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Double Review: Deadly Eyes & Leviathan (Blu-ray)

6 September 2014 9:34 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Scream Factory recently gifted us genre fans a double dose of creature feature terrors with their Blu-ray releases of the killer rat flick Deadly Eyes and George P. Cosmatos’ hugely underrated deep sea horror film Leviathan.  While both films aren’t necessarily well-known amongst more casual fans, it’s great to see Scream put such great effort into their presentations for each of these cult classics.

For those who haven’t seen it before, Deadly Eyes (or Rats)is a rather ridiculous (but wonderfully so) early ‘80s nature-run-amok story that plays up the concerns and dangers of modern urban society by way of roided-out killer rat infestations that have a penchant for human flesh. The film takes its premise very seriously, but it’s the use of Daschunds in rat costumes that has given Deadly Eyes something of an unintentional comedic spin, making for a rather uneven horror film.

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- Heather Wixson

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Marvel superhero movies that never got the greenlight

4 September 2014 3:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From rock operas to Wes Craven to Dazzler, here's some Marvel movies that never quite made it...

Recently, we looked at the DC movies that never got the greenlight. We saw hordes of Superman movies which didn’t make it to screen, along with Batman film ideas and whole hosts of other DC heroes whose movies plummeted out of production (You can read that piece here).

On the other side of the superhero cinema fence, we have the seemingly all-encompassing, game-changing Marvel Cinematic Universe at the height of its powers, the X-Men franchise in rude health and the still-fresh memory of Spider-Man’s hasty reboot. You could be forgiven for thinking that not as many Marvel movies have struggled to get made as their DC counterparts. 

However, having delved once more into the ancient scrolls of cinema history (still better known as extensive Googling), we can confirm there’s plenty »

- rleane

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Dietrich, Hayworth Among Academy's Honorary Award Non-Winners

4 September 2014 3:08 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Honorary Oscar Non-Winners: Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich among dozens of women who never took home Academy’s Honorary Award (photo: Honorary Oscar non-winner Gloria Swanson in ‘Sunset Blvd.’) (See previous post: "Honorary Oscars: Doris Day, Danielle Darrieux Snubbed.") This post basically consists of a long, long list. Some of the names found below were huge in their day, but are now all but forgotten. Yet, just because most people (and the media) suffer from long-term — and even medium-term — memory loss while eagerly opting to ignore the relevance of the past, that doesn’t make the women listed below any less deserving of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Honorary Award. So, as for the distinguished female film professionals in Hollywood and elsewhere who have passed away without receiving an Honorary Oscar for their body of work — most of whom without having ever won a competitive Academy Award — were actresses Gloria Swanson, »

- Andre Soares

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Mick Garris Launches Website Featuring Video Interviews with John Carpenter, Roger Corman & More

1 September 2014 10:23 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Stephen King fans are well-aware of writer/director Mick Garris for his movie and TV adaptations of the master of macabre’s novels and screenplays, but in addition to his filmmaking, Mick is widely known for his insightful interviews of the horror genre’s eclectic collection of creative minds. These educational and entertaining conversations are being preserved for viewing on Mick’s new website.

Aptly titled “Mick Garris Interviews”, the website serves as an online horror database. Visitors can watch video interviews conducted by Mick for FEARnet’s Post Mortem webseries and The Z Channel’s Fantasy Film Festival. Also featured are Mick’s commentary tracks from his Trailers from Hell segments and an assortment of bonus content in a section called the “The Vault”, including a behind-the-scenes video from the set of Gremlins.

Portions of interviews with John Carpenter and Roger Corman are among videos currently available to view, »

- Derek Anderson

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Academy's Special 2014 Honorees: Veterans Belafonte, Carrière, Miyazaki and - Finally - O'Hara

29 August 2014 4:02 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Honorary Oscars 2014: Hayao Miyazaki, Jean-Claude Carrière, and Maureen O’Hara; Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award goes to Harry Belafonte

One good thing about the creation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards — an expedient way to remove the time-consuming presentation of the (nearly) annual Honorary Oscar from the TV ratings-obsessed, increasingly youth-oriented Oscar show — is that each year up to four individuals can be named Honorary Oscar recipients, thus giving a better chance for the Academy to honor film industry veterans while they’re still on Planet Earth. (See at the bottom of this post a partial list of those who have gone to the Great Beyond, without having ever received a single Oscar statuette.) In 2014, the Academy’s Board of Governors has selected a formidable trio of honorees: Japanese artist and filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, 73; French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, 82; and Irish-born Hollywood actress Maureen O’Hara, »

- Andre Soares

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Movies This Week: August 29 - September 4, 2014

29 August 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

 

Heading into a three-day holiday weekend, it's fairly quiet in terms of blockbuster releases (it won't be a surprise if Guardians Of The Galaxy continues to top the box-office chart despite recent newcomers), but Austin has plenty of specialty screenings to catch your attention. 

