Posts Tagged ‘Movies’

An Oral History of Airplane!

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

If you haven’t seen it already this Onion A/V Club oral history of the movie Airplane! is very much worth your time. Tidbits include:

  • Zucker and company wanted to do the film in black and white featuring a propeller plane, Paramount had to convince them to go modern.
  • David Letterman tested for the role of Ted Striker.
  • Teaching Barbara Billingsley to speak Jive.
  • The kid in the cockpit had no idea what Peter Graves’ was talking about when they were filming.
  • The secrets of Leslie Nielson’s handheld fart machine.
  • It’s a long piece, but well worth it…

    New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Drops

    Thursday, April 16th, 2015

    Not seeing it on YouTube just yet…

    Behold the Wonder That is Banglar King Kong!

    Thursday, March 26th, 2015

    Did you ever say to yourself “You know what King Kong needs? Worse special effects, slapstick humor, stock footage, and singing!”

    Then Banglar King Kong is for you!

    High points:

  • A Kong whose fingers seem incapable of flexing.
  • Soldiers that don’t know how to hold rifles facing off against savage tribesmen who don’t know how to hold spears.
  • Kong tearing apart a city that’s obviously made of cardboard boxes.
  • A Bangladeshi Fay Wray who Kong must have kept extremely well-fed during her captivity.
  • Digital fire that has to be seen to not be believed.
  • In short, it makes every previous version of King Kong (including the Dino De Laurentiis version) look great by comparison…

    The Silliest Horror Movie Poster I’ve Seen All Week

    Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

    Noted without comment…

    Yes, there’s a trailer.

    Looks like they were aiming for a cross between 80s T&A horror films and direct to SyFy…

    Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer Drops

    Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

    Behold:

    Is that mecha-Stark, or Ultron in Stark armor fighting Hulk?

    I’m there.

    Library Addition: Lord John Film Festival

    Friday, October 17th, 2014

    This is one of those cases of coming across something on eBay and going, “Yes, I do want that.”

    Yellin, Herb. Lord John Film Festival. Lord John Press, 2006. First edition hardback, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket, new and unread. Signed by Ray Bradbury, Robert Bloch, Ramsey Campbell, Dennis Etchison and Janet Leigh.

    Lord John Film

    Lord John Film sig

    Yellin was the owner of Lord John Press, and this book is a miscellanea of remembrances and appreciations of various films interspersed with examples from his large collection of signed movies photos, posters, lobby cards, etc.

    I was briefly worried when I realized that Bloch died in 1994, and Janet Leigh in 2004, but the book has evidently been in production for quite a while. A copy up on Amazon is signed by the same five people, but the signatures look slightly different.

    Lord John was an interesting, eclectic press, with both genre and mainstream books (along with signed Gerald R. Ford books). I have a significant fraction of their SF/F/H output, but don’t have Stephen King’s Dolan’s Cadillac.

    Shoegazer Sunday: Black Hearted Brother’s “(I Don’t Mean to) Wonder”

    Sunday, September 14th, 2014

    Black Hearted Brother is a project featuring Slowdive’s Neal Halstead. Here they are with “(I Don’t Mean to) Wonder”.

    Also, evidently the Judge Dredd remake has some impressive slow-motion set-pieces…

    Library Additions: Screenplays for Manos: The Hands of Fate, Plan 9 From Outer Space, and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

    Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

    I mentioned the Kickstarter previously, and my package of “Alternate Classics of Filmdom” was waiting for me when I got back from London.

  • Mareth, Glenville Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. Alternate Histories, 2014. First edition small trim sized chapbook, a Fine copy, new and unread. Transcribed script for the movie Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.
  • Warren, Harold P. “Manos” The Hands of Fate. Alternate Histories, 2014. First edition small trim sized chapbook, a Fine copy, new and unread. Transcribed script for the movie Manos: The Hands of Fate.
  • Wood, Edward D. Plan 9 From Outer Space. Alternate Histories, 2014. First edition small trim sized chapbook, a Fine copy, new and unread. Transcribed script for the movie Plan 9 From Outer Space.

    Manos Plan 9 Santa

  • All bought for $20 from the Kickstarter. My only complaint is that the font size is ridiculously small…

    “But Doctor, I Am Pagliacci!”

    Monday, August 11th, 2014

    Robin Williams dead of an apparent suicide at age 63.

    Williams, along with Richard Pryor, was one of the true authentic comic geniuses of my lifetime. As a stand-up comic, his mind was so quick and his work was so manically innovative that his basic appeal actually survived transition to the straitjacket confines of a prime-time sitcom. He was a solid dramatic supporting actor, but it’s a shame that (unlike Pryor) he never found a movie that served the true essence of his comic genius.

    (Subject line hat tip.)

    Finally, Your Own Screenplay for Manos: The Hands of Fate!

    Thursday, June 26th, 2014

    Q: Have you ever wanted to own the screenplay to Manos: The Hands of Fate?

    A: No, it’s one of the worst movies of all–

    Q: Of course you have! Now, for the low price of $8, that script can be yours!

    A: $8 seems a little steep for–

    Q: Put on your own staged plays of Manos! Invite the neighbors!

    A: They’d stone me.

    Q: But that’s not all! For $20, you can get the scripts for Plan 9 From Outer Space and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians!

    A: Yuck! It’s like a trifecta of suck! I’d rather–

    Q: Of course you want them all! So get your money in to the Kickstarter campaign today!

    (Hat tip: SF Signal.)

    Related: “How Plan 9 From Outer Space earned, and lost, the title of worst movie of all time”.