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July in Review

1. Tammy (2014) 07/01/2014 ★ ★ 

Dir. Ben Falcone 

Sta. Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates—USA—Comedy, Romance 

It wasn’t Jersey Boys, but this little comedic bit of fluff is undeserving of all the criticism it receives. Aimed at females in their late 30s to 60s, this achieves what it sets out to do: take its intended audience on a fun, sweet, and at times melancholic. 

2. Jersey Boys (2014) 07/06/2014 ★ ★ ★  1/2
Dir. Clint Eastwood

Sta. Jake Lloyd Young, Vincent Piazza, Christopher Walken—USA—Music, Biography, Drama 

A strong emotional journey four men took from the ghetto to produce art.The audience will find themselves laughing, crying, and dancing along with the protagonists in this colorful, but historically accurate emphatic portrait.

3. The Big Bird Cage (1972) 07/07/2014 ★ 

Dir. Jack Hill

Sta. Pam Grier, Anitra Ford, Candice Roman—USA—Action, Crime, Drama 

A fun, steamy adventure which knows not to take itself too seriously. Despite the story’s outrageousness and exploitative nature, it stays cohesive as each of the actors look to be having a good time in their unique and sardonic respective roles.

4. Anita: Swedish Nymphet (1972) 07/12/2014 ★ ★ ★ 

Dir. Torgny Wickman

Sta. Christina Lindberg, Stellan Skarsgard, Daniele Vlamnick—Swd.—Drama 

What seems like a nihilistic separation of emotion and sex, acts to prove that the two succeed as a cohesive force when the consequences of neglect and disappreaction of a developing adult is enacted. Also a display of the mechanics of nymphomania.

5. Shame (2011) 07/13/2014  ★ ★ ★  1/2 

Dir. Steve McQueen

Sta. Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badge—UK—Drama 

A dark melancholic look into the life of two emotionally grieved and guilted individuals stuck in a destructive cycle of indulgence, Told through human expression, and cinematography we feel through emotion and not action.

6. Lovelace (2013) 07/23/2014 ★ ★ ★ 

Dir. Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman

Stta. Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Sharon Stone—USA—Drama, Biography 

Despite the lifeless dialogue and lackluster acting from the supporting cast, Amanda Seyfried delivers a surprisingly impressive performance as the lead, while Sarsgaard is equally terrifying in his role. More impressive is the realistic 1970s ambiance. 

7. Escape to Witch Mountain (1975) 07/24/2014 ★ ★ 1/2 

Dir. John Hough

Sta. Ike Eisenman, Kim Richards, Eddie Albert—USA—Family, Sci-Fi, Adventure 

An innocently exciting ride, which awakens the child in each viewer regardless of age. Lack of modern technology adds to the features charm, enhancing juvenile mystery and thrills. Acting from the children and supporting characters is strong and humbling. 

8. The Grand Budepest Hotel (2014) 07/29/2014 ★ ★ ★ 1/2

Dir. Wes Anderson 

Sta. Ralph Finesse, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody—USA—Comedy, Mystery, Adventure 

An atmospherically vibrant piece, which indulges in sensory images to enliven the imagination of its audience. A multi-faceted plot is only one of the obscure story techniques within, as several outrageous scenarios become easily believable.

9. Tom White (2004) 07/30/2014 ★ ★ ★ 

Dir. Alkinos Tsilimidos 

Sta. Colin Friels, Rachel Blake, Dan Spielman—AUS—Drama 

Flat suburban monotony gives way to the confused and unknown life of the city streets, symbolizing the inner conflict of the films lead. Supporting characters are equally strong, enlightening middle class viewers to the dark corners of the mind and world of these forgotten denizens.

10. Deliver Us From Evil (2014) 07/31/2014 ★ ★ 1/2 

Dir. Scott Derrickson

Sta. Eric Bana, Olivia Munn, Joel McHale—USA—Horror, Crime, Thriller 

A cliche and drowned out concept receives a psychedelic and Islamic make-over in this possession tale set to the music of a popular 60s rock band as the grimy crime riddled streets are symbolically represented by otherworldly evil.

