If you’ve spent any time on YouTube at all, you know people are desperate for subscribers. The last 10-30 seconds of almost any YouTube video are a needy cry for help from whatever channel you’re watching, but if you’re a movie fan, and you want consistently awesome and inventive lists, you need to subscribe to CineFix. They turn out random Top….Whatever lists on a regular basis and they’ve come up with some great ones. This particular one highlights the best character introductions; the first time you see a character onscreen and know they will dominate the film and fill your mind with catchphrases for years to come. I liked this idea so much, I will not actually watch their video until after I publish this post because I made my own top 10 list below based off the same idea. So if they copy my ideas, it’s certainly not my fault. Continue reading The 10 Best Character Entrances of All-Time
Roald Dahl, the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, absolutely hated the first adaptation of his book (I doubt he’d have liked the second better). Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory certainly departs from Dahl’s novel, but in a rare case of the movie creating its own bit of magic that does nothing to take away from a classic novel. Why does Willy Wonka work? What is it about a top-hatted, purple clad reclusive chocolate maker that has captured the minds of children and adults since its release in 1971? I think the answer is: Gene Wilder, the genius comic actor who passed away yesterday at the age of 83.
Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) “Pure Imagination”
Willy Wonka is gone. Gene Wilder is dead. We’ll never see his mischievous grin or that conspiratorial twinkle in his eyes, we’ll never see the depth and breadth of talent across all medium of entertainment, and we’ll never see the like of the pure imagination he brought to each of his roles ever again. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was one of my favorite films when I was a child (and remains so to this day), not because of the wondrous chocolate factory, but because I saw in Wilder’s performance a kind of manic, sly genius that I wanted. I didn’t want the golden ticket. I wanted to be Gene Wilder.
Wilder had been battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma for many years and more recently Alzheimer’s, so this shouldn’t be a shock, but this is one of those rare celebrity deaths where I feel like I’ve lost a dear friend. Wilder wasn’t just Wonka, of course, he was a star on broadway, television, and in a host of indelible comedies like Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles. I’m going to place Variety’s excellent, comprehensive obituary below. This one hurts. Thank you, Gene. Continue reading R.I.P. Gene Wilder (1933 – 2016) *Pure Imagination is Gone*
I want to not dread this. I am looking for solid evidence that one of my favorite childhood heroes is not going to be Willy Wonka’d by Johnny Depp & Co. I am still looking for that evidence through four trailers now. This is just not my Lone Ranger. When this opens on July 3rd, I’m going to be in another theater watching minions wreak havoc in Despicable Me 2.