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The Green Slime

Look out! Gamma Gamma Hey! It’s the attack of screaming, arm-waving green goober monsters from a rogue planetoid, here to bring joy to the hearts of bad-movie fans everywhere. Just make sure your partner is agreeably inclined before you make it a date movie — this show has ended many a good relationship, even before the immortal words, “We’ll never make it chief, it’s coming too fast!”

The Green Slime


Warner Archive Collection

1969 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 90 min. / Gamma sango uchu daisakusen / Street Date October 3, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Robert Horton, Luciana Paluzzi, Richard Jaeckel, Bud Widom, Robert Dunham.

Cinematography: Yoshikazu Yamasawa

Film Editor: Osamu Tanaka

Original Music: Charles Fox, Toshiaki Tsushima

Written by Bill Finger, Ivan Reiner, Tom Rowe, Charles Sinclair

Produced by Walter Manley, Ivan Reiner

Directed by Kinji Fukasaku

It’s a summer evening in 1969. Unable to get into a showing of Butch Cassidy
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Revolt of Nature Horror Films: The Must-Sees

Writer Lee Gambin calls them Natural Horror films, other writers call them Revenge of Nature or Nature Run Amok films and writer Charles Derry considers them a type of Apocalyptic Cinema.

Of course we’re speaking of one of the great horror subgenres for which we’ll employ writer Kim Newman’s tag: The Revolt of Nature.

Since the end of the 1990s, lovers of animal attack films have been subjected to copious amounts of uninspired Nu Image, Syfy Channel and Syfy Channel-like dreck like Silent Predators (1999), Maneater (2007) Croc (2007), Grizzly Rage (2007) and a stunning amount of terrible shark attack films to name a few that barely scratch the surface of a massive list.

These movies fail miserably to capture the intensity of the unforgettable films they are imitating and the recent wave seems to carry with it the intent of giving the Revolt of Nature horror film a bad name.
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It’s Not TV: HBO, The Company That Changed Television: The Green Channel

10) The Green Channel

Let’s say it’s the 1960s, and you live in New York City, some place in downtown Manhattan. You’re cool, you’re with it, so maybe it’s a nifty loft in the Chelsea district. That puts you maybe twenty blocks from the Empire State Building, the transmission source for all over-the-air TV signals in the city. Well, if your neat, beatnik pad happens to be in just the wrong place, with one of those famous New York City skyscrapers standing between you and the Empire State, somebody living 15 miles away in the New Jersey ‘burbs is getting better TV reception than you. While you may appreciate the poetic irony of living amidst the greatest collection of television signals in the country and not being able to get any of it, you don’t think it’s nearly as funny as your friends over in Jersey do.
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Getting the giggles

Try to keep a straight face as we assemble cinema's best scenes involving corpsing

Get your laughing gear around these five examples of characters creasing up at inopportune moments. Which scenes of helpless hilarity would you add to the list?

The Candidate

Robert Redford's presidential hopeful can't help but show his human side. But politics is a serious business, so "grim up" is the advice of spin-meister Peter Boyle. Easier said than done when you've just been tea-bagged by a microphone.

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The Departed

"Don't laugh!" is also very good advice, especially when delivered by Jack Nicholson's fearsome gangster after you've just scuppered his plans. The term "corpsing" could prove all too apt here.

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State-sanctioned assaults on kids are, of course, no laughing matter, and neither is Bob Bowes' horribly convincing pitbull of a headmaster,
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New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'Total Recall' and More

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This week: There's no trip to Mars or Arnold Schwarzenegger, but the remake of "Total Recall" has Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston and — by popular demand — a new three-breasted prostitute.

Also new this week is Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams in the baseball drama "Trouble With the Curve," the ensemble high school reunion romantic dramedy "10 Years" and the female-driven musical comedy "Pitch Perfect."

