13 items from 2015
Towering aggressively over the legacy of the problematic film movement of 1970s Blaxploitation is the iconic figure of actress Pam Grier, emblazoned in our memories as the self-reliant beauty holding her own (well, mostly) with her male co-stars prior to her white female counterparts, like Sigourney Weaver and Linda Hamilton. She’s an important cinematic figure, and much like the symbolic essence of Marilyn Monroe, her reputation outweighs familiarity with many of the films that brought her iconicity. Arriving in the middle of her gamut of classic titles was 1975’s Friday Foster, of which Grier is the eponymous star. Campy, cringe worthy, and so remarkably asinine it may just as well be classified as sci-fi, production values and an impressive supporting cast surely solidifies the title as requisite viewing for Grier’s fan base. Unfortunately, for all involved, their talents (a common complaint of the genre) are worthy of less slipshod silliness. »
- Nicholas Bell
By Ernie Magnotta
While working at the Tromaville Health Club in 1984, goodhearted, 98lb. weakling Melvin “The Mop Boy” was tricked into wearing a pink tutu and teased unmercifully until he fell from a two-story window and landed in a vat of nuclear waste. The toxic chemicals changed little Melvin, transforming him into a hideously deformed creature of superhuman size and strength. Melvin became The Toxic Avenger, the first superhero from New Jersey!
Written and Directed by the great Lloyd Kaufman (and co-directed by his partner-in-slime, Michael Herz), The Toxic Avenger, which is a thoroughly entertaining and unique combination of the superhero genre, raunchy and over-the-top comedy, as well as full-on horror movie-type gore, not only became an instant hit, but singlehandedly built Troma films (Toxie is the company’s mascot much like Spider-man is to Marvel Comics). The Toxic Avenger character became so popular that, over the years, fans were »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Next month, we will be celebrating our anniversary by teaming up with our friends at Grindhouse Releasing to present Trailer Apocalypse, which features almost 2 hours of horror & exploitation film trailers all on 35mm! However, I thought it would be nice to sit in front of the computer and reminisce about how far the program has come.
In The Beginning…
Up until 2002, I worked for the Wehrenberg Theatres chain from my start in 1999 as a concessionist and worked my way to a projectionist. Finally, I was an Assistant Manager/Projectionist at the Eureka 6 Cine. When I got my job with the current company I work for, I quit the theater. I’ll admit, quitting felt like a little piece of me was missing. I was no longer “contributing” to my love of film. I always wanted to be involved again, but didn’t really know what to do. I remember I »
- Andy Triefenbach
Well here we go again, my creeps… another column packed fat with all sorts of ghoulish delights and other assorted horse-sh*ttery! So sit back, put up your feet and take off your pants, ‘cuz ol’ Xiii is back in town!
Release Date: Available Now on Blu-ray Written By: A ton of writing-type folks Directed By: Guillaume Lubrano Starring: A cast of thousands, but definitely featuring Black Dynamite, Roy Batty, and Sallah
Let me tell ya, cats, ’tis a rare occurrence when the ol’ Ouija Board Kid gets a chance to slap his eyes across an entire television series, but lo and behold, those sexy devils at Shout! Factory have seen fit to rectify that situation by sending me the packed-fat-with-Sci-Fi-antics of Metal Hurlant Chronicles!
Ol’ Metal Hurlant, for those of you fiends not in the know, is the European mag that our own Heavy Metal was based on, »
Costa-Gavras has been named guest of honour at this year’s Cannes Classics section of the Cannes Film Festival (May 13-24).
The Greek-French film director and producer won the Palme d’or with Missing in 1982, was member of the jury in 1976 that crowned Taxi Driver and picked up the award for best director with Section spéciale in 1975.
The filmmaker will be present for a screening of Z, which won the jury prize in 1969, and has had the original negative scanned in 4k and restored frame by frame in 2K, supervised by Costa-Gavras.
Marking 100 years since the birth of Orson Welles, Cannes will screen restorations of films from the legendary Us actor, director, writer and producer, who died in 1985.
The titles include his staggering debut Citizen Kane (1941), which has received a 4k restoration completed »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Michael Jai White's wife surprised him with some fresh ink -- getting his initials tatted on her finger ... just to say thank you for an epic love letter he wrote to her. If you didn't hear about it ... the "Black Dynamite" star pulled off the romantic move of the year -- pouring his heart out to Gillian in a letter which he posted on Facebook ... just to shame every other husband. We're told Gillian »
- TMZ Staff
What We Do in the Shadows, 2014.
