Thursday, November 29, 2007

A Place In The Sun

A Place In The Sun was one of the 50's most intriguing films. The release date was October 11, 1951. I celebrated my third birthday party on that exact date, but it wasn't until years later that I actually saw that film. As I was growing older, I developed a big crush, like most of my friends, on Elizabeth Taylor.

The movie depicts an up and coming George Eastman [played by Montgomery Cliff] being thrust into the blue collar life of a rich uncle's family business, and falling in love with another women, despite the fact that his own [secret] girlfriend was now pregnant.

Directed by George Stevens, who did a brilliant job,despite the constraints that were imposed on him by Paramount. This film classic was actually a remake of a film that was made 20 years earlier that was a total bomb. The studio had lost a huge amount of money on the earlier version, so the monetary restraints were put in place before they even started shooting.

A very young Elizabeth Taylor, who plays Angela Vickers,is paired with Montgomery Cliff in this classic story of doomed love.It was Miss Taylor's best work to date and her first dramatic role. Her raw natural beauty lights up the screen.Shelly Winters [who plays Alice Tripp] gives a convincingperformance of the poor homely girl who happens to fall in love with George Eastman.Upon learning that she is pregnant, she fanatasies about the life that she and George will share together but after finding out about George's real love interest, she threatens him with exposure, unless he agrees to marry her.

His mind is full of crazy thoughts about what he should do. He leaves a dinner party to meet Alice and ends up in a boat on moon lake with her. As she starts to describe the dreary, uninteresting life that both of them will live, George's mind is filled only with thoughts of the beautiful Taylor. He changes his mind about his plans of droning Alice and starts back to shore. But in one ironic twist of fate,Alice moves to be closer to George and causes the boat to capsize, falls into the lake and drowns anyway.

He is captured and prosecuted by an ambitious district attorney [played by Raymond Burr].

This is definitely one of the best classic movies that ever came out of Hollywood.It won 6 Oscars, another 7 wins and 8 nominations. This is a classic example of tragic romanticism.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Bullitt--The Greatest Car Chase Scene In The History Of Film Making

This is by far the best car chase that I have ever seen. I was home on leave from the Army and a few of my friends suggested that we go see this new movie "Bullitt" staring Steve McQueen. I always thought of him as action type character and I was not disappointed.

Steve stars as Frank Bullitt, a San Francisco police officer who is assigned to guard a Mafia informant.The informant, Johnny Ross,works for the Chicago mobster Peter Ross, his brother. The mob is after Johnny Ross because he siphoned off $2 million of their money.In April 1968 Johnny Ross escapes two attempts on his life and flees to San Francisco, where he is placed in protective custody by politician Walter Chalmers, who hopes to use Ross to further his own national aspirations.

Bullitt's friend is shot and the witness is left at death's door by two hit men who seem to know exactly where the the witness was hiding. Bullitt begins a search for both the killer and the leak, but he must keep the witness alive long enough to make sure the killers return.

But the politician,Chalmars, played by Robert Vaughn,has no interest in finding out who the cop killers were. His only interest in in his own political ambitions and this is where he starts to but heads with Bullitt.
Bullitt actually kidnaps his witness to protect his life.

Bullitt gets a break when the gunman appears at the hospital to finish off Ross, and Bullitt gets a good look at him; now Bullitt must smoke out the gunman and his backup man before Chalmers carries out his threat, leading to a high-speed pursuit.

After being dropped off at his own car - a Ford Mustang - Frank notices that a black Dodge Charger has been following him around the city. He drives about some of the hilly side streets and eludes his pursuers enough to become the pursuer himself. This is where the chase goes into high gear.The two mob assassins, realizing they've been outmaneuvered, make a break and a mad high-speed pursuit ensues through the hills of the city and eventually spilling onto a two-lane freeway.

The shotgun man finally opens fire on Frank but Frank rams his Mustang into the Charger as they approach a gas station/repair shop; the Charger flies off the road, plows through the gas station, and explodes as pumps are sheared off, killing both gunmen.

I was sitting in the front row of the local theater watching this whole chase scene unfold and I have to admit that it felt like my heart was up in my throat. It actually felt like you were in the Mustang driven by Bullitt, as he was chasing the would be assassins.The squealing of the tires, the smoke emanating from the rear of the cars and those unforgiving hills of San Francisco, made this the greatest car chase scene in the history of film making.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

The Best Rated Band In The World In 1978

The Bee Gees The Bee Gees are three brothers: Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb; three outstanding songwriters, singers, producers and musicians.They have been rated as one of the best musical acts of all time.They were best rated band in the world in 1978.

They were born on the Isle of Man to English parents, lived in Manchester, England and moved to Brisbane, Australia during their childhood years, where they began their musical careers. Their worldwide success came when they returned to England and signed with producer Robert Stigwood.
It has been estimated that the Bee Gees' record sales total more than 220 million, easily making them part of the list of best-selling music artists.

