Jack Nicholson in his grandest form. Nobody does it better. Nominated… MoreJack Nicholson in his grandest form. Nobody does it better. Nominated for an impressive Nine Oscars it was the winner of five Oscars including Best Picture of 1975. Original release date November 19, 1975
Alice Walker's novel comes to the screen under the direction of Steven… MoreAlice Walker's novel comes to the screen under the direction of Steven Spielburg the director that brought you some of the biggest blockbuster hits of the era including "Jaws", "Close Encounters of the Third Kind","Raiders of the Lost Ark",and more. This was indeed one of the top ten films of 1985 and to understand on its golden 30th anniversary why this movie moved audiences so deeply and why the greatness of this masterpiece was not by perfection or logic but by heart. Despite what critics and some audiences who may have inconsistencies or confusions or improbabilities,but there is one perfect thing at it's center,and that is the character of Celie,played with riveting and emotional fire by Whoopi Goldberg in her first ever theatrical role that consisted of its predominately African-American cast that also included Margaret Avery, Rae Dawn Chong, Laurence Fishburne,and Adolph Caesar. Because of her electrifying performance,"The Color Purple" became a phenomenon upon it's release and a runaway boxoffice hit becoming one of the top ten highest grossing films of 1985. The movie was nominated for an impressive 13 Oscar Nominations including Best Picture,Best Director(Steven Spielburg),Best Actor(Danny Glover),Best Actress(Whoopi Goldberg),Best Supporting Actress Nominations for Oprah Winfrey and Margaret Avery,along with Best Supporting Actor(Adolph Caesar),and Best Original Musical Score for a Motion Picture(Quincy Jones)which was the first time in any Spielburg produced film that composer John Williams did not compose a film score for a Spielburg movie. Out of the amazing 13 Oscar nominations that it received it did not win a single Oscar(it lost the Best Picture Oscar to Sydney Pollack's Out Of Africa) but it was among number eight of the top ten highest grossing films of 1985(behind that year's top grossing movie which was "Back To The Future" that was produced by Steven Spielburg). It also marked at the time of it's release the only movie that featured a diverse cast of talent including some that were newcomers like Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg who turned out astounding performances. "The Color Purple" focuses on the character of Celie,a woman cruelly treated by the world,a shy,frightened little creature whose life is consists mostly of eluding the men who want to rape and beat her. Her eventual flowering provides one of the most joyous experiences that expands through the years 1909 to 1949 where she is treated like a non-human by a brutal farmer she calls Mister(Danny Glover) who beats her,uses her as a servant and a low-life and convinces her that she is ugly. But here is where the film blossoms and Celie finally gets revenge on Mister too(the scene where Celie is shaving Mister with a straight sharp razor where she is about inches from cutting his throat),along with other characters that blend into this movie. The movie itself takes place in a scene that resembles more of "Green Pastures" or "The Grapes of Wrath"(filming of this movie was done in North Carolina within Anson County and Union County within the towns of Wadesboro, Lilesville, Sneadsboro, Marshville,and Morven to give it a more rural setting). "The Color Purple" was Whoopi Goldberg's first major performance and it earned her the Oscar nomination for Best Actress,and it remains her best because she was allowed to draw from her inner truth and not required to play a sappy or comic role. She has had other true moments including a scene of personal revelation in "Fatal Beauty",and another Oscar nominated performance in "Ghost" along with some astounding work portraying civil right icon Rosa Parks in 1990's "The Long Walk Home",and playing the wife of Medgar Evers in 1996's "The Ghosts of Mississippi". These movies and a few others show that Whoopi was a serious actress when she did "The Color Purple", and "Ghost",and we really lost her when she started playing second hand characters such as nuns("Sister Act" sequels),and playing off the radar "Star Trek" characters not to mention we totally lost her when she went from acting into the daytime talk show circuit of garbage. "The Color Purple" upon it's release was released exclusively in larger citles on December 20, 1985 with New York and Charlotte,North Carolina getting the film's world premiere. It went into general release everywhere in February of 1986.
