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Ingrid Pitt 1937-2010 [24 Nov 2010|09:20pm]
Rest In Piece...

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The Favorite Films Of Stanley Kubrick @ mondo-video.com [21 Nov 2010|08:01pm]
Thanks for all the kind words in regards to my Shelley Duvall interview.  She was so amazing to interview.  On that note, did you guys know about Kubrick's favorite films list?  Kubrick was a huge fan oddly enough of, White Men Can't Jump, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.  And he hated The Wizard Of Oz.  Here's my article about, and the list of his favorites:
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Interview with Shelley Duvall - Discussion Of Lost Incinerated Outtakes from The Shining [20 Nov 2010|09:28pm]
Hey guys..

I just did this amazing interview with Shelley Duvall.  I made it a point to discuss with her directly, the lost scenes from the Shining that they shot, but were destroyed by Kubrick.

Here's the link to the interview with Ms. Duvall

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[15 Mar 2009|06:12pm]


Petulia is a piece-o-fucking shit.
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Zack and Michael!! [05 Oct 2007|09:49pm]


hey all

This summer I was a script supervisor on a new web-series called Zack and Michael. It might be the greatest thing you've seen.  Ever.  Or, at least recently.  Here's the link to the first episode: 


plus the original teaser trailer:


hope you enjoy- another trailer (with the theme of the Transformers) comes out this weekend, and look out for episode 2 coming soon!    Tell your friends!   
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the press on film [24 Jul 2007|01:30am]

I'm trying to make a list of movies that deal with the press, reporters, newsrooms, the power of the press... Newspapers.
It's for my roommate. I'm trying to bring him something beyond The Paper or I Love Trouble.
I know there are great movies on the subject and I haven't maybe given the matter much thought or research but below is the list of movies I've come up with.
Do you have any other ideas?

the press on film: a baker's dozenCollapse )

There are obviously a hundred movies I'm missing. The Insider, maybe?
He's an aspiring newspaper man and I feel like he has an appreciation for realistic depictions of newsrooms and investigative reporters and what-not. We saw Blood Diamond and it evoked from him a very compelling speech about the power to change the world with journalism.
Oh yeah. And I included La dolce vita here but I haven't yet convinced him of the error of his ways regarding his aversion to subtitled films...
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Gun Crazy [26 Apr 2007|10:25am]

I'm not sure how this one escaped me for so many years. Directed in 1949 by Joseph H. Lewis from a screenplay by MacKinlay Kantor (based on his 1940 Saturday Evening Post short story) and blacklisted Dalton Trumbo masquerading as Millard Kaufman, Gun Crazy reset the standard for film noir and paved the way for the attractive, sympathetic -- albeit sometimes psychotic -- antiheroes that showed up two decades later in movies like Bonnie and Clyde (whose real-life characters inspired Gun Crazy's lovin' couple on the run) and The Getaway.

Cinematically, the film's often expressionistic; its startling and (then) innovative use of extended "backseat driver" takes, shot from within the getaway car, and get the viewer caught up not only in the characters' predicament but the sexual excitement their larceny generates. And Russell Harlan's black-and-white cinematography is right up there with his work on Red River, The Thing from Another World, and Blackboard Jungle.

Not again until Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway would the screen see crooks as charismatic as Peggy Cummins and John Dall. Director Lewis told critic Danny Peary in 1981: "I told John, 'Your cock's never been so hard,' and I told Peggy, 'You're a female dog in heat, and you want him. But don't let him have it in a hurry. Keep him waiting.' That's exactly how I talked to them and I turned them loose. I didn't have to give them more directions."

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Everything Is an Afterthought [23 Apr 2007|01:26pm]

I recently sold my first book. In conjunction, I've established another LiveJournal to report on the project's progress, occasionally provide links about, and writings by, its subject, the journalist and critic Paul Nelson, and share snippets of information or parts of interviews that may or may not be covered further in the final product.

In addition to being a critic and screenwriter, Nelson co-wrote the fine book: 701 Toughest Movie Trivia Questions of All Time (about which Martin Scorsese said, "Some of the sections were so tough I could only guess at the answers, but the book taught me a lot I was happy to learn").

The new journal shares the book's working title, Everything Is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson. Just follow the link.