In 1958 The entire family moved to Australia, settling in the Brisbane area.1960, the Brothers were given their own half-hour weekly television show in Brisbane when Barry was still only 13, and the twins were 10!
In 1963, they signed their first recording contract with Festival ]Records in Australia. They released their first Bee Gees written single, "Three Kisses of Love", and wrote songs for other artists the Bee Gees had been voted the top songwriting team in Australia in both 1965 and 1966. Yes, they had been named Australia's best group in 1966. In January, 1967, the Gibb family journeyed back to Great Britain. While on this journey, the Bee Gees finally got their first #1 in Australia with "Spicks and Specks".

By 1969, after numerous hits, the stress of working together and other personal matters, the group split up. It would take 15 months for the group to come back together again.

Two Years On", the next Bee Gees album. That album contained "Lonely Days", which became the Brothers first #1 single in the US, and their first gold US single.The 1972 album "To Whom It May Concern" produced the single "Run To Me", another huge hit.

By 1975 The Brothers Gibb were back on top, commercially and creatively, as "Main Course" went gold and platinum, both "Nights on Broadway" and "Jive Talkin'" shot to #1, and "Jive Talkin'" was a gold single. 1976's "Children of the World" went gold and platinum, both "You Should Be Dancing" and "Love So Right" were gold singles, and "You Should Be Dancing" went to #1 as well.

Saturday Night Fever" gained the music which propelled it into the stratosphere. The soundtrack to "SNF" became the best-selling album ever (a title it held until Michael Jackson's "Thriller" took over), and it remains the best-selling soundtrack album to this day.

They keep on performing hit after hit and they were named the best rated band in 1978.On March 10, 1988, younger brother Andy died at age 30 from myocardial, an inflammation of the heart muscle due to a recent viral infection. Maurice, who had been the musical director of the Bee Gees during their final years as a group, died suddenly on January 12, 2003, from a strangulated intestine.They then decided to retire the groups name.
This article, by no means,has covered all of the great hits that this family had over the more than 4 decades that they were performing. The Bee Gees,in my opinion, were one of the greatest performing families of all times.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

A Tribute To Simon And Garfunkel

The most successful folk-rock duo of the 1960s, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel crafted a series of memorable hit albums and singles featuring their choirboy harmonies, ringing acoustic and electric guitars, and Simon's acute, finely wrought songwriting.

They met in elementary school in 1953, when they both appeared in the school play Alice in Wonderland.They formed the group Tom and Jerry in 1957, and had their first taste of success with the minor hit "Hey Schoolgirl." The duo split up, and Simon continued to struggle to make it in the music business as a songwriter and occasional performer, sometimes using the names of Jerry Landis or Tico & the Triumphs.

When they re-teamed, it was as a folk duo, though Simon's pop roots would serve the act well in their material's synthesis of folk and pop influences. Signing to Columbia, they recorded an initially unsuccessful acoustic debut (as Simon and Garfunkel, not Tom and Jerry) in 1964, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. They again went their separate ways, Simon moving to England, where he played the folk circuit and recorded an obscure solo album.

Then with the help of Tom Wilson they reunited and made a serious go at a recording career, Simon returning from the U.K. to the U.S. In 1966 and 1967 they were regular visitors to the pop charts with some of the best folk-rock of the era, including "Homeward Bound," "I Am a Rock," and "A Hazy Shade of Winter."

Their final studio album, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, was an enormous hit, topping the charts for ten weeks, and containing four hit singles (the title track, "The Boxer," "Cecilia," and "El Condor Pasa").A 1981 concert in New York's Central Park attracted half a million fans, and was commemorated with a live album; they also toured in the early '80s, but a planned studio session was canceled.

Simon and Garfunkel were among the most popular recording artists of the 1960s, and are best known for their songs "The Sound of "Mrs. Robinson," "Bridge over Troubled Water" and "The Boxer." They have received several Grammys and are inductees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame (2007). In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Simon and Garfunkel #40 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

"The Secret" Possibly The Most Important Movie Ever Made

The movie "The Secret" has been making its rounds, a few months ago Oprah Winfrey picked it up and did a movie review secret show, with promises for another one in the near future.

Essentially The Secret is all about "manifesting" your desires. Continually thinking about what you want in life, centering all your focus around your goals and with enough continual manifesting, these things then come into your life.

The first time that I viewed this movie, I was blown away. My own belief system was interfering in what I just saw. I have read a number of books on self-improvement and I have even ordered a variety of videos by some well known people, but this movie will put you in an instant feeling of gratitude and hope. I believe that the real secret is sustaining the "rush" you receive after viewing this movie.

THE SECRET website states that producer Rhonda Byrne, in 2004, discovered The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles. It was given to Rhonda in a moment of crisis by her daughter. This book from 1910 opened her eyes to a new way of living and propelled her on a new-found mission to bring the principles of the Universe to the masses - by creating the film THE SECRET!

