Roger Corman

Flavorwire Interview: ‘Gremlins’ Director Joe Dante on the Rituals of Editing, the Lost Art of Film Trailers, and Working with The Ramones

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Gremlins director Joe Dante started his career cutting trailers for King of the B’s Roger Corman. Hollywood Boulevard was his feature film directorial debut, co-directed with Allan Arkush — the result of a bet between producer Jon Davison and Corman that Davison could make a movie cheaper than any other that had been released at Corman’s company New World Pictures. It’s that kind of humor that Dante’s work is identified with — satirical gags and clever in-jokes for the film geek crowd.
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10 Must-See Movies by American International Pictures

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American International Pictures conjures images of bold poster art, outrageous taglines, and weird movie titles. After all, this is the film studio that brought us movies like High School Hellcats, I Was a Teenage Werewolf (starring Michael Landon as a bad boy), How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (the studio is credited for inventing the beach party genre), and Yog, Monster from Space (surprisingly, not a Scientology thing).
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Flavorwire Interview: Legendary Filmmaker and “King of the B’s” Roger Corman on Feminism, Poe, and the State of Independent Filmmaking

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Roger Corman has earned his title “The King of the B’s” after making movies for more than six decades. A quick search on IMDb shows that the filmmaker has more than 400 movies to his credit. He’s known for his cult low-budget films and exploitive storylines, featuring colorful characters and sensational titles, and his eight acclaimed pictures inspired by the literary works of Edgar Allan Poe. Corman has been an invaluable mentor to many up-and-coming directors and helped start the careers of some of cinema’s finest, including Francis Ford Coppola and Martin …Read More

10 Ways ‘Jaws’ Changed Movies Forever

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As we’ve mentioned, this weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Jaws, Steven Spielberg’s masterful adaptation of Peter Benchley’s bestseller. By this date, the conventional wisdom that Jaws was a cinematic game-changer has taken hold — but like many such pronouncements, those who make it aren’t always clear on the details. In fact, it’s a little bit complicated, because Spielberg’s smash changed the way Hollywood did business in a variety of ways, both for good and ill.
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The 10 Most ’60s Movies of the ’60s

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There’s something specifically, quaintly wonderful about the counterculture movies of the late ‘60s: the costumes, the slang-y dialogue, the hallucinogen-inspired cinematography, the way the color temperatures have faded just so. Fans of the period are in for a treat this week, as Olive Films has debuted sparkling new Blu-ray editions of two key ‘60s indies: Roger Corman’s The Wild Angels and Richard Rush’s Psych-Out; in celebration of that release, a look at those films and a handful of others that best encapsulate the period (or, at least, cinema’s best attempts to capture it).
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50 Underground Filmmakers Everyone Should Know

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We’re coming to the close of a great retrospective of Joe Sarno’s works at New York’s Anthology Film Archives, ending September 26. Sarno was one of the sexploitation genre’s key auteurs, and his films evoke the independent spirit of the underground film movement — movies popularized during the ‘60s that pushed the boundaries of technique and narrative with experimental artistry. These pictures produced outside the commercial moviemaking industry ranged from the subversive to the formless, delighting in explicit subjects and exploring radical in-camera editing. Crucial as he is, Sarno is just one of these 50 underground filmmakers you should …Read More

Martin Scorsese’s Weirdest Projects

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Over the holiday weekend, Martin Scorsese directed a new film featuring his longtime collaborator Robert De Niro, his current collaborator Leonardo Di Caprio, and Brad Pitt. But don’t mark your calendars just yet to see Jimmy the Gent, the Wolf of Wall Street, and Aldo Raine face off under Scorsese’s direction on the big screen — it was all for a commercial. Well, to be clear, it’s a “casino-themed short film” for next year’s opening of the Studio City resort hotel in Macau, China. In other words, Marty gotta eat — and the whole weird story is a nice reminder that even the most respected of contemporary filmmakers has taken on a lot of very strange jobs between his cinematic …Read More

10 Awesome Holiday Gifts for the Movie Geek in Your Life

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As you’ve possibly noticed, the holiday season is upon us — as is the holiday gift guide season. We’ve already helpfully offered up suggestions for the music lovers, bookworms, and even cat people on your list; now on to the cinephiles, those grouchy movie-lovers who seldom see daylight, yet will hopefully enjoy something from this assortment of books, discs, and other tree-ready paraphernalia.
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