5 items from 2015
Quentin Tarantino is possibly the most prolific writer/director working in film today. His first feature-length film, Reservoir Dogs, came out back in 1993, and yet the man still manages to surprise us with his hard-hitting dialogue, unconventional humor, and radical social and political commentary. This is a man who serves as a prime example of succeeding as a result of respecting one's elders, as he learns from those great filmmakers who came before him, while still managing to thread his own style through his intricately woven, homage-heavy film résumé.
While the rest of the world toned down its violence and opted for bigger box office, PG-13 sure-things, Tarantino stuck to his guns, consistently making movies for adults and constantly pushing the envelope as to what is allowed onscreen and how to go about displaying such graphic material. Tarantino doesn't give a damn what you think, and that's the reason why »
- Kalyn Corrigan
Robert Grigsby Wilson‘s ‘Everything Is A Remix’ series is something to behold. This featured video from his must watch series shows off everything that Quentin Tarantino ‘borrowed’ for his martial arts epic, which he spread over two parts, Kill Bill.
Wilson has delivered some fantastic entries in his web series in the past, comparing the ‘borrowed’ elements from the likes of The Matrix and many more, and although these were uploaded to the web many years ago, make great viewing for fans of all-things celluloid, and details just how much modern filmmakers take from old classics. Wilson also mounted a Kickstarter campaign a little while back to celebrate the five-year anniversary of the uploading of the first video in the successful series.
Game of Death (1978), Samurai Fiction (1998), Once Upon A Time In The West (1968), Death Rides A Horse (1967), Lady Snowblood (1973), Thriller: A Cruel Picture (1974), Gone In 60 Seconds (1974), Blade Runner »
- Paul Heath
It all started with Exposed. I’m not sure what brought this 1971 Swedish sexploitation film to the suggestion portion of my Netflix account (presumably the roster of Jess Franco films recently added), but after reading the description, I figured it was worth a shot: “A pretty young teen finds her innocence lost when an unguarded night of revelry yields shameful secrets, and a stack of nude pictures that could ruin her life. But to get her hands on the negatives, she’ll have to expose herself even further.” That is indeed the basic plot of the film, which plays out exactly as one would expect for such fare. But what was unexpected while watching Exposed (also known as the much less enticing Diary of a Rape), was the 21-year-old star of the film. Her name is Christina Lindberg.
Exposed, for lack of a better phrase, is what it is. It »
- Jeremy Carr
The doe-eyed , baby-faced Swedish actress Christina Lindberg is best known for starring as Frigga in the 1974 rape and revenge classic Thriller, A Cruel Picture, which was released in the U.S. under the title They Call Her One Eye. Born in 1950, the voluptuous Ms Lindberg was an incredibly popular nude model in men’s magazines before beginning her movie career, which lasted from about 1970 to 1975. Her debut was the 1971 hit Maid In Sweden followed by more successful “soft-core” sex dramas such as Anita The Swedish Nymph, Exposed, Campus Swingers, Swedish Wildcats, Young Playthings and a dozen or so more. She went to Japan in 1973 and co-starred in Sex And Fury and Sex In Japan. Otherwise all of her movies were made in Sweden where she has lived her entire life. Christina refused to act in the hardcore sex films that began to dominate the industry by the mid-1970’s and »
- Tom Stockman
Set against the foreboding backdrop of Ireland's fog-soaked, rolling moors, Darkness On the Edge of Town blends classic western tropes with the bleak moodiness of noirish murder mysteries. So much of the story is told in the shadows and darkness, which seems to be a reflection of Cleo's perception; all the while, Ryan playfully utilizes cinematic reference points -- such as a couple of allusions to Bo Arne Vibenius' Thriller: A Cruel Picture-- to fully flesh out his vision. »
- Don Simpson
5 items from 2015
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