The Teachers featured in The Secret - Bob Proctor and Jack Canfield have been studying, applying and teaching this material for decades. They earn millions of dollars every year. But that's not what makes this so powerful... many people earn millions of dollars but they are not able to articulate how they are doing it. Therefore, they are not able to share the cause of their good fortune with others, not even with members of their own family.

This is where Proctor and Canfield have distinguished themselves... they Understand... they Apply... and they are Masters at Transferring the Science of Getting Rich to others. They are two of the most powerful coaches in the world today.

Millions of people are already using the Law of Attraction to make their lives successful. It is no longer a secret, but a household term that is rightfully being given the attention it deserves.

You too can learn how to use the "Law of Attraction" to create whatever you want in life - be it money, love or happiness - and generate abundance.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Lawrence of Arabia A Great Epic Film

I went to see this film when it first came out.I was 13 years old at the time and I was awe struck, to say the least. I knew then and there that even if I never ended up acting, I could still write about it someday!

This was a major award-winning film that received ten Academy Award nominations and seven Academy Awards, including Best Director, Best Picture, Best Color Cinematography (Freddie Young), Best Color Art Direction/Set Decoration, Best Sound (John Cox), Best Music Score (Maurice Jarre), and Best Film Editing (Anne V. Coates). Its nominations for Best Actor (Peter O'Toole, with his first of seven unsuccessful Oscar nominations) and directed by David Lean

The opening scene of the film is both a prologue and an epilogue, depicting Lieutenant T. E. Lawrence's (Peter O'Toole) death in mid-May of 1935. After the credits, Lawrence races his motorcycle along an English country road. His daredevil face is alternately illuminated and darkened - foretelling his own destiny

At age 29, young Lawrence began his career in the British headquarters in Cairo during World War I (January 1917), working at a lowly desk job. Bored out of his mind, he desperately wants to go where the action is. He ends up in Arabia.

Once in the desert, he befriends Sherif Ali Ben El Kharish (Omar Sharif, making one of the most spectacular entrances in movie history) and draws up plans to aid the Arabs in their rebellion against the Turks.His first orders is to investigate the progress of the Arab revolt against Constantinople and to appraise the strength of the Arab tribes for the British political bureau. The British desperately want to keep the Turks from gaining control of the Suez Canal.

After successfully completing his mission, Lawrence becomes an unwitting pawn of the Allies, as represented by Gen. Allenby (Jack Hawkins) and Dryden (Claude Rains), who decide to keep using Lawrence to secure Arab cooperation against the Imperial Powers. While on a spying mission to Deraa, Lawrence is captured and tortured by a sadistic Turkish Bey (Jose Ferrer). In the heat of the next battle, the blue-eyed Lawrence screams "No prisoners!" and fights more ruthlessly than ever.

The movie, filmed mostly in Spain and Jordan, ended up costing a then staggering 13 million and won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.The nearly four-hour long film featured a star-studded cast, with a virtually unknown, blue-eyed Irish Shakespearean stage actor, Peter O'Toole in his first starring role.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Blazing Saddles One Of The Funniest Movies Of All Time.

The laughter in the room when Brooks and Pryor combined their heads to create this one. A Jew making fun of Jews, a Black making fun of Blacks, two Western Americans making fun of the West, movie makers making fun of the movies. The childish fart-level humor at the campfire and utter screwball gags keep you rolling of the floor. This movie doesn't pretend to be anything more than screwball humor, but it's one of the funniest movies of all times!

This one of a kind classic funny movie was released on 7 Feb. 1974. Directed by Mel Brooks who also appeared in this movies playing dual parts as the incompentent and horny Governor and in one scene, an Indian chief. Harvey Korman as Hedly Lamarr comes in with a strong performance, but the main characters are played by Cleavon Little [Bart] and Gene Wilder [Jim--the Waco Kid]

The main plot of this movie is the destruction of a small western town for the enrichment of a corrupt political boss. Hedly Lamarr covinces the Governor to appoint a "black" sheriff to bring law and order to this town.

Hoping that the towns people will kill the new sheriff, the plot backfires on Larmarr and the [black] sheriff becomes his most formidable adversary.
The twists and turns that this film takes over the entire 93 minutes are shown as some of the most hilarious scenes ever put on the silver screen.

How anyone could even think of turning one scene [farting cowboys]into a laughable episode is pure brilliance.

This film will always be remembered as one of the funniest comedy movies ever made.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Eric Clapton A Living Legend

When you think about music, what do you think of first? Which aspects of music are important, which are essential, and which ones can you take or leave? You be the judge.

Sometimes the most important aspects of a subject are not immediately obvious. Keep reading to get the complete picture.

