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Friday, October 29, 2004

Recent frustration with free blogging software is leading me to take a hiatus from this blog. It'll be dark for at least a week, if not longer.


Thursday, October 28, 2004

Apologies for the lack of content today....as a lifelong Boston resident, I'm a little preoccupied with this. Between that and the Breeder's Cup on Saturday (8 to 1 on Kela in the Sprint? Cool), I'm just in sports heaven right now. I wonder where Bob Stanley and Luis Tiant were when they heard the news. Good night Sherm Feller, wherever you are.

The Man

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Have I mentioned lately that Blogger is almost completely useless? Well, it is. A good half hour just to publish this monumentally huge (?) update for today. It's no wonder everyone switches to Moveable Type as soon as possible.


Dread Central has all kinds of good stuff lately--today, it's an interview with J-horror producer Taka Ichise.


Eccentric Cinema examines in detail the Creature From the Black Lagoon Legacy Collection. I'm broke as hell (why do all the half decent videogames come out in October and November? Does the industry know that I can't afford to buy 20 games in a two month span?), but I may just have to throw for this one. The price is nice, at least.


Christopher Frayling (he of the excellent spaghetti western history) has a piece in the Guardian on the influence of great art on the horror film poster.


Actress Cecilia Cheung is out in Shanghai promoting her newest film, White Dragon.

She looks so innocent

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Do you remember a Japanese cartoon from the sixties by Mitsuteru Yokoyama called Gigantor? Well, it's being made into a live action film--check out the brief trailer that's available.


Dread Central has a nice chat with Michael Felsher of Anchor Bay. As usual they hae lots on the upcoming slate, so give it a look over.


The BFI is putting on a kickass history of the horror film, so if you're anywhere near the place go see some of the fine offerings that they're serving up from the past.


From the Not-Safe-For-Work Triple X Birthday Department today: a very happy 45th birthday to Marilyn Jess, likely the greatest French adult star of all time. (There should be a full bio here, though this site often has bandwidth trouble). A dynamite presence in classics like Diamond Baby and La Femme Objet, the youthful looking Jess is a true Hall of Famer.

Yeah, there's better pics of Marilyn--but this is a family site!

Monday, October 25, 2004

A couple of tidbits from the festival front: Maggie Cheung in Clean hits Hawaii, Tokyo Film Festival gets shaken up and Screamfest LA doles out the awards! (Here's a review of the winning film, if your Swedish is OK.)


Contemporary Magazine interviews Guy Maddin, who's always a good subject.


Jeff Yang in SFGate takes a look at the virus in today's horror film, especially with regards to Japan.

A little Hanta virus never hurt anyone

Friday, October 22, 2004

The Jim Hill Media site has a nice tribute piece devoted to Frank Braxton, pioneer animator. (Hat tip to Animated News).


Bloody Disgusting has a pic or two of Romero on the set of Land of the Dead, and there's a brief report on what's happening at the shoot site.


Oscarwatch has the full list of contenders for the 2004 Foreign Language Film Oscar. Click the link for a full list of films you've never heard of and will likely never see! (The one I'm really intrigued by is the entry from Hungary by Nimrod Antal: Kontroll).

Not the car crusher....NOT THE CAR CRUSHER!



Thursday, October 21, 2004

Well, I'm a bit bleary eyed this AM after watching the Sox kill some ghosts. But damn, that was good stuff. David Ortiz now has a lifetime pass to whatever he wants anywhere in Massachusetts.


Is Lars von Trier going to direct a horror film? I sure hope so...


The folks at Cartoon Brew got their hands on a copy of Volume Two of the Looney Tunes collection, and it sounds great. I guess it's time for me to order this one up.


Big, big, big news for silent comedy fans: an agreemement has finally been reached with the Lloyd family for the rights to the films of Harold Lloyd. It seems like most of his catalog is included and new theatrical prints will be struck for both distribution to rep houses and for digital transfer. Amazing!

The Third Silent Comedy Star

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

OK, Marvel. If you're going to option Tales of the Zombie as a feature film, you need to give me my Inhumans movie. 'Cause if I read about the screen version of A Man Called Nova or Omega the Unknown first, I'm gonna go crazy.


Arghhhhhhh. HVE's amazing sounding box set of Kinji Fukasaku films has been delayed. Maybe now I can afford the Creature From the Black Lagoon legacy thingie.


If only I had Canadian TV, I'd watch this cool sounding documentary on horror film from the Frozen North.


Since I won't be voting for either of the two main clowns running for President, I've been casting around wondering who to pull the lever for. (And no, that third foolish wingnut ain't on the table neither). So far I'm leaning towards a vote for Kodos from the Simpsons, but until today I had forgotten that Marilyn Chambers was a candidate for Vice President. I guess I'm still stuck in the undecided camp.