'Total Recall'

Box Office: $59 million

Rotten Tomatoes: 30% Rotten

Storyline: In this remake of the 1990 movie of the same name that is also based on a Philip K. Dick short story, factory worker Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell) comes to believe that he's a real-life spy after visiting Rekall, a company that implants fantasy memories. Quaid then goes on the lam to find clues about his true identity in this dystopian sci-fi action movie directed by Len Wiseman. Kate Beckinsale stars as Quaid's lethal wife, Jessica Biel
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Mindy Newell: Sometimes A Great Notion Gets Beat

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Gosh darn that Entertainment Weekly!

Curse you, Martha Thomases!

Damn those Republicans!

Off with your head, John Ostrander!

I’m the New York Giants’s Lawrence Tynes. I’m the place kicker here. I’m the one who gets the game going. Yeah, that’s right. Monday is the start of the week here at ComicMix. The calendar week may start with Sunday, but Monday is the real start of the week, isn’t it? As in first day of the work week and first day of the school week.

(Btw, what y’all thinking about the Giants first-round draft choice, running back Dave Wilson? I’m liking him. Yeah, that’s right. Football season is just about here. Deal with it. Go Giants!)

And here it is Monday, and I’m sitting here on Sunday afternoon without a thing to write about.

I was going to write about Superman
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Memento Mori: Remembering those we lost in 2011

In October of 2010, Sound on Sight asked me to do my first commemorative piece on the passing of filmmaker Arthur Penn. I suspect I was asked because I was the only one writing for the site old enough to have seen Penn’s films in theaters. Whatever the reason, it was an unexpectedly rewarding if expectedly bittersweet experience which led to a series of equally rewarding but bittersweet experiences writing on the passing of other filmdom notables.

I say rewarding because it gave me a nostalgic-flavored chance to revisit certain work and the people behind it; a revisiting which often brought back the nearly-forgotten youthful excitement that went with an eye-opening, a discovery, the thrill of the new. Writing them has also been bittersweet because each of these pieces is a formal acknowledgment that something precious is gone. A talent may be perhaps preserved forever on celluloid, but the filmography
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Ken Kesey's Magic Trip: A Merry Pranksters redux

Footage of Ken Kesey's 1964 LSD road trip has finally been edited into a (mostly) coherent film

In 1964 Ken Kesey embarked on a coast-to-coast-and-back road trip, spreading the word of LSD with a busload of costumed cohorts; it is the stuff of pop-culture legend, and the founding gospel of the hippie movement. But most of what we know comes from Tom Wolfe's florid account in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. It's said that if you can remember the 60s, you weren't there, and in a way, Wolfe wasn't; he didn't meet Kesey and his Merry Pranksters until they had returned.

It was largely forgotten that Kesey planned his own account of the trip in the form of an improvised movie. The film would be "a total breakthrough of expression", wrote Wolfe, "but also something that would amaze and delight many multitudes, a movie that could be shown commercially as
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Repertory. Truffaut, Newman, Noonan, More

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"[T]he shadow of Alfred Hitchcock would loom heavily over the works of the young critics who took up cameras and formed the French New Wave," writes Fernando F Croce in Slant. "Whether direct or circuitous, traces of Hitch can be felt in Godard's insistence on filmic technique visibly and violently manifesting itself, Chabrol's fascination with human duality and repressed beastliness, Rohmer's Catholic examinations of private moralities, and even Rivette's view of a world precariously suspended over various trap doors. Curiously, the upstart who related most ardently to the older auteur was also the one with the least in common stylistically and spiritually: François Truffaut, whose freewheeling camera and affection for hypersensitive characters put him at the opposite side of the spectrum from the implacable visual exactitude and jaundiced worldview which characterized the Master of Suspense…. Think of Truffaut's The Bride Wore Black [1968] as the lumpiest fruit borne out of that union,
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Magic Trip – The Review

It’s likely that most folks became aware of the hippie movement because of the Woodstock music festival in the late 1960′s. Surely these peace-loving flower children didn’t spring from that mushy, muddy ground fully formed. Did they emerge earlier in the decade? Perhaps they were an off-shoot of the espresso-drinking, bongo-playing beatniks of the 1950′s. Well, a brand new documentary culled from some very old ( about fifty years ) home movie footage directed by Alex Gibney ( Enron:the Smartest Guys In The Room ) and Alison Eastwood attempts to answer some of those questions. For a groovy history lesson hop about the Merry Pranksters’ bus and take a Magic Trip.

