Archive for September, 2009

An evening with John Carpenter, The Thing and the Prince Of Darkness.

September 30, 2009

IMG_0260

There are certain filmmakers from the 70’s and 80’s that contributed in raising me and turning me into the kind of movie nerd that I’ve become. And there were none more prolific than John Carpenter, whose films I literally grew up watching since my family first took me to see HALLOWEEN in ’79. There was a new John Carpenter movie out pretty much every single year of my early childhood and teen years in the 1980’s and I would always be there on opening day. THE FOG, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, CHRISTINE, STARMAN, BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, THEY LIVE and the two that I’m gonna talk about now, ruled that decade and have provided the creatively bankrupt movie industry of today with a whole bunch of original properties to remake and ruin.

This week the New Beverly Cinema programmed a great double feature of Carpenter’s all-time masterpiece THE THING (1982) along with the criminally underrated PRINCE OF DARKNESS (1987). I joined the rest of the “real” geek squad on Sunday night, but almost didn’t make it inside when I was attacked in line by Max Landis, who was wearing an original ROB BOTTIN mask mold from the movie!

Max Landis attempts to "assimilate" me!

Max Landis attempts to "assimilate" me!

I distracted him with my TROLL 2 shirt and ran inside to take a seat and watch one of my favorite horror films of all time…

thing

The New Bev’s own Julia Marchese interviewed actor Joel Polis before the film and he talked about how THE THING failed at the box office when it was first released in 1982, because it was sandwhiched in between E.T. and POLTERGEIST.  I remember seeing all three of them, one after another, that summer. 1982 was definitely one of the greatest genre movie summers ever.

He also told us a few stories about the production, including an explanation of why the audience never gets to see the demise of his character Fuchs. Apparently, they actually shot an entire scene in which Fuchs is hung up on a door with an axe in his chest and all covered in blood. Carpenter decided that the Thing just wouldn’t kill someone this way and that it was way too slasher-ish, so they came up with what you see in the movie instead. I personally like that it’s ambiguous as to whether or not Fuchs burned himself up or if someone or some-THING else did.

The New Bev's Julia Marchese interviews actor Joel Polis about The Thing.

The New Bev's Julia Marchese interviews actor Joel Polis about The Thing.

Then the film started and for 2 hours you couldn’t hear a pin drop, except for the screams. THE THING is a great film with a brilliant script, cast and direction. I love so many things about it and I really enjoy watching it with an audience and people that have never seen it before. It’s a testament to how effective the film still is when they continue to jump and scream like crazy at all those classic moments. Like the dog kennel scene. Or the scene where Copper gets his arms bitten off by Norris. Or my favorite scene with the blood test where Palmer goes berserk.

YIKES!

YIKES!

Kurt Russell in another badass iconic role for John Carpenter.

Kurt Russell in another badass iconic role for John Carpenter.

I want this!

I want this!

Other things that are awesome about THE THING:

KURT RUSSELL coming off an iconic badass performance for John Carpenter as SNAKE PLISSKEN, creates another iconic badass performance with R.J. MacREADY!

ROB BOTTIN delivers a tour de force of the greatest makeup effects ever created and what he couldn’t finish, the late great STAN WINSTON contributed!

Carpenter has scored the music for every single one of his films (and a few he didn’t direct too), but didn’t have time to do it for THE THING. But that’s fine because he got the genius Italian composer ENNIO MORRICONE to do it! It’s also cool how the score is very much like Carpenter and very unlike Morricone.

The entirely male ensemble cast lends a lot to the intensity of the film with their performances. There is an increasing amount of hostility that comes out of the men as the paranoia begins to rise and it’s due to some superb acting that includes KEITH DAVID, WILFORD BRIMLEY and T.K. CARTER.

When the movie was over, there was a short break and then…

princeofdarkness

I saw PRINCE OF DARKNESS in the cineplex back in 1987. I think it is one of Carpenter’s most overlooked films and it was a great pairing with THE THING because even though they are very different in tone and pacing, they have a very similar set up and story.

PRINCE OF DARKNESS tells the tale of an old Catholic church in downtown Los Angeles that has been keeping a lid on Satan as he sleeps in a large container of swirling green energy. DONALD PLEASENCE is the priest in charge of keeping it a secret, but it has become apparent to him that the church’s unwanted guest is starting to awake and illicit others to do his bidding. He brings in a group of quantum physics students and their professor to help figure out a way to stop it, but they are slowly taken over by Satan’s will.

This is a horror movie about the coming of the Anti-Christ that has a heavier emphasis on science than religion. It is much more atmospheric than any of Carpenter’s other films and has a slower dreamlike pace that feels like it was influenced a lot by DARIO ARGENTO.

For me, one of the creepiest moments in the film is when everyone has that weird “dream” of the dark figure walking out of the church. It becomes even creepier to learn that these are actually video messages being sent back in time from the future to warn them that if they fail, the world will be taken over by the Devil. Every time we see one of them I always get goose bumps, never fail.

This image never ceases to scare the HELL out of me!