Austin Film Society is screening Roger Corman's bizarre postapocalyptic 1971 film Gas-s-s-s screening tonight and again on Sunday afternoon in 35mm at the Marchesa. On Wednesday night, Afs will also be offering a preview screening of No No: A Dockumentary (Caitlin's review) with director Jeffrey Radice, producer Mike Blizzard and editor Sam Wainwright Douglas in attendance. The film, which premiered at SXSW earlier this year, tells the story of how Dock Ellis pitched a no-hitter while on LSD in the 1970s. It's expected to open at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar next weekend and will also be available on VOD. We also get a new Essential Cinema series, »

- Matt Shiverdecker

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Academy Unveils 2014 Governors Awards Recipients

28 August 2014 10:06 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Harry Belafonte, Jean-Claude Carriere, Hayao Miyazaki, and Maureen O’Hara will receive Governors Awards at the Academy’s sixth annual ceremony, Nov. 8 at Hollywood & Highland.

Belafonte will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award while Carriere, Miyazaki and O’Hara will each be given an Honorary Award.

“The Governors Awards allow us to reflect upon not the year in film, but the achievements of a lifetime,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.  “We’re absolutely thrilled to honor these outstanding members of our global filmmaking community and look forward to celebrating with them in November.”

This year’s honorees fit the profile of past recipients: They are well-respected veterans and most have not won an Oscar in a competitive category.

The Governors Awards have become one of the industry’s hottest tickets and a key stop on the awards-campaign trail, with strategists making sure their candidates are in the room. Last year, »

- Tim Gray

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Piranha (1995) review

27 August 2014 11:07 PM, PDT | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

Reviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com

Piranha (1995)

Written by: Richard Robinson (story), John Sayles (original script)

Produced by: Roger Corman

Directed by: Scott P. Levy

Cast: William Katt (Paul Grogan), Alexandria Paul (Maggie McNamara), Monte Markham (J. R. Randolph), Mila Kunis (Susie Grogan), James Karen (Governor), Leland Orser (Terry Wechsler)

In this day of remakes and re-imaginings, this little anomaly would be anything but unusual. However in 1995, this was a strange curiosity, that was brought into existence for no particular reason that I know of. It was a made as TV movie for the Sci Fi Channel (Yep, that’s the old school spelling back in ’95) when it was still trying to find its niche. Then only three years old, the Sci Fi Channel was more than likely showing reruns of cult favorite tv shows, and had not tapped into the fertile ground of the nouveau B movie that it is now famous for. »

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Watch the Crazy 'Fantastic Four' Movie You've Probably Never Seen

26 August 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Producer Roger Corman has had an epic career, but it often feels as though the maverick filmmaker might be best remembered for his biggest failure than his myriad successes. Back in the early ‘90s, long before comic book movies were raking in record amounts of cash, Corman attempted to make a movie based on The Fantastic Four. Then everything went wrong. Trying to make a superhero movie with roughly a $1 million budget seems insane, but Corman and his team gave it their best effort. The film never saw the light of a projector bulb, thanks to studio politics and shady Hollywood business. The Fantastic Four has since turned up online, and it’s really pretty terrible compared to today’s comic films. Of course, with that tiny budget, how could it not be...

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- Mike Bracken

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Movies This Week: August 22-28, 2014

22 August 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

 

The Austin Film Society teams up with aGLIFF tonight to bring the new documentary To Be Takei (my review for Paste) to the Marchesa for a one-off screening. It's a touching and genuinely funny profile of George Takei, whose career has taken him from Star Trek to social media icon and gay rights activist. This month's Roger Corman series continues this weekend with X: The Man With The X-Ray Eyes. This 1963 thriller screens tonight and again on Sunday in a 35mm print. On Wednesday night, Afs presents SXSW doc Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton (Don's review) and then the Barbara Stanwyck Essential Cinema series will close Thursday with Ball Of Fire. Screening in 35mm, this classic 1941 Howard Hawks comedy, written by Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett, pairs Stanwyck with Gary Cooper.

