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You can’t always take a film director at his word. Herschell Gordon Lewis, the self-proclaimed “Wizard of Gore” who passed away, at the age of 90, on Sept. 26, was way far down on the totem pole of filmmaker respectability — in fact, he probably occupied its second-to-last rung, with Edward D. Wood Jr. on the very bottom. When it came to discussing the art of directing, Lewis made no claims for himself. At all. Next to him, even a low-budget exploitation mercenary like Roger Corman came off as a bohemian artiste. Lewis’ theory of filmmaking revolved around one thing and one thing only: He was in it for the money. He repeated this in countless interviews, like the one he gave to John Waters for Waters’ great first book, “Shock Value,” in 1981. Lewis, who invented the gore film, talked about movies in strictly utilitarian terms, and that became part of his legend. »
- Owen Gleiberman
I love bad movies. From the films of Ed Wood, to Birdemic, to Neil Breen's oeuvre, nothing's better than getting a few drinks with friends and riffing on that shit like you're stuck with Crow and Tom Servo on the Satellite of Love. But the thing is, for a bad movie to be worth spending time on, it has to be sincere. No self-aware Sharknado or Machete crap (it's fine if you... Read More »
- Damion Damaske
"We're rolling..." This is lovely. The La Cinémathèque museum in Paris is opening a new exhibit this week called "De Méliès à la 3D, la machine cinéma" which roughly translates to "From Méliès to 3D, the machines of cinema". The exhibition features the various cameras used throughout film history, showing off equipment including projectors and "the first cameras [used by] Marey, Lumière and Méliès, the beautiful Technicolor Hollywood classics, cameras [used by] Jean-Luc Godard, the torpedo submarine of Oceans, machine Microcosmos, the luxurious and modern Panavision, and the latest digital devices." This vibrant trailer includes footage from films like Super 8, Ed Wood and Hugo. This definitely makes me want to visit. Here's the official trailer for the De Méliès à la 3D, la machine cinéma exhibition, direct from Vimeo: Official description from La Cinémathèque via Vimeo: Through its collections, among the richest in the world, the French Cinematheque presents a new exhibition on the »
- Alex Billington
In “Ed Wood,” the greatest movie ever made about a godawful filmmaker, the joke — and the glory — of watching Johnny Depp’s Edward D. Wood Jr. direct his beyond-bad grade-z sci-fi and horror films is that he essentially made movies like a child. He made up whatever suited him at the moment; he had no filter, no sense. His only aesthetic was: If it felt good to him…why not? (That’s what made a movie like his 1953 transvestite confessional “Glen or Glenda” so sincere.) Most cinematic ineptitude isn’t touched by Wood’s tacky purity, but the tendency toward a child’s-eye view still applies. When you’re watching a movie that’s truly terrible, it’s often one in which anything goes, which is why anything can go very, very badly.
Take, for instance, “Trespass Against Us,” which is without a doubt the worst film I’ve seen »
- Owen Gleiberman
Behind the biggest stars are the people who make them famous: their attorneys. Below, watch a preview of the new Money. Power. Respect. TV show, premiering on We tv Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 10:00pm Et/Pt.From the executive producers of Love & Hip Hop, this six episode, one-hour, New York-based docu-series follows a group of professional women who at turns help and hinder each other, in an attempt to get ahead. The Money. Power. Respect. TV series cast includes: Wendy Credle, Kendell Kelly, Dana Whitfield, Kelly Shapiro, Nakia Thomas, Tiffany Ballard, and Ed Woods. Read More… »
When you watch a movie by Tim Burton, you’re never entirely sure what you’re going to see next, but you do know that you’re going to be dazzled by a kind of wild-and-woolly exuberant gothic dementia, drawn into a connection with a character who almost any other filmmaker would treat as a mere sideshow. The filmmaker will have his hands and feet encased in cement Sept. 8 in the forecourt of the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood ahead of the release of his latest film, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.”
In Burton’s world, it’s the sideshow that’s center stage. For 30 years now, he has been Hollywood’s reigning pop poet of fractured-fairy-tale outsiders: the misfits and the oddballs, the jokers and the wackadoos, the headless horsemen and the humanoid apes, the cracked aesthetes and the misunderstood monsters. His movies are hellzapoppin’ comic nightmares populated »
- Owen Gleiberman
Last week we brought you some exclusive news via scream queen Barbara Crampton about forthcoming film Death House. The film is being touted as the Expendables of the horror genre with several high profile genre actors battling for survival. In addition to Crampton the film boasts the talents of Kane Hodder, Dee Wallace, Sid Haig and Tony Todd.