This image never ceases to scare the HELL out of me!

Alice Cooper as a homeless disciple of Satan.

Alice Cooper as a homeless disciple of Satan.

This lady got a degree in demonology.

This lady got a degree in demonology.

Before the film there was an intro and interview with script supervisor and wife of John Carpenter, Sandy King and actors, Anne Marie Howard and Peter Jason (who’s been in a lot of Carpenter and Walter Hill’s movies). The actors told us how they all had private “zombie” meetings with John Carpenter to discuss how their character would return from the dead. Actor David Warner suggested to Peter Jason to play the part like he was in constant pain and that’s what he did. Sandy King told us how the movie was made for about 3 million bucks and was a union shoot that was mostly shot in her living room. She also said that when Carpenter started writing it, he told her to go out and “get everything you can on quantum physics”, which she did. When someone asked her if POD will ever be remade she said that it was the only one that they haven’t been approached with a remake offer. Thank god! POD is it’s own unique little snow flake and nobody can provide as much fright on such a small budget as Carpenter could.

Sandy King, Anne Marie Howard and Peter Jason talk PRINCE OF DARKNESS.

Sandy King, Anne Marie Howard and Peter Jason talk PRINCE OF DARKNESS.

This was another great double bill at the New Beverly Cinema. This Saturday at midnight they are showing SHOCKER and WES CRAVEN will be introducing it! See you there! And if you see some-THING that looks like Max Landis, RUN!

Advertisements

Slasher double feature with Joseph Zito @ The Cinefamily

September 23, 2009
Exploitation filmmaker Joe Zito discussing the slasher genre.

Exploitation filmmaker Joseph Zito discussing the slasher genre.

Last night I went to the Cinefamily to check out their screening of two great slasher films from the 80’s that were both directed by exploitation filmmaker Joseph Zito. The event was actually a “prequel” to the slasher retrospective that the Cinefamily will be presenting next month. Every Thursday in October they will be showing slasher triple features that includes SLEEPAWAY CAMP, MY BLOODY VALENTINE (the original UNCUT version), APRIL FOOL’S DAY, SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE, GRADUATION DAY and many more. Tonight we were watching THE PROWLER, which I consider to be one of the best slasher films from the golden era (1979-1984) and FRIDAY THE 13th: THE FINAL CHAPTER which is regarded by many (including me) to be the best one in the series.

the_prowler

Friday4Poster

Both films were directed by Joseph Zito, who also made two of my favorite CANNON movies with Chuck Norris,  the cartoonish INVASION U.S.A. and MISSING IN ACTION.  He was there to introduce both films and did a great Q and A, where he did shed some light on the origin of the insane dance Crispin Glover does in FRIDAY 4, as well as a few other stories.

Screening first was THE PROWLER from 1981, which still holds up really well and I consider it his best.

prowler_poster_01

The Prowler likes to give a rose to his victims. How thoughtful.

The Prowler likes to give a rose to his victims. How thoughtful.

Eat your heart out PSYCHO! Nothing worse than a pitchfork to the belly while showering.

Eat your heart out PSYCHO! Nothing worse than a pitchfork to the belly while showering.

A recurring theme in the slasher genre is the storyline that involves the spurned male ego on the rampage, getting back at all the ladies who did them wrong and the men that they can never be. THE PROWLER fits this criteria to a tee, as it begins with mock newsreel footage about all the WW II soldiers returning from war and rejoining the gals they left behind. It then cuts to a V.O. of a young woman named Rosemary reading a “Dear John” letter to a jilted G.I., which then takes us to a graduation dance at an east coast college in 1945, where she and her new beau are celebrating. Unfortunately for them, the war is over and soldier boy is back and he’s not taking the break up very well. He makes his “point” with a pitchfork through their entwined bodies and then we flash forward to thirty five years later, where the university is finally forgetting the past and throwing another graduation dance. Bad idea!

I know the plot sounds like any other slasher movie plot and for all intents and purposes, it is. But most slasher movies don’t start with a period flashback from the 40’s, which is quite elaborate and authentic for a low budget movie like this. It also has the very best KILLS in any slasher film I’ve ever seen and that’s thanks to SPFX maestro TOM SAVINI. Each of them is a gory set-piece, including a particularly gruesome one in which a guy gets a bayonet through the top of his skull. It then gets even more grisly when the guy opens his eyes and his pupils have retracted into his head leaving them all white. It’s still freaky as hell to watch! The entire movie is filled with lots of great scares and the ending is an awesome shocker that’s the most original of its kind.

There was a short break and we all went out to the back patio to mingle. Joseph Zito was out there talking to the fans about his movies. He’s a very nice, approachable guy. After the break, we all went in to watch his other slasher masterpiece…

friday the 13th part 4 the final chapter tv

Jason is one ugly mother!

Jason is one ugly mother!

This is the one where Jason dies. HA!

This is the one where Jason dies. HA!

Crazy ass Crispin Glover is thinking about doing his spaz-dance.

Crazy ass Crispin Glover is thinking about doing his spaz-dance.

