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TCM Movie of the Week (#2): Cleopatra (1963)

January 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

This week's TCM Movie of the Week is the 1963 historical epic "Cleopatra" starring Elizabeth Taylor in the titular role. The film, written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, will air this Friday, January 13th on TCM at 9 pm CT. If you haven't seen this epic, I highly suggest you tune in this Friday night. [...]

TCM Movie of the Week (#1): Citizen Kane (1941)

January 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

The first TCM Movie of the Week for 2017 is huge classic that is widely considered to be "the greatest movie ever made." It's Orson Welles' 1941 hit "Citizen Kane." The film, starring and written and directed by Orson Welles, airs tonight, Wednesday, January 4th on TCM. It's a late showing at 12:30am CT, so you may want to set your DVR. If you haven't seen it, you absolutely need to. [...]

TCM Movie of the Week: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

November 2, 2016 // 0 Comments

Airing on TCM: Saturday, November 5th @ 1:00 pm CT. Director: Sergio Leone Writer: Luciano Vincenzoni, Sergio Leone, Mickey Knox Starring: Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Eli Wallach Studio: United Artists Release Date: December 15, 1966 Runtime: 177 minutes Trailer: Three men seek hidden loot during the Civil War. Smith’s Sentiment: Released in 1966, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly is arguably the best “Spaghetti Western” ever made, and I’d certainly say the best film starring Clint Eastwood (who has starred in many great films). Coming in at right around three [...]

Classic Wrestling Match of the Week: Pedro Morales vs. Stan Stasiak (1973)

November 2, 2016 // 0 Comments

The Classic Wrestling Match of the Week has returned to Vortex Effect as part of Classics Appreciation Wednesday. Each Wednesday, a classic wrestling match will get the spotlight. This week’s Match of the Week sees Stan Stasiak (managed by The Grand Wizard) challenge Pedro Morales for the WWWF Championship. This championship match took place on August 27, 1973 from the famed Madison Square Garden in New York City. Smith’s Sentiment: This is a good old-school WWWF match. If you haven’t watched the match yet, then this is not the match where Stan Stasiak won the championship. [...]

TCM Movie of the Week: Lord of the Flies (1963)

March 9, 2016 // 0 Comments

Airing on TCM: Saturday, March 12th @ 11:00 am CT. Director: Peter Brook Writer: Peter Brook (screenplay), William Golding (book) Starring: James Aubrey, Tom Chapin, Hugh Edwards, Roger Elwin, Tom Gaman Studio: Two Arts Ltd. Release Date: August 13, 1963 Runtime: 90 minutes Trailer: Lost on an island, young survivors of a plane crash eventually revert to savagery despite the few rational boys’ attempts to prevent that. Patriot’s Point: Now here’s a classic film that I haven’t seen in years, and will definitely be setting my DVR. In my opinion, this 1963 black [...]

TCM Movie of the Week: The Nun’s Story (1959)

January 27, 2016 // 0 Comments

Airing on TCM: Saturday, January 30th @ 7:00 pm CT. Director: Fred Zinnemann Writer: Robert Anderson (screenplay), Kathyrn Hulme (book) Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch, Edith Evans, Peggy Ashcroft Studio: Warner Bros. Release Date: July 18, 1959 Runtime: 149 minutes Trailer: Smith’s Sentiment: If you read my latest feature, The Top 5 Audrey Hepburn Films, you’d know that I enjoyed The Nun’s Story enough to put it at number five on the list. It’s a wonderful drama and arguably Audrey’s finest performance. Instead of yammering on about it though, I’ll [...]

TCM Movie of the Week: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

November 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

One of my favorite channels is TCM, Turner Classic Movies. There’s a simple reason for that, it’s one of the only channels that shows classic movies (that aren’t necessarily Westerns). So I think it fitting that, since Vortex Effect now has its Classics Appreciation Wednesday, that I pick one movie each week to recommend watching on TCM. As this is a Wednesday feature, the “week” runs from Wednesday to Tuesday. This week, TCM is paying tribute to the late, great Maureen O’Hara with a marathon of her classic movies on Friday. It just makes sense then that [...]

Top 5 Countdown: Audrey Hepburn Films

November 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

Welcome to the first installment of a new weekly list feature here on Vortex Effect. Each Thursday, we’ll be counting down the top five something from the world of video games, movies, television, or wrestling. For this first installment, I can think of no one better for the “top five” spotlight to shine on than the incomparable Audrey Hepburn. So with that said, ladies and gentlemen, these are the Top 5 Audrey Hepburn Films. This has been a feature idea I’ve been kicking around for a while, and the only constant with it has been the subject for the first one. Audrey [...]

Quick Daily Review #265: Nosferatu (1922)

October 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

Nosferatu (1922) Starring: Max Schreck, Greta Schröder, Ruth Landshoff Director: F.W. Murnau Genre(s): Horror Released: March 4, 1922 MPAA Rating: PG   While far be it from me to condone direct theft/plagiarism, I will say here, that even though this movie was a direct rip-off of Bram Stroker’s Dracula, as a motion picture, it remains superior to any subsequent attempt to film the Dracula story, even to this day. This is another review from the big 50-pack horror movie box set I bought a few weeks back. This was one the wife insisted on, and I could tell from the smile on her face [...]

Classic Cinema Wednesday #1: Citizen Kane (1941)

January 2, 2013 // 4 Comments

Classic Cinema Wednesday is a weekly spotlight review series focusing on a classic film from the “Golden Age” of Hollywood (roughly 1927-1960) that I have never seen prior to watching for this series. The goal of the project is to catch up on old films that I haven’t seen and have overlooked due to their age. STARRING: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Everett Sloane, Agnes Moorehead DIRECTOR: Orson Welles WRITER(S): Herman J. Mankiewicz, Orson Welles GENRE(S): Drama, Mystery RUNTIME: 119 minutes STUDIO: RKO Radio Pictures RELEASED: May 1, 1941 MPAA RATING: PG for minor [...]