Though not likely to release until 2017, a first trailer has landed online:
Did you spot your favourite horror icon? In our chat Crampton revealed that Hodder will be taking a central role and the trailer definitely seems to reflect that.
So what’s Death House all about? Well the official synopsis is thus:
Two federal agents fight their way through nine levels of Hell inside a secret prison known as the Death House. A facility-wide prison break turns their flight into a tour of horrors as they push toward the ultimate evil »
- Kat Hughes
Frank Ocean: musician, visual-album releaser, list-making cinephile. Following on the heels of his latest album finally being made available to the eager public, Ocean has revealed his 100 favorite films. Originally posted on Genius, which has a breakdown of how movies like “The Little Mermaid” and “Eyes Wide Shut” made their way into his lyrics (“I’m feeling like Stanley Kubrick, this is some visionary shit/Been tryna film pleasure with my eyes wide shut but it keeps on moving”), the list contains a mix of familiar favorites (“Annie Hall,” “The Royal Tenenbaums”) and comparatively obscure arthouse fare (“Woyzeck,” “Sonatine”). Avail yourself of all 100 below.
“The Last Laugh”
- Michael Nordine
Florence Foster Jenkins is this year’s movie that your mom will love which, under its anodyne surface, is actually kind of morally abhorrent. Allegedly a tribute to devotion and the lengths to which people can go to make their loved ones happy, it ends up an unwitting glorification of the money-wasting vanity of the rich and powerful. And the film is awfully hypocritical, mining copious laugh moments out of the eponymous main character’s wretched inability to sing even as it tut-tuts people who attend her concerts only to mock her. Though the script has genuine affection for Foster Jenkins, and Meryl Streep does her level best to imbue her with humanity, it can’t balance empathy with an honest acknowledgment of her artistic shortcomings the way, say, Ed Wood managed so beautifully.
Florence Foster Jenkins was a wealthy heiress and socialite who was highly active in the New »
- Daniel Schindel
Meryl Streep has a ball giving her all to the title role of Florence Foster Jenkins, the Ed Wood of delusional opera singers. Like Wood, whose talent for filmmaking fell hilariously short of his passion for the game (see Plan 9 From Outer Space), Jenkins lived in a pumpkin shell where she's kept very well by her protective common-law husband and manager St. Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant). In the social circles of 1940's Manhattan, Bayfield persuaded sympathetic socialites and bribable critics to indulge his wealthy wife's fantasies by lining up vocal coaches, »
Giant Flick Films and writer-director and actor Shahin Sean Solimon (Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage) have announced that they are in development on a remake of Ed Wood’s cult sci-fi Plan 9 from Outer Space. The film will play fast and loose with the “plot” of the original, and features an original story which takes place on a world destroyed by an asteroid.
“I’m actually a fan of the original Ed Wood classic, and was very excited when it was decided to develop this very fun Sci-Fi adventure. Ed was a filmmaker in the 50′s that had very few resources, money, backup, technology, etc. to help him. He did however, have a Ton of excitement, passion, and enthusiasm for making movies. I can relate to that, and he should not be forgotten.” said Solimon. “I wrote this picture as an original classic Sci-Fi story and script. I think Sci-Fi fans will love this version. »
- Gary Collinson
“I got the results of the test back – I definitely have breast cancer.”
The Room plays this weekend (August 5th and 6th) at the Tivoli as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight series.
There are different types of ‘Bad Movies’. It’s become sport to poke fun at bloated star vehicles such as Ishtar, Glitter, or Gigli but those films are usually miserable experiences to actually sit through. There are films that are intentionally bad such as those from Troma studios (Toxic Avenger, Poultrygeist) but Troma knows its audience and anyone seeing a Troma film knows what they are getting into. Tommy Wiseau’s The Room belongs with the group of movies that are so bad that they can transform their own awfulness into a “comedy of errors”. Unlike more mundane bad films, these films develop an ardent following of fans who love them because of their poor quality, »
- Tom Stockman
Give them the attention they deserve, and Edgar Wright‘s movies, TV shows, and music videos will start to exhaust with allusions to the culture from which they spring. These are not necessarily name-drops of the typical “geek” variety, but allusions in narrative, structure, and visual expression that evince a creative brain cycling through item after item.
So, yes, it will hardly surprise anybody that Wright has seen a lot, yet I’m still intrigued by a chronologically ordered, 1,000-title Mubi list he co-created with user Sam Disalle. For being free of comments about any choices, this proves all the more intriguing in how it must stand alone. Sunset Blvd. and Notorious, sure, but Glen or Glenda? Could I make a connection between Ed Wood‘s camp classic and, say, Scott Pilgrim? (Don’t answer that.) The bonus, as opposed to ten- or twenty-title collections: you’ll probably never see everything here, »
- Nick Newman
Ryan Lambie Jul 25, 2016
It's famously one of the worst sequels ever, but why did Jaws The Revenge go so wrong? Ryan looks at its disastrous nine-month production...
