Saturday, March 28, 2009


Fantastic opening sequence from this gritty and misanthropic masterpiece (and feature debut as both star and director) by Allen Baron with concrete voice-over, courtesy of blacklisted narrator, Lionel Stander. A perfect way to set the tone for just a little over an hour's worth of wintry bleakness and mood.

Blast of Silence!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Girl next door

Fantastic (in my opinion) and colourful Japanese B2 poster for Cronenberg's magnificent 1977 effort, Rabid. The American paper was so terminally freaky that it's nice to have a gentler piece of advertising from the film and an especially vibrant one as well. A film worth revisiting if you're restless anytime soon.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

the freshen up girls

Thanks to Eric for picking this up for me. And guess what? They still smell. But their aroma ain't so good almost 30 years later...

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Maple syrup

I'm always thrilled when I find what I consider to be a legendary piece of Canadian film paper. The main reason is that, in most cases, the films I'm talking about don't have wide releases and one can assume that the screenings were small and precious, just like the number of posters printed up. I scored this one not long ago (and recently saw the film) so I was a very happy poster collector.

Allan King is making his films available to the public by selling them directly from his website. So, that's cool. I want to see Skid Row pretty bad and the one that has the guitarist from Rush as a teenager.

However, not all of the Canadian wonderfulness of movie history is available although great strides are being taken by the N.F.B. and others and they should be celebrated. Criminally unavailable (and I'm not talking about DVD-R) are the films of Janis Cole and Holly Dale. I have never seen P4W but I would nearly kill to do so. Honestly. And this is one of my all-time favourite films from any country and in any style. It's is pure magnificence. And purely Canadian, thankfully. I've had two television screenings in my lifetime but I need more, people.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

the Bad Lieutenant franchise? Nic Cage speaks out!!!

Toronto deviant and Fango reporter Chris Alexander gets Nic Cage to spill some beans on Herzog's BAD LIEUTENANT remake, the Rob Zombie Fu Manchu, 8MM and other stuffs!

Meanwhile, Nicolas Cage sits down and has a look at his own performance in THE WICKER MAN remake.

Monday, March 09, 2009

legends in the same place

Found this in a 1983 issue of Cinefantasique with a cover story on Something Wicked This Way Comes. 15 year old Ray Bradbury and Marlene Dietrich outside the Paramount lot in 1935. This post inspired by one of my favourite blogs.

if in America (or at least NYC)

If in the NYC area, buy a ticket to the best indie Viking film you'll ever see.

After a long, mettlesome, and frostbitten journey, SEVERED WAYS: THE NORSE DISCOVERY OF AMERICA is being released theatrically, opening at the Angelika Film Center on March 13, and then onto other cities across the continent.

soundtrack featuring MORBID ANGEL - BURZUM
Angelika Film Center March 13-19.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

when in Winnipeg

Thanks to Darryl Gold for pointing this out. You can also learn more about Mr. Gold here.

"Here is a cartoon that's a parody of those old drive-in movie ads from the sixties and seventies. It's also a tribute to Dave barber, who is the dude who has ran the Winnipeg Cinematheque for the last 25 years. This video was made for their 25th anniversary. If you weren't one of the eight people who saw it at the theatre, you can be one of the ten people who watch it on youtube."

And also filed under Dave Barber and the wonders of Winnipeg is this nugget found on YouTube.

old Harry

Something I found when at the European Film Market. In production (possibly in pre-production, but slated for 2009).