman) Waldemar Daninsky franchise are on Blu Ray here in the US and Germany, and I’m curious about seeing the early ones.

What I’d like to know form you my viewers is, would be interested in me checking out any of Mr. Naschy’s work, whether it be his entries in the Waldemar Daninsky saga or his varied other kind of Horror films?

I may end up giving Naschy the spotlight in October anyway, but I’d really be interested in hearing what you the fans would like me to check out.

This is my personalized way of saying thank you for all the support you’ve given me the last 2 to 3 years.

Tony Nash, aka Movie Fan Man

 

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Peter Cottontail Has Arrived!!!!

HAPPY EASTER to everyone here on WordPress!!

Happy Easter - Village of Colonie, NY

Wishing you all well and that you’re all safe, happy, and having fun.

From Tony Nash aka Movie Fan Man

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EXTRA SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Hello to all my followers, those I’m following, and all curious visitors,

I’m taking my annual Birthday break, but only for 2 weeks this time, taking a month off is good, but I constantly had the itch to post, so 14 days will be plenty.

Got some exciting stuff planned in the coming months, this time I’ll leave it as a surprise what’ll be coming up to add to any excitement out there.

Also, I hope everybody is safe, happy, and healthy during this very unusual period with the Coronavirus. I wish you all the best of health and safety.

Tony Nash AKA MOVIE FAN MAN

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The Joys & Benefits of a Region Free Blu-Ray Player (And Why Film Fans Should Have One)

by Tony Nash

(All opinions are of the author alone)

(Author’s Note: I’m taking a little break from doing film reviews, I haven’t stopped watching films, but for some reason or the next has made being able to sit down for at least 2 hours to enjoy a film a little flip-floppy for the moment, but I want to keep the content going on the blog, so here’s something I’ve wanted to write about for a while in a little more depth, and I hope you enjoy it)

Sony BDP-S3700 Region Free Blu-Ray Player - front view

Hello to my followers, those I’m following, all curious visitors,

What happens when there’s a film or TV Series you’ve read about for a while via the IMDb or a film forum that has peaked your curiosity, but you learn it isn’t on DVD or Blu Ray in the US or Canada, but is available from the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, etc. Pretty good right? Well, then you discover in your research there’s a pesky thing called Region Encoding, which prevents discs from playing on certain players. All is lost right because there’s no way you can find some means of playing a non Region A disc? It’s not over yet, because certain companies specialize in Region Free, or All Region, players that allow discs from all over the world to played on the same player.

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I have to admit that while I’m fairly knowledgeable when it comes to films, I’m a complete novice when it comes to the technology in putting them into disc form and creating the machines they play in. For a long time I held a certain envy for film collectors over in Europe as they had access to these great editions of films that either weren’t available at here in the US or where available in less than mild quality. Finally having enough of spending money on no product or spotty product, I started doing the research into Region Free Players to see if they were in fact real, or if it was something out of my reach. Seeing it was possible to get one was a thrill, but the price at first seemed a little steep, a $150 plus steep depending on how simple or how fancy you wanted your player. Talking it over with my folks, so long as I wouldn’t be double dipping too much on certain films, I got the green light to purchase my first All Region Player.

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Now for those of you who are wondering if working this type of machine is complex, it’s actually fairly simple. The company you purchase the player from, provides you with specialty instructions in how to work with Region A, B, and C, discs.  The only part that can be tricky is making sure which button to push when shutting off or starting up the player, as certain machine actions can affect the All Region Encoding, but luckily the manufacturers have a step in the All Region instructions to fix the issue.

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Now I imagine you viewers are asking why a Region Free Player is something to have. Well, to begin with, having this player will fully open your opportunities to films you might not normally have access to. For Fans of Italian Westerns, Giallos, and Euro Crime for example, many companies the UK and Germany, Germany having the market for variety and output of these particular genres, will include both the English dub and the original Italian language track. Unfortunately, the German releases often lack English translated subtitles, unless of course no English dub exists, so that may damper some peoples interest in giving those films a try, but if you’re interested in learning another language, or simply daring enough to take a chance in watching a film sans subtitles, I guarantee you’d be in for a treat.

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For Fans of British films and certain types of US Genre films, the UK offers some the best editions in transfers, extras (interviews and the such), and availability. The films of Roger Corman for example, which are only available in boxsets from companies like Shout Factory! for instance, the UK company Arrow Video gives its customers the option of individual releases of those films, often with more in the way of extras and information. In other cases, films that fans want to see on Blu Ray or DVD, but that mainstream companies insist won’t give them a profit to put money into a release, the UK, German, and Japanese companies will put the time and effort in to making a fine release. Now of course Boutique labels like The Criterion Collection, Arrow’s US Division, etc, will always put 100% into releases other places won’t, but there’s just so many films a year they can do and it does take time, so the more mainstream labels do need to pick up the pace.