Eric Clapton was born March 30th, 1945 in Ripley England, U.K.
He was the illegitimate son of Patricia Molly Clapton and Edward Fryer, a Canadian soldier stationed in England. Patricia left Eric in the custody of his grandparents, Rose and Jack Clapp. Patricia moved to Germany where she eventually married another Canadian soldier named Frank McDonald.
Eric was raised believing that his grandparents were his parents and his mother was his sister. At the tender age of nine the truth was reveled to him by his grandmother.

His formal education consisted of being expelled from the Kingston College of art at the ripe old age of seventeen for playing guitar in class. He then took a job as a manual laborer and spent most of his free time playing the electric guitar.

Clapton eventually joined a number of British blues bands, including the Roosters and Casey Jones, and rose to prominence as a member of the Yardbirds

Eric withdrew from the spotlight in the early seventies, Trying to overcome an addition he took the advice of PeterTownsend and underwent an effective electro- acupuncture treat-ment. He was fully rehabilitated and then landed a role in the rock opera-Tommy

Unfortunately the 1980's brought Eric sliding deeper and deeper into a serious drinking problem even thou this period of his lifebrought some of his most successful albums--Another Ticket (1981), Money and Cigarettes (1983), Behind the Sun (1985), August (1986), Journeyman (1989)
In the following decade he again suffered another personal tragedy when guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and Clapton road crew members Colin Smythe and Nigel Browne--all close friends of Clapton's--were killed in a helicopter crash. A few months after this tragedy, fate was going to deal him another blow when his own son,Conner,fell forty-nine stories from Del Santo's Manhattan high-rise apartment to his death.Clapton channeled his shattering grief into writing the 1992 Grammy-winning tribute to his son, "Tears in Heaven."

Another album, "From The Cradle", came out in 1994 and marked his return to the raw blue standards. In 1997 he was honored with the Record of the year and best male pop vocal performance grammys for "Change the world".

And in the next coming years,success just seemed to follow him no matter where he went.The only triple inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He is often described as an authentic musical genius,but at what a personal price?

There's no doubt that the topic of music can be fascinating. If you still have unanswered questions about music, you may find what you're looking for in the next article.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Beetlejuice A Revered Horror Classic Movie

This classic old horror movie [1988] was directed by Tim Burton and produced by Warner Brothers [Wes Craven was set to direct the film at one time, when it was still more of a horror film. When things fell apart he went on to write _Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, etc]

Thanks to the carelessness of a fluffly little dog, newlyweds Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin are killed in a freak auto accident.

Upon arriving in the outer gates of Heaven, the couple finds that, thanks to a century's worth of bureaucratic red tape, they're on a very long waiting list. Before they can earn their wings, Davis and Baldwin must occupy their old house as ghosts for the next 50 years. Alas, the house is now owned by unlovable yuppies, Catherine O'Hara and Jeffrey Jones.

Horrified at the prospect of sharing space with these "plastic" humans, Davis and Baldwin do their best to scare O'Hara and Jones away, but their house-haunting skills are pathetic at best. In desperation, the ghostly couple engage the services of a veteran bio-exorcist, a yellow-haired, snaggle-toothed, profane, spirit named Beetlejuice (Played by Michael Keaton). But Beetlejuice has an evil agenda behind his plot to help these young newlyweds. He cannot be trusted-especially when he falls in love with O'Hara and Jones' gloomy, black-clad teen aged daughter played by Winola Ryder. [Who happens to be the goddaughter of LSD guru Timothy Leary. This happened to be her breakthrough role!] One of the most tantalizing scenes comes when their is a dinner party and Bettlejuice comes up with some unusual antics to scare the hell out of everyone.This made the calypso music even more popular.

The first time that I viewed it, I laughed so hard that I felt some kind of kinship with the director. Imagine combining comedy, horror and just pure craziness into one film and making it work so well.

Over 19 years after its release, Tim Burton's Beetlejuice remains a revered horror classic and an important film in the career of a young filmmaker who was only beginning to wow us with his distinct way of looking at life and making films.

Al Pacino A Living Legend

When most people think of acting, what comes to mind is usually basic information that's not particularly interesting or beneficial. But there's a lot more to acting than just the basics, if you want to become a true
legend in your own time.

Once you begin to move beyond basic background information, you begin to realize that there's more to acting than you may have first thought.
The greatest and most accomplished actor of his generation, Al Pacino became a cultural icon thanks to revered performances in a wide range of classic films, including “The Godfather” (1972), “Scarface” (1983) and “Glengarry Glen Ross” (1992). Coming to prominence during the 1970s – a period commonly regarded as Hollywood’s last Golden Age.

His birth name is Alberto Pacino and he was born on April 25, 1940 in East Harlem, New York. He was educated in the high school for the performing arts, Hew York.He studied acting at the Actors Studio and the Herbert Berghof studios which is located in NYC.

