Romantic Movies With Witches To See On Halloween

I Married a Witch (1942)

‘I Married a Witch’ with Veronica Lake and Fredric March could be the foremother of all romantic comedies about a witch in love with a “mortal man”. It is based on a novel ‘The Passionate Witch’ by Thorne Smith.

The movie begins during the Salem witch-hunts. Veronica Lake’s witch character Jennifer, and her father, are burned, and she casts a spell on the witch-hunter, Jonathan Wooley, played by Fredric March. He and his male descendants will always marry the wrong woman. After an expose of generations of Wooleys miserable in their marriages, we enter the present day, where the current Wooley, played by March, is about to marry. The witches’ spirits are released from the prison where they have been waiting after their bodies burned, and they start haunting Wooley. Things turn, and Jennifer falls in love with Wooley, just as we knew she would.

Will she be able to stop his marriage? Will her father be able to stop her from marrying Wooley? Will he love her even after he knows she’s a witch?

Bell, Book, and Candle (1958)

‘Bell, Book, and Candle’ is not based on a book, but on a play. In it, a witch, Gillian (played by Kim Novak) tries to spoil a man’s engagement to her college enemy, but she falls in love with him in stead, and loses her magic. The man, Shep (James Stewart), finds out that she’s a witch, and goes to another witch (who happens to be Gillian’s mentor), who breaks Gillian’s love spell, and Shep leaves Gillian. Will he manage to get his fiancĂ©e back? Will Gillian get her magic back?

This movie has some interesting sidekicks, like Gillian’s brother, also a witch, played by Jack Lemmon.

‘I Married a Witch’, ‘Bell, Book, and Candle’ and the 60’s TV series ‘Bewitched’, have very much in common. The movies were probably the reason why the television series was created.

Bewitched (2005)

This movie is based on the television series popular in the 60’s. The movie doesn’t manage to create the charm of the television series, and many fans of the original series were very disappointed with the movie. I saw the movie before seeing any episode of the series, and I thought it was rather charming.

The movie depicts the making of a remake of the television series. Will Ferris plays Jack, the actor going to play Darrin. He wants to find an unknown girl to play Samantha, and finds Isabel, played by Nicole Kidman, who happens to be a witch in real life. Isabel falls in love with Jack, but when Jack finds out she’s a witch, he can’t deal with it. It all ends up well, of course, as this is a romantic comedy, and the end of the movie has some lovely nods to the ‘Bewitched’ series.

The Witches of Eastwick (1987)

I am not sure I would call this a romantic comedy… Sure, it tells the story of three witches, who wish romance into their lives, and end up getting more than they can handle… Or so it seems. I think it is more a story of friendship and girl power, than about love. Nevertheless, it is funny, sexy and has magic, demons, witches and weird things happening, so I add ‘The Witches of Eastwick’ to this list of romantic witch movies to watch at Halloween.

This movie has a great cast: the witches are played by Susan Sarandon, Cher, and Michelle Pfeiffer and the romantic male lead is played by Jack Nicholson. Veronica Cartwright as the Christian wife of the local newspaper editor, is wonderful in her role. This alone would be reason to watch this movie.

‘The Witches of Eastwick’ is based on John Updike’s novel by the same name, but the movie is quite different from the book.

Practical Magic (1998)

The art directing of ‘Practical Magic’ is absolutely wonderful. The house was built just for this movie, and also demolished after the movie was done, but the interior decor was amazing. The cast mentions the decor having had influence on them. You can watch the movie just to get some ideas on how to decorate a witch’s house.

‘Practical Magic’ is based on a book by the same name. It follows the story close enough so that the times when it doesn’t, irritate me. Many others have said that they love this movie, so give it a try, despite my minor objection.

‘Practical Magic’ tells the story of a family of witches with a curse. Any man who falls in love with a woman in the family, will die tragically. In the current time, there are two sisters, Sally (Sandra Bullock) and Gillian (Nicole Kidman). Their mother died “from a broken heart”, when their father died, and they are being raised by their mother’s sisters, played by Stockard Channing and Dianne Wiest. Everyone in the village knows about the women being witches, and use their services during the night hours, and ostracize the women during the day. The girls are bullied all their childhood, and Gillian leaves the town, but Sally falls in love, gets married, has children and lives happily – until the curse hits her. Some time later Gillian is in big trouble, and she asks Sally to help her, which she does, but the trouble follows them home. How could this story end happily? Because, happily it ends, being a romantic comedy.