He pays for that dance with a machete to the face!

He pays for that dance with a machete to the face!

Corey Feldman as Tommy Jarvis before going insane.

Corey Feldman as Tommy Jarvis before going insane.
After.

After.

I’ve seen FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER more than any other in the series. For people who’ve never seen a single FRIDAY movie, I always recommend this one. For me, it’s got everything you could ever want in one of these movies, PLUS you get CRISPIN GLOVER, COREY FELDMAN and TOM SAVINI, who is back for the makeup effects! The plot is, as usual, nice and simple. A group of young, very horny friends retreat to a vacation home located on beautiful Crystal Lake on the same day Jason escapes the morgue and goes on another bloody rampage. The characters are all goofy 80’s stereotypes, but the acting is better than most in the series. It also has lots of nudity, Crispin Glover doing a crazy dance, Corey Feldman shaving his head and attacking Jason with a machete and the guy from LAST AMERICAN VIRGIN, who still can’t get laid. That’s more than most slasher movies can boast!

I recommend heading out to the Cinefamily next month if you’re a fan of horror. They’ve got a whole lot going on, including many more slasher screenings, a Coffin Joe retrospect and a series of kung fu horror movies that should be a blast!

Bronson is badass!

September 22, 2009

Bronson poster 1

Last Friday night my friend Gariana Abeyta of The Popcorn Mafia got me into a sold out screening of the new movie BRONSON at the Cinefamily. I had a previous dinner engagement and missed the Q and A with the Director and the star at the earlier show, but I got to see the movie and I’m very grateful, because BRONSON was the shit!

BRONSON tells the story of a petty thief named Michael Peterson, who is sentenced to 7 years in prison for the armed robbery of a post office that netted him about 28 pounds and change. His quest to become the most famous criminal in Britain leads him to change his name to Charles Bronson (the epitome of macho maleness) and assume an alter ego that becomes the British penal system’s worst nightmare. Charles Bronson really hates authority and loves nothing more than mixing it up with prison guards, officials, inmates and just about anyone that gets near him. After numerous assaults he is moved from one prison to another and begins to pile up more and more sentences. He likes to draw and write poems, but his favorite thing to do is to take a hostage, strip naked, grease himself with something (butter, paint, his own blood) and take on about 8 prison guards at once as they rush him with billy clubs and ultimately beat the living tar out of him. He also causes about 4 million pounds in damage to one unfortunate institution during a prison riot and fire he starts. All in all, he ends up doing 34 years in prison and 30 of those are in solitary confinement.

Tom Hardy as Charles Bronson, the most famous, charismatic, and violent prisoners in England.

Tom Hardy as Charles Bronson, one of the most famous, charismatic, and violent prisoners in the U.K.

This movie is edgy British cinema at its best. The energy, style, humor and brutality are in the tradition of THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, SEXY BEAST, and TRAINSPOTTING. The direction from Nicolas Refn is visceral, confident, brave and displays an amazing visual style that is quite impressive considering this film was made for less than one million pounds. The narrative structure is also very operatic, with the main character donning clown face and performing to an audience at times. Tom Hardy gives a virtuoso performance as Bronson. He’s a charming sociopath with a love for the limelight and a violent temper for anyone that pisses him off, and of course everyone does. It’s an incredible story and a powerhouse of a movie that stands out from just about anything I’ve seen this year. Find it and see it when it’s released next month because it’s fucking awesome!

“Breaker 1-9…Breaker 1-9…You got your ears on? We got an all-day TRUCKATHON at the New Beverly. Come on.”

September 21, 2009
An all-day marathon of movies about trucks and the men who drive them!

An all-day marathon of movies about trucks and the men who drive them!

There was a time in America when TRUCKS, TRUCKERS and C.B. RADIOS were a pop culture phenomenon. The professional truck driver’s life style was the inspiration for many songs, movies, T.V. shows and even a famous bumper sticker that informed us all to “Keep on Truckin’…”. It was a strange time of Shlitz beer drinking, cap wearing, chew spittin’, good ole boys who drove their big rigs hard and loved their women even harder. They were men of principals and they formed a brotherhood that had a code of ethics and language all of it’s own. Therefore a new genre of film called TRUXPLOITATION emerged that glamorized these blue collar road warriors in films like the SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT trilogy, CONVOY (based on the hit country song) and let’s not forget the B.J. AND THE BEAR television series (as well as it’s spin-off SHERIFF LOBO). After all, the trucking industry is the backbone of American commerce, so it only seems fitting to celebrate this glorious bygone era of trucker-worship with an all-day movie TRUCKATHON, right? And whom better to host such an event than midnight movie cult leader Phil Blankenship and the nerd sanctuary that is the New Beverly Cinema, right? That’s a big 10-4 good buddy!

