Glory Days Films (part 1 of 2)


Scenes From “Glory” (1989)

Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War’s first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates.

More than two years after the Civil War commenced at Fort Sumter, the guns thundered once again across Charleston Harbor. On July 18, 1863, the first regiment of African-American soldiers officially recognized by the U.S. Army led a bloody assault against Fort Wagner. The valor displayed by the 54th Massachusetts Voluntary Infantry Regiment that day inspired the 1989 movie “Glory” and changed the way the Union viewed black soldiers.

The closing narration reveals that Fort Wagner was never taken by Union forces. The sacrifice of the 54th, which lost nearly half its men in the battle, was not in vain; their bravery resulted in the Union accepting thousands of black men for combat which President Abraham Lincoln credited with turning the tide of the war.


Atlantis: The Lost Empire- The City of Atlantis

Part of a series of adventurous but critically claimed “near misses” from Disney’s late 90′s and early 2000′s run, Atlantis is still a beloved movie that claims and exceptional cast and some of the best CGI and hand animation fusions that would later fuel the stylings of modern cartoons and Disney’sTangled and Frozen.  The story follows a series of adventurers into the lost city of Atlantis, deep beneath the ocean. They find that the city is still alive, if not thriving, and work to bring it above the waves once again and returned to its former glory. The film is also notable for having much of its production art done by comic artist Mike Mignola.


Robert Pattinson nominated as Best Actor and
Good Time nominated for Best Feature Film by
the Gotham Awards

The Gotham Awards is one of the leading awards for independent film and signals the kick-off to the film awards season. The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation’s premier member organization of independent storytellers, has announced the nominees for its 27th Annual IFP Gotham Awards. For 2017, ten competitive awards will be presented to independent features and series.

The Gothams heaped nomination glory on films that are expected to contend this season, including the Safdies’ “Good Time” with nominations for Best Feature and Best Actor for Robert Pattinson, Craig Gillespie’ “I, Tonya,” and Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” which pulled in four nominations.

As the first major awards ceremony of the film season, the IFP Awards provide critical early recognition and media attention to worthy independent films. The awards are also unique for their ability to assist in catapulting award recipients prominently into national awards season attention. 

Best Actor

James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”
Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Robert Pattinson, “Good Time”
Harry Dean Stanton, “Lucky”
Adam Sandler, “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)”

Best Feature

“Call Me by Your Name”
“The Florida Project”
“Get Out”
“Good Time”
“I, Tonya”

Best Actress

Haley Lu Richardson, “Columbus”
Melanie Lynskey, “i don’t feel at home in this world anymore.”
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saorise Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Lois Smith, “Marjorie Prime”

The other post I promised about Godzilla: King of the Monsters isn’t quite ready yet, so have some headcanons about film (kaiju and otherwise) in the MonsterVerse instead.

  • King Kong (1933), of course, was never made. Instead, Merian C. Cooper decided to finish Willis O’Brien’s Creation. Though no dimension-hopper with access to both films would put it on the same level as Kong, the dinosaur flick impressed the hell out of Eiji Tsuburaya.
  • Godzilla (1954) was never made either, but for different reasons. As in our world, the Indonesian government put the kibosh on In the Shadow of Glory, the war film intended as Toho’s big end-of-the-year release. Tomoyuki Tanaka began developing a science-fiction story to take its place, inspired by a wild rumor he had heard about the U.S. testing nuclear weapons on dinosaurs. Aghast, Monarch pulled every diplomatic string imaginable to get In the Shadow of Glory back on track.
  • Toho’s first kaiju movie was Daimadako (1956), about an octopus mutated by radiation who turns the tables on Japanese fisherman. Tsuburaya realized the monster through a combination of puppetry, stop-motion, and live octopi on miniature sets. Ray Harryhausen famously despised the film, calling it a rip-off of his It Came from Beneath the Sea.
  • Toho would continue to make kaiju and science-fiction films into the seventies, many of which were released theatrically in the U.S. The more well-regarded ones, including Daimadako, were remade as an interconnected anthology series in the eighties and nineties.
  • The Japanese company that cracked the American market in a big way, however, was Tsuburaya Productions. Its avian hero Bemular became bigger than Batman when it arrived here in 1968. After a few seasons, Tsuburaya Productions was able to open a Los Angeles branch and localize the series with American actors. It endured until 2014, when the arrival of Godzilla and the MUTOs on the world stage led to the mid-season cancellation of Bemular Galaxy.
  • Hollywood feared that the mass destruction visited upon the U.S. by the three kaiju would wreak havoc on the summer movie season, and it was proven correct when X-Men: Days of Future Past and Transformers: Age of Extinction both sank like stones.
  • By 2019, the two most popular franchises are Star Wars The Force Awakens somehow made even more money than it did in our reality – and Pacific Rim. The latter is essentially a Transformers successor which has cranked out three movies since 2016. Its detractors like to say it stops just short of crediting the Joint Chiefs of Staff as co-writers and executive producers.