8 items from 2014
“I know I had a mental breakdown. I know I had it in an airplane. I know it looks to you as if the same thing is happening again, but it isn’t. I’m sure, it isn’t!”
That gremlin on the wing. William Shatner, the only one who can see it. He’s suffered a breakdown and is on another plane with his pretty wife. She manages to keep him calm for quite a while as he fidgets and twists in his seat. Terrified that the creature is going to bring down the jetliner, Shatner takes a gun from a sleeping policeman! Obviously “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”, this classic Twilight Zone episode, was made way before Tsa regulations that would have required a federal Air Marshal to tackle, subdue, and snap the neck of the on-board troublemaker. This is one of the most famous episodes of “The Zone” and »
- Tom Stockman
Directed by Lucio Marcaccini
In 1975, Bud Cort, high from his recent success as Harold in Harold & Maude, decided to don a rough goatee and follow a trail of money that ended at a psychedelic passion project from a no-name director. In some ways, Hallucination Strip could remind one of the recent Under the Skin insomuch that Cort’s baby-face and mustachio combo along with his heavy Italian Adr give him the image of a well-blended alien amongst the Roman hippies. Alas, Cort scurries along with them in a battered tale of sex, drugs, and petty theft — sadly human after all. With Kino’s Raro Video division release of Hallucination Strip on Blu-ray, audiences today can experience Eurocrime cinema with Hollywood star flair ending in predictably disastrous results.
Strip sees the Italian 1970s as the final stakes in the coffin of hippiedom. »
- Zach Lewis
Guest Review by Darwyn Carson – “Just one. I’m a few. No Family Too. Who Am I?”Last year no one knew what to expect. The burning question was: “Who is Orphan Black?” This recap is for anyone who saw Orphan Black’s virgin season and want a fast refresher and for anyone who’s curious about the buzz surrounding the techno-thriller. So if a catch-up marathon event isn’t in your future either, read on for a summarizing of selected season one highlights.There was this girl. Pretty much all we knew and isn’t there always a girl? This one was youngish, sporting a rock and roll street-smart vibe, exhibiting empathetic traits and a quick mind; but not a lot of impulse control. All this is unveiled right at the top of episode one: Natural Instincts. Sarah Manning fresh off of a Metro train spies a smartly dressed »
- Darwyn Carson
Guest Review by Darwyn Carson – “Just one. I’m a few. No Family Too. Who Am I?”Last year no one knew what to expect. The burning question was: “Who is Orphan Black?” This recap is for anyone who saw Orphan Black’s virgin season and want a fast refresher and for anyone who’s curious about the buzz surrounding the techno-thriller. So if a catch-up marathon event isn’t in your future either, read on for a summarizing of selected season one highlights.There was this girl. Pretty much all we knew and isn’t there always a girl? This one was youngish, sporting a rock and roll street-smart vibe, exhibiting empathetic traits and a quick mind; but not a lot of impulse...
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- Darwyn Carson
Girl Scout Cookie season is in full swing, and some Scouts have been making headlines lately for going above and beyond peddling Thin Mints and Samoas. These aren't just regular Girl Scouts. They're Extreme Girl Scouts. The next few Girl Scouts you're about to read about are so bad they make the Bad News Bears look like the Good News … Kittens. Deal with it. The Girl Scout Who Sold 18,000+ BoxesKatie Francis sold 18,107 boxes in seven weeks. That narrowly bested the previous record, which had been held since the 1980s. For breaking a 30-year-old record with only time, commitment and verve, »
- Alex Heigl
Bell, who played Anna in the blockbuster Disney flick, discussed the film's Broadway plans with Entertainment Weekly's EW Radio, and said that she would be interested in reprising her role if the show's producers asked.
"I certainly hope that they try," the actress said. "Everybody in 'Frozen' is a Broadway veteran so I certainly hope they try and wrangle us."
Bell's Broadway background includes a stint in the musicals "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "Reefer Madness," as well as a role alongside Liam Neeson and Laura Linney in a revival of "The Crucible." Idina Menzel starred in the Tony-winning "Rent" and snagged a statuette herself for her role in "Wicked," while Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad »
- Katie Roberts
Before Jawbreaker, Clueless, or Mean Girls, there was 1989’s Heathers, a dark cult comedy that set the standard for films about popular cliques in high school. Pre-Regina George, there were Heathers Duke, McNamara and Chandler, a trio of scrunchied debutantes who classed up the joint with delicate phrases like “Did you have a brain tumor for breakfast?” and “F–k me gently with a chainsaw.”
The insanely quotable film celebrates its 25th anniversary on March 31, the same day Heathers: The Musical will open in New York. Written by Daniel Waters and directed by Michael Lehmann, the acerbic teen comedy »
- Marc Snetiker
Poor Louis J. Gasnier! Doomed to be remembered for a single late work, Reefer Madness, a.k.a. Tell Your Children (1936), the worst film he or maybe anyone else ever made. It's a piece of staggering incoherence and incompetence which can take a simple scene and put it through a kind of fractal mirror-maze of bad cutting and coverage so as to render you constantly uncertain how many people are in a room and which way any of them are facing.
It was not always thus. Gasnier began directing in France around 1905, worked with the great Max Linder, and was a perfectly serviceable craftsman by the standards of the day. By 1925 he was in Hollywood and working at a high level in the industry, directing Clara Bow in Parisian Love, a tale of "Apaches" (French street roughs) and the upper classes, and a forbidden love affair that crosses these class boundaries. »
- David Cairns
8 items from 2014
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