Phil handed out a list of  trucker terms with translations included and in between the films we were treated to several truxploitation movie trailers that included, HIGH BALLIN’ (starring Jerry Reed and Peter Fonda), BREAKER, BREAKER (starring a clean shaven Chuck Norris in one of his earliest roles), CONVOY (Kris Kristofferson), CONVOY BUSTERS (an Italian action film involving trucks), a French trailer for Steven Spielberg’s DUEL, SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT 1 AND 2, and RACE WITH THE DEVIL.

poster-cb-hustlers

The first film up was a wacky little sex comedy from 1978 called C.B. HUSTLERS. The very “skimpy” plot had something to do with three big breasted hookers who service passing truckers from a C.B. equipped van on the side of the road in some redneck town. Practically every scene in the movie had a naked girl in it. The hookers and the truckers team up to outwit the local police that are out to “bust” them. OH!

2006101712014908

The second movie of the day was a little gem from our old friends at CANNON FILMS called THUNDER RUN from 1986. The movie was a little like SORCERER if William Friedkin was missing a chromosome or two. Forrest (F TROOP) Tucker is offered 500,000 dollars to drive a big rig full of plutonium to a secret military base in an effort to flush out a dangerous gang of coed, multicultural terrorists that drive Volkswagen beetles armed with roof-rockets. If he can make it through the desert in one piece, he’s still got to deactivate the laser tunnel at the entrance of the army base or he’ll be incinerated. The fate of the free world in the hands of Forrest Tucker? Holy shit!

white_line_fever

"My name is Carol Jo Hummer and I'm looking for work!"

"My name is Carrol Jo Hummer and I'm looking for work!"

The third film was the working class hero epic WHITE LINE FEVER which is the NORMA RAE of trucking movies! Jan Michael Vincent is Carrol Jo Hummer, a simple young man who is living the American dream as an owner/operator of his very own big rig. But when he refuses to run illegal contraband, he’s blacklisted and forced to go to extremes to support his pregnant, beer guzzling wife. With shotgun in hand, Carrol Jo bucks the corrupt system and drives his big rig through a giant corporate sign! Yee-hah!

roadgamesHs

Stacy Keach and Jamie Lee Curtis have great chemistry in Roadgames.

Stacy Keach and Jamie Lee Curtis have great chemistry in Road Games.

ROAD GAMES was the fourth movie on the schedule and my favorite movie of the night. Stacy Keach plays an American truck driver working the highways of the Australian outback who picks up a pretty young hitchiker played by Jamie Lee Curtis. In a plot borrowed heavily from Alfred Hitchcock’s REAR WINDOW, the two track a psychotic killer who is murdering young ladies on the road. The killer is played by none other than the infamous Aussie daredevil stuntman GRANT PAGE and the film features several awesome car stunts including one that involves two trucks, an anchor and a boat. This is a really cool movie with a tight script and terrific chemistry between the two leads, Keach and Curtis.

blackdog

Patrick Swayze has his hands full with Meatloaf.

Patrick Swayze has his hands full with Meatloaf.

The final movie of the evening was 1998’s BLACK DOG, starring the late Patrick Swayze as an ex-con who needs to make some fast money in order to save his family home. He accepts a job for 10,000 dollars from a guy named Red (Meatloaf) to haul a rig to Atlanta, but the load he’s carrying is full of illegal weapons and he’s been set up. Swayze has to deal with the F.B.I., hijackers led by Meatloaf and the legend of the black dog itself, in order to save his happy home. This was a highly energetic way to end the marathon and a nice tribute to Patrick Swayze.

The TRUCKATHON was a long haul but I really enjoyed the ride. Once again, The New Beverly Cinema dropped the hammer down and kept the Smokeys off our backs. Until next time, keep your pedal to the medal and stay out of those bear traps, good buddy!

An American Werewolf in Los Angeles!

September 17, 2009
Thank god there wasn't a full moon!

Thank god there wasn't a full moon!

On Monday the 14th of September, the world famous New Beverly Cinema hosted a special presentation of the 1981 John Landis horror-comedy AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON and the world premiere of its new documentary BEWARE THE MOON. There were several guests in attendance that included the makers of the doc, legendary producer George Folsey Jr. and makeup effects maestro Rick Baker plus a few members of his original team. The evening started with the screening of a beautiful 35mm print of the classic…

Americanwerewolf

I saw AMERICAN WEREWOLF about 5 times in the theatre back in ’81 and dozens of times on home video. It’s easy to forget how monumental a film this was for the horror genre back then. It’s influence has been so big that it’s now become a standard to combine humor with startling violence. John Landis was not the first guy to mix horror with comedy, but he was the first one to balance it so perfectly and while the movie featured “modern” effects (at least at the time they were) it was also paying homage to the great movie monsters of the past.

This shot never ceases to scare the living crap out of me!

This shot never ceases to scare the living crap out of me!

Simply the greatest transformation sequence EVER!!

Simply the greatest transformation sequence EVER!!

Hungry like the wolf.

Hungry like the wolf.

