Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Suicide Game

Cashiers du Cinemart contributor Andrew Rausch has a new book out. It's his first swag at fiction. I had the pleasure of reading a copy of this back in February and it blew me away! It's a riveting tale of seedy characters that rivals Elmore Leonard. Pick up a copy today!

Mario - The Independent Film

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Cashiers du Cinemart 16

Let 2011 be known as The Revenge of Print, an effort began in Baltimroe to put an end to the rumors that print is dead. Scores of zinesters have answered the call, putting out a new issue of zines long since put down -- just like Cashiers du Cinemart. After four years, there's a fresh CdC in town.

100 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60543-584-8
Cover Art: Stephen Blickenstaff

There are two versions of Cashiers du Cinemart #16 available -- an old school photocopied version and a print-on-demand high-gloss version. Order one or the other (or both) today.

Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.
Old School:

Skizz CyzykFilm Festival X is a Scam
A warning to the naive filmmaker
Mike MalloyThese Massacres Could Have Been Avoided
A study of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise
Andrew RauschThe Sound of Thunder
An interview with Heywood Gould about Rolling Thunder
Kyle BarrowmanIdentity & Arnie
A response to Pat Bishow's piece in Cashiers du Cinemart 13
Ralph ElawaniMaple Syrup Porn
Dirty movies from the Great White North
Mike SullivanLike Watching a Laurel & Hardy Short Seen Through a Fog of Deep Depression
An interview with Adam Resnick (Cabin Boy, Death to Smoochy, etc.)
Rich OsmondRural Mayhem: Georgia Peaches
A review of the classic TV movie
Chris CumminsBreaking Glass: The Experience is Shattering
A review of the punk rock classic
David MacGregorThank the Pig
An appreciation of Babe 2: Pig in the City
Dion ConflictHeaven or Vegas: A Sin City Sleeper
A review of Gregory C. Haynes's film
Jef BurnhamThe Monster in the Gelatin
A look at Reindeer Games
Karen LillisDowntown 2001: A review essay of Downtown 81
Life in NYC in the early 2000s
Mike WhiteDeath on the Highway: Killer Cars
Driving down the highway to hell
Mike WhiteLove Not Given Lightly
The cinema of domination and the domination of cinema
Mike WhiteDocumenting the Scene
BDSM in the movies
Joshua Gravel
& Mike White
Video Reviews
A bunch of movie reviews
Mike WhiteBook Reviews
Yes, books still matter

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Old School:

Monday, August 15, 2011

Guest on Cinemafantastique Podcast

I was invited to be a guest on the Cinemafantastique podcast this week. The price I had to pay was watching Final Destination V. Okay, it wasn't that bad of a movie... but I'll let you listen to the podcast and hear what Dan Persons and I had to say.

Listen to the episode here.

Monday, August 08, 2011

Get Down to it, Boppers!

One of my favorite magazines, Paracinema needs your help:

In the summer of 2007 the idea for Paracinema Magazine blossomed and was fostered by a naive “let’s just do it” attitude. By that fall it was a reality; our first issue was printed. It wasn’t perfect and it wasn’t exactly how we envisioned it, but it was ours and we loved it. Over the years our incredibly loyal readers enabled us to learn from our mistakes and keep printing new issues, each one better than the last. If you count yourself as one of those readers (new or old) allow us to thank you. Without your support there wouldn’t be a Paracinema Magazine. If you’re not yet a reader of Paracinema we hope you’ll give us a try in the future. Each issue is a labor of love, every article featured is written by someone with an immense passion for movies. If you share even a fraction of that passion and you’re not reading Paracinema, you’re seriously missing out.

Recently we’ve been given the opportunity to expand; of course it’s not as simple as it sounds. Being a labor of love (read: usually in the red) our budget is quite tight. So we’re proposing a bit of a fundraiser. Think of it as a donation, but instead of a tote bag you get a sweet Warriors shirt out of the deal. We know times are tough (believe me) so if you can’t afford the shirt, please, please, please help us spread the word by sharing the link everywhere you can. We want to sell all of the shirts, which shouldn’t be too difficult given the amount we have. Thank you in advance!

Visit http://paracinema.net/help/

Sunday, August 07, 2011

My Year with Gunnar Björnstrand

My first film class at school had me studying under Professor Herbert Cohen. We covered the basics (Kane, Potemkin, etc), yes, but we also watched a whole heck of a lot of Ingmar Bergman films -- especially those with Gunnar Björnstrand.

I'm not sure when I realized it, but Cohen was writing a book about Bergman (Ingmar Bergman: The Art of Confession) and using our class as a bit of an excuse to re-watch/study a number of Bergman's films, focusing quite a bit on movies with Gunnar Björnstrand, one of Bergman's stock players.

I'm going to take a page from Cohen's book. Not the one about Bergmen but I'm going to do the same thing in the coming months/weeks. I've been asked to come aboard as a writer at DailyGrindhouse.com and I'm going to be reviewing some movies that I've been wanting to write about in a larger context:

  • The films of Alfred Sole
  • The films of Oldrich Lipsky
  • The films of Jean-Pierre Melville
  • Elliot Gould/Donald Sutherland '70s films
  • The films of Greydon Clark
  • Films related to the above
  • Stuff I've been wanting to write about

I'm also going to be delving into some horror spoofs from the early '80s. Wish me luck.

More than anything, I'm hoping this kicks my butt into gear with some writing I've been wanting to do outside of Cashiers du Cinemart #16. I'm off to the races.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Big Week on The Projection Booth

This week we've got two new episodes of The Projection Booth podcast.

On the weekly show we discuss Tapeheads and feature interviews with producer Peter McCarthy and director Bill Fishman. We're joined by special guest Skizz Cyzyk -- a true video ace.

Our special edition speaks to Captain America -- the 2011 Joe Johnston release as well as the 1990 Albert Pyun film. We've even got an interview with Pyun about the film. We're joined by fellow Jackalope jockey Josh Hadley.

The episodes are available now via iTunes, Stitcher, or our website - http://www.projection-booth.com

Monday, August 01, 2011

Paul Williams in Ape Makeup on Carson

Years ago Leon Chase asked the world for a glimpse of Paul Williams in his ape make-up on The Tonight Show in his story All the Good Guys and the Bad Guys that I've Been.

Williams, for his part as Virgil, the amiable orangutan companion, manages to look eerily like himself behind the makeup, and does a decent job of walking awkwardly and saying wise things at appropriate moments. He doesn't break any ground dramatically; then again, the Apes movies aren't exactly known for their understatement. More intriguing than the movie itself is the fact that, after one particularly long day of shooting, Paul was scheduled to make one of his many appearances on Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show." Not wanting to miss it, and always up for a good laugh, Paul arranged to sing a surprise, romantically lit version of one of Johnny's favorite songs... in full ape makeup.

Here you go, Leon.