Don't Blame Me

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

MHVF is back in some capacity at least; here's hoping the jerkwads who are needlessly tormenting the site's helmsman just leave it alone. I hate people.


Via the great link log that is Incoming Signals comes this compendium of hidden gags from Looney Tunes cartoons. It's a perfect way to get yourself ready for volume 2 of the Golden Collection.


Fleshbot Films makes an auspicious debut into the realm of the DVD with the release of Necromania, one of the Ed Wood smut films.


It's very possible that I link to Twitch all too often; but the film board scouring that they must do always turns up good stuff like a tip about some stuff on the new flick by David Gordon Green. They also managed to get their hands on an early copy of Miike's Bird People of China. I'm soooooo jealous.


I guess it's time for me to head out to Target (what the heck, I'm a shareholder) and seek out these cheapo animation DVD's that apparently have the fairy tales that Ray Harryhausen made.

I don't have anything item related for a pic, so here's the actress from One Missed Call!



Monday, October 18, 2004

Some cool news: IVL will be releasing the classic films of Toei Films. And judging by the screenshots, they'll look great...


The University of Kansas is sponsoring a three day conference of scholars devoted to Japanese icon Godzilla. Rock, chalk, jayhawk!


Hong Kong Digital reviews a recent Shaw Bros release (Dragon Swamp) starring Cheng Pei-pei. This wasn't the best vehicle for her that I've ever seen, but it has its moments. In other DVD review news, Troy Howarth takes a gander at Vampyros Lesbos, Shikoku gets the treatment at 10,000 Bullets, George R. Reis surveys biker outing Run, Angel, Run and Dragon's Den UK gives a lukewarm look at Twins Effect II.


Lesbian vampires.  What a concept

Friday, October 15, 2004

Twitch keeps things running as always with a spiffy interview with Brad Anderson.


IGN scopes out all of the in progress Hollywood stuff that'll come to your console as well as your local multiplex.


Check out the report from the ground of the Pusan Film Festival by Darcy Pacquet and Kyu Hyun Kim. I'm not sure what I'd do without this Korean film site--it's just the greatest.


There's a whole batch of documentaries out there that I'll need to see ASAP (the Herge biopic is still tops on the list), but one really intriguing one is Moog, a film that tells the story of synthesizer pioneer Robert Moog. He didn't work all that long at the company that bears his name, but his inventions changed the face of music and it'll be great to hear his story told.

I can hardly wait for the Alan R. Pearlman biopic!

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Jessica Alba is not the Sue Storm (aka the Invisible Woman) that I remember, is all I know.


Though this is likely only of interest to Hub residents like me, but the Boston Fantastic Film Festival starts today, and they've put together a nice little lineup. Being an importer and all, I've seen most of the Asian pics--but it's nice to get a chance to see 'em at Boston's best repertory theater.


In other festival news, Filmbrain takes stock of the NYFF at the midway point.


Monsters and Critics has a whole pile of screenshots from Polar Express, and quite frankly they look pretty darn amazing.

It's no wonder Amtrak always loses money

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

It's been sooooo long since I had a vintage porn star birthday tribute that I missed the 49th birthday yesterday of Brigitte Lahaie, the French superstar who continues to work in (straight) movies today.

Le sexe qui parle!


I'd just like to go on record here as saying that I hate the hackers who killed MHVF. It seems that one of the best film boards on the web is maybe vanishing forever, and it's really sad. This used to be the first thing that I read every single day on the web. HATE.


The new issue of Vengeance is out, and it looks like a good one.


What with it being the release day for Paper Mario 2 and all, how about some videogame news? It appears that UbiSoft (in particular the dev team responsible for the excellent and criminally overlooked Beyond Good and Evil) will be tackling the console version of Peter Jackson's King Kong.

Oooooh, spooky

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

It's hard for me to believe that at this point anyone still cares, but it appears that the sequel to the X-Files movie is in the works. But that last one was soooooooo awful....


It's a sparkling new trailer for The Life Aquatic. Xmas will bring a real gift this year, methinks.


It may be that this blog should widen its scope a bit, but I'll keep my eye on Luxo--a blog dedicated entirely to Pixar Studios--on a regular basis anyhow.


Friday, October 08, 2004

I was pretty excited when I read at Cartoon Brew about an 11 film compilation of work by animator Dan McLaughlin being on sale at Pyramid Media. Unfortunately, the link from their main site to this item is bollixed, and the only other link that I can find to this seems to indicate that they want 79$ for it! Sheesh.


DVDToons has a feature on many of the animation DVD's that'll be coming your way in Q4.


Fango has a tidbit of interesting news today: it appears that actress Julie Delpy will star in a film based on the legend of Lucy Keyes. Perhaps even more interesting is the throwaway line at the end that intimates she's developing a property based on the story of Elizabeth Bathory. I'm not sure she can bring heft to the role in the way that Ingrid Pitt did, but I'm willing to reserve judgement for now.