In the documentary BEWARE THE MOON, John Landis tells of how he came up with this crazy movie. He was working on the crew of KELLEY’S HEROES in Yugoslavia, when he came across two men burying a corpse by the side of the road. The body was being covered with garlic and other strange things and when he asked why, he was told the man was a violent criminal and they didn’t want him to rise out of the grave and kill anyone. John Landis said the fact that they had just put a man on the moon and here were two guys that were still afraid of zombies was the impetus for him to write AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON.

Rick Baker’s transformation scene is still the best one ever put on film. Everything about that sequence is still so amazing to look at and at the screening that night, it received a huge applause from the New Bev audience. Listening to Rick Baker talk about it’s evolution from concept to reality was very interesting.

Makeup effects GOD, Rick Baker discusses his work on AMERICAN WEREWOLF.

Makeup effects GOD, Rick Baker discusses his work on AMERICAN WEREWOLF.

I had a question about the movie, but I waited until the documentary was over, because we were told that it pretty much covers everything about the film. My question was in regards to an old article I remember reading back in the day, when the film was first released. In an interview with John Landis, he stated that he had cut the attack of the werewolf against the three homeless guys in the junkyard because the “preview” audience’s reaction was so strong, they kept talking for 5 minutes after the scene was over. Landis was afraid that audiences would miss out on the next scene because the last one was so wild, so he cut it. In the doc he admits that he should have left it in and I was hoping to see some footage, but alas, there was none.

Lucky for me, I had the entire sequence described to me by none other than Max Landis (yes, that’s the son of John), who was also there that night. A group of us fans were discussing the movie, when Max Landis walked up and started telling us some stories about it. The description he gave me of the scene in question, sounded awesome  and made me wish I could see it even more. Also, the fact that it was described to me by Max, who looks and acts almost exactly like his dad was pretty damn amazing too. Max is a screenwriter and a really cool guy. Thanks again, Max!

If you’re a fan, I would definitely buy AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON on Blu Ray, because it also includes the fantastic documentary BEWARE THE MOON. It’s very well made and covers everything you would ever want to know about this great film. Until next time, stay off the moors and beware the moon.

One of us needs a shave!

One of us needs a shave!

Phantasm trilogy @ the Aero! BOYYYYYYYY!!!

September 14, 2009
Phantasm 1,2, and 3 at the Aero!

Phantasm 1,2, and 3 at the Aero!

One of the first movies I watched on home video was the original PHANTASM from MEDIA Home Entertainment. It was one of those early films that helped shaped the kind of palate I would develop for this genre. PHANTASM is one of the most original and influential of the films that came out during that “golden era” of horror in the 70’s and 80’s. The mixture of scares and offbeat humor, combined with some very creative scenes of violence and surrealism, make this film stand out above any other of its kind. The plot is absolutely crazy and one of the things I’ve always loved about the series is how each film continues upping the madness level. When I noticed the beautiful Aero theatre in Santa Monica was showing the trilogy plus a Q and A with the director and cast, it would have taken The Tall Man himself (and a few of those balls) to stop me from attending.

phantasm

phantasm_2-poster

phantasm_3_poster_01

Writer and Director of all four of the PHANTASM films, Don Coscarelli was in attendance along with cast members from all three of the films shown. Angus (The Tall Man) Scrimm, Bill (Jody) Thornbury, Reggie (Reggie) Bannister, Mark (the undertaker who gets mutilated by the sphere in II) Major, Kathy (The Lady in Lavender whom still looks really hot after 30 years!) Lester and Gloria (Rocky from part III) Lynn Henry. Everyone shared stories about how much fun they had working on these films together. It seems like Coscarelli really creates a “family” feeling with all the people he’s collaborated with for so many years and they love him for it.

Writer and Director, Don Coscarelli and Kat Lester, the lady in lavender.

Writer and Director, Don Coscarelli and Kathy Lester, the still hot-Lady in Lavender.

Reggie Bannister and The Tall Man, Angus Scrimm.

Reggie Bannister and The Tall Man, Angus Scrimm.

Bill Thornbury and Reggie Bannister talk about jammin'.

Bill Thornbury and Reggie Bannister talk about jammin'.

One of the most interesting topics to come up was that ROGER AVARY, after just winning an Oscar for his writing on PULP FICTION, wrote a script for what would have been the fourth PHANTASM movie. According to Coscarelli it was an epic “ultimate” series ender of a movie that would have cost way too much money. But the good news is, there’s talk about turning Avary’s script into a graphic novel so that PHANTASM fans can finally experience it. I’ll be picking that up for sure!

Now that'll give you a headache.

Now that'll give you a headache.

The first film is still the best one in the series with engaging characters and an absolutely bananas story that combines gothic horror with science fiction into a powerful social commentary on migrant working conditions. After all, The Tall Man is turning corpses into dwarves only to exploit them as slave labor on his planet.

Also, PHANTASM has the dubious distinction of being every muscle car, gear head, and Mopar enthusiasts favorite horror movie for one reason only. The black 1971 Plymouth Hemicuda featured in this and all subsequent PHANTASM films is considered to be the pinnacle of all american muscle cars and one of the most badass vehicles ever created. The fact that our hero Jody drives one, instantly makes him one really cool dude.

