Roger Corman (1926-2024)

Hollywood, filmmaking, horror, indie film, pop culture, the language of film, the understanding of art, the understanding of filmmaking, none of it would be the same were it not for Roger Corman. He’s a juggernaut that’s left behind a massive legacy and imprint on how we view movies. He will be very sorely missed.

He is survived by his wife Julie and children Catherine, Roger, Brian and Mary, and the countless legions of fans, film buffs, and aspiring filmmakers that he’s inspired with his enthusiasm for film, and love of storytelling.

Thank you, Roger Corman.

Rest in Power, sir.

Beast From Haunted Cave (1959)/Ski Troop Attack (1960) – 2-Disc Double Feature: Special Edition [Blu-Ray]

A thing I always enjoyed about Roger Corman’s movies is that they were very ambitious. Sometimes they were too ambitious for their own good. Thematically, “Beast from the Haunted Cave” has a good idea. It’s an action themed heist picture but it throws in an icky monster to the mix to contribute to the horror element. A movie like this is begging to be remade, and could become a pretty fun monster picture and action hybrid similar to “Deep Rising,” per se.

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The 10 Worst Kennedy Center Honors Snubs Of All Time

On Saturday, June 5, the 43rd Kennedy Center Honors will be held in Washington, D.C. This annual event follows a tradition of honoring five individuals or entities within the performing arts, with commendations given to icons from the worlds of film and television, theater, popular music, classical music and opera, and dance

Traditionally, the Kennedy Center Honors have focused on lifetime achievements – an exception was made in 2018 when the award went to the creators of the Broadway show “Hamilton.” Also, for years it was an unspoken tradition to present four of the awards to white artists and one to a token minority – it wasn’t until 2013 that the majority of honorees were nonwhites. And while the Kennedy Center Honors was initially designed to celebrate American talent, over the years the prize has gone to British and Japanese artists.

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Jack Nicholson: The Early Years

Everyone is familiar with Jack Nicholson’s Oscar-winning and -nominated performances, as well as his icon roles in beloved cult films. But less attention is bestowed on his early screen work – and many of these films only gained belated notice after Jack’s rise to superstardom. Today, we are honored to have the celebrated film historian James L. Neibaur, author of “The Essential Jack Nicholson,” to discuss the star’s earlier films, including his now-classic collaborations with Roger Corman and Monte Hellman.

The episode can be heard here.

“The Online Movie Show” is produced at the Platinum Wolfe Studios.

The 5 Choice Indies of 2016

Cinema Crazed prides itself in covering as many independent films as possible every year. We’re all sent a ton of short films and feature length films all year through email, and we do our best to cover every single one within a twelve month period. We all watched a myriad independent titles in 2016, some terrible, many quite good, and I narrowed my favorites down to five choices.

This list is no reflection on the other indie films I loved in 2016, this is merely a list of movies that really stuck out with me. Feel free to visit the A+ Indie section for many more independent movies Cinema Crazed loved.

And as always, if you want to see these movies, please buy them legally, where ever available. Buying them helps support the companies, and these filmmakers, and we just may be able to see even more movies from these talented artists somewhere down the road.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (1979)

If there’s any band out there that deserves their own movie, it’s the Ramones. Allan Arkush’s “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School” is a bonafide love letter to the punk juggernauts that ruled music in the seventies and eighties. While the movie is a genuine tribute to the band, even with them appearing constantly to perform some of their greatest hits, “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School” is also a very funny and silly movie, to boot. It’s a kind of a parody of a teen high school comedy that would oddly become the norm in the eighties. It’s also kind of a satire of Roger Corman’s own teen oriented films that has the foresight to tackle punk rock over the then popular disco. “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School” is way ahead of its time in satirizing a lot of cliches that would become the standard, including the snooty classmates, uptight teachers, and of course, the evil authority figure.

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DOOMED! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s THE FANTASTIC FOUR (2016)

doomed-promoThis is the story of 1994’s “Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four.”

Adapted from the iconic Marvel Comic, the film iteration was made on a measly budget of a million dollars with a joint venture by Fox, Marvel and Neue Constantin Films. After casting and initial filming was conducted, “The Fantastic Four” was a highly anticipated film covered in major magazines like Wizard and Film Threat. After a long tour of fan meetings and interviews with the press, the cast and crew learned that their hard work would result in a film that was cancelled by the studios and never to be released. Shortly after, the folks that took part in “The Fantastic Four” learned that, much to their horror, the film was never intended to ever be released. Worse, much of the struggles to conceive a fantastic cinematic vision in a decade bereft of epic comic book movies were merely to secure the rights for the comic book property and nothing more.

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