Al's mother, Rose Gerard Pacino died when Al was only22. She used to take Al to the movies after work and she is credited with planting the seed for his future acting career. She died at the age of 43.

Al's father, Salvatore Pacino has owned a variety of business's and currently lives in California with his fifth wife. He divorced Al's mother when Al was 7 years old.

In 1966, Pacino studied under legendary acting coach Lee Strasberg (alongside whom he would l after feature in the 1974 film The Godfather Part II). However, it did put him in financial straits until the end of the decade when he had won an Obie Award for his work in The Indian Wants the Bronx and the Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Play for Does the Tiger Wear a Necktie?.

He made his first screen appearance in an episode of the television series N.Y.P.D. in 1968, and his largely unnoticed movie debut in Me, Natalie came the following year.

It was the 1971 film The Panic in Needle Park, in which he played a heroin addict, that would bring him to the attention of director Francis Ford Coppola. Pacino's rise to fame came after portraying Michael Corleone in Coppola's blockbuster 1972 Mafia film The Godfather

In 1973 Pacino starred in the very successful Serpico and the less popular Scarecrow alongside Gene Hackman. In 1974, Pacino repriced his role as Michael Corleone The Godfather Part II In 1975. He enjoyed further success with the release of Dog Day Afternoon, In 1977, Pacino starred as a race-car driver in Bobby Deerfield.

During the 1970s, Pacino had four Oscar nominations for Best Actor for his performances in Serpico, The Godfather Part II, Dog Day Afternoon, and Justice for All.Pacino also won a second Tony Award for The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel and performing the title role in Richard III for a record run on Broadway.

1983's Scarface, directed by Brian DePalma, proved to be a career highlight and a defining role. Upon its initial release, it did well at the box office, grossing over $45 million domestically.Pacino earned a GoldenGlobe nomination for his performance in Scarface as a Cuban drug gangster. He had stated that this movie was the best of his career.

In the 80's he went into a four year hiatus and returned to the stage.His greatest stage success of the decade was David Mamet's American Buffalo, for which Pacino was nominated for a Drama Desk Award.Pacino has since turned acclaimed performances in such crime dramas as Carlito's Way (1993), Donnie Brasco (1997), the multi-Oscar nominated The Insider (1999) and Insomnia (2002).

In 1995, Pacino starred in Michael Mann's Heat, in which he and fellow film icon Robert De Niro appeared on screen together for the first time. They were both together againin the Godfather Part 111. He then went back to the stage and did "Looking For Richard". {Pacino's greatest stage successes of the decade were in revivals of Eugene O'Neill's Hughie and Oscar Wilde's Salome.}

He then went on to make "The Devils Advocate" He has won two Golden Globes since 2000, the first being the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures, and the second for his role in the highly praised HBO miniseries Angels in America.

On October 20, 2006, the American Film Institute named Pacino the recipient of the 35th AFI Life Achievement Award.[5] On November 22, 2006, the ]University Philosophical Society of Trinity College, Dublin awarded Pacino the Honorary Patronage of the Society.[6]

His latest film 88 minutes is due to be released in 2008 His next release is Righteous Kill where he will be teamed with his Heat co-star Robert De Niro. Pacino is set to play surrealist Salvador DalĂ­ in the film Dali & I: The Surreal Story.

Although he has never been married, he has three children.He has been romantically involved with some of the top female stares in Hollywood and other less known beautiful women.

This is certainly not an all inclusive story of Al Pacino's life, but it will give you some of the highlights of one of the best, if not the best, actors in history.

It never hurts to be well-informed with the latest on actor. Compare what you've learned here to future articles so that you can stay alert to changes in the area of actors.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Still Searching For Inspirational Movie Downloads

The best course of action to take sometimes isn't clear until you've listed and considered your alternatives. The following paragraphs should help clue you in to what the experts think is significant about downloading Inspirational Movies on the Internet.

The information about movies presented here will do one of two things: either it will reinforce what you know about movie downloads or it will teach you something new. Both are good outcomes.

So you are searching for the ultimate free movie and music download sites. You want to find and download Movies, Music and your favorite TV series (even old-time favorites), you want full episodes and seasons of the hottest shows around!

You want to download and watch sports events, get instant access to unlimited dvd quality movies (including new releases), music, mp3s and more. You want to be able to listen to them as you are traveling, jogging or just taking a healthy walk! But is this legal?

In 2003, the Recording Industry Association of America, [RIAA] launched lawsuits against 261 peer-to-peer file sharing users for illegally downloading copyrighted music. Before these lawsuits, the legality of file sharing was widely debated, and all the while P2P file sharing was wildly popular.

Since the first round of RIAA lawsuits, there has been a lot of concern and many misconceptions over where the lines of legality are drawn. Some insisted it was illegal, while others argued it was not. The whole music industry was holding its breath! The answer is this:
It is 100% legal to download music from the Internet. There are plenty of legal downloading services that offer music for a per-download or subscription fee.

