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“Chainsaw” Tommy May, who worked on such films as The Greatest Story Ever Told, Rooster Cogburn and Postcards From the Edge as one of the top key grips in Hollywood, has died. He was 81. May died Feb. 23 in his longtime home in Granada Hills, his wife of 57 years, Jody, told The Hollywood Reporter. He had overcome throat cancer in 2004, she said. A strapping former high school and college football player, May earned his nickname for his skill in using a chainsaw to build a camera platform or quickly remove a piece of wall that was in the
- Mike Barnes
B. Harrison Smith isn’t a fan of how everything has been done regarding the zombie subgenre, and well, he’s right. There’s no danger, no character development, and more often than not, zombie films tend to give fans the same ol’ thing. Smith flat out refused to make a zombie film himself, until the idea of Zombie Killers: Elephant’S Graveyard came his way, and an opportunity to give fans a very character-driven, broad piece of zombie cinema came his way. Icons of Fright recently spoke to Smith about the zombie genre, his film and how important story is to a film. Read on!
How’s it going, Harrison?
Jerry Smith, great last name.
Yeah, I love it, I’m so plain.
Well, it’s a pleasure to talk to you, thanks for reaching out!
Not a problem. First of all, I just wanted to tell you that I really enjoyed your film, »
- Jerry Smith
It wasn’t that long ago that Jeff Bridges and Nicolas Cage were known as Academy Award-winning actors with talent to burn, but time and poor judgement (and in Cage’s case, tax bills) have turned the two into shallow, mumbling shadows of their former selves. Cage has been saying yes to every single offer he receives for a decade or more (seriously, the guy is averaging 2-3 movies per year, and most aren’t even hitting theaters), and Bridges has found himself in an odd rut of variations on True Grit‘s Rooster Cogburn. Seventh Son has had something of a troubled road to theaters — it was originally scheduled to release in February of 2013 — and now that it’s finally here you’d be hard-pressed to believe the delays added much to the final project. The hero is bland, the story plays out exactly as you’d expect and the action sequences are rarely all that »
- Rob Hunter
Seventh Son is the Chicken McNugget of movies. You know there are better options out there when it comes to your chicken-eating selections, but something about the greasy simplicity and drive thru nature of the McNugget calls to you. Before you take a bite you know what you're going to get and to hide the actual taste of the nugget you drench it in a dipping sauce. As your teeth crack the crisp (if it just came out of the frier) outer shell and squish through the processed meat inside, your mouth is covered with a viscous layer of... something, preventing the taste from leaving your mouth long after you've swallowed. In an effort to fix this you take another bite, this time dipped in even more sauce, but the result is the same. The McNugget is a mirage. It isn't chicken and no amount of sauce is going to »
- Brad Brevet
4 items from 2015
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