Monthly Archives: April 2011

Trailer Tuesday

The return of Queen of the Sun

Legend of the Fist


Live Comedy Before American

To support the opening of American: The Bill Hicks Story today, Helium Comedy Club has arranged for some local comedians to open! Show times and comedians as follows:

Friday, April 15
7:00 PM — Virginia Jones
9:15 PM — Whitney Streed

Saturday, April 16
7:00 PM — Mark Saltveit

Sunday, April 17
7:00 PM — Mark Saltveit

Come out early and enjoy the pre-show!

Trailer Tuesday


American: The Bill Hicks Story

King of Kings (with live organ accompaniment) — Sunday, April 17 at 2 PM

L.A. Paranormal — Monday, April 18th at 6 PM

Pedal Driven — Thursday, April 21 at 7 PM

Grindhouse Film Fest: Kid with the Golden Arm

We’ve got another rare Grindhouse screening tomorrow, Tuesday, April 12 at 7:30! As always, since I know next to nothing about Kung Fu, I’ve got to steal the press release info from the Grindhouse Film Fest site:

Kid with the Golden Arm (1979) After the popularity of their films Five Deadly Venoms and Crippled Avengers, The Venom Mob returned in this adrenaline fueled, funk filled Shaw Brothers production! A group of swordsman and axe-wielding martial artists are hired to protect a shipment of gold from the vicious Chi Sah gang (consisting of Golden Arms, Silver Spear, Iron Robe and Brass Head). Before long, they’re hit with a relentless onslaught of kung fu battles, including drunken boxing fights and surprise attacks by the mysterious Iron Feet. This movie is the equivalent to dropping acid in an 18th century Chinese disco with a gang of coked-up homoerotic kung fu masters.

Click here for advance tickets.

Joe Dante Trailers from Hell interview

By and large, Joe Dante’s films are my reasons to justify the existence of the 1980’s. His films are an amazing combination of manic energy, zany comedy, and creepy horror. They’re loaded with movie references and recurring actors. His specialty is an average existence run amok by outside sources. Think Stephen Spielberg’s kid friendly efforts but supplant sentimentality with Looney Tunes-like chaos. I love the man’s films.

Since our own Dan Halstead has engaged in several Trailer Wars and Joe Dante co-created the site Trailers from Hell (he started off making trailers for Roger Corman), I thought it appropriate to share this interview with Dante about Trailers from Hell, his experience in cutting trailers, and his films. I’ve long been fascinated by trailers and if you have too, this interview is for you.

Thanks to This Week in Horror for the interview.

Trailer Tuesday

Gene Tierny and Vincent Price in Leave Her to Heaven
Leave Her to Heaven | Movie Trailer | Review

Of Gods and Men

Cedar Rapids

Lady Terminator (NSFW)

The Kid with the Golden Arm — Tuesday, April 12 at 7:30 PM

Edgar Wright Movie Mash-up

I’ve posted a lot of amateur-edited movie mash-ups in this space but I never really give thought to the editors of those compilations. Now we have Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) giving the world his own mash-up done when he was a lad of but 19. I must confess, I always thought of the mash-ups as a bit of fun never realizing how valuable the cutting experience is to the person editing. It makes me wish I’d thought of doing it (though, I guess it’s not too late). Anyway, per his request, Edgar Wright’s words on the subject (may be slightly NSFW due to a bit of gore):

Gun Fetish (1993)

Recently I have been sent, have enjoyed and have reposted lots of filmic mash ups and montages. Some of them by editors as young as nineteen, such as Joel Walden who gave us this most recently.

The montages I’m sent make me a little nostalgic, because that’s exactly what I was doing at age 19. In between making amateur no budget films as a teen, I’d teach myself to edit by cutting together montages of movie clips on a theme. You might have heard me talking to Kevin Smith about it on a recent podcast.

The following clip I edited together while at Bournemouth Art College. Way before I’d ever seen an Avid suite, this was done over some long weekends locked in a VHS tape to tape editing suite. Yes, VHS!

So if you are wondering about the low quality of the sound and visuals in the following montage, there’s a simple answer. All of the clips were sourced from either films I’ve recorded off the TV, sell thru VHS tapes I had bought and also films that happened to be in the college library. I literally had piles of VHS tapes in the edit suite. So that explains some of the glitchy clips.

As for the audio edits, hey it was VHS and I was 19. This is the first time I used a ‘real’ editing suite.

So cast your minds back to the last century and see how I misspent my youth; cutting together bullet ballets to John Lennon’s melodic attack on the NRA.

I give you my 1993 mash up; ‘Gun Fetish’.

Now a couple of things. Before any of you comment “Where’s —– or ——”, bear in mind that the 19 year old me had a limited supply of tapes at the time. Most of these are one I copied off the telly.

I haven’t, as is customary, included a list of the clips, as I thought you guys could guess them all. First one to guess them all in order, including close ups, I will send a little prize.

Apologies to any rights holders, I was young I didn’t know what I was doing. Please don’t arrest me.

And finally. I have another one, if you’d like to see…