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General Info

All Movie Guide - Large movie info site, similar to the IMDB.

The Digital Bits - DVD review and news site

DVDBeaver.com - Compares a wide variety of DVD titles in all their versions (e.g. first release vs. special edition release, region 1 release vs. region 2 release, etc)

DVD Verdict - Offers fully detailed reviews on the latest DVDs. I usually check this site out, along with The Digital Bits, before I consider buying a DVD or if I want to rent a title I'm curious about.

The Greatest Films - Large resource of classic Hollywood/American films containing detailed and interpretive plot synopses, commentary, reference material, and historical background information.

The Internet Movie Database - THE place to go to on movies and TV. It has detailed info on just about every film and tv series from trivia to cast lists, to latest news on tv, movies, and celebrities.

TVShowsOnDVD.com - Covers tv shows, mini-series, and tv movies that have been or will be released on DVD.

VideoDetective.Com - A large archive of movie trailers. Windows Media Player required.

You Tube - Large archive of various video clips from movie trailers to music videos to television episodes that anyone can upload. Fast Internet connection and Macromedia Flash required.


Additional Info and Miscellaneous

Cinescape Editorial: Fallen Heroes
Date: Sept. 28, 2000
Editorial on the memorable deaths in sci-fi and fantasy, written after the release of the then-latest book "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (book 4 in the Harry Potter series).

Criterion Dungeon (new link)- The new home for Criterion Dungeon, which is now a sub-site collection of desktop wallpapers of Criterion Collection DVD covers, stickers, alternate cover art and postcards. The new link also includes info on other DVD companies, some of which specialize in well-known to lesser-known titles in all genres.


General Anime Info

Anime Web Turnpike - A large anime database for all anime-related links, from series to movies, fan pages, anime conventions, video games, online stores.

Anime Lyrics - Lyrics archive for songs in anime, video games, J-Pop (Japanese Pop), and Dancemania.

What is Anime? and What Are Manga and Anime? - Two websites that explain what anime is in general.

Anime Music Video Archive - Find info or download an anime music video that you heard about, has your fave anime series/movie or character. Most of the anime music videos I collected were downloaded from that site.

For links to anime music video creators, please go to my Anime Music Video page

AnimeOnDVD.com - Anime DVD review and info site


Anime Miscellaneous

Anime Wallpapers.com - A large collection of anime wallpapers.

Hans' Anime-style Art Gallery - A web site featuring Hans' anime fan art. He created Trixie Turnpike, the anime girl for Anime Web Turnpike.

You Know You're Watching a Really Bad Dub When... - A list of signs you're watching a bad dub of an anime.


Movies, TV Miniseries, and Direct-to-Video Series

Bubblegum Crisis OAV

Bubblegum Crisis Synopsis Index - Synopses of the 1980s OAV (Original Animated Video or direct-to-video) original series. Also includes synopses for Bubblegum Crash and AD Police.

ravensgarage.com - Fan site covering info, technical data, faq, etc. of Bubblegum Crisis and its spinoffs.

Galaxy Quest (1999) - The sci-fi comedy/parody of Star Trek, considered by some Trek fans as the best Trek film, referencing everything from the Original Trek TV series with some elements of The Next Generation in between to the fan conventions.

Hayao Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli at GhibliWiki - Formely Nausicaa.net, now a Wikipedia on Miyazaki's and Studio Ghibli's films such as Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro, Spirited Away, and Howl's Moving Castle.

Horatio Hornblower (1998-2003 A&E telefilm series) - The 11-novel series by C.S. Forester about British naval hero Horatio Hornblower rising from midshipman to admiral during the Napoleonic Wars in the late 18th-early 19th century. The series was first adapted for the big screen as Captain Horatio Hornblower (Raoul Walsh, 1951) starring Gregory Peck in the title role and was based on 3 of the Horblower novels Beat to Quarters (book #6 in the series), A Ship of the Line (book #7), and Flying Colours (book #8). From 1998 to 2003, the A&E network adapted the first three novels Mr. Midshipman Hornblower, Lieutenant Hornblower, and Hornblower and the Hotspur into 8 telemovies starring Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd as Hornblower. Superb acting and high production values, the latter especially on a television budget, make this series definitely worth seeing. Because of high production costs A&E decided not to continue the series, despite Gruffudd's wishes to appear in more Hornblower films. Even with A&E's refusal to produce more of those films, Gruffudd is planning to remake the Gregory Peck film and gain the rights of the Forester novels (source: Ioan Gruffudd - Gruffudd plans Hornblower movie) On a side note the novel series inspired all Star Trek series and movies, especially The Original Series (Trek was pitched as "Hornblower in space").

Horatians.org - Fan community for Hornblower fans.

scaryfangirl.com - Hornblower fan site - Cover all incarnations of the series from page to small and big screen.

Two Evil Monks - Horatio Hornblower - A subsite at Two Evil Monks Guides covering the TV-film series.

Jesus of Nazareth (TV miniseries 1977)

www.jesucrucifix.com - Website dedicated to the 1977 miniseries (though shown as a theatrical movie in some countries) that includes an extensive photo gallery and a tribute to Franco Zeffirelli, who directed the 6-hour miniseries. I remember its 1990 rebroadcast on NBC (where it originally aired) but I never got to see in its entirety until 2004. Since then, I always make sure I see it twice a year, usually during Lent and Christmas but at any time of the year. Four of the actors who starred in the miniseries - Robert Powell (Jesus), Olivia Hussey (Mother Mary), Michael York (John the Baptist), and the late Anne Bancroft (Mary Magdalene)- are listed in Actors and Actresses. Airs on The History Channel every Easter and Christmas.

