Sometimes a film cries out for a sequel. And sometimes we cry out when we see a sequel. Here are seven movie series that fall into the second group.
You might think that Robert Carradine, an actor whose filmography is far more formidable than the average moviegoer would ever imagine (keep reading and find yourself astonished by at least one or two of his past co-stars), would view a motion picture like Revenge of the Nerds as an albatross, one of those projects that you can’t make people forget no matter how hard you try. Carradine, however, views the role of Lewis Skolnick in the 1984 comedy – and its sequels, lest we forget – as more of a godsend, something that became far bigger than anyone ever could have anticipated. Plus, c’mon, who would’ve thought 29 years ago that nerds would end up being so hip as to warrant a prime-time television series? Or, as is the case now, a reality-competition series on TBS? That’s right: get ready for King of the Nerds. Popdose spoke with Carradine about this project, along with some of the other projects he’s worked on over the years, including – true story – Django Unchained. Popdose: The most …
Charlie and Johnny Boy finally make it to Blu-ray.
Bob Cashill witnesses A Separation, experiences Melancholia, and feels Shame.
The Lost Dogs emerge with a vintage concert for the DVD release, It Came From The Basement.
Joe Dante, Guillermo Del Toro, Roger Corman and more share some of their favorite movie trailers in “Trailers from Hell, Vol. 2,” and Tony Redman is there with a review.
Roger Corman more than earned the honorary Oscar he picked up last year. He wrote, produced, and/or directed some terrific flicks, from Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957) and The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) to The Pit and the Pendulum (1961) and The Trip (1967) that, let’s face it, were never close to contention for Academy Awards. He employed up-and-coming talent, including Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, Ron Howard, and Jack Nicholson, who have filled their trophy cases based on what they learned on the job. And no filmmaker kept me up later on a regular basis. Before 1983, when my family got its first VCR (a “videocassette recorder” for our younger readers), if I wanted to watch a certain favorite on cable, I had to man up and do the work, which consisted of parking myself in front of the TV on Friday and Saturday nights and waiting for it to air—and waiting and waiting, sometimes as late as 2 or even 2:30am, 4am being my absolute limit for staying awake. …
With Piranha 3D in theaters now, I thought it might be fun to revisit an old favorite from 1978. Movies like Piranha happened in the good old days of drive-in theaters, when a producer like Roger Corman knew that his low-budget exploitation flicks would always find an audience. The thing is, the talent pool he drew from back then is a very impressive list nowadays, including Ron Howard (1977’s Grand Theft Auto), Jonathan Demme (1974’s women-in-prison opus Caged Heat), Martin Scorsese (1972’s Boxcar Bertha), Francis Ford Coppola (1963’s Dementia 13), and Joe Dante, the director of Piranha. With Allan Arkush, Dante had previously codirected Hollywood Boulevard (1976) for Corman, but Piranha was his first solo directorial effort. I must admit a particular affinity for Dante’s films, most likely due to the fact that our brains were both warped at a very young age by watching far too many Warner Bros. cartoons. I saw Gremlins (1984) no less than six times in the theater during its run, and the underrated Explorers (1985) made my Revival House list of …
As a lake full of pretty young co-eds prepares to be eaten by fish this weekend, Pete Chianca reflects on the bloodthirsty creatures of his cinematic youth.
Jeff Johnson has returned for another spectacular edition of Revival House, and this time, he’s pointing you in the direction of some terrific bonus material you’ve probably never even accessed.