The film begins with a look at celebrated author Ken Kesey. Old high school yearbook photos paint him as a real straight arrow jock type. But then he decided to become a writer and penned the classic novel “One Flew Over
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How Ken Kesey's LSD-fuelled bus trip created the psychedelic 60s

Long-lost footage of journey across America by the author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and his Merry Pranksters to spread the word about acid has been turned into a documentary

Flush with funds from the success of his debut novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey, then 29, drew up plans in 1963 to drive a bus across the Us to the World's Fair in New York. In June 1964, an exotically painted 1939 Harvester school bus rolled out of his ranch in La Honda, California. This was to be no ordinary journey. Kesey's Beat Generation associate Neal Cassady – the inspiration for Dean Moriarty in Jack Kerouac's On the Road – was driving the bus they called Further. On board were half a dozen travellers who called themselves the Merry Pranksters and a jar of orange juice laced with LSD. The trip, immortalised in Tom Wolfe's book The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test,
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Watch: A trippy re-creation of Ken Kesey's first acid trip

Documentary film director Alex Gibney, an Oscar winner for 2007's bleak Taxi to the Dark Side, is known for works featuring cynical plotlines such as Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, and Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer. Gibney's new film, the significantly more upbeat Magic Trip, hit theaters on Friday, and details the cross-country bus trips taken by author Ken Kesey and his blissed-out chums in the sixties. You're probably familiar with Kesey from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (whose film adaptation Kesey hated, incidentally, because it took the viewpoint away from Chief Bromden), or Sometimes a Great Notion, but you may not be aware that Kesey, as a Stanford grad student in 1960, was a volunteer subject for a CIA-financed research project which tested a number of hallucinogens, including LSD, which was legal at the time. The project was known as [...]
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‘Magic Trip’: Review Revue

‘Magic Trip’: Review Revue
Courtesy Magnolia Pictures Ken Kesey’s Further Bus in “Magic Trip

In 1964, Beat literature icon Ken Kesey gathered his friends and favorite musicians in a bus and drove east from California to New York. That trip became legendary in American counter-culture — and the subject of journalist Tom Wolfe’s 1968 “Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test” — and is now the basis for a new documentary from directors Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood. The 107-minute film is largely composed of 16 mm footage shot by passengers on the “Further” bus,
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Review: Magic Trip Documents Ken Kesey's Psychedelic Bus Tour Across America

Review: Magic Trip Documents Ken Kesey's Psychedelic Bus Tour Across America
Ken Kesey felt that the novel was no match for what was happening around him in 1964. After rising to literary prominence with his debut, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, in 1962, Kesey wrote Sometimes a Great Notion, a union-busting saga set in an Oregon logging town. Due in New York for the book's publication, which coincided with the World's Fair happening there, Kesey decided to make an event of the trip, and to document the proceedings with a creative instrument more suited to the quickening times: A 16-millimeter camera.
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The Merry Pranksters Take Another Trip–Down Memory Lane

The Merry Pranksters Take Another Trip–Down Memory Lane
Ted Streshinsky/Corbis Ken Kesey, October 1966, San Francisco, Calif.

In 1964, author Ken Kesey and an entourage known as the Merry Pranksters lit out from La Honda, Calif., bound for New York, on what would become one of the longest, strangest trips of all time. Armed with 16mm video cameras, musical instruments and copious quantities of LSD, they traveled in a 1939 International Harvester school bus painted day-glow colors and driven by beat generation icon Neal Cassady.

Filmmakers Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood
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Michael Sarrazin, 1940 - 2011

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Updated through 4/23.