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Another benefit, and one that works very well for collectors, is price for overseas releases. Sometimes the UK, German, and even Japanese editions of certain harder to find films elsewhere are actually cheaper and more affordable than the US editions. So while the player itself will certainly cost triple figures, it’s all worth it when you find you can pay less for certain editions of DVDs or Blu Rays overall. A concern here might be the fear of ordering from overseas, whether it be from websites of the companies themselves or Amazon’s UK and Euro sister sites, which is natural and not unexpected, but I think I can ease these fears. Amazon is one of those companies you either love or hate, but their partners in Europe are actually quite good in customer service, making sure lost items are replaced should they get lost in transit, and include the tax cost on the item page so you don’t feel like you’re getting blindsided by unseen costs. With the websites and shops of the many companies out in Europe, I found it best to use PayPal for all purchases. One of the nicest things about PayPal is that you don’t need to have an account to use to it, though I’ll admit having an account is beneficial as it does help to keep track of purchases. The only website I purchase from that doesn’t use PayPal is Eureka! Masters of Cinema, but they have an equally good service from World Pay that also doesn’t require an account to use.

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Another concern is typically the conversion of either Dollar to Pound or Dollar to Euro. This process is also not as difficult as people might believe it to be or have heard it to be. Currency Conversion is on the list of simple mathematics and becomes almost secondary nature like any other type of equation once learned. All you need to do to find out the cost in dollars from either pounds or euros is to look up the current currency exchange charge and multiply it by the cost of the item you want to purchase. Now most websites, including Amazon, will tell you the final cost in dollars when you list the US as the place your ordering from, which is a big help. Taxes and shipping also should be factored in, but generally it works out in the end. Another way of finding the cost of currency exchange is to Google Pound to Dollar or Euro to Dollar ratio and type in the cost of the item in the assigned converter. This I find works well too, as the currency conversion is constantly changing, sometimes day to day.

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Now I fully understand that the Region Free Player isn’t for everybody either because their genre interests don’t require getting a region free player or because they feel the price of $150 or more of a player is too much for a player. The serious film fan should consider the Region Free Player as an honest option because of the option it holds for expanding your interests and ability to see films you wouldn’t normally have access to. In terms of price, the more flash you want for your player like apps for things like Amazon Prime, YouTube, Hulu, and Netflix, and 3D, 4K UHD, and Streaming, any combinations of which would come out to $250 or $300 and more in price. Companies like 220 Electronics, MultiSystem Electronics, and Bombay Electronics offer pretty decent sales prices of sometime $120 and lower depending on the type of sale they’re doing, and Amazon offers $150 and under for the simpler, easy to use models. Whether your interests justify getting a Region Free Player is completely up to you and the choice is fully yours, I merely hope I have given any of you out there a pretty good idea of the positives, and lessened your fears of others.

All images courtesy of Google.com.Google Images and their respective owners

https://www.220-electronics.com/

(I also highly recommend reading their sales pitch on players)

https://www.amazon.com/sp?seller=A2EH3A7AEDBIYP

https://www.bombayelectronics.com/

Sony, IMHO, offers some of the best Region Free Players around

https://www.amazon.com/Sony-BDP-S3500-100-240-European-Adapter/dp/B017MQ3IHG/ref=sr_1_9?crid=36WKRJEFIQ1NR&keywords=region+free+blu+ray+player&qid=1582151753&s=electronics&sprefix=Region+%2Caps%2C217&sr=1-9

https://www.amazon.com/WGC-BDP-S1500-Region-Player-012345678/dp/B076DHWN2P/ref=sr_1_4?crid=36WKRJEFIQ1NR&keywords=region+free+blu+ray+player&qid=1582151753&s=electronics&sprefix=Region+%2Caps%2C217&sr=1-4

https://www.amazon.com/BDP-S1700-Blu-ray-110-240-Dynastar-Adapter/dp/B01E4NDR8U/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?crid=36WKRJEFIQ1NR&keywords=region+free+blu+ray+player&qid=1582151681&s=electronics&sprefix=Region+%2Caps%2C217&sr=1-1-spons&psc=1&smid=ALEWIQ2F9CQDR&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExOVpaNjBNRVhLTDJLJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNjg0NzEwTlFTTlZBWVVGTTUzJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTAyOTUyNjkxSUo4RE84RzhDSFVLJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==

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My Sunshine Blogger Nomination Try-Out

by Tony Nash

(All opinions are of the author alone.)