But not all Internet downloading music sites are legal!! If your music is free and you are downloading from a P2P file sharing network and if it is copyrighted, then you best beware. Downloading any copyrighted material without express permission is illegal. And every country has its own laws. So be sure, if you are traveling out of the country, to learn the laws of the country you are visiting.

Make it a habit to pay for your music. The fees are so small compared to the cost of a lawyer. And pleading ignorance of the law will not help you in the least. Even if you are downloading less than 1000 songs, it is still illegal.

There are now millions of people using services to download their favorite MP3s, Movies and TV Shows! A few of them will provide you with all the tools you need to start downloading as many MP3's, Videos and DVD quality movies today!!!

Is there really any information about downloading inspirational movies movies that is nonessential? We all see things from different angles, so something relatively insignificant to one may be crucial to another.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Free Acoustic Guitar E-Course

This article explains a few things about Guitars, and if you're interested, then this is worth reading, because you can never tell what you don't know.

Is everything making sense so far? If not, I'm sure that with just a little more reading, all the facts will fall into place.

Why do YOU want to learn how to play acoustic guitar? Do you want to play for personal pleasure? Would you like to be sexier? Play in a Club? Perhaps you want to become a great artist! How about a free6 part Acoustic Guitar e-course to start you on your way?

No matter what your reasons are, if you want to learn how to play the acoustic guitar why not learn from the best!
Ben Edwards is the former lead guitarist for the popular down-under band "DegreesK" He is also a highly respected guitar teacher.Before joining the band, Ben received a Bachelor of Education. His passion for teaching others, especially guitar, sparked him to develop Jamorama - The Ultimate Guitar Learning Kit and now the Jamorama Acoustic Guitar Learning Kit.

Ben Edwards has put together an incredible learning kit that can get you results really fast. It includes 153 powerful video lesions, 26 Acoustic Jam tracks and 1,000's of lines of tabulature. Ben has also recorded 26 Acoustic Jam tracks for you to play along with.

After reviewing countless of websites to be included in his system,this is the BEST site that he could find. You will even learn how to read music, how to recognize chord shapes and how to transcribe songs from the radio and CD's.

And remember,there are countless numbers of useless e-books on the Internet telling you how easy it is to learn to play musical instruments.I often think that learning to play an instrument is like learning a foreign language. The more you listen and practice , the better you'll get. But you have to make sure that the person that you are learning from is a professional instead of just someone throwing together a bunch of useless material, renaming it and trying to sell it.

Learning from Ben Edwards is not only going to save you money and time, you will avoid all the aggravation you have been experiencing by making the same mistakes over and over again. Just for starters, there are 10 ways of fast-tracking your way to becoming a fantastic guitarist.

And as you probably already know learning to play the acoustic guitar is not as easy as you thought it might be. And if you keep on trying to learn to play using the same old time wasting strategies, drills and same old boring exercises, you might end up being worse off. It's like a bad habit--and you know how hard they are to break!

You can't predict when knowing something extra about Guitar will come in handy. If you learned anything new about keyword in this article, you should file the article where you can find it again.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

The Godfather--The Best Gangster Saga Movie Ever Made

This superb, three-part gangster saga movie was inaugurated with this film from Italian-American director Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy

The cast consisted of Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Al Lettieri, Sterling Hayden, John Cazale

The Godfather (1972). The first two parts of this grand saga are among the most celebrated, landmark films of all time. Many film reviewers consider the second part equal or superior to the original but the first part was a tremendous critical and commercial success because it turned out to be the highest grossing film of its time.This unforgettable gangster saga movie contributed to a resurgence of the American film industry.

Director Coppola collaborated on the epic film's screenplay with Mario Puzo who had written a best-selling novel of the same name about a Mafia dynasty (the Corleones). This gangster saga movie catapulted director Coppola to the top of the best directors list.

Strong performances, solid directing, and a tightly-plotted script all contribute to The Godfather's success.. Every major character - and more than a few minor ones - were sculptured into a separate, complex individual. Stereotypes did not influence Coppola's film, although certain ones were formed as a result of it.

This gangster film re-invented the gangster genre, elevating the classic Hollywood gangster film to a higher level by portraying the gangster figure as a tragic hero.

Rarely can it be said that a film has defined a genre, but never is that more true than in the case of The Godfather. Since the release of the 1972 epic (which garnered ten Academy Award nominations and was named Best Picture), all "gangster movies" have been judged by the standards of this one.

[Al Pacino is best remembered for the role he created in The Godfather.]

The Godfather had three Best Supporting Actor nominees, all well-deserved. The first was Pacino then James Caan and Robert Duvall who's presence in The Godfather isn't flashy or attention-arresting. Like his character of Tom Hagen, he is steady, reliable, and stays in the background. Not so for Caan's Sonny, whose demonstrative and volatile personality can't be overlooked.