"Michael Sarrazin, a tall, dark-eyed Canadian actor who starred opposite Jane Fonda in Sydney Pollack's 1969 film They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, died of cancer Sunday," reports Claire Noland in the Los Angeles Times. He was 70. Noland quotes from a 1994 interview given to the Toronto Star in which Sarrazin recalled working on Horses: "You could have paid me a dollar a week to work on that. It hits you bolt upright; I still get really intense when I watch it. We stayed up around the clock for three or four days.... We stayed in character. Pollack said we should work until signs of exhaustion. Fights would break out among the men; women started crying."

"Sarrazin was one of the last actors to come up through the old studio system, signing with Universal in 1965," writes John Griffin in the Montreal Gazette. "After an indifferent start in television and movies-of-the week,
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Michael Sarrazin obituary

Canadian actor who had a decade of Hollywood success playing anti-heroes

The Canadian-born actor Michael Sarrazin, who has died of cancer aged 70, was so visible in Hollywood movies from 1967 to 1977 that one may wonder what happened to his subsequent career. A facetious answer might be that he moved back to Canada and made Canadian movies. Another answer might be that his sensitive, gently rebellious, flower-child persona and his lanky, boyish looks, with his long hair and soulful eyes, were no longer appropriate to the roles he took as he got older.

However, during the decade of his stardom, Sarrazin seemed to fit the anti-hero ethos of the era, often playing rootless characters, typically in his most celebrated role as the ex-farmboy drifter in Sydney Pollack's They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969). Sarrazin, idealistically willing to let fate take a hand, is paired with an embittered Jane Fonda in a dance
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Actor Michael Sarrazin Dead At 70

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Actor Michael Sarrazin, whose star rose in the 1960s, has died after a brief battle with cancer. He was 70 years old. The charismatic and handsome Sarrazin found stardom almost as soon as he entered the film business, with a prominent co-starring role with George C. Scott in the 1967 comedy The Flim Flam Man. Other prominent roles in the 60s and 70s included The Sweet Ride, The Reincarnation of Peter Proud, The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, For Pete's Sake, Sometimes a Great Notion, The Gumball Rally and most prominently, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?  Sarrazin was said to have been the first choice for the role of Joe Buck in Midnight Cowboy, but Jon Voight ultimately rode to stardom in the role. Sarrazin's career went into decline by the late 1970s but he continued to work in low-budget films and on television. Click here for more
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Michael Sarrazin Dies at 70

Michael Sarrazin Dies at 70
Michael Sarrazin, whose late '60s and early '70s movies included the Oscar-nominated They Shoot Horses, Don't They with Jane Fonda, died of cancer Sunday in a Montreal hospital, his agent told the Los Angeles Times. The Quebec City-born actor was 70. Among his other movies were The Flim-Flam Man with George C. Scott, The Sweet Ride with Jacqueline Bisset - with whom he had a long relationship - as well as Sometimes a Great Notion and The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, both with Paul Newman, and For Pete's Sake, with Barbra Streisand. Although never a full-fledged box-office name,
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Actor Sarrazin Dies

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Actor Sarrazin Dies
Actor Michael Sarrazin has died after a battle with cancer. He was 70.

The Canadian star, who found fame starring opposite Jane Fonda in 1969 movie They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, passed away on Sunday in Montreal, Canada with his family by his side.

Sarrazan, real name Jacques Michel Andre Sarrazin, was best known for playing a director in the Sydney Pollack drama opposite Fonda, who portrayed a suicidal woman who heads to Hollywood.

He also notably starred in Journey to Shiloh opposite Harrison Ford, The Flim-Flam Man, Sometimes A Great Notion and The Gumball Rally.

Director George Mihalka, who cast Sarrazin in 1993's La Florida, says, "Michael was one of the most talented, generous and committed actors I have ever worked with. He never stopped surprising me with his wit, charm and, above all, his humility and simple decency."
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