Friday, May 24, 2013

The Omega Man


1971 Science Fiction Film

Director: Boris Sagal

Writer: John William Corrington & Joyce H. Corrington

Cinematography: Russell Metty

Running time: 98 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: Pray for the last man alive. Because he's not alone.

Cast:
Charlton Heston as Neville
Anthony Zerbe as Matthias
Paul Koslo as Dutch
Rosalind Cash as Lisa
Eric Laneuville as Richie

Plot
Army doctor Robert Neville struggles to create a cure for the plague that wiped out most of the human race.

Awards: None

Trivia
Charlton Heston had read the original novel on an airplane coming back to California, and was very interested in a modern adaptation of the book; he was totally unaware of the fact it had already been made into a film long before - The Last Man on Earth starring Vincent. 


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Friday, May 17, 2013

Vegas Vacation


1997 Comedy Film

Director: Stephen Kessler

Writer: Elisa Bell

Cinematography: William A. Fraker

Running time: 93 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: This time the Griswolds are on a roll.

Cast:
Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold
Beverly D'Angelo as Ellen Griswold
Marisol Nichols as Audrey Griswold
Ethan Embry as Russell "Rusty" Griswold
Randy Quaid as Cousin Eddie
Miriam Flynn as Cousin Catherine
Shae D'Lyn as Cousin Vicki
Wallace Shawn as Marty the Blackjack dealer
Julia Sweeney as Mirage desk clerk
Wayne Newton as himself
Siegfried & Roy as themselves
Toby Huss as young Frank Sinatra impersonator/fake ID salesman
Christie Brinkley as "Girl in the Red Ferrari" from the first film
Sid Caesar as Mr. Ellis
Jerry Weintraub as "Gilly from Philly"

Plot
When Clark Griswold puts his mind to something, we soon realize he hasn't got one. Still, nothing stops him when the vacation bug hits. This time, he's chosen Las Vegas, the new family entertainment capital of America

Awards: None

Trivia
Only Vacation film that does not include a reference to the Walley World amusement park (the original film revolved around visiting the park, Clark had a T-shirt for it in European Vacation, and Clark and Eddie drank egg nog from Marty Moose (mascot of the park) glasses in Christmas Vacation.)

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Friday, May 10, 2013

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation


1989 Christmas Comedy Film

Director: Jeremiah Chechik

Writer: John Hughes

Cinematography: Thomas E. Ackerman

Running time: 97 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: There's No Place Like Home For A Holiday!

Cast:
Chevy Chase as Clark W. "Sparky" Griswold, Jr.
Beverly D'Angelo as Ellen Smith Griswold
Randy Quaid as Cousin "Eddie" Johnson
Juliette Lewis as Audrey Griswold
Johnny Galecki as Rusty "Russ" Griswold
John Randolph as Clark Wilhelm Griswold, Sr.
Diane Ladd as Nora Griswold
E. G. Marshall as Arthur "Art" Smith
Doris Roberts as Frances Smith
Miriam Flynn as Cousin Catherine Johnson
Cody Burger as Cousin Rocky Johnson
Ellen Hamilton Latzen as Cousin Ruby Sue Johnson
William Hickey as Uncle Lewis
Mae Questel as Aunt Bethany
Sam McMurray as Bill
Nicholas Guest as Todd Chester
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Margo Chester
Brian Doyle-Murray as Mr. Frank Shirley
Natalia Nogulich as Helen Shirley
Traci Kochendorfer as Downtown Shopper
Nicolette Scorsese as Mary, the lingerie counter clerk
Devin Bailey as Clark Griswold, Jr. (age 9)

Plot
The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.

Awards: None

Trivia
In the scene when the police storm into the Griswolds' house, the song "Here Comes Santa Claus" sung by Gene Autry is used for the background music. Randy Quaid (Cousin Eddie) is the third cousin of Gene Autry.

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