Decade Breakdown:

1970s: 3

2000s: 1

2010s: 6

Country Breakdown:

Australia: 1

Sweden: 1

United Kingdom: 1

United States: 7

Cliche Counter:

One or more Leads Die: 2

Male Dominated Cast: 4

Horror: 1

Top 5

1. Jersey Boys

2. Grand Budapest Hotel

3. Anita: Swedish Nymphet

4. Tom White 

5. Shame 


Legendary Hollywood actor Henry Fonda with his two children Jane and Peter. This mix of casual and professional photos wonderfully capture the wholesome loving family man imagine that Fonda was greatly know and admired for. Since first seeing him in 12 Angry Men that I had to watch for social studies in high school, he’s has become one of my favourite actors to watch on screen. The embodiment of good and decently, Henry Fonda made it look so easy.   


I always loved the look of the Death Star Troopers and the Imperial Guards were so mysterious. Oh and that gun! We only catch a glimpses of it in A New Hope but I always admired the design, very World War 2. This cool little set was a little pricey but it was fun to build and it makes a great display piece.


I love how the 5th doctor never gets annoyed at people in his tardis hes just like HOUSE PARTY


Reign of Fire (2002) - A unique premise of medieval folklore woven into a post-apocalyptic setting that’s highly entertaining with many exciting action sequences. Despite some clumsy dialogue it’s a terrific popcorn flick with impressive CGI that holds up well today.


'Some things in life are bad , they can really make you mad , other things just make you swear and curse' 
You may be wondering why the hell this is showing up on your tag.
If you’re going through a bad time right now just wanted to share with you this rather amusing image of my rabbit watching TV. His name is Arthur and he is a continental giant approaching a year and a half. 
Animals always strike some calm in me because while they may be completely oblivious to the goings on in the world you could almost misinterpret their calm for a kind of wisdom as if they know about all happening but also know that everything will be alright in the end such is life. So wherever you are , whatever is happening , take a break and smile for a change. Be as chilled out as this rabbit.


"Gentlemen, no doubt you’ve heard the immortal words of our new commandant: devote your energies to things other than escape, and sit out the war as comfortably as possible. Well, that’s exactly what we’re going to do. We’re going to devote our energies to sports and gardening, all the cultural pursuits as far as they’re concerned. In fact, we’re going to put the goons to sleep. Meanwhile, we dig.” - The Great Escape (1963) I knew Richard Attenborough mainly as an actor than a director. I’ve only seen him in three films; Jurassic Park, Flight of the Phoenix and most recently The Great Escape as the loyal duty bound English officer Bartlett ‘Big X’. He always spoke with great conviction and made a notable impression when on screen. R.I.P. Richard Attenborough (1923 - 2014) 



I’m not claiming to be an expert, because this is my first real issue of the esteemed and faithful magazine that I’ve owned, and I can’t really attest to actually READING any modern issues (although can any man nowadays?) save for those few times, to my horror, I stumbled upon my father’s porno stash in year 7. Of course, what I do remember is enough to contrast what I’ve seen of issues from a bygone era, free of bare, open, in your face, vagina. Even before I had misfortunately cracked open my dad’s early 2000s release of Playboy to one of those revealing pages, I knew what I was getting myself into from the magazine’s general reputation at the time (and present). Of course, I didn’t sit staring at that forbidden photo, having my eyeballs rot out of my head, but I didn’t put the magazine down either. Turning the page, and hoping for not so low of a shot, I found intriguing articles regarding politics, familiar estute actors giving interviews, and a hilarious dirty joke section. 

Now, I’m not being pessimistic; they were great articles, and readers can find similar content in older Playboy monthly’s. However, the magainze has become what it’s reputation has given it from the beginning, a “porno mag”: a forbidden realm for men to stare at open female genitalia, rectums, and penetration. Again, Playboy has never been “clean”, but it got by on being what founder Hugh Hefner dubbed as “a parallel of naughty and nice, but always innocent”. Therefore, sexuality was simply a suggestion, and left up to the readers imagination. There’s something in Japanese Anime culture called “ecchi”, meaning “more erotic than sex”. Like many children who grew up in the 90s/early 2000s I went through a brief anime phase (Thank God), but if there’s something I took away from it, that term would be key to my later appreciations. Simply put, it’s a word that perfectly describes old Playboy issues, and the women featured within. Although many were featured in full frontal nudity, there was always a chaste quality about each individuals, as if they were unaware of their nudity to the world. Most photos from the 60s to mid 70s showcased barely clad women indulging in their favourite activities such as reading, sunbathing, surfboarding, or about to play softball. 