Anybody interested in learning more about this brilliant writer, whose own life proved just as mysterious and fascinating as the artists' about whom he wrote, is welcome to join. As well, tracking the process of how a book goes from sale to publication should prove interesting. I'm rather curious about that part myself...
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Year of the Dog [23 Apr 2007|01:25pm]


For his directorial debut, Mike White chose to make a movie (based on his own original screenplay) that's a treatise about loneliness and people who have love but can't find a place to put it. Like many of the characters in White's previous scripts (to name a notable few: Chuck and Buck, School of Rock, Orange County, three episodes of Freaks and Geeks, and one of my all-time favorite films, The Good Girl), Year of the Dog's Peggy (played by Molly Shannon) doesn't quite have a sense of herself; her strong feelings and opinions locate her a little outside of the mainstream. The thing is, the people in the orbit of her life who don't get her, whose eyebrows and judgment she raises, are no less idiosyncratic.

Following the surprising but inevitable course that Peggy's life takes, Shannon is excellent, as is the rest of the cast, with the ever-dependable John C. Reilly, Peter Sarsgaard, and John Pais particularly outstanding.

As exemplified by a user comment at IMDb, the film is far from the chick flick that its plot and advertising suggests: " I thought I was going to see a funny movie. I came home feeling suicidal. If I wanted to see a pathetic over-40 woman who has bad dates and lives alone with the pets she dotes on too much, I woulda stayed home and stared in the mirror!" Year of the Dog -- the chick flick from hell?

Regardless, by movie's end, as in all of White's work, he manages to humanize his offbeat characters so that we, too, can understand and perhaps even identify with them -- if we hadn't already all along.

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My Best Fiend clip- Herzog [07 Oct 2006|09:31pm]


this has been making me (unintentionally) chuckle in my seat for the past several minutes, and I've already seen it once before a couple weeks ago. for some reason, even though Kinski is really out of his fucking gord, I'm reminded of Moe Howard when he played the 'dictator' in that episode of the Three Stooges (moustache falls off, "gimme back my personality!"), and then rattled off in Hitler-esque gibberish.

ah the Germans, when will they learn. Kinski's one of my un-dead heroes, even though I probably would shit my pants if I ever had to direct him. Herzog must have balls the size of, uh...TIMMY!!
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The Rules of the Game [07 Oct 2006|01:40pm]

[ mood | unfocused ]

"You see, in this world there is one awful thing, and that is that everyone has his reasons."

I've known that quote well for many years, thanks to the writings of Paul Nelson (who referenced it often), just as I've known that the man responsible for originally uttering those words was Jean Renoir. But until last week, when I watched his fine film The Rules of the Game for the first time in over twenty years, I didn't know (or I'd forgotten) that the quote emanated therein. Spoken by the pivotal character Octave, played by Renoir himself, hearing the words spoken aloud, in French, was a surprise and a revelation.

(In writing a biography of Paul Nelson and collecting his best writings into book form, and trying to understand how someone so talented and so loved came to an end that few of his old friends could comprehend -- living a life that was solitary at best, lonely at worst, while no longer writing for publication -- I've been tempted to rely on Renoir's words to explain and excuse what happened. Thus far that strikes me as too easy; but then, I've more than once used Renoir's quote to explain my own actions.)

In the September/October 2006 issue of Film Comment, director Paul Schrader writes an ambitious, lengthy (the longest article the magazine has published in its 42 years), erudite, and sometimes impenetrable piece entitled "The Film Canon" (the introduction to which may currently be found online). Supposedly sans favoritism and "taste, personal and popular," based on "those movies that artistically defined film history," he cites The Rules of the Game as the number one greatest film of all time.

According to Schrader: "For me the artist without whom there could not be a film canon is Jean Renoir, and the film without which a canon is inconceivable is The Rules of the Game."

It is no doubt a great film: funny and poignant and heartbreaking and, ultimately, very moral (thus satisfying Schrader's dictum that "no work that fails to strike moral chords can be canonical"). But even if it were not, if it were only a so-so movie that happened to contain Renoir's memorable quote, which spoke to me last week as if it were Paul Nelson trying to help me understand, there'd be a place in my heart for The Rules of the Game.

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Peliculas! [16 May 2006|03:53am]

I've been part of this community for a while and enjoy reading the posts! I like Ingmar Bergman films, and 3 women. At the risk of sounding annoying, I thought some people might be interested in this little space I created.
e n t e r

We love friends.
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[28 Mar 2006|10:30am]

[ mood | accomplished ]

“Controversy over the film exists to this day, with many praising the film for its fearlessness and willingness to contemplate the unthinkable, while others condemn it roundly for being little more than a pretentious exploitation movie.”

