Monthly Archives: November 2009

Looking Forward is as Good as a Rest

There are many reason I hang about the halls of cinema.

The feeling you get when an idea pops and you know it’s going to be a progression on your last one.

The feeling you get from watching the first complete cut of your new film and it looks remotely like you imagined it.

The feeling you get from trapping emotion in a can.

The feeling you get from watching old battered flicks on a big screen.

The feeling you get from being close to someone else’s work.

The feeling you get when a trailer takes your breath away, despite the fact you almost never watch trailers………..

To name but a few………..


The Beautiful Bearded Men of Cinema # 1


General Zod from the 1980 flick, Superman II

Not For A First Date

Just got notification from Lovefilm that they’ve broken down the flaming barriers of the Royal Mail picket lines and have some flicks winging their way to me as we speak. I’ve been waiting a while for this title since watching a documentary on Blaxploitation cinema, an under-researched era from a personal point of view.

Can you imagine putting this little beauty on for a new girlfriend, or when your mum came to visit?……. It has the potential to be wrong on so many levels….. We’ll wait and see.

Enjoy this little snippet in the meantime, the French subtitles come at no extra cost.

Corman Meets Poe

It feels like a country age since I last put up a post of substance. Please accept my apologies for the slackness on the blog front as I’m writing my dissertation and the treatment / script for the next flick which will be shooting sometime around March / April. We’re currently in the process of cleaning up The Three Tenners for entry into next years Edinburgh International Film Festival so everything that can be crossed, is crossed for that.

The dissertation is on the subject of adaptation which has meant watching tons of interesting flicks. I’m on a little strand of the Roger Corman / Edgar Allan Poe adaptations so it’s maybe right I should bring some of this stuff to your attention, should you have seen them or not. There’s 8 of them in total which Corman made between 1960 and 1964….. That’s almost 2 flicks a year, and he was making films in between! 5 day features man, bring em’ back. Well I suppose Shane Meadows already has with Le Donk.

Anyway, here they are in chronological order….. Seek them out!

House of Usher (1960)

Pit and the Pendulum (1961)

The Premature Burial (1962)

Tales of Terror (1962)

The Raven (1963)

The Haunted Palace (1963)

The Masque of the Red Death (1964)

The Tomb of Ligeia (1964)