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steven-spielberg-directing-style-114After making Directing Inspiration in 2013, I’ve decided to put together another list of 10 directors that I enjoy very much.  It was easy for me to pick my top 3 picks on my last list and then it became a little more time consuming narrowing down my top 10 personal favourites.  My list was way over-bloated of course, so now it’s time for Part II.  This time I haven’t dedicated any time to ranking the filmmakers, deciding instead to just list them in the order they came to me.  Basically, this is a list who all really deserved to be on my first if only there were more spots.  Since there weren’t, I felt somewhat guilty as they too inspire me a great deal.  However, I have tried to rank each film from top to bottom in accordance to my preference.

Roger Malcolm’s Directing Inspiration Top 10 Part II

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Written by Roger Malcolmrobinhooderrol

What is an anti-hero?  Well, it seems almost everyone has an opposing opinion drifting from reluctant hero to complex villain, however neither of those are accurate.  Though an anti-hero’s character might be reluctant to become involved heroically, they’re more importantly not so reluctant when it comes to achieving their goal by any means necessary.  Where-in a conventional hero does no wrong, an anti-hero typically makes the audience question their allegiance to the character on-screen.  An anti-heroes character is flawed, yet they still strive to rise up out of their imperfections to attempt a heroic fate. (more…)

Written by Roger MalcolmGlobalforcewrestlling I’ve been watching pro wrestling since I was 4.  I was a teenager during the time of pro wrestling known as the Attitude Era and have always seen 1997 as my favorite year.  After 10 years of watching, 1997 just seemed to come together so perfectly to me.  Bret Hart, leading the Hart Foundation, was a heel in the U.S. and still a babyface in Canada, which made for great television and diverse crowds.  Stone Cold Steve Austin, where as he was never a favorite of mine, began his meteoric rise to super-stardom.  Shawn Michaels and Hunter Hearst Helmsley formed D-Generation X.  Though perhaps the most important factor of all these former WWF personalities performing in 1997 was the announcing by Jim Ross.  (more…)

King Kong (1933) USA / 104 min / Adventure Fantasy Horror / B/W

Written by Roger MalcolmKing Kong (1933) France_2The greatest monster film ever, unrivaled in spectacle is the classic King Kong.  The premise is based on an idea by Merian C. Cooper and Edgar Wallace.  Cooper alongside Ernest B. Schoedsack would co-direct though both would be uncredited.  The screenplay was written by James Ashmore Creelman and Ruth Rose.  Creelman would write the screenplay for The Most Dangerous Game (1932) which was filmed simultaneously on the sets of King Kong as both would feature Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong.  Rose would go on to write the screenplay for Mighty Joe Young (1949) which Schoedsack would also direct as well as directing Kong’s sequel Son of Kong (1933) released fittingly only 9 months later to capitalize on the success of it’s predecessor.

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The Wolf Man (1941) USA / 70 min / Drama Horror / B/W

Written by Roger Malcolmthewolfman Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.  Universal’s The Wolf Man, directed by George Waggner, starring Claude Rains as Sir John Talbot and Lon Chaney Jr. as Lawrence Stewart Talbot, was written for the screen by Curt Siodmak.  It’s commonly mistaken as the first of it’s kind but Universal had released what is the first feature film depicting an anthropomorphic werewolf in Werewolf of London (1935) as well as a lost silent short film The Werewolf (1913).  Originally both Werewolf of London and The Wolf Man would have utilized the same make-up effects of legendary make-up artist Jack Pierce, though his designs were rejected on Werewolf of London for a more simplified and less time-consuming approach.  Pierce more famously created the make-up for Boris Karloff’s roles in both Frankenstein (1931) and The Mummy (1932).  He would also do make-up for Bela Lugosi’s character in White Zombie (1932) and many other horror films of the time.

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) USA / 80 min / Horror Sci-fi / B/W

Written by Roger Malcolmcpicpaqmjvp9cia9Set in a small California town, one doctor discovers a plot to overtake the human race in Invasion of the Body Snatchers.  The film is based on the novel The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney, adapted for the screen by Daniel Mainwaring and directed by Don Siegel.  Filmed in beautiful black and white photography,  Siegel would go on to direct A-list stars such as Steve McQueen in Hell is for Heores (1962), Clint Eastwood in Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970), Dirty Harry (1971), Escape From Alcatraz (1979) and The Shootist (1976) starring John Wayne in his last performance.