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Hello to all my followers, those I’m following, and all curious visitors

About 48 hours ago I saw one of my followers, The Wee Writing Lassie, had been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award, and as I reciprocated her following and decided to follow her channel and adventures, offered her my congratulations. My first look at her nomination was a quick one as I was getting ready for my daily walk, and when I was checking my blog today, was in for a surprise of my own when the sweet Lassie informed me she had put up my name for nomination as well.

I want to start off by giving an ultra BIG THANK YOU! to the Wee Writing Lassie for thinking of me and offering my name up for nomination. My goal has always been to have fun with this blog and share my love of films with others, and hoping others will give the lesser known films I write about a viewing. Being nominated for something like an award is extra icing on the cake for me.

Now to tackle the questions the sweet Lassie set down for her nominees

1. Who is your favorite author?

I’m gonna admit right now that I’ve never been able to limit myself to picking just one answer, so some of these questions may have multiple answers. My top five favorite authors are: Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare, Agatha Christie, Samuel Beckett, and Robert Bloch.

Poe was the first author to ever get me interested in reading, and while my favorites have always been The Raven, Annabel Lee, and The Black Cats, his style and themes have always fascinated me more.

Shakespeare was the first playwright I ever read in school, and was also the first writer to get me interested in seriously writing plays. What I especially love about him is that the majority of his plays are timeless and will always have a place in every generation.

Christie reignited my interest in Murder Mystery stories and I’ve always loved her ability to keep the viewer guessing as to who committed the crime.

Samuel Beckett introduced me to the Intellectual side of literature and play-writing my senior year of High School and I’ve always been grateful for that. He also helped me in starting off with smaller plays and working my way up to longer stuff.

Robert Bloch is primarily on the list for his short story The Opener of the Way, one of the finest constructed stories ever on Ancient Egyptian Curses. He also showed me that story writers can be script writers from his brief period on the original Star Trek series.

2. If you could rule one of these five fictional/mythical lands: the Galaxy of Star Wars, King Arthur’s Britain, Westeros, Middle-Earth or Discworld – which one would it be and why?

I want to thank Lassie again for inspiring a carefully thought out choice here. For me, I would choose King Arthur’s Britain to rule.

As to the why, there are several reasons I’ll try to be brief and to the point with each. First off, the Medieval Period of Europe has always had a big fascination with me, especially the inspiration I received on it from my Sophomore English teacher in High School; he made the whole era sound magical and exciting. The Knights in armor, Kings, Queens, Dragons, and Wizards are cool to think about having existed at one time too.

Since the Medieval Age promoted the idea of chivalry and honor, I would really try to have the period live up to those ideals and also promote brotherhood and diversity. As someone with Asperger’s Syndrome I would try to have awareness made to be kind and not harsh to people who were different than the norm. To be able to mold the world the way you’d like it to be is very inviting.

And to be able to interact with such figures as Arthur himself, Merlin, Lancelot, Guinevere, Uther Pendragon, etc, would be the ultimate dream come true.

3. If you had the powers of a god, what would you do with them?

Whew, to be able to be like Zeus or Odin. If I had the powers of a god, I would use them to make positive changes to the world and in people’s lives. As the gods as we know them from folklore and literature tended to have selfish reasons in using their powers, I would try not to follow that pattern and try to do good whenever I could, though I admit the idea of making bad people pay for their crimes is tempting, I would stick to doing the right things.

4. Which famous historical figure would you have round to dinner?

Like with first question, I can’t pick just one person.

I would have Jeanne d’Arc (Joan of Arc )as a dinner guest as I was always impressed with her stoic nature, her resolve, her honesty, and down to earth quality. She’s a religious figure that’s true, but I’m certain we’d find much to talk about.

I would have Abraham Lincoln as a dinner guest just because of all the accomplishments he made and the good man he always tried to be. He’s always been my favorite president and as someone who came from humble beginnings, he’d be someone I’d feel totally comfortable talking with.

I would have Cleopatra as a dinner guest cause you have to have at least one bad girl at the dinner table. As she was an intelligent person and could speak a dozen or more languages, I think I’d have no trouble finding something very engaging to discuss.

I would have the Pharaoh Akhenaten as a dinner guest to find out what inspired him to become the first monotheistic ruler in Egypt. He seemed like a really fascinating man and it would be interesting to engage in a discussion with him.

I have to include at least one figure from my interest in film and theater and I choose to have Shakespeare as a dinner guest. I think we’d mainly discuss his plays and themes, but I feel I could learn a lot from him.

