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It's funny, skilful and charming, but this affectionate hymn to 1970s violence and narcissism may help to sustain harmful attitudes
Anne Billson isn't alone in finding Black Dynamite pointless. Nonetheless, many have found it enthralling. So, on one level or another it must be delivering something. What might that be?
The film is a brilliantly executed parody of one strand of the blaxploitation films of the 1970s. Still, you could make a spoof of anything. To succeed as a parodist, you've got to pick a subject that holds some significance for your audience. A decades-old movie sub-genre wouldn't in itself be a sure-fire target. Interest in this one surely depends on a feature of its subject matter that remains of enduring fascination – the potency of the black male.
Blaxploitation hymned violence, sexual incontinence and narcissistic posturing as the black man's route to self-realisation. In the 1970s this may have been »
- David Cox
It looks like we're entering a whole new world of documentaries about the Walt Disney Company. There have been two feature-length documentaries about Disney released in theaters during the last seven months alone. Last fall's "Walt & El Grupo" examined Walt Disney's goodwill tour of South America in the 1940s. This week's "Waking Sleeping Beauty" is an insider's account of the company's return to artistic form during the 1980s and early 1990s. Disney, both the man and the company, remain one of the most interesting subjects in Hollywood history, and there are plenty more possible topics for future documentaries. But many of them wouldn't paint the Mouse House in such a favorable light. So the question then becomes -- would Disney ever let anyone make them?
Though "Waking Sleeping Beauty" has earned plaudits from some critics for its candor, these films are still to varying degrees Disney movies about Disney, made »
- Matt Singer
The DVD format is over a decade old now - so what's holding up the disc release of these 15 films?
Good old DVD - it rose from nowhere a decade ago and offered us unrivalled picture quality, amazing special features, supersharp sound, and films the way they were meant to be seen. (Sound familiar?)
Soon, the VHS tape, bulky, prone to rewinding, fast forwarding, tape lag, and degradation with repeated use, was obsolete. Who can forget the original VHS tapes of Ghostbusters, watched so many times it started to look like a Swedish TV broadcast recorded from a ship in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean? And then there was the upgrading, rebuying your library over the course of a few years, with each double-dip special edition. Evil Dead 2 has been released in seven different versions in the UK alone.
But not everything made it to DVD, and plenty of it never will. »
At Disney’s annual shareholder meeting Wednesday, CEO Bob Iger faced off with disappointed “cast members” over health benefits, didn’t dismiss the idea of selling ABC, announced a new ride and rebuked one of the company’s classic animated films.
Calling the movie “antiquated” and “fairly offensive,” Iger said there are no plans for releasing “Song of the South” on DVD.
“Thank you for not disappointing me,” Iger said Wednesday after an attendee of the meeting in San Antonio asked about the 1946 film. It has become something of a tradition that someone will ask about “Song of the South” at a Disney shareholders meeting, though Iger’s negative response this year seemed more firm than in the past.
As for ABC, Iger was responding to a questioner who suggested that the network, or at least ABC News, might be more valuable to someone else than it is to Disney. »
- By Paul Bond
Eli Roth explains how to find the hidden artwork that was originally intended to be used as the horror film's follow-up Both the uncensored director's cut of Cabin Fever on Blu-ray and the standard issue DVD release of Cabin Fever 2: Spring Break are available in stores today. Original Cabin Fever director Eli Roth turned over the reigns to Ti West for Part 2 after Lionsgate balked at Roth's own idea for a sequel. Roth originally wanted to make a Song of the South inspired follow-up that had Deputy Winston (Giuseppe Andrews} and his animated forest friends raping dead bodies in the woods. But that's something we'll never see. Right?
Well, in a recent interview, Roth revealed to us that an Easter Egg on the Cabin Fever standard issue DVD release actually shows what his sequel was supposed to be. He told us:
If you have the original Cabin Fever DVD, »
The acclaimed horror director reminisces about his seminal splatter classic as well as future projects
Eli Roth is a master pitchman who always seems to be living in the future. Whenever he sits down for an interview, talk soon turns to the upcoming sequels, prequels, and future projects that are continuously bubbling up in his constantly moving mind. He's like a Great White shark that can never stop swimming, or he will die. So it's not often that we get to sit with the man and reminisce about past projects. But the upcoming Blu-ray release of his directorial debut Cabin Fever allowed us to do just that. The original film has been remastered in Hi-Def to coincide with the standard issue DVD release of its long shelved sequel Cabin Fever 2: Spring Break. Both of which arrive in stores today, February 16th, 2010.
To celebrate this cavalcade of gruesome gore, »
Quentin Tarantino wants to make slavery exciting.
The two-time Oscar nominee recently said he’d like to make his next film a Western. However, rather than set it in frontier times, he’s looking more at the South.
"I’d like to do a Western," the Inglourious Basterds and Pulp Fiction auteur told the New York Daily News. "But rather than set it in Texas, have it in slavery times. With that subject that everybody is afraid to deal with. Let's shine that light on ourselves."
Tarantino envisions the project as an adventure flick, which does seem rather inspired. After all, one of the great American works that touches on slavery, Mark Twain’s "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", is also full of derring-do and excitement.
"You could do a ponderous history lesson of slaves escaping on the Underground Railroad. Or you could make a movie that would be exciting, »
Dread Central found this to be the perfect reason to catch up with writer/producer/director-turned-notable actor Eli Roth to reflect on the film that put him on the horror map and what he’s doing these days when he isn’t celebrating all the award season success of Inglourious Basterds, the highly acclaimed Quentin Tarantino flick that was released this past summer.
Cabin Fever was part of a new breed of horror that took audiences to visceral levels. Several years leading up to 2003, when Roth’s vision of horror was unleashed onto unsuspecting fans, the genre had been playing it safe with a slew of PG-13 releases. Studios wondered if audiences were »
Disney's new cartoon The Princess and the Frog has an African-American heroine, but it's taken a long time to get to this point
When you consider the pantheon of classic Disney characters, chances are that Sunflower the Centaur doesn't spring to mind. Sunflower is the young black centaur in Fantasia, and if that still doesn't ring any bells, it's because she's absent from any official version of the movie you'll see today.
From the waist up, Sunflower is – or was – a textbook example of the "pickaninny" caricature. Neither her looks, nor her subservience to the graceful, silky-haired white centaurs, caused much fuss in 1940, but shifting, civil-rights era sensibilities saw Sunflower snipped from Fantasia's 1960 rerelease. (By this time Disney had also given us Dumbo's jive-talking crows – one of whom is actually named Jim Crow – and a romanticised view of post-slavery race relations in Song of the South.)
It is against this »
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