There has been countless discussions about not only the violence encountered in this great gangster saga movie, but it raises another moral dilemma. Is it alright to operate outside a corrupt judical system by creating there own sytem of rules to live under!

Friday, November 2, 2007

The Greatest Movie Producer In The World

Harvey Philip Spector,who was later to be called the greatest music producer in the world, was born December 26, 1940 in the Bronx, New York. His grandfather, a Russian Jew named Spekter, emigrated to the United States and his name was changed to Spector at Ellis Island.
The family was lower middle class. His father Benjamin, because of the family's indebtedness, committed suicide in 1949. In 1953, Bertha Specter, with Phil and his older sister Shirley, moved to Los Angeles where she worked as a seamstress.

With little to interest him in high school he was drawn to music studying guitar and piano. He excelled on the guitar, piano, drums, bass and French horn. Spector was drawn to the local rhythm and blues scene.
Phil soon joined a group of would-be-musicians hanging around the studios where he met Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, two songwriters that were beginning to have some success producing singles for the Robins on the Spark label.

After graduating from Fairfax High school in 1958 Spector began taking courses to become a court reporter. However, he soon decided that this wasn't the direction he wanted.

Next Spector turned to Marshall Leib,They both shared the love of rock and roll music.Another student at Los Angeles City College, Harvey Goldstein, was promised that he could sing bass. Annette Kleinbard, a sixteen year old student at Fairfax High, joined the first two hour session. She was devoted to recording of Spector's "Don't You Worry My Little Pet."

With demo in hand Spector approached his neighbor Lew Bedell, co-owner of Era Records with Herb Newsome. Bedell and Newsome had started Dore Records,with the intention of recording rock and roll, only a month or two before Spector arrived with his demo.

Spector and friends signed a four record deal that offered royalties of a cent and one-half per sold copy.

Dore mailed five hundred copies of the single to radio stations in early August, 1958. The A-side was still "You Don't Know My Little Pet." In September, a dee jay in Fargo, North Dakota, flipped the single and played "To Know Him Is To Love Him." Soon an order came into Dore offices from a distributor requesting eighteen thousand copies.Radio stations across the country began playing "To Know Him Is To Love Him."
The record was reviewed in the music press and was on the national music charts only a week later.The Teddy Bears were invited to appear on "American Bandstand" in October. There was a slight problem as there was no invitation for Harvey Goldstein because Goldstein had been dropped from the group .Goldstein sued Dore and the Teddy Bears eventually settling out of court for a share of the royalties the group would earn over the next ten years.

The Teddy Bears appeared on "Bandstand" and "To Know Him Is To Love Him" became a number one record, selling more than a million copies before Christmas. "Wonderful, Lovable You," their second record was released late in 1959. They appeared on the The Perry Como Show on January 3, 1960 where they sang "To Know Him Him Is To Love Him" and "It's Only a Paper Moon."

Spector had a falling out with Dore over royalties. Spector and the Teddy Bears signed with Imperial Records and their first single "I Don't Need You Anymore" was released in mid-January.
Spector then teamed up with Lester Sill. Sill had started his own company, Trey Records, along with Lee Hazlewood. Sill had Spector come into the studio to record in an attempt to come up with a hit record. but the group couldn't use the Teddy Bear name, so the Trey singles were issued by the Spectors Three. Neither sold and Spector dismissed the other two and called it quits as far a being a recording star.

Kleinbard was involved in an auto accident in September 1959, but recovered and attempted a solo singing career. She had a number of recording contracts, but enjoyed success as a songwriter. She was a co-writer of "The Nights the Lights Went Out In Georgia" a gold record by Vicki Lawrence In 1973 and a country hit for Reba McEntire in 1992. She also co-wrote "Hey Little Cobra" for the Ripchords and "Gonna Fly Now" the theme from the first Rocky movie. She helped write theme songs for Sophie's Choice and Mr. Mom. Over the years she has been nominated for two Academy Awards and four Emmys.

Leib played guitar on a couple of Duane Eddy sessions. He also was musical supervisor for a few low budget films in the 70s. He and Kleinbard worked together on the score for the film "Tulips."

Phil Spector was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. Spector went on to be recognized as a genius when it came to record production.

But the recent events in Phil Spector's life has turned his world upside down. He was charged with murder in the shooting death of Lana Clarkson, a 40 year old B movie actress found dead in Spector's mansion in 2003. But the first trial ended in a hung jury and a retrial is set for the 67 year old sometime in 2008.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Robert De Niro--The Greatest Living Movie Icon Of The Past Fourty years

During the past 40 years thousands of actors have come and gone. Some were good and a few were in the wrong line of work. But what makes an actor a great movie icon in his own life time? Robert De Niro just happens to be such a person.

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The most celebrated American film actor of his era, Robert De Niro won an Oscar as best supporting actor for The Godfather, Part II in 1974. Over the next few decades he became known for his intense portrayals of mobsters, tough guys, loners and other types.

