10 items from 2015
For most genre fans, it doesn’t get much better than Cannon Films. A staple in action, horror and complete insanity, the studio that dominated the 1980’s were put down by bigger studios, frowned upon by most mainstream critics, and completely adored by genre fans. Led by Israeli cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, the fledgling company put out more films per year than most of the other studios, with everything from Masters Of The Universe, Cobra, The Last American Virgin, Lifeforce and hundreds of other varying films that were all across the genre board before shutting down in 1994. Machete Maidens Unleashed/Not Quite Hollywood director Mark Hartley uses the rise and fall of the studios and its two leaders as his subject in Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story Of Cannon Films, a film that focuses more on the notorious past of the studio and less on what did go right. »
- Jerry Smith
Electric Boogaloo was the name of the wacky 1985 sequel to the break dance epic Breakin’ – which I don’t know was worthy of a follow-up but if there was one studio up to the effort in the mid-‘80s, it was Cannon Films. Electric Boogaloo: The Wild Untold Story Of Cannon Films is the title of a new documentary that plays for one night only in St. Louis at Landmark’s The Tivoli Theater Thursday, September 17th at 7pm.
Israeli cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, prolific salesmen with little regard for quality, bought Cannon Films for half million dollars in 1979 (it was founded in ’67) and turned it into an efficient assembly line of high-concept, action, and exploitation. Lovers of low-brow cinema could always count on a good time when that Cannon Films logo appeared on-screen. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Pt 2, the Sly Stallone arm wrestling opus Over The Top, »
- Tom Stockman
Now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment is Lost After Dark, a 1980s-set horror film that pays homage to that decade's slasher heyday while also instilling its own scares onscreen. For our latest Q&A feature, we caught up with Lost After Dark director/co-writer Ian Kessner, who discussed ’80s influences, a funny Robert Patrick anecdote, and his in-the-works remake of 1988's Waxwork.
Thanks for taking the time to converse with us today, Ian. Lost After Dark is a blood-splattered homage to ’80s horror films. What movies, TV shows, or other pop culture memories from that decade influenced your approach to Lost After Dark?
Ian Kessner: My pleasure, big fan of Daily Dead. The film that influenced my approach the most was the original Friday the 13th, but Halloween, Happy Birthday to Me and a bunch of others all found their way in there. I also »
- Derek Anderson
Anchor Bay’s Lost After Dark, an homage to the slasher films of the ’80s is now on DVD/Bluray (review soon), and we thought it would be nice to chat with the film’s writer, Bo Ransdell, along with Director Ian Kessner. We talk about the challenges of paying homage to the films they grew up loving while trying to make something fresh and original at the same time. Read on!
Spring Ball, 1984. Adrienne (Kendra Leigh Timmins, Midnight Sun, “Wingin’ It“), a straight-a student, joins her quarterback crush Sean (Justin Kelly, Maps To The Stars, Big Muddy) and some friends in sneaking out of their high school dance for some unsupervised mayhem. The teens’ party plans hit a snag when they run out of gas on a deserted road. They head out on foot and discover a rundown farmhouse where they hope to find help. Instead they find themselves »
- Jerry Smith
This week on Off The Shelf, Ryan is joined by Brian Saur to take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of August 25th, 2015, and chat about some follow-up and home video news.
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- Ryan Gallagher
The Junkfood Cinema crew is finally done with summer school. But before they go, they visit with The Last American Virgin.
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- Brian Salisbury
“It’s probably the first film that didn’t condescend to American teenagers.”
“There wouldn’t be a John Hughes movie without it,” Mitchell continued.
The event concluded this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival with a one-night-only reading, chosen and directed by filmmaker Eli Roth, and performed exclusively for those present in the audience. As always, no recordings were allowed.
Roth is known for extreme horror films, so his selection of a teen comedy may have seemed surprising to some. But the 43-year old director is an avowed fan of ’80s high school movies like “Porky’s,” “The Last American Virgin” and “Zapped!” which made his choice almost inevitable.
“‘Fast Times’ is one of my all-time favorite movies,” Roth told »
- Matthew Chernov
In the 70s Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus's reign at Cannon Films produced some of the shlockiest B-movies to (dis)grace the screen. Andrew Pulver remembers some old favourites (Enter the Ninja, Invasion USA, The Last American Virgin) and explains why Mark Hartley's documentary about the studio that gave early breaks to Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris and Charles Bronson is worth your time this week. Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films is out in the UK now Continue reading »
- Andrew Pulver and Henry Barnes
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Chicago – The Hollywood Show is back, and all your favorite TV and movie stars are available to meet, take pictures with and get autographs. The 2015 Chicago edition is May 1 through 3, with Saturday the 2nd and Sunday the 3rd the celebrity appearance days. HollywoodChicago.com was there for the 2014 Show, and captured some Exclusive Portraits of the type of celebrities the Hollywood Show brings directly to the fans.
Scheduled to appear at the 2014 Hollywood Show include the dynamic duo from the 1966 Batman TV show, Adam West and Burt Ward (Saturday only); Henry “Fonzie” Winkler (Saturday), “Chips” stars Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada; Louise Fletcher from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”; Linda Blair from “The Exorcist”; secondary cast members from the popular film “A League of Their Own”; and for the first time some legendary sports celebrities like Bobby Hull (Chicago Black »
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In late 2014, Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film Inherent Vice - a psychedelic dive into the La of the past- screened at at a special BAFTA preview with the director on hand to take part in a post-film Q&A.
Ably marshalled by film critic Mark Kermode, the discussion touched on the director's Thomas Pynchon adaptation and his collaborations with Joaquin Phoenix and composer Johnny Greenwood. Perhaps most interesting of all, however, was Anderson talking about his all-time favourite movie.
When asked by Kermode to choose, Anderson replied quickly with "The Treasure of Sierra Madre. There's no competition, it's the best," before hesitating to ponder the merits of Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest.
"This is the game that's so f**king maddening," he said. "On the drive home you're like, no it's not Treasure of Sierra Madre its North by Northwest, it's Something Wild, it's Repo Men. The lists are so long. »
10 items from 2015
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