Was this item just an excuse for posting this? In a word, yes.

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Movieweb has an interview with Jeffrey Katz wherein he talks some about the potential Freddy vs Jason vs Ash. I liked this bit:

It's not about box office and what would make for the most commercial sequel. It's about delivering a story that will be better than the first and a story that makes sense given the continuity of the franchises.

In other news, Jeffrey also supposedly has a nice bridge in Brooklyn that's available for purchase.


The Asian DVD Guide has the rundown on the latest in Shaw Brothers works that were released yesterday. I'm probably only picking up Chinese Boxer out of this batch--but I might have bought The Swordmates if it wasn't just VCD only.


Say what you want about Michael Moore, but there's one thing the man is quite successful at and that's marketing both himself and his product. I mean, how many documentaries sell two million copies on their first day of release?


From what little I've heard about Primer, it's already moving up very quickly on my "must see" list...I won't even do more than skim the reviews anymore, for fear of learning more than I'd like to know.

It's not easy.  Bein' green.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

In yet another painfully absurd decision, the MPAA has foisted even more cuts upon Team America to avoid an NC-17, since they're a little offended by some graphic puppet sex. Once again, brutal violence gets the pass--but touch on the sex thing, and you're really in it deep. What year is this again?


The WGA is going to allow videogame writers to join their movie and tv screenwriting pals in the guild. (Hat tip to the Guardian's Gamesblog.


The newest issue of The Film Journal has a batch of worthwhile pieces to read: an interview with Ted Rusoff and another with George Romero, a cool item on Alice in Wonderland as a road movie, a look back at The Wages of Fear and Sorcerer and reviews of the Deathdream and Le Doulos DVD's.


Offscreen has a great overview of the career of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and they even manage to avoid using the term "enfant terrible".


This year's Golden Horse Awards will feature a showdown between Andy Lau and Tony Leung for the Best Actor award. So what else is new?


From the Late to the Party Department: the lastest ish of Shock Cinema looks aces, with interviews with people like Michael Pare and the beautiful Rosanne Katon.

What a cast!

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Let's hear it for Blogger, with a brand new record of taking almost an hour to give me a new post window this morning, smashing the old record of 45 minutes. With performance like that, it's no wonder it's free!


Talk about your prolific actresses: Zhang Ziyi has roles in 7--count 'em, seven--films that are on the way. Personally I'm most dying to see Raccoon Palace, the musical directed by Seijun Suzuki.


The Pusan Film Festival is happening as we speak, and I'm sure fun is now being had by all at this premier Asian showcase.


In other news, the DVD Drive-In today not only notes that Son of Godzilla is coming to DVD in December but also unleashes a horde of reviews of recent releases: three other Godzilla flicks, Polanski's Fearless Vampire Killers, Joe Sarno's Seduction of Inga, Tobe Hooper's The Funhouse and a triple bill of Something Weird combos--Indecent Desires/My Brother's Wife, Take Me Naked/A Thousand Pleasures and Two Girls For a Madman/Mr Mari's Girls/Tortured Females. Whew. I guess with MHVF's servers fried, Casey Scott is killing time with reviews. Now that's a silver lining.


Monday, October 04, 2004

This just in: actress Janet Leigh has died at the age of 77. Ash has got the proper tribute pic.


Is Nicole Kidman set to take a role in the next Wong Kar-wai film? She's no Maggie Cheung, but OK.


What is up with our Canadian brethren, and why have they seized a film by Kai Ling Xue? Have they been taking lessons from Aschroft or something? Here's hoping this bit of overzealous bigbrotherism doesn't keep the film from getting screened at the BUST Magazine Film Festival in November.


Jackie Chan may have turned in some tepid domestic returns of late on the big screen, but it looks like in Hong Kong he can still draw 'em in.


Film Freak Central has a great interview with some of the principal minds behind Shaun of the Dead.


You know what's aggravating? Reading at Cartoon Brew about a show on pioneer animator Raoul Barre and its accompanying DVD--only to be told that the National Film Board of Canada no longer carries the thing. Sacre bleu.

Without this dude, you might not be breathlessly awaiting all that CGI

Friday, October 01, 2004

Via AICN: new trailer for A Very Long Engagement. Dread Central: has the details on Anchor Bay's upcoming slate. Fangoria: breezes over what's coming from Tartan (which includes a theatrical release for A Tale of Two Sisters). Bloody Disgusting: points out that the Dark Water remake got pushed to next summer. And from Cartoon Brew comes the news that Miramax, Dimension and Wild Brain will partner for some CGI work. Also, a cool panel from the BFI about the crossover between videogaming and film production. I'm sorry that I can't go to that one.


They look soooo innocent.  And yet....

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