‘Practical Magic’ is partially very dark, including demonic possession and exorcism, but the end is very sweet.

10 Must-See Movies to Netflix Now

Most films have been released for 2010, but I thought I would take time to highlight 10 little-seen gems that you can get right now off Netflix. You’ll save money and find some terrific films if you use my list to fill your queue.

10) Mysterious Skin– My favorite director (Gregg Araki) and his best movie ever. Mysterious Skin is about two boys linked together by a horrible childhood trauma. At turns graphic, disturbing, yet filled with beauty and hope it’s one of the best films of the decade. Joseph Gordon Leavitt (no longer that kid from 3rd Rock from the Sun) is nothing short of amazing.

9) Dead Man’s Shoes– Paddy Considine is excellent in this brutal revenge drama from director Shane Meadows. The film is about a brother’s quest for revenge after his mentally challenged brother is brutalized by some Midlands thugs in the squalid UK countryside. Some critics mistakenly called this an art-house torture porn, but it’s light years better and more compelling than anything the overrated Eli Roth could ever come up with.

8) Frailty-Frailty is a horror gem starring and directed by Bill Paxton. A grisly tale of a seemingly loving father who believes he and his sons are the hands of God. He searches out people he believes to be demons and cuts them to pieces. Fine period detail and acting, especially from the young boys, Frailty is about religious devotion run amok and turned into madness. A must see.

7) In Bruges – In Bruges has the best screenplay of last year and some of the best acting of Collin Farrell’s career. Clever and brutal, funny yet extremely violent, it’s the film Guy Ritchie keeps trying to make, and one that keeps eluding him. One of the best films of last year.

6) Smiley Face – Director Gregg Araki’s last film is a very funny stoner comedy starring the awesome Anna Faris. Sublimely silly movie that went direct to DVD, even though it’s much funnier than many comedies that get theatrical releases these days.

5) Rules of Attraction – A sharp and sharply funny look at some nasty spoiled college students courtesy of author Bret Easton Ellis and writer/director Roger Avary. This is probably the best of the Ellis film adaptions to date (American Psycho with a terrific Christian Bale is another must see) and despite its lothsome characters, I loved every shocking and entertainig moment of the film.

4) Sex Drive – The teen sex comedy gets updated with hilarious results. Amazingly this was a box office dud but it was easily the funniest film of last year. The leads are likable and amusing and James Marsden all but steals the entire movie as the homophobic older brother bully character. Seth Green lends strong support as a sarcastic and smarmy Amish know it all. RUMPSRINGA!

3) Mirror Mask– Alice in Wonderland meets The Wizard of Oz by way of Neil Gaiman. MirrorMask is a thrilling and well-acted fantasy film meant for teens and adults. The worlds created are wholly original and star Stephenie Leonidas is perfect as the punky Emo goth who wants to run away from her creepy circus existence and gets more than she ever bargained for.

2) Cashback – Original and visually stunning comedy/drama about a young man who breaks up with his pretty girlfriend and learns he has the ability to stop time. His insomnia produces a chance for him to paint random subjects with time frozen and the film could be creepy in the wrong hands, ends up being delightful and something worth seeking out. All props go to the director for making a low-budget feature look like something with a bigger budget.

1) This Is England – Writer/director Shane Meadows returns with an autobiographical look at his childhood and his alliance with a young gang of skinhead thugs. Well-acted, at times hard to watch, and thoroughly compelling, This Is England may be about the UK but its themes of racial intolerance and hatred could take place anywhere in any country at any time. It could have been called This is America. The movie is brilliant, blistering stuff.

How to Get Kerasotes Theaters Discount Movie Tickets

Do you want to go to the theaters more often to see the upcoming movies that you have long been waiting for? Probably see a number of movie sequels that you have waited for years to come out? While it’s easy enough to say that you are going to the movies, it’s not as affordable as before. If you are planning to see a movie in Kerasotes Theater, remember a few of these things to make sure that you save on the next movie you watch.