It's an oft-repeated adage that nobody sets out to make a bad movie, but Jaws The Revenge is so legendarily, comically bad that it almost looks like an inside job. The fishy sequel, released in 1987 to scathing reviews, famously stars a rubbery shark that growls when its head rears out of the water, Michael Caine spouting bizarre dialogue and some of the most glaring continuity errors this side of an Ed Wood movie.
What separates Jaws The Revenge from the usual bad-movie crowd is its otherwise decent pedigree. It was the product of a major Hollywood studio. The budget was generous. The director, Joseph Sargent, was far from a hack - a veteran of TV and film, he'd previously made the classic thriller »
“We’Re Not In Kansas Anymore”
The Criterion Collection released Herk Harvey’s 1962 cult film classic, Carnival of Souls, sixteen years ago as a two-disk DVD set, but that edition has long been out of print. Now, a new Blu-ray restoration is available from the company, and it is worth upgrading even if you happen to own the original. Note that Carnival of Souls is a public domain film, so it is available on DVD from many inferior manufacturers in bad-to-okay quality versions, but the Criterion’s releases are the ones to grab.
Carnival is indeed an oddity. Harvey worked at Centron Corporation, a maker of educational and industrial short films based in Lawrence, Kansas. It was much like Calvin Films in Kansas City, where Robert Altman cut his teeth making shorts in the 1950s. Needless to say, Lawrence, Kansas is not Hollywood, and »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
As a horror fan, sometimes you just want to wade in the waters of the absurd and inane. To bath in the bathetic, and wash in the ridiculous. If you’re up for a swim, throw on your trunks and join me for Herbert J. Leder’s It! (1967), a modern retelling of the Golem legend dry humped by Psycho. And if that description piques your interest, take the plunge with me, won’t you?
Produced by Seven Arts Pictures and distributed by Warner Brothers/Seven Arts, It! was released in the UK (where it was filmed) in July of ’67 followed by the U.S. in November. Frequently paired with Leder’s previous film, The Frozen Dead (’66), the U.S. print of It! was in black and white, as opposed to the glorious Eastmancolour on display and as intended. The film was also known as Anger of the Golem, and Curse of the Golem, »
- Scott Drebit
Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
You’ve read of Rainer Werner Fassbinder‘s ten favorite films — now you can see them. The German titan’s beloved titles are celebrated in a new series: Johnny Guitar screens this Friday; Saturday offers Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Night of the Hunter, and the rarely seen The Red Snowball Tree; on Sunday, one can »
- Nick Newman
Sometimes great little oddities will fly under the radar. And sometimes they barrel roll out of the sky and blast through the earth never to be seen again. The Flesh Eaters (1964) is a prime example of digging through the filmic wreckage and dredging up a low budget winner. Sure, it’s not Citizen Kane, but it’s probably the Citizen Kane of Killer Microbes Versus Buxom Blondes On An Island With A German Scientist movies.
The Flesh Eaters should be just more low budget fodder from an era when any flickering images were sacrificed to the Drive-In Gods (see the same years’ The Horror of Party Beach – or rather, don’t). The set up and pedigree sure don’t help the argument – five people stranded on an island battle a monster, it’s an independent production, and a first (and last) time director helms – but a convergence of actual talent »
- Scott Drebit
We all know that Ed Wood’s Plan 9 from Outer Space is supposed to be one of the worst movies ever made, but did you know that there may actually be much more to it than that? Wood may have… Continue Reading →
- David Gelmini
Auteur Harold 'P.' Warren puts the Pee back in showmanship! After seeing this frightless Texan fright show you'll want to nominate Ed Wood for a posthumous Oscar. It's popular beyond all comprehension. The intrepid disc producers provide great extras, but can't quite make us understand Why it is the Landmark Lemon of all time. "Manos" the Hands of Fate Blu-ray Synapse Special Edition 1966 / Color / 1:33 flat / 74 min. / Street Date October 13, 2015 / 24.95 Starring Tom Neyman, John Reynolds, Diane Adelson, Harold P. Warren, Jackey Neyman, William Bryan Jennings. Cinematography attempted by Robert Guidry Film randomly assembled by Ernie Smith, James Sullivan This original Music is, ah, really original! Russ Huddleston, Robert Smith Jr. Evidence confirms that "Manos" was Produced Written and Directed by Harold P. Warren
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Ah joy! Finally -- a movie that invites all the cheap-shot insults that Savant must normally stifle. What follows is all in good fun. »
- Glenn Erickson
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