The 1971 Plymouth Hemicuda is the greatest and most revered muscle car ever created. No wonder The Tall Man can't catch 'em.

The 1971 Plymouth Hemicuda is the greatest and most revered muscle car ever created. No wonder The Tall Man can't catch 'em.

I have not seen PHANTASM II in a very long time. I guess that’s because it’s been long since unavailable on DVD in the U.S. and is finally being released tomorrow. Seeing it on a big screen with an audience full of PHANTASM freaks was absolutely amazing! While it lacks the same level of atmosphere, chills and originality of the first, it is still a classic over-the-top 80’s style sequel in every way with an emphasis on action and (thankfully) gore! The “flying sphere” sequences in this one are the best in the entire series and it’s thanks to the amazing work of a young Greg Nicotero. I totally love this movie!

Look out for that goddamned ball!

Look out for that goddamned ball!

Oops!

Oops!

I saw PHANTASM III: LORD OF THE DEAD back in 1994 when it came out and at the time was pretty unimpressed. It is the weakest in the series for sure, with even the straight to video PHANTASM IV being a much stronger sequel, but it’s still not without it’s charms. I liked the addition of the little boy (who violently executes a trio of looters like HOME ALONE mixed with DEATH WISH 3!) and the sassy urban badass known as Rocky (played with gusto by Gloria Lynn Henry) who bats a silver sphere out of the air with a pair of nunchucks! WOW!

Reggie, a cute and deadly child and Rocky are ready to fuck up The Tall Man!

Reggie, a cute and deadly child and Rocky are ready to fuck up The Tall Man!

When it was all finally over, I went home with a much greater appreciation for the PHANTASM series on a whole. It is an incredibly original and clever series of films that keeps adding to the mythology while upping the insanity and I’ll always be a huge phan. It was worth going just to hear Angus Scrimm shout, “BOYYYYYY!” before the films started inside the darkness of the Aero theatre. I had a “ball”!

phantasmeyes

The Grindhouse Film Festival presents: SUPERVAN (1977) and THE VAN (1977)

September 11, 2009

IMG_0235

One of the coolest ongoing events in the revival house scene is The Grindhouse Film Festival presented by Brian Quinn and Eric Caidin at the New Beverly Cinema. Twice a month, Brian and Eric present a double feature of two rare exploitation films (shown in 35mm) from the “golden era” of the grindhouses that once dotted Times Square’s 42nd Street in New York. I’ve seen so many great and not so great films, that I never would have even known about, thanks to them. Films like RAW FORCE, IMPULSE, CROCODILE, STANLEY, THE HEADLESS EYES, THE REDEEMER, ISLA: SHE WOLF OF THE S.S., VAMPIRE HOOKERS, THE MUTHERS, PSYCHO FROM TEXAS, ENCOUNTER OF THE SPOOKY KIND II, CHAINED HEAT, THE DOLL SQUAD and many more. No matter if the movies are good, bad or just cheesy enough to be fun, the grindhouse always attracts a great crowd of savvy movie freaks who are just as entertaining as the films are. Last Tuesday the boys threw an “end of the summer” double bill with two classics from the free wheelin’ 70’s, SUPERVAN and THE VAN. It was really awesome.

supervan

thevan

The evening began with the usual raffle, that was followed by a reel of vintage trailers, which included AT THE EARTH’S CORE, an amazing looking blaxploitation flick called J.D.’S REVENGE (“I WILL HAVE MY REVENGE!” exclaims J.D. the badass pimp), and THE INCREDIBLE TWO HEADED TRANSPLANT with Bruce Dern. Then it was time for our “feature presentation”…

Never fear, it's SUPERVAN!!

Never fear, it's SUPERVAN!!

Brian Quinn said that he’d been sitting on the scratchy old print of SUPERVAN for over six months now and had no idea what to expect. It begins with a crude title card thrown on with the SUPERVAN logo and then we find ourselves smack dab in the middle of the 70’s van-culture at its peak. It’s a “regional” film that looks like it was shot somewhere in the mid-west on a 16mm camera. The opening begins with a massive van convoy complete with C.B. radios and a title song that croons, “I’m riding high in my Supervan”. We meet our hero Clint, who is driving his groovy van (called MORGAN THE PIRATE) to the 2nd annual VAN FREAKOUT. But when a vicious motorcycle gang has the audacity to announce their plans to rape a young lady over the C.B. airwaves, Clint rescues the girl and unintentionally gets his prize van crushed in a junkyard while hiding from the hoodlums. Luckily the girl he rescued is the daughter of the evil corporate oil tycoon, T.B. Trenton of Trenton Oil (The oil that loves you). He plans on winning the VAN FREAKOUT competition with an amazing solar-powered custom van called VANDORA, that’s equipped with a working laser turret! VANDORA was designed by the king of car customizers GEORGE BARRIS. He’s the man responsible for the original Batmobile from the Adam West/Burt Ward Batman T.V. show, the Monkeemobile from The Monkees, The Munsters car and many others.