If you just would like to watch a movie and you can do it any time of the day, choose to see the matinee screening because the price is way cheaper. If you are going out on a date, arrange for the movie to be earlier so you get the discount movie tickets instead of the regular-priced ones.

You can also opt to get the student discounts if you are one. All you have to present is a valid ID proving that you are still a student. If you are going with a big group, you can also get discounts because Kerasotes and other theaters give discounts if you purchase movie tickets in bulk. Some require you to buy at least 50 tickets, while some require you to get just 20.

Check different websites, starting with the main website of Kerasotes. If you can’t find a deal that you like from their website, there are hundreds more you can check out offering different discount codes to different movie theaters. Your search for discounts will be easier this way.

You can also check out local retail stores if you are living near one. Costco is one example of a store where you can get discounts on movie tickets. If you are in luck, you can even get multiple discounts for one movie.

Do you want to see a movie for free? If you know someone who is working at Kerasotes, you can ask him for a free pass. But that’s just if you’re really good friends with him.

Best Movie Tattoos

Blood In Blood Out – From the small cross tattoo Miklo (Damian Chapa) gets tattooed on his hand to the large detailed prison tattoos blood in blood out portrays tattooing prominently. The fake tattoos where designed by Freddy Negrete and Gill Montie both are tattoo artist and both had small extra roles in the film. The main tattoo design is a snake wrapped in a circle eating its own head, it signifies entering into a gang that you can only leave threw death. There are also several characters that have full sleeve tattoos everything from traditional Aztec tattooing to Nordic images. Also released under the name Bound by Honor, Blood In Blood Out is truly the gold standard of movie special effects tattooing.

Eastern Promises – Also prison style fake tattoos but from Russia. Nikolai’s (Viggo Mortensen) tattoos where intricately designed to tell the life of a Russian gangster each image being a sort of badge showing his rank in the Russian under world. There where 37 individual fake tattoos designed for Eastern Promises, from larger back pieces to small detailed finger tattoos. The tattooed images while appearing religious in nature are actually symbolic of a criminal lifestyle. Eastern promises uses the fake tattoos as a plot vehicle and the story could not be told without the tattoos.

American History X – Arguable the most powerful scene in the movie takes place as Derek Vineyard (Edward Nortan) pulls his shirt down showing the swastika tattoo on his chest and spouting “see that..that means not welcome” a scene that could not have taken place without the fake tattoo. The charterer has several upper body tattoos all nicely done. The tattoos are well done and look very realistic with over ten separate pieces designed and applied.

Great Moral Value in "PS I Love You" Movie

Death can suddenly comes to life of people and make their life also suddenly stop for a while when their beloved one is taken by the death. The movie entitled P.S. I Love You shows us that even though our beloved one meets the death, he would join us through the tough days in our life. In this case, at least he accompanies you from beyond the grave.

“Excellent” is a proper word to describe Cecelia Ahern, the author of P.S I Love You. In her very young age, 21, she succeeds to be the author of the best seller novel worldwide. Cecelia, whose father is Bertie Ahern, the prime minister of Ireland, describes a hard life of woman named Holly after the death of her husband, Gerry. The idea of death and happiness of life in this novel is so interesting so that finally P.S I Love You comes in movie with million audiences.

P.S I Love You tells about Holly Kennedy (Hillary Swank)’s life suddenly stops when her beloved husband, Gerry (Gerard Butler), develops cancer and dies. Holly is devastated and her best friends, Denise (Lisa Kudrow) and Sharon (Gina Gershon) try to cheer up her. But nothing seems pull Holly out of her mourning after the death of Gerry.

Mourning days that is faced by Holly finally turn to be cheerful because she receives some love letters from Gerry which he writes before his death. The letters gives her some stories and instructions about the things she have to do. After Holly has done the instructions one by one with the help of her friends and family, she has found out that Gerry has prepared those letters to make her survive after his death.

Many people think that P.S I Love You is one of the most romantic novels. This novel becomes more and more popular after it comes to movie. Best performance from Hillary Swank and Gerard Butler as Holly and Gerry in this movie completes the romantic side of P.S I Love You. It is a good movie that gives you a great value about love in life.