5. You’ve been abducted by aliens, and they demand you take them to your leader- who do you take them to? 

To be honest, I doubt aliens would find me a worthy abductee as I’m a Liberal Arts Associate, but hey, anything’s possible.

I would take them to see the Dalai Lama in Tibet, as he has both wisdom and common sense. I’ve never had the chance to meet him myself, but I believe he’s the only one who could transcend the barrier between us and the aliens, and get positive communications and brotherhood going on.

6. If there was a film made about your life story, which famous actor would you want to play you? 

Hmm, that’s a tough one, and like question 1 and 4, I can’t pick just one.

I’m not the handsomest guy around, but I’d really like it if the following guys could play me: Peter Sellers, Jonah Hill, Will Sasso, Billy Gardell, and Kevin Smith. I think any of these actors could pull me off as I’m a slightly big guy, but not overweight.

7. If you were trapped in a historical time (presumably your time machine has malfunctioned) what period would you be most likely to survive in?

America and Europe of the 1960’s and 1970’s. As a lover of films, the International scene of the 60’s was the place to be for American actors/actresses, writers, and such to get their foot in the door to their career of choice when the chances of getting noticed ion Hollywood would take years. With my having Asperger’s Syndrome, I think being seen as an eccentric in 1960’s America and Europe would be the best for me.

8. What is your favorite kind of weather and why?

I would have to say a cloudy day, between 38-48 degree in temperature, it’s the perfect weather for taking walks to stay healthy.

9. Chocolate or Caramel?

I like both. Plain and simple.

10. If you could turn into any mythical creature, which one would it be?

Whew, that too is a tough one. I’ve always been a little on the uncoordinated side for a lot of  tasks and dancing, so I would say I’d like to be Pegasus, simply for his gracefulness and demeanor. And who wouldn’t enjoy the ability to fly. 😉

11. Who are you most grateful to in your life?

My Parents, my immediate Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and my two best friends Christine and Ashley, all of whom do their best in their own way to encourage me and help me reach my life goals.

Now for the people I wish to nominate for the Sunshine Blogger Award

Spinenumbered aka Make Mine Criterion!

https://makeminecriterion.wordpress.com/

ItalianCultCinema

https://italiancultcinema.wordpress.com/

Mikes Take on the Movies

https://mikestakeonthemovies.com/

Debbi aka I Found it at the Movies

https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/78218897

Kevin Lyons aka The EOFFTV Reviews

https://eofftvreview.wordpress.com/

Progcroc aka House of Freudstein

https://houseoffreudstein.wordpress.com/

Zaijovan aka CatMarie at the Movies

https://catmarieatthemoviessite.wordpress.com/

Through the Shattered Lens

https://unobtainium13.com/

Eric Binford aka Diary of a Movie Maniac

https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/65913929

Hilly Elkins aka 24 Femmes Per Second

https://24femmespersecond.wordpress.com/

B and S About Movies

https://bandsaboutmovies.com/

Here are the 11 Questions I’ll put to them

  1. Who or what inspired you to take up your passion in life?
  2. What is your favorite language other than English or Spanish?
  3. Which of 6 lost Wonders of the Ancient World do wish was still in existence?
  4. The Blu Ray release of Abel Gance’s Napoleon was one of the Holy Grail’s of Cinema. What film that you’ve seen that has had little exposure on home media would you like to see restored to its original glory?
  5. Which European country would you most love to visit?
  6. If you could rediscover one of the famous Lost Civilizations and/or Cities, which one would it be and why?
  7. Name 5 actors and/or actresses (living or dead) that you would love to meet in person.
  8. Which pantheon of gods do you prefer: the Greek/Roman ones, The Nordic ones, or the Celtic ones?
  9. What short story or book would love to see made into a film or which deserves a better film adaptation?
  10. Which film genre that you normally don’t watch would you be willing to give a try of if a friend recommended a film from said genre?
  11. Give a shout out on your blog to someone you really admire.

I’m not sure if I’m supposed to post this before or after I find out I win, but I’ll take a chance and send the post to my nominee’s not long after.

Again I want to give a BIG THANKS to The Wee Writing Lassie and hope the people of the Sunshine Blogger Awards find this as well written as so many others hopefully do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HAPPY NEW YEAR AND SOME NEW MATERIAL

Hello to my followers, those I’m following, and all curious visitors,

Well, the New Year is upon us. Hope everyone had the Happiest of Holidays and a fun New Years Eve.

All Holiday break long I was pondering how to make this blog a little more varied and unique and I found a solution.

