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16mm Double Feature Night at The Way Out Club May 2nd – Mighty Joe Young and Machine Gun Kelly

Join us for some old-school 16mm Movie Madness! – It’s our monthly 16Mm Double Feature Night at The Way Out Club (2525 Jefferson Avenue in St. Louis)! Join Tom Stockman and Roger from “Roger’s Reels’ for complete films projected on 16mm film. The show is Tuesday May 2nd and starts at 8pm. Admission is Free though we will be setting out a jar to take donations for the National Children’s Cancer Society.

First up Is Mighty Joe Young (1949)

The producer –director team of Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack attempted to recreate the magic of King Kong in 1949 with Mighty Joe Young, which followed the Kong story closely but this time with more humor, affection and a big ape that kids could see as a hero. Again Robert Armstrong leads a safari to an isolated land to find a new attraction and again discovers a giant ape attached
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Guns! Guns! Guns! John Milius' rootin' tootin' bio of the most famous of the '30s bandits has plenty of good things to its credit, especially its terrific, funny cast, topped by the unlikely star Warren Oates. The battles between Dillinger's team of all-star bank robbers and Ben Johnson's G-Man aren't neglected, as Milius savors every gun recoil and Tommy gun blast. Dillinger Blu-ray + DVD Arrow Video U.S. 1973 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 107 min. / Street Date April 26, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Warren Oates, Ben Johnson, Michelle Phillips, Cloris Leachman, Harry Dean Stanton, Geoffrey Lewis, John Ryan, Richard Dreyfuss, Steve Kanaly, John Martino, Roy Jenson, Frank McRae. Cinematography Jules Brenner Special Effects A.D. Flowers, Cliff Wenger Edited by Fred R. Feitshans, Jr. Original Music Barry De Vorzon Produced by Buzz Feitshans Written and Directed by John Milius

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

There it was in the dentist's office, an article in either
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Happy 90th Birthday to Roger Corman – Here Are His Ten Best Films

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman

Happy 9oth Birthday to a legend! Roger Corman has directed more than 50 low-budget drive-in classics, produced and/or distributed 450 more, and helped the careers of hundreds of young people breaking into the industry. A partial list: Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Irvin Kershner, Monte Hellman, Peter Bogdanovich, Gail Ann Hurd, James Cameron, Jonathan Kaplan, Joe Dante, Robert Towne. Considering Corman’s own films, Jonathan Demme has stated. “Roger is arguably the greatest independent filmmaker the American film industry has seen and probably ever will see.” And he’s still going strong, currently producing the upcoming actioner Death Race 2050. We Are Movie Geeks has taken a look at Corman’s career and here are what we think are the ten best films that he has directed:

Honorable Mention. The Premature Burial

The Premature Burial (1962) is the ‘odd man out’ among the
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Corman’S World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel Playing at Webster University this Weekend

He’s the most mild-mannered of men, yet he’s responsible for such groundbreaking exploitation titles as Caged Women, Bloody Mama, and Attack Of The Crab Monsters. The new documentary Corman’S World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel tracks the career of writer-director-producer Roger Corman, the true godfather of independent filmmaking. St. Louisans will have the opportunity to see Corman’S World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel when it plays here this weekend at Webster University. Now 86 years old, Corman’s influence on modern American cinema is almost incalculable. In 2009, he was honored with an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement. Over his amazing career, Mr. Corman has produced films, built studios, and launched the careers of so many young filmmakers and actors, some of whom have gone on to become the biggest names in Hollywood. Corman has been been interviewed many times in the past and this new film doesn
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New at Tfh: Brian Trenchard-Smith on The Battle Of The Bulge

Brian Trenchard-Smith gets suitable lengthy and (as always) very thorough with The Battle of the Bulge.

The flat plains of Spain make a visually inaccurate backdrop for this sprawling but none too accurate recreation of one of the major operations of World War II, which took place across the forests of Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg. It’s a nearly three hour Roadshow spectacle with the usual all star cast, efficiently showcased by director Ken Annakin.

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Now here’s a cool movie with a sprawling cast that even has some overlap to films from earlier this week, and Brian hits on a couple of actors in this commentary that we should have hit on Monday, when we weren’t singing the praises of Lee Marvin: Telly Savalas and one of the manliest manly men to ever live,
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Top Ten Tuesday: The Best of Roger Corman

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman

Celebrated producer and director Roger Corman will be in St. Louis this weekend to help kick off the Vincentennial Vincent Price Film Festival. We Are Movie Geeks has decided to take a look at the directing career of the man known as .King of the B.s’, a Hollywood legend who.s discovered so much talent and gave so many future directors and actors their starts, that he has to be considered a one-man movie industry. Since we just posted the Top Ten Best of Vincent Price last week and included three of the eight Corman/Price collaborations in that list, we decided to leave off the films he made with Price this week and focus on other films that he directed. Roger Corman will be at the Hi-Pointe Theater at 1005 McCausland Ave. in St. Louis on Saturday May 21 to speak
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Cannes 2011. Classics Lineup

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The Cannes Film Festival's unveiled its Classics program today: "Fourteen films, five documentaries, surprises, a Masterclass (Malcolm McDowell), new or restored prints: The program is based on proposals from national archives, cinematheques, studios, producers and distributors. Rare classics to discover or re-discover, they will be presented in 35mm or high definition digital prints."

