7 items from 2010
Question everything. Learn something. Answer nothing.
From Euripides to Larry Cohen may seem like a considerable jump, but the more one looks into the careers of the seminal Greek dramatist (480-406 BC), author of Andromache, The Trojan Women and The Bacchae, and the exploitation-savvy New York-born writer/director (b. 1941) responsible for Q - The Winged Serpent, The Stuff and Black Caesar, the more certain parallels start to insistently emerge.
Both men revitalised existing genre "tropes" via the use of audaciously sharp satire—often aimed at authority-figures and/or conventional society's idea of "heroes"—alongside unexpected psychological depth in terms of characterisation (for both male and female roles).
And, just as in his lifetime Euripides lagged in terms of awards and critical acclaim behind the other two main tragedians of classical Athens—Aeschylus and Sophocles—likewise Cohen has often been overlooked »
Nothing says October like a horror convention, and Creation's Weekend of Horrors, returning to the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel this October 15-17, is shaping up to be one you don't want to miss. Take a look at the new names that have recently been added to the guest list.
Greg Nicotero - The FX master of the modern zombie himself (Saturday only)
Joe Bob Briggs - B-movie gourmand and host (all three days)
- Uncle Creepy
Chicago – The 1970s were the golden age for the youthful, angst-ridden style of filmmaking, but it also had its share of fun with James Bond, super bad action films and Burt Reynolds comedies. Richard “Jaws” Kiel, Fred “The Hammer” Williamson and character actor James Hampton experienced that side of the 1970s, and told all at the Hollywood Celebrities & Memorabilia Show.
The Hollywood Celebrities & Memorabilia Show is a biannual event in Chicago where attendees can meet and greet the stars, collect autographs and find cool collectibles at the comprehensive memorabilia market. The next show in the area is scheduled for September 25th and 26th, 2010.
HollywoodChicago.com was there at the last show in March, and ran into those stars from the 1970s, who sat down and talked about the era. Photographer Joe Arce was also there to capture the moment.
Richard Kiel, “Jaws” from the James Bond Film Series
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Celebrities and Filmmakers, Vampires and Zombies, Fans and Ghouls, Creatures and Creepazoids, Artists, Bands, Movies… the weekend of April 30 through May 2 was filled with all of this and much more. So, the big question is… Where were you? If you were in, or near, St. Louis then the place to be was Con-tamination 2010 at the Holiday Inn Viking Center where fans converged in one location, despite daunting weather. So, what did you miss?
Opening Night… What a Fright!
One could certainly surmise that the truest fans were present on opening night of Con-tamination 2010, braving strong winds, horizontal rain, lightning and tornado warning sirens to show up for the frightening festivities. On the other hand, the weather added a certain level of mood enhancement to the theme of the event, whereas sunshine and calm skies could not. Opening night included, amongst other devilish delights, a tribute for Forry Ackerman by Scott Ford »
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Marsha Warfield is 56 today. Remember her from the popular 80s sitcom series Night Court, playing the uncompromising Rosalind ‘Roz’ Russell, the bailiff? (I need to revisit that show). Marsha continued to work through 1999 (at least that’s where her IMDb resume ends), doing mostly TV, appearing in shows like Hanging With Mr Cooper, Empty Nest, Mad About You and Living Single. I have no idea what she’s been up to since then.
Wendell B. Harris Jr. is also 56 today. His name has been mentioned more than a few times on this blog; he’s even passed through once or twice; so I doubt I need to reintroduce him, especially for those of you who’ve been around. Wendell’s seminal 1989 debut Chameleon Street is a favorite of mine, and the story behind its production, release and influence is one worth knowing, especially for all you filmmakers out there. I »
Got quite a few today – more than yesterday…
Rapper Tone Loc (aka Anthony Terrell Smith) is 44 today. Did you know that the music video to Wild Thang, the track that launched him into super-stardom in the late 80s, reportedly only cost $340 to make? It looked like it . Loc has been busy in recent years acting in bit parts here and there for TV shows mostly. He’s also seen some of his most popular tracks used in a few movie soundtracks – most recently, Armored, Obsessed, You Me And Dupree, Charlies Angels: Full Throttle and others. I certainly hope he’s collecting royalty checks!
Actor Robert Gossett (cousin of Louis Gossett Jr) is 56 today; The man’s done a lot of TV work, with likely his most recognizable role as Commander Taylor on TNT’s The Closer. He’s also done the soap opera dance, with parts in The Young & The Restless and Passions. »
Lately, I’ve been reacquainting myself with films of the blaxploitation 70s; and so far, I’m more impressed with them than I was during my younger hoity-toity film school days, when my professors exalted the works of auteurs of early American cinema, the French new Wave, Italian Neorealists, etc, as the standards that all films should be judged by. Well, f*ck Godard! And De Sica can kiss my behind!
I kid… I kid… but really… in rewatching films like Black Caesar, Truck Turner, Across 110th Street, Coffy, Let’s Do it Again, and several others, I’d readily say that the negative stigma that tends to accompany films of that era is unwarranted and unfortunate, because I’d say that some of those films are superior to many “black films” produced today! More than a few are far more complex than some of the trite shite that currently passes for “black entertainment. »
7 items from 2010
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