8 items from 2014
by Mike Gold and Martha Thomases
Ed Summer, the man who opened one of America’s first comic book stores and went on to a varied and significant media career, died Thursday from cancer.
A graduate of the New York University School of the Arts (his classmates included Oliver Stone, Jonathan Kaplan and Alan Arkush), Summer opened the Supersnipe Comic Book Emporium on Manhattan’s upper east side in 1971. The store was named after the Street and Smith comic book character who owned more comic books than anybody else in the world. In the late 1970s he opened a comic art gallery, also one of the first, near his store. His friend George Lucas was an investor.
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One of our favorite writers, Dennis Cozzalio, is with us again for today's Saturday Matinee. Dennis, not coincidentally, presides over one of our favorite film blogs, Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule. The occasion is the premiere of Allan Arkush's commentary for John Landis' Animal House which will run this coming Monday. Dennis happened to be an extra on the film so we asked him to share his experiences. We're also pleased to present some rare production stills courtesy of Katherine Wilson, the movie's local casting director in Oregon. Enjoy! Eugene, Oregon, Fall 1977. I was a first-term freshman trying to squeak out at least a 3.0 Gpa my first time at bat at the University of Oregon. I had enrolled in the film studies department, officially proclaiming it my major, fully expecting to broaden my horizons by seeing a lot of films to which I had never had the opportunity to be exposed. »
- Dennis Cozzalio
To make the return to late night study sessions a little less painful, Trailers From Hell has partnered with Barnsdall Art Park Foundation to present a screening series of classic and cult films set in high school (including Tfh Guru Allan Arkush’s Rock ‘n’ Roll High School).
Here's the official lowdown from the fine folks at Barnsdall: Adolescent angst. Raging hormones. Twisted teachers. Barnsdall Art Park Foundation and Joe Dante’s Trailers From Hell present “School Nights,” an outdoor fall film series celebrating the beloved high school movie. It was a “time to remember” (or one to forget). Relive the wonder and terror of your teen years with these five essential films.
Join us on the lush west lawn of Hollyhock House. We have »
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Since we're running Allan Arkush's commentary on Oliver Stone's The Doors this week, I thought it might be fun to share a story with you. I loved the Doors' music from the moment I first heard it as a teenager growing up in La. It seemed to capture the ethos of the 60s, a time of rule-breaking and rebellion, of limitless possibilities and deep disappointments, a time when you felt that everything you did and every choice you made was important and might make a difference in the world.
Needless to say when I was in Paris in 1997 for the first time since 1981, I made sure to take a trip to Le Pere Lachaise Cemetery where Jim Morrison and many other poets, novelists, composers and artists are buried.
While there, I took a photo of rock critic, Brett Meisner (now deceased), at Morrison’s grave. If you look »
- Elizabeth Stanley
Today on Trailers from Hell, Allan Arkush talks Oliver Stone's 1991 biopic about 1960s prog-rock band The Doors. The film spent over 10 years in development, running through several studios and potential leading men before settling on Val Kilmer as the band’s self-aggrandizing/self-destructive lead singer, Jim Morrison. Critical reaction was mixed and the box-office weak, but all of Oliver Stone's films are passion projects and "The Doors" is no different: like Morrison himself, Stone’s movie is never dull or doctrinaire. »
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Andrew Sarris called it the Citizen Kane of jukebox musicals but A Hard Day's Night long ago broke free from the constraints of being "just" a great musical. Director Richard Lester's most remarkable accomplishment was making the movie equivalent of a great Beatles song, a soaring, occasionally heartbreaking, ode to joy played out in 87 minutes. Appropriately, the opening night of Tfh guru Allison Anders' Don't Knock the Rock 2014 features a brand new digital restoration of A Hard Day's Night in celebration of its 50th Anniversary. A Hard Day's Night screens on Thursday, July 3rd at 7:30pm and more details about this special night and other films in the Don't Knock the Rock 2014 film series can be found here. In the meantime, here's Tfh guru (and resident rock n' roll authority) Allan Arkush on Lester's masterpiece. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqmD3FWPajY
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Here’s another gem from the Tfh Vault. From September 27, 2007, it’s Allan Arkush on Bucket of Blood.
“Life is an obscure hobo, bumming a ride on the omnibus of art.” The wit and wisdom of writer Charles B. Griffith, Roger Corman’s hipper-than-thou alter-ego, is in even fuller flower here than in his classic followup, “Little Shop of Horrors”, aided immeasurably by Dick Miller’s indelible performance as psychotic busboy Walter Paisley.
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Rock n' Roll Will Never Die! kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with director Allan Arkush introducing "Festival Express."Director Bob Smeaton’s rock ‘n road-trip movie, featuring some of 1970′s preeminent musicians on a five day train tour through Canada, is an essential time capsule of what happened when the swinging sixties made its awkward leap into the unforgiving after-party of the ’70s. There are eye-opening run-ins with hostile fans along the way but the camaraderie of the musicians, including Janis Joplin, The Band and The Grateful Dead keeps spirits high (literally). Because the tour was a financial disaster, the footage sat unused in a garage for years before being resurrected for presentation at the 2003 Toronto Film Festival. »
- Trailers From Hell
8 items from 2014
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