Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Video of the Day: Rend Collective on Fox and Friends

Bravo Rend Collective - your music sounds great and your answers about religion and having a relationship with Jesus was spot on!

First Movie with Synchronized Dialogue is Released

First movie with synchronized dialogue was released on October 6, 1927.
October 6, 1927
The first featured-length motion picture with synchronized dialogue was The Jazz Singer which was released on this day in 1927 which lead to the decline of silent films. Directed by Alan Crosland and recorded with the Vitaphone sound-on-disc system, the movie starred Al Jolson. The film was based on the play, The Day of Atonement by Samson Raphaelson. The story is about Jackie, a young Jewish man who is thrown out of his home by his father for singing in local beer garden which went against his heritage and family’s wishes. To hide the fact that he was Jewish, Jackie decides to go blackface and hides his ancient with a southern one. While this movie was a large hit, the 1980 remake (sans blackface) that starred Neil Diamond, Lucie Arnaz, and Laurence Olivier was a huge flop. However, like Xanadu, the soundtrack album did very well. 

"Golden Shoes' Movie is 'Just Okay for Kids'

Review of the movie, "Golden Shoes"
(Anchor Bay Entertainment)
Perhaps it is my own opinion, but I think that there is a difference between family movies and children’s movies. Disney is a master for producing movies that literally every member of the family can watch and enjoy. Some moviemakers tend to think that any juvenile movie can be considered a movie for the whole family, but that just isn’t true. It’s sloppy filmmaking. Two good examples: 101 Dalmatians = family movie, Air Buddies = children’s movie. (Even Disney gets it wrong occasionally).

Now available on DVD today, Golden Shoes has good intentions and has been endorsed by Dove.org. This is due to the film's positive storylines about family, working together as a team and is altogether wholesome fare. But while film may be wholesome, that doesn’t mean that the movie is great. That might sound harsh and no one was intending for this movie to be nominated for an Oscar, but overall, the film is subpar.

Golden Shoes may appeal to children under the age of ten, but for those older, like their parents, they will have a tough time sticking through with it. At just 89 minutes in length, it feels like a half hour too long. The film’s biggest flaw? The acting ability of the children involved. Christian Koza is weak in the starring role, but he’s not alone. It appears that every child actor in this film had their lines down, but not the emotions or facial expressions. Some may think children audiences can’t tell the difference between a good child actor and a poor one, but they can. The movie intends to have some heartstring-pulling moments, but they are lost with the lack of emotion. It also tries to make up for it by turning the soundtrack music up higher in some scenes. It doesn’t work.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Release of the 'Ten Commandments' Movie

The movie, "The Ten Commandments" was released on October 5, 1956.
October 5, 1956
One of the most famous faith-based film, The Ten Commandments, was released today in 1956 as a preview in Salt Lake City. The epic, produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille, tells the story of Moses. The film was shot in Egypt, Mount Sinai and the Sinai Peninsula and stared Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson and Vincent Price. Yvonne De Carlo, who is best known as Lily from The Munsters TV show, played  Sephora. The movie was DeMille’s last and most successful film and ironically was partially a remake of his silent film of the same name that was created in 1923. At the time, it was the most expensive film ever made and is one of the most financially successful ones too. The movie was nominated for seven Academy Awards but only won one for Best Visual Effects.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

First ABC Afterschool Special is Aired

The very first ABC Afterschool Special was aired on October 4, 1972.
October 4, 1972
The Last of the Curlews was the very first ABC Afterschool Special to air on this day in 1972. Created by Hanna-Barbera, it was one the few animated specials to air during its 25 year run. The special ran about six times throughout the school year featuring hour-long made-for-TV movies that dealt with social and controversial issues in the day. Later, CBS followed suit with its’ own Afternoon Playhouse and NBC did as well with Special Treat. Later, ABC would air similar programming on Saturday mornings called Saturday Superstar Movie and the ABC Weekend Special.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’ Premieres

"The Dick Van Dyke Show" premiered on CBS on October 3, 1966.
October 3, 1966 
The comedy show hit, The Dick Van Dyke Show, premiered on this day in 1966 and starred Van Dyke, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam and Mary Tyler Moore. However, the show’s original pilot had a completely different cast – including the show’s namesake. The “other” show’s pilot was created in 1960 and was to be called Head of the Family and would have starred Carl Reiner. The storyline was basically the same as the finished product, but fortunately, the latter won out. The Dick Van Dyke Show aired on CBS for five seasons. During that time, the show won 15 Emmy Awards.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Worth Watching? 'Dr. Ken'

Review of the show, "Dr. Ken."
Ken Jeong and Suzy Nakamur, the best part of Dr. Ken. (ABC)
I will never understand why some people consider actor Ken Jeong funny. I find the ex-Community star annoying and he doesn’t fare any better in a sitcom that is centered all around him. Tonight, he’s stars in Dr. Ken where he plays an obnoxious doctor by day and an obnoxious father and husband by night. Cutting to the chase – this show is lame. It’s only hope for its survival is that it airs on Friday nights with ABC’s slightly successful, and mildly more tolerable, Last Man Standing. But that show actually has a funny comedian as the lead.

In less than a minute, the first joke to be shared in the pilot episode is about hemorrhoids. Always hilarious stuff. (If the show was recorded before a live audience, they must have pumped in laughing gas.) The conversation between the good doctor and his patient is distasteful and not appropriate for families who would like to watch the show with their family. The office staff includes Jonathan Slavin (Better Off Ted), Tisha Campbell Martin and Kate Simses who would all prefer to be doing something else and their boss is played by Dave Foley, who hasn’t done anything notable since News Radio.

First 'Peanuts' Comic Strip

The first Peanuts comic strip was printed on October 2, 1959.
October 2, 1959
The very first Peanuts comic strip was printed on this day in 1950 premiering in nine newspapers. It featured Charlie Brown, Shermy (a character who practically disappeared in short time) and Patty (not Peppermint Patty, a different one altogether). Over the years, the daily comic reached an all-time high of over 2,600 newspapers. Original strips continued until February 13, 2000 and all were hand-drawn by the strip’s creator, Charles Schulz. The strips have been translated into 21 languages.