Born august 17th, 1943 in New York City, His ancestry - strangely, given his cinematic connection with the Mafia - is more Irish than Italian. His parents were both respected artists. His father, Robert Sr, was a painter, sculptor and poet, an abstract expressionist by style. His mother, Virginia Admiral was also a painter.

Robert Jr caught the acting bug early, appearing as The Cowardly Lion in a local production of The Wizard Of Oz at the age of 10. His first break came in 1963 when he appeared in the Wedding Party. [Which was released in 1969]

De Niro entered his most demanding period of work, landing himself an exceptional series of unforgettable roles. First he played the young Vito Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather Part 2, taking the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his efforts (he and Brando are the only actors to have both won Oscars for the same role).

Then he was back with Scorsese as the unforgettable vigilante Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver. He played Monroe Stahr, the big-time Hollywood producer looking for love in The Last Tycoon, and starred in Bertolucci's unmoving epic 1900. And one of my favorites the "Deer Hunter". Having been Oscar-nominated for Taxi Driver and The Deer Hunter (he'd later also be nominated for Cape Fear and Awakenings). He finally took Best Actor for his depiction of boxer Jake La Motta in Scorsese's Raging Bull, a role for which he actually put on 60 pounds.

In the next couple of decades he steadily enhanced his reputation. He was fantastic as Rupert Pupkin, the crazy funnyman kidnapping Jerry Lewis in "King Of Comedy", unforgettable as a baseball-bat-wielding Al Capone in the "Untouchables" in 1978.He also stared as Louis Cyphre in Angel Heart. Then there were excellent oddities like The Mission, Terry Gilliam's Brazil and the ludicrouslycomedy Midnight Run. He hit it big again with Scorsese in "Goodfellas, as the demeaning Max Cady in Cape Fear, and as the Joe Pesci tormented Ace Rothstein in Casino.And what about "Ronin"?

He gave a stunning performance as a conservative security guard who has to endure speech therapy with a transvestite after suffering a stroke. Then came The Adventures ofRocky and Bullwinkle. With Men Of Honor, where he played an alcoholic raciest who had to train Cuba Gooding to be the first African American navy diver. A Golden Globe nominee in "Meet The PARENTS".

And the hits just keep on coming in "15 Minutes","The Score","Showtime","City By The Sea","Analyze with Billy Crystal, "Godsend""Meet The Fockers that broke both Christmas and New Years records at the box office."The Bridge Of San Luis Rey""Hide And Seek"

No wonder that De Niro is an icon in the movie world. And the one important thing that he has always done is to keep his private life absolutely quiet. He has been married twice.He has one adopoted daughter Drena and 3 sons. Aaron,Julian[twins] and Elliot.

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The Graduate-A True Classic Film That Could Be Enjoyed By All

The following article lists some simple,informative tips that will help you have a better experience with movies.Reviewing a true classic film of the 60's era broughtback some fond memories.

It's really a good idea to probe a little deeper into the subject of movies. What you learn may give you the confidence you need to venture into new areas.

The themes of the film also mirrored the changes occurring in Hollywood, as a new vanguard of younger directors were coming to the forefront. This unforgetable film was directed by Mike Nichols who also produced "Who Afraid of Virginia Wolf".

Recent college graduate Benjamin Braddock is trapped into an affair with Mrs. Robinson, who happens to be the wife of his father's business partner and then finds himself falling in love with her teenage daughter, Elaine.
Benjamin is clearly uncomfortable with sexuality, but he is drawn into the affair with the older, but still attractive, Mrs. Robinson. Their affair appears to last most of the summer. All of their scenes pass in a musically-backed montage, showing the endless pass of time.The inspiring sounds of Simon and Garfunkel

One scene is edited so that it appears Benjamin is walking directly from his parents' dining room into the hotel room he shares with Mrs. Robinson. This seems to highlight the separation of him and his parents, though they all still live toghether in the same house.

Every generation says it won't happen to them. "I'm not going to be like my parents. I'm not going to sell out my dreams." Breaking away from your parents, establishing your own identity, holding on to what you know to be true - these issues are timeless ones - and ones that came blazing into the open in the Sixties. No film captured this better than the The Graduate. In a world of crushed dreams, Benjamin Braddock finds the meaning of having true love. For anyone who grew up during this period, watching it again floods the mind with what love really meant back then.

The film was nominated for 7 Academy awards including best picture,best actor,best actress,best supporting actress,best adapted screenplay and best cimematography. But to all's dismay, the film won only one award--Best Director

I remember it as being the best picture that I had ever seen.I feel in love with the red "Alfa Romeno" convertible that was used in the film. With the sounds of Simon and Garfunkel blasting in the backround, you got the feeling of not only speed, but also one of freedom. What a true classic movie!