Do you know what I hate? People who think they are really cool for sitting through movies like Salo and not being affected by it. Someone on IMDB even said they thought SALO was funny? I am sick of people missing the point. It's because of people like that the movie is fucking banned. People with a genuine interest in film are being denied access to an excellent film because of some psychopaths who think it is funny and cool to watch people get raped and tortured. Anyone who knows me, knows I am a lover of controversial film and that I too enjoy the odd tacky horror film with blood and gore. However there is a distinction between a movie such as Salo, and say Hostel. I loved Hostel it was pure gore for the sake of gore, tits for the sake of tits original horror which I also love. Salo however is a completely different film, gore with intent, tits with intent. Everything people find so "shocking" has been used for thematic reason.

I am not complaining about people having an interest in such things, as there is a market out there for it (Guinea Pig, August Underground etc.) I am complaining about the fact that a classic film with a strong message and purpose is being placed in the same category as the fore mentioned films. Salo was not intended to be a "gross out" film, nor was it meant to be lumped in the same category as simulated snuff and exploitative horror. Pasolini was murdered shortly after the making of this film and would probably be so disappointed that his film is being turned into something less than it was intended to be. People miss the political message. Pasolini was an intense Marxist and this movie was made to criticize fascism and to show how absolute power can corrupt.

If you ever see this film, please remember it’s a classic and should be treated as such regardless of how vile and disturbing the content is. As the ultra-vile imagery and dialogue was made to show you the very limits of human depravity.

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[28 Mar 2006|10:11am]

[ mood | exhausted ]

Hi, My name is Rhiannon (21/Australia) I just joined because Salo was on the list of interests. Right now I am pretty big on controversial and banned film as well as world cinema. I also really love horror and shock. I really like the fact this group has a blacklist because quite frankly, I am sick of hearing about those movies too. I like a few of them but the absolute asslicking that goes on about movies like Garden State and Donnie Darko is ridiculous.

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[23 Jan 2006|03:30am]

I was hoping that the members here could do me a favor and sign this petiton.

It is to get

Finally released as a Region 1 DVD.

Please Click Here to Sign It.

Thank You.
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[08 Jan 2006|04:37pm]


For Fans of Rare, Unavailable, Out of Print, & Unreleased Films.

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Exploitation movie shirts and posters coming soon.

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Movies I've Seen In Theaters [29 Aug 2005|10:11pm]

1. The 40 Year-Old Virgin - A
2. The Aviator - B
3. Batman: Begins - A-
4. Broken Flowers - A-
5. The Brothers Grimm - B-
6. Charlie & The Chocolate Factory - B+
7. Dear Frankie - B+
8. The Devil's Rejects - D
9. The Dukes Of Hazzard - C
10. Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room - D
11. Four Brothers - C+
12. Frank Miller's Sin City - A
13. Grizzly Man - B
14. In Good Company - B+
15. Kung Fu Hustle - A-
16 March Of The Penguins - B
17. Mr. & Mrs. Smith - B-
18. The Rocky Horror Picture Show - B-
19. Sideways - A-
20. The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants - D-
21. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith - B+
22. War Of The Worlds - C
23. Wedding Crashers - A-

x-posted cuz I'm bored
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[08 Aug 2005|08:34pm]

some how i ended up buying 2 ken park dvd's one from amazon and one from ebay, so if any of you have wanted to see it i can sell or trade you one of my copies which is still sealed. it will play in any PAL/NTSC dvd player or region 2 dvd player
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Double Indemnity [03 Aug 2005|03:13pm]

I've been interested in buying the Double Indemnity DVD from Image, but I've heard the transfer isn't very good. Does anybody know? Is it still worth getting?
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dr. caligari [15 Jun 2005|11:47am]

I just watched this crazy movie that came in the mail yesterday, thought I would share it with you. It's definitly a good one to break the ice...

It's like a combination of Videodrome, Forbidden Zone, Frankenhooker and of course, Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. It's about a mad psychiatrist who uses patients for all of these weird sex experiments. You really have to see it! As far as the connection with cabinet of dr. caligari, she is supposed to be his grand daughter, they don't mention that in the movie but i read it in a review. There are two references to the original. In the Opening credits, there are pictures from the original, and another when she's injecting his brain juice in her head, heh...

check on amazon vhs, i'm sure they have some more used copies...

has anyone else seen this?
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