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One bona fide movie legend will fete another on June 11 when John Carpenter presents Roger Corman with the New Media Film Festival’s Legend Award at the Landmark Theatre in Los Angeles. Carpenter is, of course, the director of such genre classics as Halloween and The Thing while the list of notable films made by producer and director Corman merely begins with The Trip, Death Race 2000, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, and the original Little Shop of Horrors. As a distributor he was also responsible for introducing American audiences to an array of European art house films. (Those interested »
- Clark Collis
Multiplex-friendly car porn has become quite the rage since the fuel-injected money shots of the Fast & Furious franchise proved that a B-movie formula could still turn an A-list buck. But once you've seen rampant muscle cars thrusting in and out of bulbous airplanes it's hard to know where to take the spectacle next, so Need for Speed throws in an Apache helicopter to spice up the car-on-car action, with grunting engines and orgasmic gear-grinding groans accompanying each 3D climax.
As you'd expect from a video game spinoff, the plot is perfunctory tosh; a rivalry between two butch ciphers (one of whom favours black attire) involving an old girlfriend, a dead brother, and a series of high velocity road races with air support and police pursuit aplenty. Hundreds »
- Mark Kermode
Aaron Paul is used to sitting shotgun in star driven vehicles. Outside of Breaking Bad, Paul played supporting roles in 2009’s remake of Last House On The Left and 2012’s indie drama Smashed. However, he’s never had the opportunity to lead a project of his own. Need For Speed finally gives the actor the opportunity to take the reigns. Although he is certainly part of the problem, there are actually plenty of issues holding this film back. Speed isn’t the only thing this film needs.
After serving time for a false conviction of vehicular manslaughter involving a close friend, Aaron Paul’s character Tobey Marshall sets out on a race across country to prove his innocence and to bring the real culprit (Dominic Cooper) to justice. Cops and rival racers both have it out for our hero and his team of mechanics that are in tow to help him along the way. »
- Michael Haffner
The question of how far a person will go -- or how low a person will sink -- for large financial gain is one of the more prevalent and provocative questions in recent horror cinema. Eli Roth's Hostel series had a dark and compelling hook that showed how the very wealthy can toy with a person's flesh just because they need a new kick. More recently the excellently twisted thriller called Cheap Thrills offered a series of progressively more disturbing bribes and wagers.
The also fascinating Series 7: The Contenders (2001) offered murder for money, as did Roger Corman's delightful Death Race 2000 from 1975 and the half-decent remake from 2008. Going back as far as The Most Dangerous Game (1932), and probably earlier, the idea of murder as a financial "game" has been a hallmark of horror cinema. One mentions all of that because of this: several years ago the Weinstein »
- Scott Weinberg
While the Marvel comic Fantastic Four has already come to the big screen by way of 20th Century Fox (who is working on a reboot), there was another attempt just 11 years before that from legendary producer Roger Corman. Back in 1994, the producer of fare such as Piranha, Children of the Corn, Death Race 2000 and Rock N Roll High School, was working on The Fantastic Four. The adaptation was trying to cash in on the early comic book boom following Batman, Dick Tracy and other adaptations, but the film ended up being a nightmare and never saw an official release. Now the documentary Doomed! The Untold Story of Roger Corman's "The Fantastic Four" shines a light on the problems and more. Watch the trailer! Doomed! The Untold Story of Roger Corman's "The Fantastic Four" trailer from Badass Digest: Doomed: The Untold Story of Roger Corman's "The Fantastic Four »
- Ethan Anderton
5 items from 2014
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