Not a classic like the original. Not a brilliant new version with magnificent effects like Jackson's. This is just the crappy one in-between.

Not a classic like the original. Not a brilliant new version with magnificent effects like Jackson’s. This is just the mediocre one in-between.

Revisiting Childhood Movies Part XII:

King Kong

  • Director:  John Guillermin
  • Writer:  Lorenzo Semple, Jr. (from the original screenplay by James Ashmore Creelman and Ruth Rose, which was from an idea by Merian C. Cooper and Edgar Wallace)
  • Producer:  Dino De Laurentiis
  • Stars:  Jeff Bridges, Jessica Lange, Charles Grodin
  • Studio:  Paramount
  • Award Nominations:  Academy Awards: Cinematography, Sound, Visual Effects (special award); BAFTA: Production Design; Golden Globes: Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture – Female (seriously)
  • Length:  134 min
  • Genre:  Horror (Monster)
  • MPAA Rating:  PG
  • Release Date:  17 December 1976
  • Box Office Gross:  $52.61 mil  (#5 – 1976)
  • My Rating:  **
  • My Rank:  #96  (1976)
  • Nighthawk Nominations:  Visual Effects, Sound Editing
  • Nighthawk Notables:  Best Guilty Pleasure, Highest Attractiveness / Acting Ability Ratio
  • First Watched:  In theater sometime before August 1981
  • Number of Times Watched as a Kid:  at least 3

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The 1st Edition cover to King's terrifying novel.

The 1st Edition cover to King’s terrifying novel.

It

  • Author:  Stephen King
  • Published:  1986
  • Publisher:  Viking
  • Pages:  1093
  • First Line:  “The terror, which would not end for another twenty-eight years – if it ever did end – began, so far as I know or can tell, with a boat made from a sheet of newspaper floating down a gutter swollen with rain.”
  • Last Line:  “Or so Bill Denbrough sometimes thinks on those early morning after dreaming, when he almost remembers his childhood and the friends with whom he shared it.”
  • Film:  1990 TV film (***)
  • First Read:  1990

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It's like every childhood Thanksgiving rolled into one.

It’s like every childhood Thanksgiving rolled into one.

Revisiting Childhood Movies Part V

King Kong vs. Godzilla  (Kingu Kongu tai Gojira)  (キングコング対ゴジラ)

  • Director:  Ishirô Honda
  • Writer:  John Beck  /  Willis H. O’Brien  /  Shin’ichi Sekizawa  /  George Worthing Yates
  • Producer:  John Beck  /  Tomoyuki Tanaka
  • Stars:  Tadao Takashima, Kenji Sahara
  • Studio:  Toho  /  Universal (U.S. release)
  • Award Nominations:  none from groups I track
  • Length:  99 min  (91 for U.S. release)
  • Genre:  Horror  (Monster)
  • MPAA Rating:  none
  • Release Date:  11 August 1962  /  3 June 1963 (U.S.)
  • Box Office Gross:  $2.725 mil
  • My Rating:  ***
  • My Rank:  #46  (year)
  • Nighthawk Nominations:  none
  • Nighthawk Notable:  none
  • First Watched:  on Channel 9 every Thanksgiving
  • Number of Times Watched as a Kid:  6 or 7

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informer

Gypo makes a fateful (and fatal) decision.

You can read more about this year in film here.  The Best Picture race is discussed here, with reviews of all the nominees.  First there are the categories, followed by all the films with their nominations, then the Globes, where I split the major awards by Drama and Comedy, followed by a few lists at the very end.  If there’s a film you expected to see and didn’t, check the very bottom – it might be eligible in a different year.  Films in red won the Oscar in that category.  Films in blue were nominated.  But remember, there’s still only nine categories at this point.

Nighthawk Awards:

  • Best Picture
  1. The Informer
  2. The 39 Steps
  3. Mutiny on the Bounty
  4. Les Misérables
  5. The Bride of Frankenstein

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It's all up for Gyppo.

“His mind was struggling along aimlessly in pursuit of his actions, impotently deprecating them and whispering warnings.  But it was powerless.”

My Top 10:

  1. The Informer
  2. Les Misérables
  3. The 39 Steps
  4. Mutiny on the Bounty
  5. Captain Blood
  6. Bride of Frankenstein
  7. The Scarlet Pimpernel
  8. The Dark Angel
  9. David Copperfield
  10. Ruggles of Red Gap

Note:  After a weak year that could only muster seven for its list, we have a complete list.  And a strong list at that – I am sorely tempted to nominate six films, but I draw the line at the traditional five – indeed, for Picture, Director and Adapted Screenplay these six films will move around, with a different one being the 6th, and non-nominated film, in all three of those categories.  The only downside is that eight of the ten are dramas – 1935 is a much better year overall, but 1934 had those really great comedies. (more…)

A nice quiet hangover moment in The Thin Man (1934).

A nice quiet hangover moment in The Thin Man (1934).

You can read more about this year in film here.  The Best Picture race is discussed here, with reviews of all the nominees.  First there are the categories, followed by all the films with their nominations, then the Globes, where I split the major awards by Drama and Comedy, followed by a few lists at the very end.  If there’s a film you expected to see and didn’t, check the very bottom – it might be eligible in a different year.  Films in red won the Oscar in that category.  Films in blue were nominated.  We finally get to 12 categories this year with the addition of Editing, Original Score and Original Song.

Nighthawk Awards:

  • Best Picture
  1. The Thin Man
  2. It Happened One Night
  3. Vampyr
  4. The Gay Divorcee
  5. Death Takes a Holiday

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The final moment has come for Peter Lorre in M.

The final moment has come for Peter Lorre in M.

You can read more about this year in film here.  The Best Picture race is discussed here, with reviews of all the nominees.  First there are the categories, followed by all the films with their nominations, then the Globes, where I split the major awards by Drama and Comedy, followed by a few lists at the very end.  If there’s a film you expected to see and didn’t, check the very bottom – it might be eligible in a different year.  Films in red won the Oscar in that category.  Films in blue were nominated.  But remember, there’s still only nine categories at this point.

Nighthawk Awards:

  • Best Picture
  1. M
  2. King Kong
  3. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
  4. Duck Soup
  5. The Invisible Man

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