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Remy: Hey man, I found this old unmarked VHS under my grandad’s TV last week and was wondering if you wanted to watch it? Who knows what it could be!
Nato: Sure Remy, what’s the worst that can happen!
*20 minutes later*
Nato: Did we just watch a sex tape of your grandparents doing it?
Remy: Jesus Christ, that may be the most terrifying found footage I have ever seen, I am so sorry…
Nato: What the hell made you pick that random video of all things to show me!?
Remy: Well, it seems to be “working” for horror movies, and you wanted to talk about the found footage horror movement this week, so I thought this could make a cheesy introduction displaying the proverbial gamble that is found footage horror?
Nato: Well, now that you put it like that…wait…why didn’t we ever turn it off? »
- Matt Donato
In a 1978 profile in Mediascene magazine it was said that the artist Ralph McQuarrie’s life “can be clearly divided into two distinct sections: before Star Wars, he was an industrious, skilled, virtually unknown technical illustrator; after Star Wars, he became the most sought after Production Illustrator ever to work in films.”
McQuarrie, who died last March at the age of 82, was beloved as the man who created the look of Star Wars. His New York Times obituary called him the artist who “helped bring Star Wars to life.” A Montana farm boy, who became a Korean War veteran (he survived a bullet in the head), then became a technical illustrator for Boeing and an animator for CBS’s coverage of the Apollo space program in the 1960s, McQuarrie was also, in the early 70s, a movie poster artist. His poster work seems to have been done mostly, if not exclusively, »
By David Savage
One of the most idiosyncratic and inventive voices of genre filmmaking to emerge in the 1970s was Jeff Lieberman (born 1947), whose three best known films, Squirm (1976) Blue Sunshine (1978) and Just Before Dawn (1981) have become classics of horror and sci-fi. Cited as an influence on such directors as Eli Roth and Quentin Tarantino (the latter lists Squirm as an essential viewing if he’s to take you seriously), Lieberman’s filmmaking captures the low-budget resourcefulness of Roger Corman and combines it with a singular point of view -- one that seems both quirky and at times, deliriously demented.
Here at Cinema Retro, these are exactly the types of directors we enjoy tipping our hat to. So I’m excited to announce that I’ve organized a tribute to Lieberman built around these three films with the generous participation and hosting of Anthology Film Archives in New York City, »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
3 items from 2012
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