Vandora the amazing SUPERVAN!

George Barris and Vandora the amazing SUPERVAN!

It was a model too!

It was a model too!

Clint steals it and along with his buddy and the bosses daughter, takes it on an interstate chase that reminded me of a low budget SMOKEY AND THE BANDT (which included a young Uncle Leo from SEINFELD as a Sheriff). Once they arrive at the FREAKOUT, VANDORA sweeps the competition and the movie ends with an awesome closing credits van montage. By the way, all of the songs on the “soft” rock soundtrack are about vans.

There was a short intermission followed by trailers for CAR WASH, a sleazy 70’s sex comedy called THE POM POM GIRLS and an amazing sci-fi-ish kung fu flick called DEATH MACHINES (which I actually have on DVD and it’s awesome!).

Then came Crown International’s release of THE VAN (Brian mentioned the print was borrowed from Quentin Tarantino’s personal collection) which tells the coming of age story of our red headed “hero” Bobby and his attempts to get laid in his newly purchased customized van. Bobby works at a car wash (run by a young DANNY DeVITO in one of his first roles) where he is constantly harassed by his coworkers for not being cool. But that’s all over when he plunks down the money he’s saved up for a new, bright yellow van called THE STRAIGHT ARROW (wink, wink) equipped with a waterbed, mirrored ceiling, C.B. radio, fridge, T.V., 8 track stereo, and a toaster. Bobby cruises around pinball joints and pizza parlors, picks up a fat girl that breaks his waterbed, attempts to score with another girl (that borderlines on date rape) and drag races a bully named Dugan in his van (named THE VAN KILLER) after making it with his chick. He even tells someone to “Sit on it!”, which they do.

This double feature really transported me back to a magical 70’s world where any fad could be made into a movie! A world where gas was only 57 cents a gallon and all it took to get some lovin’ was a custom van. I loved that in both of these movies all the vans from that time period were an extension of the owners personality and had special names like VANS AM, VANTIQUATED, VANQUATIC, SPACE TRIPPER, THE FREEDOM MACHINE, HOT STUFF, STOWE AWAY, INSANITY, and HALF BREED. Also, they were all painted in bright colors, covered in thick shag carpeting and airbrushed with all kinds of stuff like unicorns, spaceships, barbarian babes, and even the flames of Hell. It was a great night and when it was over I felt almost as stoned as the people who made those movies and you know what? I was. Keep on truckin’!

The 5 Minute Game and Labor Day BBQ @ The Cinefamily

September 9, 2009

One of my favorite places to watch rare and forgotten movies with a bunch of really well educated geeks is the “nerd clubhouse” that is, The Cinefamily.  Every so often they host an event that is called, “The 5 Minute Game” that involves an audience watching the first 5 minutes of 15 different movies (all shown on good old VHS) and voting on which one they want to watch in its entirety. The selections are always movies you’ve either never heard of or something you’ve seen staring back at you on the video shelf, but you’ve never taken the risk of renting it before. In past 5 minute games the audience voted on and watched a 70’s kung fu-revenge flick called DEATH PROMISE, an insane European action-sex movie called MAD FOXES, and a crazy 80’s horror film about a killer pussycat loose on a yacht called UNINVITED.

For this evening’s choices we were shown the first 5 minutes of the following movies:

1. RETRIBUTION – Cheesy 80’s horror.

2. BROTHER ENEMY – Gang of teenagers learn about art.

3. FRAZIER, THE SENSUAL LION (a.k.a. FRAZIER, THE LOVABLE LION) – Everybody loves Frazier the lion in this “family” film.

4. HAMBURGER: THE MOTION PICTURE – An 80’s sex comedy about hamburgers. AWESOME!

5. LEGENDARY PANTY MASK – Trippy Japanese movie that baffled the whole crowd.

6. PARDON MY BLOOPER – Vintage gags and mistakes from the past.

7. IF YOU COULD SEE WHAT I HEAR – Starts out with a blind guy making a new friend in a public shower when he drops his soap and needs help finding it. Not gay porn.

8. GHOST WARRIOR – ?

9. RUNNING OUT OF LUCK – Julien Temple directed and co-wrote this weird looking 80’s movie with Mick Jagger (who plays himself) and also stars Jerry Hall (who plays herself), Dennis Hopper and Rae Dawn Chong. It’s about Mick getting kidnapped in Rio. Bananerz!

10. ANARCHY U.S.A. – A documentary that blames the Watts riots on communism. Wow.

11. VISIONS OF SUGAR PLUMS – A romantic “gay” Christmas story. I hope the “sugar plums” aren’t a metaphor.

12. NINJA: SILENT ASSASSIN – Ninjas doing their thing.

13. JOEY – Not the kangaroo movie.

14. WILD GYPSIES – Just as the title says.

15. THE HIJACKING OF STUDIO 4 – Ultra-low budget DIE HARD rip-off shot on a VHS camcorder about terrorists taking over a local cable station. I must see this!

