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In 20 years He's directed more films than Martin Scorsese, He's produced more profitable movies than Jerry Bruckheimer, And he's infuriated more actors than Alfred Hitchcock. The ultimate B Movie Documentary, focusing on B Movie Giant Jim Wynorski (and B Movie Celebration Mentor) and his attempt to make a feature film in 3 days.He's directed seventy feature films, but he's never made one... in THREE DAYS .Jim cuts the shooting schedule, has the actors cook their own food. A documentary featuring B-Movie legends Roger Corman, Andy Sidaris, Julie Strain, Julie K. Smith and Stormy Daniels, Popatopolis follows Jim Wynorski as he begins to film one of his many opuses "Witches of Breastwick" Jim's frenetic pace demands 100 setups per day (the Hollywood standard is 20), and he reduces his electric package to just two lights so he can concentrate on the task at hand.A great overview of a true master at work and in many ways a laser sharp dialectic on the state of B filmmaking today. Written by Bill Dever

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He's directed seventy feature films, but he's never made one... in THREE DAYS.

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The rise and fall of Jim Wynorski
22 May 2014 | by (Lincolnshire, UK) – See all my reviews

'Popatopolis' is a behind the scenes look at the making of trash director Jim Wynorski's attempt to throw together a softcore movie in three days. Even if you haven't seen any of his films (just 'Return of Swamp Thing' and 'Big Bag Mama II' for me) you probably know his name and his reputation for making garbage like 'Cleavagefield' and 'Piranhaconda'.

I certainly had a nostalgic twang in certain places thanks to the appearance of Julie K. Smith, who was a staple of my youthful softcore movie watching and still looks gorgeous now. Some thought-provoking points are made about the state of B-movies these days, and Smith has some interesting thoughts on Wynorksi's descent from a hack with a work ethic and pride in his films into a hack who wilfully bashes out crap as quickly as he possibly can. It's almost poignant.

It's kind of fun in its own way, but in the end it's a shoddy documentary about a crap director making a rubbish film, and that's as far as it goes.


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