A documentary film crew follow the lives of four vampires as they go about adapting to boring 21st century life.
The vampire renaissance that occured during the last decade did manage to bring about a few gems to the genre – 30 Days of Night, Daybreakers and Fright Night all did their bit to show the well hadn’t run dry just yet – along wth the bollock-achingly dire but commercially successful Twilight and Underworld franchises, but you know that a genre has done all it is really going to do once the spoofs start appearing. There have been vampire comedies before of course, but how relevant or appealing Vampire in Brooklyn or Dracula: Dead and Loving It are to a 21st century audience »
- Gary Collinson
For the first time in nearly eight months, Kassem Gharaibeh (known online as Kassem G) has released a new video on his YouTube channel. In a very special episode of his web series California On, Kassem heads to the woods to search for the legendary Sasquatch.
The documentary is titled California On Sasquatch: A Not Finding Bigfoot Special, and at more than 30 minutes in length, it's the longest video Kassem has ever released on his YouTube channel. It begins with some of California On's typical man-on-the-street interview segments before Kassem takes a trip to Pocatello, Idaho, where he and local resident ShayCarl visit a man who collects Bigfoot relics. In the third section of the video, Kassem and his team of not-quite-experts (including YouTube content creator Rawn "HiImRawn" Erikson) venture into the woods, where they hope to catch sight of the legendary cryptid.
California On Sasquatch is far from »
- Sam Gutelle
[Press Release] Seattle -- Amazon today announced Erykah Badu (Black Dynamite), Lance Bass (Hell & Back), Hunter Parrish (The Good Wife), Jon Tenney (Scandal) and Jacob Vargas (Sons of Anarchy) will guest star in the highly-anticipated dramatic series Hand of God. The series is currently shooting in the Los Angeles area and will premiere exclusively on Prime Instant Video this fall. Created by Ben Watkins (Burn Notice), and marking the television debut of renowned filmmaker Marc Forster (World War Z), Hand of God stars Golden Globe winner Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy) as the honorable justice Pernell Harris. The show centers on Judge Harris, a hard-living, law-bending married man with a high-end call girl on the side, who suffers a mental breakdown and goes on a vigilante quest to »
- Pietro Filipponi
Michael Jai White surprised his wife with some real estate ... on his body ... getting her name tattooed on his wedding ring finger -- a move that hasn't exactly worked out for him in the past. The star of "Spawn" and "Black Dynamite" went to T-Man Tattoo in Studio City, CA Tuesday night to get the sentimental ink for his wife Gillian Waters.T-Man owner Howard Teman tells TMZ ... Michael wanted a very personal touch for »
- TMZ Staff
It had to happen: The animated Black Dynamite has gone and made a musical. It's like The Wiz, but blacker. And ruder. And more violent. Thus, better.Black Dynamite attempts to take a one day vacation from protecting The Community, and all hell breaks loose. The Man rears his menacing head when police begin patrolling the streets, and a riot pops off. A brick to the head sends Black Dynamite hallucinating into the Magical Land of Oz-Watts, where the Rodney Munchkings are being terrorized by a vicious battalion of pigs and everyone needs Black Dynamite's help. Between getting Scarecorn some game, Lionhorn a muzzle and Tin Bee a set of balls, he has to bring down the Pig Chief, The Wicked Bitch of the West Side...
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Here's the trailer for the "Black Dynamite" musical special that will tackle a topic of the day - police brutality. It airs tomorrow, Saturday, January 10, at 10:30 Pm. Titled "The Wizard of Watts," the episode will follow Black Dynamite as he attempts to take a vacation, when the police start patrolling the streets, and a riot breaks out. Black Dynamite is then hit in the head with a brick, which causes him to hallucinate, taking him into the "Magical Land of Oz-Watts," where he is called on to defend the community, against the police. It'll be an hour long (episodes are typically 30 minutes), and will feature guest appearances by Erykah »
- Tambay A. Obenson
And if it didn't, it just wouldn't be "Black Dynamite" would it? Especially on such a sensitive, and very topical matter. If it didn't offend anyone, the series just won't be doing its job! The "Black Dynamite" musical special that will tackle a topic of the day - police brutality - airs this Saturday, January 10, at 10:30 Pm. Titled "The Wizard of Watts," the episode will follow Black Dynamite as he attempts to take a vacation, when the police start patrolling the streets, and a riot breaks out. Black Dynamite is then hit in the head with a brick, which causes him to hallucinate, taking him into the "Magical Land of Oz-Watts," where he »
- Tambay A. Obenson
13 items from 2015
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