Fulfill Your Movie Fantasies at Universal Studios, LA

Most of us have an inner movie geek, who comes out at the name of our favorite movie. For me that happens every time someone mentions the words Harry and Potter in the same sentence. But regardless of that, even if you’re not a big movie fan, Universal Studios can still provide you with a lot of entertainment. The place is a fiction heaven to be honest. Here’s what you should do if you go to Universal Studios. (Oh if you’re going to fly there, make sure you look into offers from Virgin Atlantic Flying Club).

1. Take a studio trip

The Universal Studios at LA provides you with the facility to take a tour of the whole set and see with your own eyes how movies are made. You can see live action shooting while on the tour along with remnants of old movie sets that have been long abandoned but work as tourist attractions now. Scattered across the studio are several souvenir shops which provide with a wide variety of things to buy from based on your favorite movie.

2. Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Even if you’re not a big fan of Harry Potter, this place is still highly recommended. You get to take a step out of your normal life and step into a world filled with magic, even though that’s for a really short amount of time. You get to buy Wizarding robes and wands and have snacks at the famed ‘honey dukes’. These and so many other souvenirs of the Harry Potter world are also available here. So not only can you enjoy it there, you can also take home the memories that you made. And if you don’t like anything, just sit on the Hogwart’s Express and run away!!How exciting is that!

3. The Theme Rides

Universal Studios offers a lot of themed rides. One of the most popular themed rides is the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, a minion themed ride which is visualized in a set similar to the house of the main protagonists of the Minion films – Gru and his three daughters. This is a motion ride and allows its rider to get the full experience of living among the minions. Because the que for this ride tend to be quite long, people are given profile information of different characters and different quizzes to help pass the time.

4. The Jurassic Park Ride

This ride is literally a roller coaster of emotions. It will first take you up top to meet the 50foot T-Rex that started it all and then bring you way down and into the wild waterfall. One thing is for sure, if you go on this ride you are bound to get drenched, so make sure you’re ready for that when you sit on this ride.

A Brief Insight Within the Realm of Movie Theaters

People have been going out to the theater to see movies for decades. It is a novel idea that has appeared to stand the tests of time even as our methodology of conducting our everyday lives has changed drastically, the urge to go to the movie theater is still very present. As an employee for a corporate movie theater I have witnessed numerous instances; instances that many do not even truly begin to acknowledge consciously when they make a decision to enjoy a film at the theater. There are indeed some marketing schemes at play when you attend a show at the movie theater, I will discuss some of these. I will also cover some usual quirks that occur when you are an employee at a highly trafficked movie theater.

Many people are under the impression that the movie theater industry is just some big bad monster in coercion with Hollywood to suck your wallet dry or to fill you with some poisonous notions of what life should be like. This impression is not entirely false, perhaps it is lacking some of the malicious intent that people may associate with this industry but in reality – business is business. If you have ever worked at a movie theater you will know that there are time frames during the day that are very busy and moments where there are no customers walking through the doors. Most movie start times are during what we at the theater call a “set,” this is the time frame, usually about an hour or so, where almost all the movies that the theater offers begins. A marketing technique we employ at the theater is to appeal to the customer’s sense of smell. Whenever a set is starting and we know customers will be walking through the door we have a fresh batch of popcorn being popped, this is a tactic that works very well. Another marketing technique that we have used at the theater is to play an ad right before the show begins. This ad typically features a refreshing and bubbly soda being poured and enjoyed along with clips of kernels being popped into fresh popcorn, this appetizing display of the timeless treats that are offered at the theater can almost infallibly bring some extra sales of concession items.

As a general consumer you may not be able to understand why a theater conducts business a certain way, why a theater is showing these specific movies and not others, or even why your movie is located in a specific auditorium. There are various aspects that may appear to be idiosyncratic but actually have viable reasons behind them. Business at a corporate movie theater is just that, business; so business is conducted in a manner cohesive with the goals of making the most money possible while keeping a majority of the customers satisfied. The theater does not get to pick and choose which movies we will receive, since this is not a ‘mom-n-pop’ business we only receive the movies that the corporate man has said we will show; even if we know there is a population that would likely enjoy having access to certain independent films. We even have agreements where certain films are required to be showing in X amount of theaters at a time, along with specified platforms. Something that we do have control over is the size of the auditorium we choose to show the film in. There are varying sizes of auditoriums at the movie theater anywhere from about 100 seats to about 400 seats in my particular theater. We attempt to appropriately allocate the amount of customers we anticipate to attend the film along with the theaters capabilities to house all these people.