Over at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, The Complete David Lynch series is winding down but has several more gems on the way. »

- Matt Shiverdecker

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8 Comic Book Movies That Actually Feel Like Comic Books

21 August 2014 8:13 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When going about a cinematic comic book adaptation, there are essentially two courses of action a team can take. On one hand, you can work to humanize certain elements, making the overall film more accessible to our own world. When you look at a movie like Iron Man, Tony Stark is a mere mortal who just happens to be one of the most talented inventors around, and you can actually believe his hero character could exist in everyday life. Marvel has been doing this to most of their heroes, and it’s been working rather well for the studio. Do you need any more examples than dollar signs and critical ravings?

The other option a filmmaker has is keeping 100% faithful to the tone of a comic and attempting to recreate a comic book feel completely on screen. This, of course, presents certain problems concerning technical prowess, budget, and many other »

- Matt Donato

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To Be Takei – The Review

21 August 2014 6:29 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Directed by Jennifer M. Kroot with George Takei, Brad Takei, Walter Koenig, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols.

It’s the voice. That mellifluous, basso profundo, deep down rumbling that issues words, sentences, entire speeches with such authority, sincerity and such relish that we cannot but pay attention. We hang on every word because we hear the intelligence, the humor, the irony and most of all the joy of someone who is in love; with life, with his partner, with acting, with being in the world and a part of human society, with the absolute joy of living. That voice is as recognizable and distinctive as Orson Welles, John Huston, Ed Begley or Roger Corman, that voice takes us by the hand and reveals to us a life lived full out, in every sense of the word; complicated, tragic, loving, generous and most of all fun.

It appears to be »

- Sam Moffitt

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Sneak Peek for Doomed! The Untold Story of Roger Corman's The Fantastic Four

21 August 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

A a three and a half minute sneak peek has been released for the documentary Doomed! The Untold Story of Roger Corman's The Fantastic Four. The film tells the story of producer Roger Corman's attempt to bring The Fantastic Four to the big screen in 1994. Over the years, the film has gained a cult following from a bootlegged version of the movie that leaked. 

For the longest time we've heard that the only motivation behind this Fantastic Four movie was so that the studio could keep the rights, but there's more to it than that. As you'll see in the trailer, the cast and crew really did try to make the best possible movie they could for under a million dollars.

Marty Langford is directing the documentary, and it looks like it's going to be packed full of interesting information that we never knew. I like that there »

- Joey Paur

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Melbourne's Lessons in the Darkness

20 August 2014 1:24 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

I don’t make films myself, but it seems obvious to me there are but two places to learn how to make movies: in the outside world constrained by so-called reality, and in the inside world of the cinema’s darkness, constrained by so-called illusion. Travelogue tales and quotidian reportage being of little interest here, a log for illusionary research and experience, I must duly deliver my film report on the films that came upon me in the darkness of the Melbourne International Film Festival, which ran from July 31 - August 17, and the lessons learned.

Awe Sum

Epic of Everest

So many academics and cinephiles alike seem consternated by Walter Benjamin's paen to the the aura of an original artwork, something squandered, lost, obfuscated, or obliterated in the mechanical reproduction of art in post cards, photographic duplicates, and, of course, cinema. But upon encountering at the festival a restoration »

- Daniel Kasman

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Brian G. Hutton, Director of ‘Where Eagles Dare,’ ‘Kelly’s Heroes,’ Dies at 79

20 August 2014 1:16 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Brian G. Hutton, who directed Clint Eastwood in the WWII actioners “Where Eagles Dare” (1968) and “Kelly’s Heroes” (1970) and also directed Elizabeth Taylor in two films, has died. He was 79.

Where Eagles Dare,” a thriller based on the Alistair MacLean novel, also starred Richard Burton, while “Kelly Heroes,” a heist film masquerading as a war film, sported a large ensemble cast that included Telly Savalas, Don Rickles, Carroll O’Connor and Donald Sutherland.

Hutton’s 1972 drama “X, Y and Zee” starred Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Caine and Susannah York concerned an an architect, his mistress, and the wife intent on breaking them at all costs. Follow-up film “Night Watch,” starring Taylor and Laurence Harvey, was a thriller.

