Thursday, February 02, 2006

Hey everyone. I was just browsing around on the internet and found out that Fox will be realeasing Fallen Angel, House on Telegraph Hill, and No Way Out on March 7th on DVD as part of their Fox Film Noir series. With some counting from lists I've seen elsewhere, this leaves 10 noir titles left from the Fox catalog. Last year they released twelve titles. So maybe this year they may finish putting out their Noir titles. If you haven't picked any of these up yet, I highly recommend them. They are only 9.99 at Best Buy and have a good picture quality also.


Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Wizard of Gore worse/better every time

I watched this awful movie I have seen too many times this afternoon, and by golly I think I laughed harder this time. Montag the magician is not even an actor, I swear. Herschell Gordon Lewis taught a mannequin to talk and lift his arms in stiff showman motions. His features (hair, eyes, nose, skin, soul, etc.) look as fake as the gore does and the effect is just as hilarious. He makes me feel bad that I am not more frightened of him and his act, because he is convinced it is horrifying.

I think that if this actor was real he would be the type to acidentally spit on the audience. The spit would have made it to the final cut of the film because it lacked a budget. But no spit so... he must be a mannequin. The other actors are not so great either. The difference is they aren't convinced by their performance and role and so give away the fact they are playing someone. Montag believes in his role and the solid performance he gifted to you.

Pure genious and cheep awe-ful halariousness. I repeat AWE-ful.

So SO sO goooood.

--Jessica Blackburn

Monday, December 05, 2005

Chris Adams's next 50 on Netflix

La Ceremonie
To Be and To Have
The Turning Point
They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
The Awful Dr. Orlof
Paranoia Agent: Vol. 3: Serial Psychosis
A Touch of Class
Dead or Alive Final
Nicholas and Alexandra
Paranoia Agent: Vol. 4: Sayonara Maromi
That's Entertainment 3
The Sidewalks of Bangkok
Real Life
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
Seven Up / 7 Plus Seven
Twilight of the Ice Nymphs / Archangel
Love Me If You Dare
Real Women Have Curves
Tsui Hark's Vampire Hunters
Time and Tide
The Duellists
Zombie Holocaust
Visitor Q
Fudoh: The New Generation
City of Lost Souls
4 Little Girls
Yakuza Demon
The Love Machine
Julien Donkey-Boy
The Cat and the Canary
Vampyros Lesbos
The Saragossa Manuscript
Zombie Lake
Living Dead Girl
Orphans of the Storm
The Rape of the Vampire
I Stand Alone
Centre Stage
Def by Temptation
The Shiver of the Vampires
Lipstick & Dynamite


Friday, December 02, 2005

Just find a great film by accident. I rented the 1974 Peter Weir film, "The Cars That Ate Paris". It was very mediocre, but one of the special features on the disc was a 1977 made-for-TV movie he did called "The Plumber" Wow. This thing deserves it's very own Criterion treatment release. I like it almost as much as "Picnic At Hanging Rock." I guess it got such a pathetic release because of the made-for-TV thing, but don't let that fool you. This is a slow-building suspense film about a woman who let's a plumber into check her pipes. Before long he has the bathroom torn up and is singing folk songs and the woman is on the verge of breaking down. You can absolutely feel the woman's growing uneasiness with this crazy plumber. And then when you get to the end, you have to rethink what you've just seen and felt. I think this film is going to require another viewing before I can truly understand why it works so well, but believe me it does. So rent "The Cars That Ate Paris" and skip the feature for the b-side.


What's your Netflix Que (within the next fifty) looking like

City of Angels
Bringing Up Baby
Bloody Sunday
BRD Trilogy: Marriage of Maria Braun
Radio Days
Dark Water
Zombie 3
Fast, Cheap & Out of Control
Les Carabiniers
Don't Drink the Water
Crimes and Misdemeanors
The Front
Another Woman
Stardust Memories
New York Stories
Husbands and Wives
Broadway Danny Rose
The Sea Inside
Company Man
Miller's Crossing
Bullets Over Broadway
Scenes from a Mall
Love and Death
The Purple Rose of Cairo
I Am Curious: Yellow
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
I Am Curious: Blue
Dracula A.D. 1972
24 Hour Party People
The Plague of the Zombies
Dawn of the Dead: European Version
The Day of the Locust
8 1/2
Shoot the Piano Player
They Drive by Night
Picking Up the Pieces
They Live
Golgo 13: Queen Bee
The Closet
The Brood
Maria Full of Grace
Death Race 2000
Derrick Casto

Monday, November 14, 2005

Walter Hill is officially my favorite director for the rest of the day

Just got finished watching "The Driver" and all I can say is wow. It's like
Melville's "Le Samourai" with the car chases from both "The French
Connection" & "Bullitt" thrown in for good measure. Hill knows what he's
doing by keeping the plot simple and the characters unnamed. Ryan "Love
Means Never Having To Say Your Sorry" O'Neal gives possibly his best
performance here. And Bruce Dern is the slimiest not-quite dirty cop I've
seen recently in a film. I think "The Transporter" was an attempt to remake
this with martial arts, but doesn't come close to matching "The Driver".

Add this to my recent first viewing of "The Warriors", and I'm sold on
Walter Hill. Too bad he hasn't kept up the level of films he started out
with. Now I've got to move "The Long Riders", "Southern Comfort", and
"Streets of Fire" to the top of my queue.

Now can you dig it!!!


Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Random wacky publicity photo du jour

Everyone in CRAS should consider submitting a paper or a film for this event. You will need a short letter in support of your proposal from a professor, which I will be happy to supply for any CRAS members (since I know you are all geniuses).


MARCH 25, 2006



Undergraduate and graduate paper proposals will be accepted for 15-minute presentations on film and video history, theory, and criticism. Students may also submit 10-15 minute student produced film and video clips for viewing at the conference. All student proposals must be accompanied by a very brief nomination from a professor. Professional papers will be accepted for 20-minute presentations on the same topics and on issues of teaching Introduction to Film courses. All submissions are due by February 3, 2006. Send proposals to Cherie Hughes at, or mail to Liberal Arts, 909 South Boston Avenue, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 74119.

Contact conference organizers Cherie Hughes,, or Michael Wright,, with any questions.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Criterion discussion boards:

I assume some of you are already aware of this, but if not, it's certainly worth a look. Lots of info beyond the realm of Criterion, also: