Day Of Infamy

Posted in Film with tags , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2014 by christian

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Forgotten Films Thanksgiving Edition: FLAP (1970)

Posted in Film with tags , , , on November 27, 2014 by christian

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Sir Carol Reed directs Anthony Quinn as another lusty earthy scene-devouring hero in an archetypal seriocomic 1970 cinematic obscura about Native American relations and revolution on a New Mexico reservation. With Claude Rains (as a character named Lobo!) and Tony Bill as Reel Hollywood Indians who drink a lot and a fantastic unavailable theme by Kenny Rogers and Marvin Hamlisch. This was Carol Reed’s last film, the follow-up to his Best Picture winning OLIVER! (1969) and turned out instead to be his SKIDOO minus Otto Preminger’s outrageous style, except for a quasi-hallucination in a whorehouse and a scene where Flap examines a pal’s gashed genitalia and pours firewater on the wound. Now on Warner Archive. So be grateful.

Mike Nichols RIP

Posted in Film on November 25, 2014 by christian

From my “Shock Cinema” interview with Austin Pendelton:

SC: I think CATCH-22 is a masterpiece.

AP: So do I.

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Happy Dia De Las Muertes

Posted in Film on November 2, 2014 by christian

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Halloween Song

Posted in Film on October 31, 2014 by christian

Like magic, the sun vanishes and the grey clouds roll in over leafy streets of cackling children in costume…

Four More Days Til…

Posted in Film with tags , , on October 28, 2014 by christian

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Horror-ible

Posted in Culture, Film on October 23, 2014 by christian

werewolfYes, THE WEREWOLF OF WOODSTOCK is awful but the sight of Michael Parks trying to hide beneath his cap the entire telefilm is worth one viewing. It throws one back to a bygone Shocktober! era of late-nite television monster viewing…and you can’t not love a film with hardhat reactionary-turned-werewolf falling in love with a hippie rockstar who just missed Woodstock produced by Dick Clark. Especially as presented on the late, lamented ABC’S WIDE WORLD OF ENTERTAINMENT, an interesting way to fill a late evening time slot with myriad programs, some of the most interesting of the network 70’s, including “The Horror Hall Of Fame” and the pinnacle of the TV Art Horror era, Alice Cooper’s WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE. I never saw it except through the pages of “The Monster Times” in their infamous “Worst Issue Ever”…Growl, hippies…

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