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The Abominable Snowman (1957) UK / 91 min / Adventure Horror / B/W

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On an adventure in the Himalayas for evidence of the Abominable Snowman, one scientist discovers the answers – albeit horrifically.  Val Guest directs as he would on both The Quatermass Xperiment (1955) and Quatermass 2 (1957).  The screenplay is based on a story called The Creature, both written by Nigel Kneale, known more famously for his creation of Dr. Bernard Quatermass.  Quatermass, which tells the story of a highly moral British scientist that discovers a threat to humanity by alien forces, would spawn 3 television serials for the BBC in the 50’s, radio programs, a 4-part serial by Thames Television in the 70’s, a remake by BBC in 2005 of the original serial and 3 feature films from Hammer Film Productions.
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Psycho (1960) USA / 109 min / Horror Mystery Thriller / B/W

Written by Roger Malcolm

The film that gave birth to the slasher, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho!  The screenplay, written by Joseph Stefano, was based off the novel by Robert Bloch and stars Janet Leigh as Marion Crane, with Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates.  Also, it was produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock, in beautiful black and white cinematography.  Psycho would be the director’s last, as he would transition to only color films for the rest of his career.  In the years after Hitchcock’s death in 1980, 3 sequels featuring Anthony Perkins, a made-for-television movie spin-off, a near shot-for-shot remake and television series have been produced.

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RushmoreBefSince perhaps the most important figure in the United States history is missing from the real Mount Rushmore, so then will perhaps the most important figure in professional wrestling history Toots Mondt be missing from my Pro Wrestling Mount Rushmore.  Mondt, with Ed “Strangler” Lewis and Billy Sandow, comprised The Gold Dust Trio, which took control and dominated professional wrestling in the 1920s and forever defined the art form by combining features of boxing, Greco-Roman, freestyle, lumber-camp fighting, and theater into what Mondt deemed “Slam Bang Western-Style Wrestling”.  They perfected the art of the finish, as well as such innovations as time-limit draws and double count-outs.  This would cause a shift from the legitimate style to the more entertainment style of today.  The Gold Dust Trio are credited as founding the first pro wrestling promotion as they moved wrestling out of old burlesque theaters to major sports venues.

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So I decided to watch Wrestle Kingdom II after reading about Prince Devitt officially announcing his resignation from New Japan Pro Wrestling.  It was the first event I watched of New Japan Pro Wrestling and the first time watching Devitt wrestle as he participated in the opening match.  It was a six-man tag with Milano Collection A.T. and Minoru against A.J. Styles, Petey Williams and Christian.  The event featured many TNA wrestlers.  TNA even released a DVD they dubbed “Global Impact” using each match consisting of TNA wrestlers which was 6 out of the 10 on the card.  I’m however watching the proper version in Japanese and not having to endure TNA’s commentary.  Also, I am treated to 4 extra matches that are…well I’ll talk about them later.

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I was listening to the Ross Report hosted by Jim Ross when Good Ol’ J.R. mentioned TNA Wrestling.  He gave a few comments on their issues and what he believed they should do to help themselves out.  As a pro wrestling fan I want to see TNA Wrestling succeed as does Jim Ross, only the company is a wasteland.  It seems like everyday we get closer to their demise.  It’s to the point where it seems at any minute news will break declaring “TNA LIQUIDATED, Panda Energy CHAPTER11?”.  It wouldn’t surprise me at all.  I also feel that’s a horrible way to view any company and yet it’s how most view TNA and Dixie Carter. (more…)

Cats Don’t Dance (1997) G | Comedy | Family | Fantasy | Musical

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Released by Time Warner’s short-lived animation department Turner Feature Animation, Cats Don’t Dance is a charming tale with a lot of old Hollywood thrown into the mix.  Directed by Mark Dindal, who would go on to direct and co-write the stories to The Emperor’s New Groove and Chicken Little, the tale manages to create a film for lovers of a time that once was, but is still very much loved.  Composer Randy Newman (Toy Story) writes the music and lyrics to many of the songs throughout this very musical film.  As an uncredited choreographic consultant, the legendary Gene Kelly contributes to his last film project, which is dedicated to him at the end.

