[** Free Movie Mondays has been on Hiatus, because nobody really seems to care about it… yet. It will return by-popular-demand shortly ** ]
Each Monday I will post a movie from the FREE section of YouTube, Crackle or where ever else I find the right free movie to make you all watch at some point during the week. You’ll have a week to watch it because each Monday brings another new FREE movie to watch. If you fall behind then all of the rest of us will laugh at you the same way you were laughed at in Jr. High. If you were never laughed at in Jr. High… go screw yourself.
The Comments section will be an entirely open thread where you can discuss the films and whatever else you want. If I start seeing comments about the Nazi’s or Hitler and they have nothing to do with a Nazi or Hitler movie, you will be punished at my discretion. Why is this an issue?
An absolute horror masterpiece from 1922, Nosferatu delivers to the screen, silver and LCD alike, Max Schreck in what still maybe the most frightening make-up effects ever created. It’s hard to not believe that the reactions of the actors upon seeing that terrifying figure weren’t in fact real. If you haven’t seen this version of the Dracula story, you’ve haven’t seen Dracula.
This is a terrific film that certainly holds up today if you give it chance. Very few films can survive the course of film history. King Kong (1933) and His Girl Friday (1941) come to mind. Watch it with the lights off…
The first documentary entry for FMM is a real find. Legend of Bigfoot (1976). Ivan Marx lived in the woods of the Pacific northwest with his wife Peggy. Most of the film is shows off the absolute untouched beauty of the area while Ivan highlights the nature around him. Ivan is, however, on the trail of Sasquatch. Tracking footprints and picking up clues, Ivan narrates and a 70’s style score accompany the journey.
Definitely recommend watching this film if you are stuck in bed sick, looking to zone out, or need something steady to fall asleep to. The entire tone of the film make you feel young again.
This week’s Free Movie is on YouTube and it’s awesome that it’s free! It’s probably one of the greatest screwball comedies of all time. His Girl Friday (1941) starring Cary Grant and Rosalin Russell. Adapted from the play The Front Page, this film version (there have been others made before and since) is hands down the best one. The choice to change one of the lead characters from a man to a woman adds so much it’s hard to imagine how mundane it would be otherwise.
Directed by the great Howard Hawks, His Girl Friday blends the sharpest dialogue in film with a fantastic social commentary that is still relevant today. Cary Grant was the comedy king of the 40’s and his shift to more dramatic rolls in the 50’s and 60’s shouldn’t be any surprise to those who’ve watched Tom Hanks, Robin Williams and JIm Carrey do the same. Rosalind Russell breaks any sterotype of early Hollywood women in film being just a housewife or the damsel in distress. So much so, I beginning to wonder if that was even the case at all. The comedic timing between Grant and Russell is still on the syllabus of most acting and writing classes. If it’s not in your classroom, dropout and find one that knows about it.
Rotten Tomatoes Score – 97%
You also may have to be logged in and only watch on YouTube. Here is the link
This week’s Free Movie is on YouTube through Crackle. Another from the 80’s – Blue Thunder (1983). A classic helicopter movie, ok may be the only Helicopter movie, starring the late great Roy Scheider and Daniel Stern and featuring the City of Los Angeles. Directed by John Badham.
I watched this film religiously when I was a kid. For some reason, Helicopters were the big thing for about 15 minutes in the 80’s. TV’s Riptide had that awesome pink cargo helicopter with a big toothy mouth painted on the front. Then of course there was Airwolf which to me was a bit of a let down. That was due to my obsession with Roy Scheider’s silent but deadly, Blue Thunder.
Rotten Tomatoes Score – 79%
(Be sure to Log In to YouTube to watch, it is rated R)
I remember this movie coming out and kids loved it, but then it soon became as popular with the cool kids as Newsies. Everyone was obsessed with Stand By Me so it was only natural that these movies tried to ride that gravy train. It’s funny to look back and see this now.
This Week the 1978 spaghetti western, God’s Gun with Lee Van Cleef, Jack Palance and Leif Garrett. I repeat this movie is a spaghetti western with Lee Van Cleef, Jack Palance and Leif Garrett. Van Cleef and Palance. Spaghetti Western. Why aren’t you watching it already.