• Manhunter

    Manhunter

    No, not the 1986 Michael Mann serial killer thriller based on Thomas Harris’ “Red Dragon”. But the 1974 Quinn Martin produced TV movie about a bounty hunter who hunts thirties era gangsters.

    Ken (White Shadow) Howard plays David Barrett, a Marine veteran returning home from World War I to his family’s small farm in the midst of the Great Depression, in what looks like it’s supposed to be Kansas. The family and the farm have fallen on hard times in…

  • Paper Moon

    Paper Moon

    The following is the ‘Paper Moon’ excerpt from an article examining John Ford’s influence on Peter Bogdanovich.

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    Among The Movie Brats, there was a tremendous amount of John Ford adulation (Scorsese, Spielberg, Schrader and John Milius) and then there was Peter Bogdanovich.
    For one, Bogdanovich’s Ford influence extended beyond The Searchers. Peter was a true student of Ford’s filmography. And it was both his writings on and his friendship with the man, as well as many…

  • The Last Picture Show

    The Last Picture Show

    The following is the 'The Last Picture' excerpt from an article examining John Ford’s influence on Peter Bogdanovich.

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    Among The Movie Brats, there was a tremendous amount of John Ford adulation (Scorsese, Spielberg, Schrader and John Milius) and then there was Peter Bogdanovich.
    For one, Bogdanovich’s Ford influence extended beyond The Searchers. Peter was a true student of Ford’s filmography. And it was both his writings on and his friendship with the man, as well as…

  • The Groundstar Conspiracy

    The Groundstar Conspiracy

    George Peppard was a popular leading man through the first half of the sixties. He was a genuine movie star, with genuine hits to his credit: Home from the Hill (the movie that made him a star), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (his most enduring classic, though not due to him), How the West Was Won, The Blue Max, and his biggest hit that can be attributed to him, The Carpetbaggers. Popular though he was, he never ascended to the superstar status…

  • Deliverance

    Deliverance

    In retrospect, it’s a little bizarre to appreciate the impact that the disturbing Deliverance made in its day (1972). The movie was not only a hit, it was a zeitgeist hit. The movie was part of the public conversation of the day in a way that thrillers and action movies seldom are. The very thing that made the movie disturbing is what made it a popular must-see movie in the summer of ‘72. I saw it with my mom on…

  • The Mack

    The Mack

    Even though Martin Scorsese decided to turn down exploitation assignments from Roger Corman he wasn’t completely divorced from him. After being prompted by John Cassavetes to quit Corman and do something personal – “Don’t you have anything you want to do?” – Scorsese said, “Yes I got something. But it’s not ready it needs a rewrite.” “Well what are you waiting for, rewrite it!”, Cassavetes prompted. So along with Mardik Martin, Scorsese conceived the script that would turn out to…

  • I Escaped From Devil's Island

    I Escaped From Devil's Island

    Part of the legend of Martin Scorsese is the story of him screening his Roger Corman produced movie Boxcar Bertha (his first commercially produced theatrical feature) for his mentor John Cassavetes. However, despite the fact he acted in many of them (Devil’s Angels, Machine Gun McCain, The Incubus), Cassavetes had contempt for exploitation pictures. After seeing the film, John said to Scorsese, as nice as he could, “Kid you just spent a year of your life making a piece of…

  • Dynamite Brothers

    Dynamite Brothers

    In my film Kill Bill, during The Bride’s final confrontation with Bill, she makes a reference to an imaginary list of impossible things that could never happen.
    And she mistakenly puts, “(Bill) busting a cap in her crown right at the top of the list.”
    Well on that same list of impossible things that could never happen, right above that,
    would be grade Z filmmaker Al Adamson making a watchable movie. But due to the urging of my friend, Elvis…

  • Targets

    Targets

    One of the coolest aspects of Roger Corman’s legendary legacy, is the unique, capitalist in nature, investments/experiments, he’d assign to his young protégés. Corman felt if he was flying to a location to make one of his movies that offered unique visual opportunities (as opposed to most of his other movies that he just shot all around Los Angeles or Bronson Canyon), the most expensive part of the expenditure, was the airplane tickets to get the cast and the crew…

  • Daisy Miller

    Daisy Miller

    The American Post Sixties Anti-Establishment Auters in the late sixties and throughout the seventies tried their hand at adapting great works of literature, or theatre, or works by great authors. Mike Nichols with Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe, Joseph Heller’s Catch 22, and Jules Feiffer’s Carnal Knowledge. Frank Perry adapted Joan Didion’s Play It As It Lays. Arthur Penn did Thomas Berger’s Little Big Man. Paul Mazursky did a modern day Shakespeare adaptation of The Tempest & Isaac Bashevis…

  • Prophecy

    Prophecy

    John Frankenheimer’s Prophecy is pretty much a piece of shit from the word go, but the more it goes, the more enjoyable this piece of shit gets, till it can officially be classified under that beloved category, enjoyable piece of shit.

    Now-a-days Prophecy is thought of as John Frankenheimer’s ecological horror film fiasco with a goofy bear monster. But in 1979 when it was released, it wasn’t thought of or advertised as The New Frankenheimer Film. But as screenwriter David…

  • Fatal Needles vs. Fatal Fists

    Fatal Needles vs. Fatal Fists

    Wong Tao was a popular martial arts matinee idol who starred in many flicks, some of them pretty good, and one, The Hot, The Cool, & The Vicious, that’s sensational. That being said, I’ve never been one of his fans. His look is a little too blandly handsome for my taste. While being an okay actor, he didn’t possess much charisma. And his roles tended to be of the dull self-righteous hero variety (in a Wong Tao movie, I’m almost always…