Ever since Charles M. Schulz created "Peanuts" first as a weekly comic… MoreEver since Charles M. Schulz created "Peanuts" first as a weekly comic strip in newspaper syndication and from there would become a franchise of sorts expanding further into television and theatrical films that would include the original characters. As far as the classic television specials based on "Peanuts" it started with the Emmy and Peabody award winning television special "A Charlie Brown Christmas"(1965). And from the success of the "Peanuts" specials came the movies that inspired it from "A Boy Named Charlie Brown"(1969); "Snoopy Come Home"(1972); to "Race For Your Life Charlie Brown!"(1977); to the last Peanuts theatrical feature "Bon Voyage Charlie Brown and Don't Come Back!"(1980) while the television specials to this day continue to run annually going back to the original television special that started it all(as we commemorate the golden 50th anniversary of that classic television special "A Charlie Brown Christmas" that aired originally as a CBS Special Presentation on December 9, 1965). Fast forward to 2015 and we have "The Peanuts Movie" the first theatrical Peanuts movie in 35 years to star Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang. Who would have figured that it would be a good idea to put Charles M. Schulz' classic comic strip characters back in theaters and this time around have them shown in 3D. The results are astounding. "The Peanuts Movie" maybe the most simultaneously and the most charming and most daring experiment yet and when it is just that simply brilliant in execution. The issue here is a pleasant grab bag of everything and everybody over a certain age know and love from Charles M. Schulz' beloved comic strip and many of it's off-shoots,all centered around the main character,of course is Charlie Brown. Some people including those under the age of 13 will fully grasp the intricate dynamics of the franchise universe Schulz created around Charlie Brown over many decades. Those with young children may have a passing from the annual holiday television specials and such,but presumably they aren't as thoroughly versed as youngsters of yore who read the comic strip daily and grew up in a time when the characters were as famous as any in the land. "The Peanuts Movie" works on so many levels that it is a refreshing pace to see a children's movie that doesn't involve villains,silly sidekicks or digusting toilet humor that some producers think that would sell to children and parents. Here "The Peanuts Movie" goes beyond expectations and it is with sincere approval of both kids and adults(who grew up as youngsters themselves with Charlie Brown) that doesn't go into certain details but stays focus with the characters themselves is a breath of fresh air these days in children's entertainment. One nice thing that audiences and younger viewers may or may not appreciate. As with "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and basically all of the Peanuts specials and theatrical features that almost all of the character voices are provided by actual children,not adults with childlike voices. But the genetics do come into play with many side bits referring to Schulz' original material...but to those "Peanuts" fans who are longtime followers and the ones who are new to some may find it puzzling. Why is Snoopy(Charlie Brown's faithful and resourceful Beagle)trying to snatch that kid's blanket? Why does Lucy(Linus' annoying kid sister)keep acting strangely around Schroder,the piano-playing boy? Why is Linus always attached to a blanket? Why is Marcy calling Peppermint Patty sir or Why come one girl is calling another girl sir? Why is Sally(Charlie Brown's kid sister)always lusting after Linus? This is especially true of the extended aerial battles that Snoopy has with the Red Baron(the visual high points of the movie's 3-D incarnation is a must see)which is a movie within a movie that may require some explanation. Or maybe not. With a running time of 88 minutes it is one of the most animated films of the year and for some fans who waiting after 35 years it doesn't disappoint and it delivers. email@example.com
"The Rocky Horror Picture Show" didn't invent midnight screenings but… More"The Rocky Horror Picture Show" didn't invent midnight screenings but instead turned a off Broadway musical into art form that became a phenomenon within itself. Originally it opened in nation release on September 26, 1975 with an advertisement that had the iconic poster of a lipsticked mouth with the tagline "A Different Set of Jaws"-which was a reference to Steven Spielburg's "Jaws" which went on to become the top grossing picture of 1975. Getting back to "Rocky Horror", studio executives at 20th Century-Fox knew that they had an unusual film on their hands which would require a different approach to marketing since 20th Century-Fox needed a hit after it scored two of the biggest films that the studio produced which were 1974's "Young Frankenstein",and "Irwin Allen's The Towering Inferno". Before the film's U.S. premiere in Los Angeles, Fox hired a promotion company to distribute flyers to people in line to see other films as well as concerts, clubs,and beaches and other spots of interest. The company that Fox promoted handed out more than 100,000 flyers in the eight weeks before the film opened in larger cities and later on nationwide. The premise worked in some areas and in other didn't. During it's original release "Rocky Horror" became a boxoffice disaster and it wasn't until 1976 when the Waverly Theater in New York City began showing the film as part of it's midnight screenings and from there it caught on to other cities as part of its Friday and Saturday night late shows bringing in massive crowds. From there the midnight showings expanded into more cities by the end of 1980 where it played at more than 200 theaters nationwide and to this day it is the longest running midnight screening of a film that not only has audience participation but bringing in massive crowds every weekend to see it. The long-running continuation of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" was soon followed by other midnight screenings of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail", "Pink Flamingos", "Fritz The Cat", "Blazing Saddles","Night of the Living Dead", "Harold and Maude", "King of Hearts", "El Topo",not to mention the 1936 movie "Reefer Madness" just to name a few. But "Rocky Horror" added another level of enjoyment to these midnight screenings since some theaters gave discounted admission to anyone dressed up in character costumes where there would be singing along and vocally interacting with the one screen action(among the items frequently brought to throw at the screen were toast, newspapers, confetti,rice, toilet paper,and a deck of cards)which continues to this day....40th years after its original release. "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" even though it was a low-budget produced (by Lou Adler),cult classic made huge stars of two unknown actors Barry Bostwick and future Oscar winning actress Susan Sarandon and made British sensation Tim Curry into a cult phenomenon beyond expectations. Even for its time 1975 was controversial but still remains a bonafide classic especially when we want to go through the time warp again.