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"Valley Girl" could have (like) been a (totally) lame teensploitation comedy (fer shure), created to capitalize on the novelty 1982 hit song by Frank Zappa and his 14-year-old daughter, Moon Unit. Instead, the film turned the song's satiric jabs at the slang and fashions of the San Fernando Valley set (soon popular among teenage girls nationwide) into a clever teen romantic comedy, one that celebrated the subculture's materialism and fads in style, speech, and music, all while gently poking fun at them. What's more, the movie (released 30 years ago this week, on April 29, 1983) launched several careers (notably, that of Nicolas Cage) and influenced many of the teen-girl comedies of manners that followed (including "Heathers," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Clueless," and "Mean Girls"). Of course, not everyone involved in the film saw their careers flourish as Cage's did. Here, then, is a roundup of the fortunes that befell the makers of "Valley Girl, »
- Gary Susman
Quentin Tarantino loves his cameos. As a cinephile, his interest in actors spans many genres and countries and his latest, Django Unchained, is proof of a director trying to cram as many of his favourite performers into one film as is humanly possible. So many that he placed usually loquacious-types in dialogue-free roles (Michael Bowen, Ted Neeley), wrote new dialogue for others (Franco Nero, Bruce Dern) or invented new characters altogether, then realised he had no extra money to give those actors anything to do (Zoe Bell, Amber Tamblyn).
Truth is, Quentin Tarantino has always been something of a king of the cameo, his encyclopaedic film-boffinness regularly allowing him to fit the right actor with the right part, in a way that non-film geek filmmakers often find it so hard to get right. Featuring blink-and-you’ll-miss-’em performances from among the eight feature films Tarantino has directed, rather than simply written, »
- Brogan Morris
Tagline: "Shoot, kill, run, hide." Deep Dark Canyon is an action thriller that is set for an April 4th release. This film finds two brothers on the run from the law, after they accidentally shoot the town's mayor. Nate (Spencer Treat Clark) and Skylar (Nick Eversman) are protected by their dad, Bloom (Ted Levine), who acts as the town's Sheriff. Two families will collide when this film releases on DVD through Screen Media Films. The film's trailer is also hosted below. In the clip, the two brothers work together to outfox an entire town of angry and murderous citizens. Have a look at the thrilling reel below. Release Date: April 4th, 2013 (DVD). Director/writers: Abe Levy and Silver Tree. Cast: Ted Levine, Spencer Treat Clark, Nick Eversman, Martin Starr, Michael Bowen, Matthew Lillard, Justine Bateman, and Abraham Benrubi. The official trailer for Deep Dark Canyon is here: *the film's run time is 94 mins. »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
The red carpet, projectionist, movie addicts and the world of art owe a fair deal to the Tennessee born director, producer, screenwriter and actor, Quentin Jerome Tarantino. Time itself could well certify the artist’s unique presence in the movie industry and – not to mention – his influence and controversial delivery, along with logic-defying plots and – as the cherry on top – his ingenious and meticulously chosen casts – have marked the childhood and lives of more than one worldwide.
The 49-year old director is known as a master blender and story teller with a very distinct style – aestheticizing gore, violence, sex and drugs. Tarantino’s uniqueness has been writing cinema history in his self-iconizing palmarès since the late 80s. The director’s particular attention to details led to a series of titles packed with witty dialogues and a number of A-list names from the acting world.
The protagonists and characters of Tarantino aren’t simply unique, »
- Danny J. DPurb
4 items from 2013
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