I was first drawn to Miss June 1974, Sandy Johnson some years back when I indulged in my love for everything 70s. Like a good friend, I couldn’t give a general statement as to why I was so captivated by the decade, but one thing was for certain I adored the women it was filled with. They were natural, sensual, strong, sarcastic, and full of personality. Sure my new and beloved issue from the aforementioned date features a full section on anal sex, but not once does it use either term nor reveal an open rectum. Instead, the idea is hinted at among a spread of innocent and girlish women revealing their rump or gently pulling down their panties. Even a photo of a man’s front is depicted against a female’s backside, however, missing is any hit of visual penetration. 

Okay, I admit, Playboy did this to themselves. Like any lucrative business, it’s survival of the fittest, and to survive one has to adapt to the times. With the video age came in the increase in porn sales, which meant that photos of women in more chaste settings were becoming old hat. This does not even compare to the state of things to today with the internet age which offers porn for free. Moreover, the 1970s was a decade filled with pushing the sexual envelope, especially in Hefner’s industry. One can find several social cartoons jibing at the mere hint of sexuality in film and photos, silently suggesting for more. Unfortunately what these curious and adamant citizens didn’t realize was that, once the envelope was open there was no where else to go.

Now back to Miss Johnson; when I realized my deep appreciation of ladies of the late 60s/early 70s, there was only one resource to rely on, and here we are today. Upon first glance at these strong, and yet effeminate women, I found myself captivated by not only there looks, but personality. Looking through a list of centerfolds one stood out, and that was of a bubbly, nude, 19 year old in a green baseball hat and holding out a bat as a tap dance cane. As previously mentioned, it was as if she had no knowledge of her nudity, but embraced her state as natural as she beckoned on lookers to come and play with her. 

The point is, despite it’s lack in graphic pornography, Playboy has always had a forbidden tone. However thanks to the digital enhanced, and free porn infused age, this is nearly gone. When I saw my “new” June 1974 issue had arrived in the mail, without I second thought, I ripped open the packaging and clear covering. Standing in awe I took in it’s smell, and pink girlish cover announcing a featured excerpt of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s new novel based on their work with the Watergate Scandal, All the President’s Men. Opening it’s pages feelings of a forbidden joyous nature swept over me. It was as if, within those pages, I saw myself as a 15-year old boy clad in red chucks, jean flares, and a tight red T-shirt running home with a snagged copy and hiding under the porch with a flash light.  

What a great little time capsule of the mid 1970s! Showcasing women in all their natural beauty as well as their personalities. Great piece Hannah, so well written :)      


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Eve Meyer in photo taken by husband Russ Meyer (m. 1952-1969) 


Generally considered to be director William Castle’s most popular film, The House on Haunted Hill is famously known for its promotional gimmicks during its 1959 theatrical run where in selected theatres an elaborate pulley system that was installed by Castle himself, was used to allowed a plastic skeleton to be flown over the audience at the appropriate times during the film. Today The House on Haunted Hill has become a much loved cult classic known for being more camp than creepy. I’ve been enjoying the film for many years. It’s my favourite film to watch late on a Saturday night. After repeated viewings I began to notice something rather interesting. Everything that happens in the film can be explained in practical terms as one particular character is revealed to be literally pulling the strings which begs the question, is the House on Haunted Hill really haunted?     


Cast/Character List!

House on Haunted Hill (1959)

Vincent Price … Frederick Loren

Carol Ohmart … Annabella Loren

Elisha Cook Jr. … Watson Pritchard

Carolyn Craig … Nora Manning

Richard Long … Lace Schroeder 

Julie Mitchum … Ruth Bridges (Robert Mitchum’s sister!)  

Alan Marshal … Dr. David Trent  

House on Haunted Hill (1999)

Geoffrey Rush … Stephen H. Price 

Famke Janssen … Evelyn Stockard-Price

Chris Kattan … Watson Pritchett

Ali Later … Sara Wolfe

Taye Diggs … Eddie Baker

Bridgettte Wilson-Sampras … Melissa Margaret Marr

Peter Gallagher … Donald W. Blackburn, M.D.  

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