First things first, I plan on finishing the recent run of The Cycle of the Melodic Gialli starting next with Riccardo Freda’s A Doppia Faccia (Double Face) and then finish the last of the Bazzoni films.

Now I do plan to continue this series and Western Wednesdays and the one on Euro Crime ( I need to pick an easier to remember title for it 😉 ), but I’ll also be mixing in specials that I think will add a little flair and break up what has started to become the same old, same old.

The Christmas Season saw me get three of the four films Charles Bronson made over in France, and I plan to start a Mini Series on those later this month that will briefly see intermission while I get the fourth film.

I also would like to try an interesting experiment that I’ll need you, my followers on here, to give me a hand with. I decided to take a look at Italian cult filmmaker Joe D’Amato’s late period Erotic film 11 Giorni, 11 Notti (Eleven Days, Eleven Nights), and thought maybe doing a continuing series on the some of the better quality Erotic/Adult films would be interesting. I’m also planning on getting the original Emmanuelle Trilogy with Sylvia Kristel, and one or two other titles to start with. Now the help I’ll be needing from you my fans is finding what other films would be good to check out. I know the company Vinegar Syndrome has put out quite a few of those types of films, but I’m not looking for anything Triple X here,  I would like to keep this blog as classy and R to NC-17 as I can get, so if any of you my fans know of anything worth checking out, please feel free to list them in the comment section. I’ll be keeping my eye out as well.

One of the bigger projects I’m planning on is looking at the epic Historical War Films Napoleon by Abel Gance and Voyna i Mir (War and Peace) by Sergey Bondarchuk. I was originally planning on doing a little piece on how Gance’s Napoleon film and Bondarchuk’s Waterloo make up a complete whole in telling Napoleon’s life story on film, but with how differently both films are done, I’m not sure accurate they’d be with each other. I’ll still include Waterloo as a nice interpretation into Napoleon’s last grasp at power. I’ll most likely watch the first two films in segments as they’re quite long, so I’ll most likely save the write ups on them for near the summer.

That’s the major News for right now, if there’s anything else that catches my eye to write on I haven’t tried yet, I’ll mention in another News post. Hope you all find something to enjoy here in the New Year and I’ll see you here next week.

Tony Nash aka MOVIE FAN MAN

 

Filed under: Annoucements, Film: Special Topics

Movie Room/Man Cave Tour!!

Hello to my followers, those I’m following, and all curious visitors,
I’m still on Holiday break (and enjoying the music and specials/films of the seasons) but I thought it’d be a nice treat to show off my new Movie Room/Man Cave.
As I mentioned over the Summer (if I haven’t, here it is now), my folks and I had to find a place for the Winter months as our Summer House in Ocean City wasn’t big enough for year round residency, and we found it in Somers Point.
We’re still fixing it up some, but my area is finished. I’m happy with it, but I still might add some stuff later to add some ambiance.
(Excuse the angles and glare in the shelf close ups, but I have a fake tree up for Christmas, which I’ll show off in my Christmas Day Greeting)
Enjoy!!!!!!!!! Tony Nash aka MOVIE FAN MAN
Hello to my followers, those I’m following, and all curious visitors,
I’m still on Holiday break (and enjoying the music and specials/films of the seasons) but I thought it’d be a nice treat to show off my new Movie Room/Man Cave.
As I mentioned over the Summer (if I haven’t, here it is now), my folks and I had to find a place for the Winter months as our Summer House in Ocean City wasn’t big enough for year round residency, and we found it in Somers Point.
We’re still fixing it up some, but my area is finished. I’m happy with it, but I still might add some stuff later to add some ambiance.
(Excuse the angles and glare in the shelf close ups, but I have a fake tree up for Christmas, which I’ll show off in my Christmas Day Greeting)
Hope You All Enjoy!!!!!!!!! Tony Nash aka MOVIE FAN MAN

(Note: The shelving is as follows; Shelf Unit 1: Blu Rays – Arrow Video Italian Westerns, Arrow Video Yakuza and Japanese Crime, Arrow Video Mario Bava & Miscellaneous and Arrow Academy, The Criterion  Collection, Eureka! Masters of Cinema and Classics, Generic Italian Westerns, Gialli and Euro Crime, Euro Horror, Miscellaneous Blu Rays. DVD – Criterion Collection Special Editions, Criterion Collection regular editions

Shelf Unit 2: British TV Comedy DVDS, Miscellaneous generic Blu Rays, TV Box Sets, Miscellaneous generic DVDs, Disney Films)

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(The only title not shown is Haywire starring Gina Carano)

 

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