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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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13 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

B Movies are known for their absurdity, weak story, cheesy visual effects, and ... acting, but how does a product like this get made, and more perplexingly, how does it become popular? Somehow we love watching these films BECAUSE of how bad they are.. the worse they are, the more often we watch and talk about them, even making them part of our holiday traditions. Popatopolis gives us at the underbelly of the underbelly of cinema, and the results are, well, not that surprising. You see low budgets, little-no preparation, and an almost nonexistent passion for the art. What truly shines about this documentary are the personalities, which seem so genuine, and how all the arguing, the disorganization, and the minimal forethought defies probability to result in a finished product.


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