RIP: Patrick Swayze

Patrick Swayze gave us a bunch of kickass performances: among them Ghost, Dirty Dancing, Red Dawn, and yes, Michael J. Nelson, we know…Road House. No lie. I dig the hell out of Road House. He returned to television last year, having hopefully smacked down his pancreatic cancer…but alas, it finally got the better of him. Swayze died yesterday at age 57, with his family at his side.

I think everybody’s going to be using clips of a glowing Swayze from Ghost, so let’s just go in the opposite direction:

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Thanks for everything, Patrick.

By | 2017-09-24T22:59:46+00:00 September 15th, 2009|Headsup, Movies|1 Comment

Papa Romero Already Back in the Saddle

George Romero

You kids these days. You have no appreciation for what hardships we, the old bastards among you, had to endure. Why, there was a time when we waited twenty goddamn years for a new Romero zombie flick. Then after the Last Great Zombie Year of 1985, we got Land of the Dead in 2005. And then you got Diary of the Dead just last year. Now there’s a sixth Romero zombie flick happening already. As in the thing’s written and George is already shooting. That’s three Romero zombie flicks in five years, if we take it that the untitled sixth film will hit cinemas next year. So in just five years we’ve doubled the amount of Romero zombie films. I hope you kids appreciate this.

Anyway, the film is zombies vs. people on an island. So Island of the Living Dead is as good a pull-it-out-of-my-ass title as any. The cast announced is Alan Van Sprang (Diary), Kenneth Walsh (Exorcism of Emily Rose), Devon Bostick (Land), Richard Fitzpatrick, Stefano Colacitti and Athena Karkanis.

And get offa my lawn!!

Source: Variety.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:12:06+00:00 October 3rd, 2008|Movies|1 Comment

Neuromancer Finally Getting Made?

Neuromancer cover art

Well, io9 is passing along the word that Neuromancer has gone back into active development now that Hayden Christensen is reportedly attached.

Now first of all, let’s not get overly excitable about this. Films go in and out of development all the time. If I had a dime for every time the Interwebs went apeshit because of the latest Superman 5 news, I would already be able to quit my day job. And how long did that film take to hit cinemas so it could fail? Years and years. Neuromancer has been in development for the last ten years at least. And people get attached to films all the time, for various and sundry reasons I won’t get into here. So let’s all stay as calm as we can, caffeinated as we are.

As for who we think should be cast, I would still think a great deal of our old DreamCast (still in the archive, we’ll get to it eventually) would be valid. I don’t have a problem with Christensen personally, although I think Jumper will prove him one way or the other to sci-fi geeks, now that he’s got a real director working with him. I mean, let’s face it: if all you knew about Natalie Portman was the prequel trilogy, you’d think she sucked too.

For the way not to do Neuromancer, we’d point you to our previous post about the comic book adaptation.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:22:49+00:00 January 9th, 2008|Movies|2 Comments

Three Decades of Lucasfilm Christmas Cards

Yoda Claus!

If there’s one thing Lucasfilm has been able to do consistently for thirty years straight, it’s…well, it’s certainly not release badass movies. No, instead it’s give out nifty Christmas cards. From pop-up stormtroopers to R2 the red-droid reindeer to…well, Yoda Claus (who uses the power of Force to deliver all the gifts in one night, hmmm?), they’re all pretty cool in one way or another.

Thanks to Bailey for the headsup.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:23:39+00:00 December 15th, 2007|Movies|0 Comments

Chico Marx Slays With the Keys

Chico Marx is a great pianist who just seems to bang out brilliant bits without effort, as we’ve mentioned before. For your Sunday evening entertainment, a couple of sublime performances by the man himself. First up is from A Night in Casablanca from 1946.

This and the clip to follow can be found on the Marx Brothers Collection from Warner Brothers. You can click and buy it from Amazon here. You won’t regret that purchase.

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Found via VideoSift.

And if you thought that was cool, check out this bit from 1940’s Go West after the break:

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By | 2017-09-24T23:24:11+00:00 December 9th, 2007|Movies|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween: The Movies

Vincent by Tim Burton

Miss some of our little film festival? Here you go, then. A full list of the feature films we’ve posted for your dancing and dining pleasure.

Update: Thanks to Yes But No But Yes for the link love. Greetings, folks. If you like what you found when you kicked over our particular rock, subscribe to our feed. Or if you hate it, tell your enemies to subscribe to our feed. We’re good either way.

1. The Killer Shrews (1959)

2. Nosferatu (1922)

3. The Thing From Another World (1951)

4. Freaks (1932)

5. The Deadly Mantis (1957)

6. House on Haunted Hill (1959)

7. The Devil Bat (1940)

8. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)

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By | 2017-09-24T23:25:45+00:00 October 31st, 2007|Movies|0 Comments

Halloween Movie Night No. 28: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919)

For tonight’s pick, we go back…waaay back to 1919 and the silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Arguably the first horror film, you’ll see bits in here that have been used as an inspiration for a crapload of other films.

And yes, that’s Conrad Veidt, who played The Man Who Laughs, which served as inspiration for The Joker.

The version I have here is the longer version, clocking in at around 71 minutes. A lot of versions of this online are only 51 minutes long, which the IMDB lists as the U.S. video version. But the version on the Kino restored edition is 75 minutes. No idea. But enjoy.

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By | 2010-02-20T19:38:29+00:00 October 27th, 2007|Movies|0 Comments

Joe Dante vs. From Hell It Came

If I could embed this one without commentary, it would make a great trailer bit for 32 Days of Halloween. But even though it seems it must play with commentary, that’s still worthy: Joe Dante‘s take on this killer anthropomorphic tree flick is well worth hearing.

Sadly, this terrible gem does not appear to be available on DVD. Alas.

Update: Thomas below points out that Monsters in Motion has it for sale in a Region 0 NTSC version. Thanks for the headsup!

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By | 2009-10-20T16:32:42+00:00 October 13th, 2007|Movies|1 Comment