Hutton did not direct again until 1980’s Lawrence Sanders adaptation “The First Deadly Sin,” starring Frank Sinatra as a New York police detective and Faye Dunaway his dying wife.

His final directorial effort was »

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Brian G. Hutton, Director of ‘Where Eagles Dare,’ ‘Kelly’s Heroes,’ Dies at 79

20 August 2014 1:16 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Brian G. Hutton, who directed Clint Eastwood in the WWII actioners “Where Eagles Dare” (1968) and “Kelly’s Heroes” (1970) and also directed Elizabeth Taylor in two films, has died. He was 79.

Where Eagles Dare,” a thriller based on the Alistair MacLean novel, also starred Richard Burton, while “Kelly Heroes,” a heist film masquerading as a war film, sported a large ensemble cast that included Telly Savalas, Don Rickles, Carroll O’Connor and Donald Sutherland.

Hutton’s 1972 drama “X, Y and Zee” starred Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Caine and Susannah York concerned an an architect, his mistress, and the wife intent on breaking them at all costs. Follow-up film “Night Watch,” starring Taylor and Laurence Harvey, was a thriller.

Hutton did not direct again until 1980’s Lawrence Sanders adaptation “The First Deadly Sin,” starring Frank Sinatra as a New York police detective and Faye Dunaway his dying wife.

His final directorial effort was »

- Carmel Dagan

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Trailers From Hell Takes 'The Trip' with Roger Corman

20 August 2014 9:54 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Writer Jack Nicholson and star Peter Fonda told Roger Corman he couldn’t make a movie about LSD without trying it at least once. So Roger took a caravan of pals to Big Sur, where he dutifully dropped acid and communed with the elements for 1967's "The Trip." Out of it all came his most personal and revealing film, a pop art time capsule that was banned in Britain for nearly a decade. »

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The Trip

19 August 2014 10:15 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Writer Jack Nicholson and star Peter Fonda told Roger Corman he couldn't make a movie about LSD without trying it at least once. So Roger took a caravan of pals to Big Sur, where he dutifully dropped acid and communed with the elements. Out of it all came his most personal and revealing film, a pop art time capsule that was banned in Britain for nearly a decade.

The post The Trip appeared first on Trailers From Hell.

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Shooting / Ride in the Whirlwind

19 August 2014 3:26 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 11, 2014

Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95

Studio: Criterion

Jack Nicholson in the 1966 western The Shooting.

In 1966, the maverick American director Monte Hellman (Two-Lane Blacktop, Road to Nowhere) conceived of two westerns at the same time – The Shooting and Ride in the Whirlwind.

Dreamlike and gritty by turns, the two films would prove their maker’s adeptness at brilliantly deconstructing genre. As shot back-to-back for famed producer Roger Corman (The Wild Angels), they feature overlapping casts and crews, including Jack Nicholson (Chinatown) in two of his meatiest early roles.

The Shooting, about a motley assortment of loners following a mysterious wanted man through a desolate frontier; and Ride in the Whirlwind, about a group of cowhands pursued by vigilantes for crimes they did not commit, are rigorous, artful, and wholly unconventional journeys into the American West.

Criterion’s double-feature DVD and Blu-ray editions of the films include the following »

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Watch: First 3 Minutes From 'Doomed! The Untold Story Of Roger Corman's The Fantastic Four'

19 August 2014 9:46 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

First it was “Jodorowsky’s Dune,” a documentary regarding raconteur Alejandro Jodorowsky’s failed adaptation of “Dune." Next was the forthcoming look at Tim Burton’s aborted take on Superman. Now another documentary focuses on the infamous Roger Corman-executive-produced rendition of “The Fantastic Four.” Directed by Marty Langford, “Doomed! The Untold Story Of Roger Corman’s ‘The Fantastic Four’” has rounded up interviews with all the key players of the 1994 D-movie, including the main cast alongside director Oley Sassone, editor Glenn Garland, Corman himself and Troma co-founder Lloyd Kaufman, among many others, telling the story of an infamous production reportedly made to cling to franchise rights but that was never released theatrically and was initially only seen via bootlegs. The opening minutes of the documentary surprisingly don’t rely on making fun of the unreleased film but instead seems to be genuinely interested »

- Cain Rodriguez

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