The Films

The first round of descriptions comes straight from the Festival.

A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage dans la lune) by Georges Méliès (France, 1902, 16'). "The color version of Georges Méliès most famous film, A Trip to the Moon (1902) is visible again 109 years after its release: having been long considered lost, this version was found in 1993 in Barcelona. In 2010, a full restoration is initiated by Lobster Films, Gan Foundation for Cinema and Technicolor Foundation for Heritage Cinema. The digital tools of today allows them to re-assemble the fragments of 13 375 images from the film and restore them one by one.
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Wamg Interview: Harriett Bronson, first wife of Charles Bronson and author of Charlie And Me

Harriett Tendler was 18, the only child of a widowed Jewish farmer, when she enrolled at the Bessie V. Hicks School of Stage, Screen, and Radio in Philadelphia in 1947. It was there she fell in love with Charles Buchinsky, a fellow student eight years her senior. Charles was part of a large Lithuanian family from an impoverished coal mining town in Pennsylvania. He had served in WWII as a tail gunner and was using the GI bill to study art and acting. Harriett and Charles were married in 1949 and two years later, Charles was cast in his first film. In 1953 he changed his last name to Bronson and found work as a solid character actor with a rugged face, muscular physique and everyman ethnicity that kept him busy in supporting roles as indians, convicts, cowboys, boxers, and gangsters. Life was good for the Bronsons and they had a daughter and then a son.
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Sliff 2010: Wamg Interviews Stacy Keech

Interviewed by Tom Stockman

Conducted: November 12, 2010

Veteran actor Stacy Keach has been on stage and in front of the camera for well over fifty years. He’s performed in the highbrow ranks of Broadway, Shakespeare, and critically acclaimed films. He’s also participated in the lowbrow humor of Cheech and Chong and grindhouse quickies churned out by Italian exploitation auteurs. He’s worked for some of the great directors including John Huston, Walter Hill, John Carpenter, and Robert Altman, as well as playwright Arthur Miller. When he’s not performing, his charity work as chairman of the Cleft Palate Foundation keeps him busy. Stacy Keach was invited to St. Louis last weekend to receive an honorary Lifetime Achievement Award from Cinema St. Louis. Three of his films were screened including the classics Fat City and The Long Riders as well as his newest project Imbued, a film in which he
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Epic Dreamer: An Akira Kurosawa Profile (Part 2)

Trevor Hogg profiles the internationally renowned filmmaker Akira Kurosawa in the second of a four part feature... read part one.

“After the Pacific War, a great deal of noise began to be made about freedom of speech, and almost immediately abuses and loss of self-control ensued,” recollected acclaimed filmmaker Akira Kurosawa of life in Post-wwii Japan. “A certain kind of magazine took up flattering readers’ curiosity, provoking scandals with shamelessly vulgar articles.” The prevailing sensationalist mentality had to be addressed. “I felt that this new tendency had to be stamped out before it could spread,” remarked the director. “This was the impetus for Skyandaru (Scandal, 1950).”

A tabloid newspaper falsely reports that artist Ichiro Aoye (Toshiro Mifune) is having a love affair with a famous singer, Miyako Saijo (Yoshiko Yamaguchi); he sues the publication only to be betrayed by his lawyer Hiruta (Takashi Shimura). “While I was writing the script an
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[TV] Crime Wave: 18 Months of Mayhem

Suckers for profiler documentaries will find a decent production in Crime Wave: 18 Months of Mayhem. Not unlike the recent film Public Enemies starring Johnny Depp, Crime Wave suffers when it gets too bogged down in details of the various biographies; it loses sight of the overall story which has a compelling amount of information unto itself, making the moments where it dives too deep into the backstory of any one criminal a bit mundane. Perhaps the greatest aspect of the disc’s scope is that it covers both facets of the story: the criminals and the pursuit thereof; not only do Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde get a strong focus but the formation of the FBI plays an integral role in the telling of the story. From its humble beginnings as just another bureaucratic office with no real power to the upstart agency responsible for the felling of some of American history’s most notorious criminals,
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And the Oscar Goes To... B-movie King Corman

Los Angeles – Roger Corman, memorably dubbed "the Orson Welles of the Z-Movie" and "the Pope of Pop Cinema," never expected the words "Academy Award recipient" would accompany his name.The man, whose 350 movie credits include such low-budget fare as "The Masque of the Red Death" and "X: The Man With the X-Ray Eyes," is receiving an honorary Oscar for a lifetime of achievement that includes mentoring such filmmakers as Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, James Cameron and Ron Howard.Corman, 83, said he was aware the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was considering him for the honor. He felt certain he would not make the cut, though."I predicted that I would not win because I make low-budget films, and I felt the academy would not give an award to someone who made low-budget films. I was truly surprised when I got the call,
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7 Roger Corman Movies Ripe For Remaking

Roger Corman’s The Man With The X-Ray Eyes has been dusted off by MGM and handed to 28 Weeks Later helmer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo for a run through the remake factory. Corman has long been a source of remakes, though many of his works have been turned into TV movies, instead of hitting the big screen. So we figured we’d embrace the idea of retooling Corman’s movies, if only so we could try to steer studios in the right direction and hope for some decent films in the process. Machine-Gun Kelly Corman’s take:... .

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