5 items from 2011
Stay off the streets and stay in with a movie…that takes to the streets.
Los Angelenos are aflutter with impending chaos. And, if you don’t live in Los Angeles, you probably don’t understand. (I live here and I’m not sure I fully understand.) But this weekend (July 15-17), the City of Los Angeles has gotten it in its mind to shut down the 405 Freeway, one of the central lifelines for the (frankly absurd) amount of traffic that hits Los Angeles on a daily basis. This means that, functionally, no one’s going anywhere this weekend and the entire West side of Los Angeles is going to be choked off by the cold, unrelenting hands of the Los Angeles Dot.
Naturally, this has become a bit of a cultural meme (surely confusing anyone who doesn’t live in Los Angeles) dubbed by internet pun genii as “Carmageddon. »
This week’s DVD and Blu-Ray Releases include a couple of films from the After Dark Horrorfest as well as two of Ron Howard’s earlier films and a Blu-Ray edition of Solaris. Check beyond the break for the full list.
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Death Hunter: Werewolves vs. Vampires
In a forgotten region of the desert, an unspeakable evil exists. By no choice of his own, John Croix »
- Andy Triefenbach
Super-8 Movie Madness With Live Music at the Way Out Club will be held on Tuesday April 5th from 8pm to Midnight. These are Super-8 Sound films condensed from features (they average 15 minutes in length) and will be projected on a large screen at the Way Out Club. Three of the films at this month’s show will be silent movies accompanied by Royale on keyboards. Admission is only Four dollars !!!!
Condensed versions of the following films will be screened: Abbott And Costello Meet Dr. Jeckyl And Mr. Hyde, Boris Karloff in The Devil Commands, The Beatles in Yellow Submarine, Silent Running, The Three Stooges in Tassels In The Air, Bruce Lee in Enter The Dragon, Peter Cushing in The Beast Must Die, It Came From Beneath The Sea, White Line Fever, Monkeys Is The Cwaziest People, and a Max Fleisher Superman Cartoon.
The talented Royal Robbins will take the »
- Tom Stockman
Article by Dana Jung
The 1970s was a significant decade in the history of American cinema. The sometimes wild experimentation of the avant garde movement of the 1960s had pretty much disappeared by the mid 70s. The decade gave birth to the adult film industry (Deep Throat), the modern slasher film (the one-two punch of Halloween and Friday The 13th), and the Hollywood blockbuster (Jaws and later Star Wars). The exploitation film subgenre (blaxploitation, sexploitation, etc.) peaked and gave way to teen comedies and horror films. The Western was all but dead. However, in 1976 American International Pictures released a wonderfully offbeat and satisfying Western comedy into this rapidly changing marketplace, The Great Scout And Cathouse Thursday, which regrettably is Not available on DVD.
Sam Longwood (the great Lee Marvin) is the ‘great scout’. of the title, a grizzled and legendary Indian fighter whose time has come and gone. The turn »
- Movie Geeks
Since the earliest days of American cinema there has been a shadowy counterpart to the commercial mainstream: exploitation movies — pictures whose appeal lies in their sensational treatment and leering promotion of often lurid and prurient material. Pre-1960, when mainstream Hollywood worked within severe restrictions on content, exploitation movies offered audiences titillating glimpses of the deliciously taboo, usually under the guise of being some sort of instructional cautionary against the very subject matter being exploited i.e. sex in “hygiene” movies like The Road to Ruin (1934), drugs in anti-drug movies like Tell Your Children (1936, re-released in the 1960s/70s as camp classic Reefer Madness), and gambling in the anti-vice Gambling with Souls (1936).
By the 1950s, as the studios entered their long post-war decline, downscale producers launched a new vein of exploitation moviemaking, churning out low-budget thrillers (mostly sci fi and horror) aimed squarely at the burgeoning youth audience. Again, the movies were cheap, »
- Bill Mesce
5 items from 2011
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