Although mediums have changed immensely for viewing films within the past decade, the movie theater industry is still thriving fairly well. The experience is still one that many people value, deeming that this form cinematic submersion is well worth the price. Even though I was only able to shed some light briefly on the inner workings of how a corporate movie theater conducts business and the manner at which decisions are made, I hope this has brought some insight to the movie theater industry.

Timeless Classics: World Cinema – The Message (1977)

The Message (1977)

Director: Moustapha Akkad

Cast: Anthony Quinn, Irene Papas and Michael Ansara

This movie raised a lot of controversy while being made and after being released. Director Moustapha Akkad had to hire 4-5 Islamic clergymen to make it correctly. In the end movie came out as a definite winner. Personally, I don’t follow any particular religion.Just try to absorb the correctly intrepretted, justified things in them. Which are more or less similar in all the religions! The Message shows you the way to a correct and higher living like Ten Commandments, Bible, Ramayan etc. The movie depicts the birth of Islam and why the world needed the guidance of Quran. At a materialistic level it focuses on circumstances that led to Islams origin viz. idol worship, pitiful state of women and poor in 600 A.D.

If you always wonder why Prophet Mohammed is never given a physical form, then watch this movie carefully and interpret it correctly – You will have the answer. My interpretation is as follows:

“Prophet Mohammed received the Message of God through Gabriel.He wanted the world to know the message but wasn’t willing that his physical form be worshiped directly. In the time of Prophet idol worship was at its zenith and was being used by rich people in society inappropriately, like it was by Roman empire before arrival of Jesus. So if Prophet was also idolized then his mission would have proven to be futile.Instead, he preferred the message be given in form of Quran, sans any idol worship.”

Best part about the movie was direction. Director gave the exact message in such an intact manner. For example, he showed in a scene how a mother/woman starts believing in Prophet. That was simply perfect and covered the need of showing how and why others start following the Prophet. Genius of the director. It was a marvelous feeling to witness first Mecca-Medina Hujh through the medium of a movie. The origin of Islamic prayer-call has been explained beautifully in the movie.Some praying places use bell, some trumpet but here it was decided that a strong human voice would be used to call-on followers for offering their prayers. This scene is awesome as well.You actually feel like praying! There was also a battle scene and Prophet also took part in it, which was the need of the hour and hence justified. Lord Krishna, Guru Nanak and many others approved such a justified battle. Some spiritual figures used battle and some used miracles, like Jesus Christ and Lord Buddha to make men realize the extent of ultimate supreme power. (One reason I adore Mahatma Gandhi he used neither!!) Choreography, according to time-period and technology, is good Acting is nothing spectacular but precise. Though Anthony Quinn is a revelation as always! It’s a director’s movie.He has succeeded in saying what he wanted.

A must watch 8.2/10

Techniques and Tools of Movie Production

Movie Production:

With the advent of the latest technologies which gets updated each day and each moment, the knowledge of these will enable a movie maker to make best out of the techniques and tools of the movie production. Listed here are few basic techniques to start with, and understanding these will enable the individual to advance in the field of interest by browsing through the internet to grasp the tools they had been looking for. It is never a must that only the technical persons of the crew must be aware of the particular tool or the technique pertaining to their fields. In case of the directors and the producers, the awareness about the latest advents will be very significant as they can be more self-dependent and take the right decisions for presenting their movies without relying solely on the ideas of the concerned technicians. Knowing to operate these tools and making the perfect use of it in the movies is the trick which makes the movie affect the audiences psychologically or emotionally. Thus it is essential to put across the words of the script into the hearts and minds of the audiences.