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Written by Roger Malcolm wrestlemania-30-1330887 I’ve watched Wrestlemania every year since Wrestlemania XXI when the Armed Forces Network (AFN) aired it for free in 2005.  I had missed out on the first 4 Wrestlemanias as a kid.  I got my start with Wrestlemania V when the Mega Powers Collided, with Hulk Hogan challenging Macho Man Randy Savage for the WWF World Heavyweight Title; Wrestlemania VI when The Ultimate Warrior challenged Hulk Hogan for the title; Wrestlemania VII when Hulk Hogan challenged and battled Sgt. Slaughter for the title; and my final as a child, Wrestlemania VIII at the Hooiser Dome, when  Hogan defeated Sid Justice by disqualification.  Lame.  At least Wrestlemania VIII had Bret Hart challenging Roddy Piper for the IC title, and Randy Savage challenging Ric Flair for the WWF World Heavyweight title. Since then I’ve watched Wrestlemania I through XIV after acquiring the Wrestlemania boxset on VHS.  There are always great moments at every Wrestlemania but there’s not one Wrestlemania that I consider my favorite overall, as Survivor Series and Royal Rumble have always been my favorite events, especially from the late eighties through the early nineties.  However this all changed on April 6, 2014 when I watched Wrestlemania 30. (more…)

Matinee (1993) PG | Comedy | Drama

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Matinee is a tale of social satire of the early 1960’s with a touch of William Castle-esque movie promoting magic sprinkled throughout.  The story is written by Jerico (Stone) and Charles S. Haas, with Haas also writing the screenplay and directed by Joe Dante – known more famously for The Howling (1981), Gremlins (1984), The ‘Burbs (1989), Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) and Small Soldiers (1998).  Dante merges the science fiction films of the era with the real life horrors of the time, demonstrating the skill of a master at work educating his audience without overly preaching while keeping it light and humorous along the way. (more…)

Rocky-3-Hulk-HoganWritten by Roger Malcolm

Sometimes it’s just better if a wrestler does a small role before tackling a lead, such as Hulk Hogan did in Rocky III as Thunderlips.  It is perhaps the king of all wrestler-turned-actor bit parts, so with that said I won’t be selecting it on my list, as I’m already mentioning it.  However, I do believe Hogan would have been better off sticking to this approach for his film work or just having stuck with this role alone and not continued acting anymore at all.  Since his roles in No Holds Barred, Suburban Commando, and Mr. Nanny were so poorly received, I don’t know how he ever climbed the ranks to land a recurring role in the Thunder in Paradise series of films and TV show.  Though it’s probably a safe bet why he doesn’t still have acting roles in films.  Hogan really did transcend professional wrestling and all the wrestlers turned actors surely have him to thank even if it’s just for setting the bar so low for the acting transition.
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wrestling-video-gamesWritten by Roger Malcolm

One of the most unfortunate drawbacks of being a pro wrestling fan is the absolutely awful video games that have been made that we wrestling fans force ourselves to play trying to achieve the smallest amount of fun in all the layers of bad programming throughout the years.  Knowing this to be true, I have spent years tormenting myself with bad game after bad game, finally coming to a point where I feel I couldn’t be used and abused by all these horrible games anymore than I already have.  These days I still play the occasional pro wrestling game, only I am much more specific on which I spend my time.  I started with 8-bit graphics going through 16-bit to 3-D polygons all the way to text-based and back to 2-D sprites!  That’s right, I’ve went from the 80’s 8-bit graphics on the Nintendo Entertainment System through all the flashy 16-bit button-mashers on Super Nintendo and 3-D graphics of the Playstation, Dreamcast, PS2, Xbox, and Gamecube.  Only to end up playing a text-based pro wrestling game on the PC (with the only visual art being the animated stills of the wrestlers, belts, and logos) and a 2-D sprite-based graphic engine on the PS2/PSN/Dreamcast.
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