Jesus of Nazareth at Excerpts from INRI - Sub site at Excerpts from INRI provides screen caps and audio clips from the miniseries, accompanying text excerpts from the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Latest versions of Winamp and Real Player required.

Run Lola Run (1998) - Website of Run Lola Run (Tom Tykwer, 1998; German title Lola Rennt) in German and English. While the storyline of Lola replacing a large amount of cash for her boyfriend Manni in 20 minutes before noon sounds simple, the way it is told is unconventional. The 20-minute scenario is repeated 3 times with varying results, showing essentially the butterfly effect at work and how even the smallest actions can trigger large consequences.

Star Wars (1977, 1980, 1983, 1999, 2002, 2005) - Links mainly on the Original Trilogy, which remains entertaining and fun no matter how many times Lucas revises those films. Though the prequels have their moments and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (Lucas, 2005) is perhaps the best of them, these prequels cannot outmatch the Original Trilogy.

The Force.Net - Covers the latest info on the Star Wars saga.

The Secret History of Star Wars - Cameraman, amateur writer, and Star Wars fan Michael Kaminski wrote an unofficial e-book covering the development of the Star Wars saga from the first treatment written to director and writer George Lucas' influences, the evolution of story ideas such as the connection between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, the prequel trilogy that came to be and the second trilogy (episodes 7, 8, and 9) that never was. Since its publication online in early 2007 until Sept. 15, 2008, Kaminski has revised and updated the book twice: a second edition was uploaded on Dec. 2, 2007 and the third and final edition on May 19, 2008. As of late Nov. 2008 the book is now available from Legacy Books Press.

Star Wars: George Lucas' Vision - an honest and eye-opening chat with Dale Pollock, author of his Lucas biography Skywalking. The interview on Washington Post's site took place on May 2005, around the time when Revenge of the Sith was in theatres.

Wookieepedia, the Star Wars Wiki - Wikipedia-inspired Star Wars encyclopedia for all Star Wars incarnations.


Superman Cinema - Excellent site thoroughly covering the four Superman movies with Christopher Reeve as well as Supergirl (1984), and the TV series "Superboy." Having enjoyed Superman (Richard Donner, 1978) and Superman II (Richard Lester, 1981; Richard Donner, 2006 Director's Cut), I was let down by Superman III (Lester, 1983) and IV: The Quest for Peace (Sidney J. Furie, 1987). The less said about the last two, the better.

Superman Homepage - A comprehensive website covering Superman in all of his incarnations from comic books to television series to movies.

Vertigo (1958) - Not just a song by U2 . I first saw it around 1997 and thought it was pretty good. But when I saw it again in 2004 for a Hitchcock class I took at UC Riverside, I was stunned by the film, making me a fan of his work instantly and now it is one of my favorite Hitch movies.

Vertigo...Then and Now - A visual comparision with the various San Franciscan locations as seen in the film and in real-life.

All news articles listed below are from the San Francisco Chronicle
The Height of Perfection (Sun. Oct. 13, 1996)

Kim Novak Gives Director 'Hitch' Two Thumbs Up (Sun. Oct. 13, 1996)

Dizzy Over 'Vertigo' Restoration (Wed. Oct. 16, 1996) - How restoration artists James Katz and Robert Harris spent over $1 million and two years restoring the film

'Vertigo' Needs No Spin (Fri. Oct. 18, 1996) - Rave review of the film's re-release

Vertigo: 1996 Re-release (Fri. Oct. 18, 1996)

Kim Novak True Fan of Hitch (Sat. Oct. 19, 1996)

'Vertigo' Reality: A Guide to the Real and Imaginary San Francisco (Sat. Oct. 19, 1996)

'Vertigo' Reality: Kim Novak Returns to the Scene of a Time (Sat. Oct. 19, 1996)

Letters to the Pink (Sun. Oct. 27, 1996) - Scroll down to "Novak's Recurring Kansas Connection"

Letters to Datebook (Tues. Nov. 5, 1996) - Scroll down to "Lavender Memories of Kim Novak"

Castro to Extend 'Vertigo' Run (Thurs. Nov. 7, 1996)

Withnail and I (1987) - British director Bruce Robinson's semi-autobiographical black comedy film about two out-of-work actors in late 1960s London - the sarcastic, booze-loving Withnail and his level-headed if anxiety-ridden friend "I" (named Marwood in the film's script) - who go on holiday "by mistake" due to rains, hostile locals, lack of supplies and booze, among other problems. Bizarre and unusual but very funny with its dry, biting wit and dialogue and worth multiple viewings. The actors who played Withnail and Marwood, Richard E. Grant and Paul McGann respectively, reunited in the short dark film Always Crashing in the Same Car (Duncan Wellaway, 2007), which is not a sequel or has any relation to Withnail and I and can be viewed online on sites such as YouTube. Both actors also played The Doctor in Doctor Who: McGann was the Eighth Doctor in the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie while Grant played the unofficial Tenth Doctor (The Quite Handsome Doctor) in the spoof Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death and the unofficial Ninth Doctor (Shalka Doctor) in the BBC animated webcast Scream of the Shalka.


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