The Cinematography Tools and Techniques:

Cinematography deals with the way the shots are taken, camera movement, and other choices of the shots which highly influence the masses. For instance, if it is thriller or action, the pace of the camera must match that of the quick storyline. At the same time, if the directors want to express deep feelings or emotions then again the cameras and cinematography have a say in passing the message to the audiences. Cinematography includes the ‘sets’ used and the camera view, movement, angle and shot. There are many types of shots namely the bird’s eye shot, freeze frame shot, tracking shot, whip pan, close up, Dutch angle, low-angle shot, shot reverse shot, and so on. Lighting effect decides the way the place is shown in the movie. Again the suitable ones must be chosen to blend with the scenes and situations in the movies. There is the background lighting, soft light, key lightings, lens flare, mood lighting, flood lighting, and so on. The lighting is a key factor which expresses the mood of the movie and impacts the aesthetics quotients too.

Editing and Special Effects:

Editing is the process of trimming the length of the scenes or on a whole, the movie. In addition to it, the sequences in which the scenes appear in the movie are also decided by the editing teams. To perform this tricky part of the movie production, hundreds of tools are put into use. To name a few of the techniques involved in editing: establishing shot, SMPTE time code, screen direction, flashback, talking head, cross cutting, dissolve, split screen, match cut, different types of wipes and lots more. The special effects are becoming a part of all the recent movies and these can be made convincingly to please the audience by using the 3-D computer graphics, bluescreen/chroma key, optical effects, and stereoscopy.

Video Production – Famous Movies Filmed in Toronto

Los Angeles and the Hollywood hills were for a long time the only Mecca for the North American movie industry. New York has always followed closely. However, throughout the years and mostly due to economic reasons, Ontario’s capital has become a privileged place for the film industry.

Many people are surprised when they find out that famous movies, which are thought to be made in the USA, were actually filmed further north. We want to give you a list of some of this productions so that you have an idea of the important role of this city when it comes to movies.

– X-Men (2000): Professor Charles Xavier and Magneto meet in the suitably futuristic surroundings of Roy Thompson Hall to discuss the future of human- and mutant-kind.

– Serendipity (2001): This famous New York film actually uses some streets of Canada’s largest city as filming locations.

– Chicago (2002): The movie might be set around the windy city, but several scenes were shot in Ontario’s capital: the Elgin Theatre, Union Station, Osgoode Hall, and the Queen’s Park legislature building.

– My big fat Greek wedding (2002): The city’s Greektown along Danforth Avenue appears prominently throughout the movie, and if you’ll also spot downtown’s Ryerson University and Jarvis Collegiate Institute.

– How to lose a guy in ten days (2003): Another famous Manhattan film, gets all of the scenic shots there, but much of the movie’s inside scenes were done in Canada, like the “Knicks” game at Madison Square Garden and the gala event near the end of the film.

– Resident Evil- Apocalypse (2004): There are key scenes in Nathan Phillips Square and at the Prince Edward Viaduct. The CN Tower even makes a brief appearance.

– Mean Girls (2004): This comedy was filmed in a number of real-life Canadian high schools. Sherway Gardens, UofT’s Convocation Hall, Etobicoke Collegiate Institute, and Malvern Collegiate Institute are some of the locations used.

-The incredible Hulk (2008): Though it may seem as the film was shot in New York, it was actually shot in the city’s downtown core, in areas such as Yonge Street and the Financial District.

– Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010): Some recognizable places include the Public Library, Casa Loma as well as popular coffee shops on St. Clair West. While some films prefer to conceal their Canadian affiliations, director proudly infuses local culture into almost every aspect of the movie.

– Cosmopolis (2012): The columns of Union Station provide the location to one of the key scenes of the movie.

These are only some of many movies that have been filmed in the city. TV series are also often produced here. When you look at all that’s taking place here you come to understand the growing importance of Canada when it comes to providing locations and most important production services. Many video production companies have opened, making it an attractive destination when it comes to entertainment, information and advertising industries.

Toronto is Hollywood North

Hollywood North is a term used to describe the film industries and film locations north of California, principally in Canada. Ontario’s capital ranks as the largest film and television production centre in Canada, and third overall in North America, behind Los Angeles and New York.

Government tax incentives at both the provincial and federal level promote the city as a destination for many US film productions. It costs less to film and produce north of the border, so many Hollywood directors find in this city the perfect place for bringing their projects to life. In addition to the financial benefit, the Province has worked hard to develop a well-trained labour force and supporting infrastructure. Producers can shoot, edit and animate all in one place, rather than heading back to Hollywood.