After viewing all the clips, the audience voted for their top two choices on ballots and handed them in for tallying. I voted for RETRIBUTION and the one I really wanted to see HAMBURGER: THE MOTION PICTURE (the crowd favorite), which simply had the best opening 5 minutes of any of the movies shown and ya know, that’s the name of the game. Check out the opening for yourself HERE and tell me how awesome the title song “Hamburgers for America” is! It had the whole audience joyously singing and clapping along with it.

While the votes were being counted we hit the back patio and grilled up some food on the big gas grill. I cooked and ate a gigantic cheeseburger to prepare myself for what I was certain would be the winner. I’ve had a knack for picking all the previous 5 minute game winners and I felt this one was a lock. After the break it was official: HAMBURGER: THE MOTION PICTURE had won in the biggest landslide victory ever in 5 minute game history! We took our seats and sank our teeth into the grease and ketchup covered madness that is…

222660.1020.AThere were a lot of zany sex comedies in the 80’s that did not achieve the same status as say an ANIMAL HOUSE, CADDYSHACK, BACHELOR PARTY or even a PORKY’S. I’m talking about little T and A epics like JOYSTICKS, FRATERNITY VACATION, BEER, HOT DOG: THE MOVIE and of course, HAMBURGER: THE MOTION PICTURE. Who says fast food and sex jokes don’t work? I remember seeing the VHS box for HAMBURGER in the video stores for years and years, but I always turned up a snooty cinema-brat nose to it and never once considered it for home viewing. Like a bottle of fine wine, I’ve been waiting for just the right moment to uncork this gem and introduce it to my senses and now finally, here I was about to consume it with an enthusiastic crowd of movie-maniacs in the best environment possible! Ok, in every single way imaginable this is a totally cheesy and bad comedy from the late night cable scene. The script, acting and direction are really low grade, but there is a weird charm to it in a post modern ironic kind of way that was a lot of fun to watch.

guideads65.JPG

The plot of HAMBURGER: THE MOTION PICTURE concerns a young college student named Russell (played by an actor in his 30’s) who keeps getting kicked out of one college after another for “crude, lewd and nude behavior”. Even the hot chick expelling him tries to fuck him. In desperation he applies to Busterburger University to train to become a Busterburger restaurant manager. It’s not as easy as you’d think, because BU is run like an army recruit center under the supervision of the racist, homophobic drill instructer Drootin (played by the acting challenged ex-Chicago Bear, Dick Butkus). The new recruits aren’t that great either. You’ve got a nerd, a couple of hot chicks, a fat guy who violently shocks himself to keep from over-eating, a Prince impersonator, a sexy Latina armed with an uzi who comes from a country called Guacamole (OH!), and a horny cougar.

Dick Butkus as the racist, homophobic fast food drill instructor, Drootin!

Dick Butkus as the racist, homophobic fast food drill instructor, Drootin!

A nerd falls asleep in one of the hamburger beds at Burgerbuster University.

A nerd falls asleep in one of the hamburger beds at Burgerbuster University.

There is a scene where the new recruits are “tested” on how well they can handle a big rush of customers when an “eating club” is let loose in a Burgerbuster restaurant and the obese members go completely crazy ordering enormous amounts of food, farting uncontrollably and eventually attacking customers and stealing their burgers. It is a scene that degenerates from mildly amusing to nauseatingly disgusting to oddly surreal. There’s also a scene where a group of students shout at a little girl to, “Put the cookies back MOTHERFUCKER!” and another head scratching moment in a club where the lead actor wears a pink sweater covered in what appears to be a bunch of purple swastikas. Those crazy 80’s fashions.

One of the things I really admired about HAMBURGER: THE MOTION PICTURE is how it joyously celebrates America’s love affair with burgers, fries, and fast food. In a way, this movie is like a greasy fat chili-burger for the brain with a pair of big tits on the side! It was also the perfect film to follow a Labor Day BBQ and another great time with The Cinefamily! This one’s not available on DVD (a crime!) so you’re gonna have to hunt for it. Bon appetite!

The Drive-In Movie Culture Report: #1. Laserblast (1978)

September 9, 2009

I’m gonna do a column about old exploitation films that you can check out and “re-discover” if you like. This is the first one.

laserblast

What do you get when you cross a “revenge” film with a STAR WARS/CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND rip-off? LASERBLAST!! This 1978 sci-fi chestnut is from super-low budget mega-producer Charles Band, the man responsible for TOURIST TRAP, PARASITE 3-D (featuring Demi Moore in one of her first roles), METALSTORM: THE DESTRUCTION OF JARED SYN 3-D, GHOULIES I AND II, TRANCERS, TROLL, ELIMINATORS, FROM BEYOND, DOLLS, SORORITY BABES IN THE SLIMEBALL BOWL-O-RAMA, PUPPETMASTER, ROBOT JOX and many, many more.

LASERBLAST is the story of a young fellow named Billy (Kim Milford who played the bad guy in CORVETTE SUMMER with Mark Hamil), who gets pushed around a lot. His neglectful and super-hot M.I.L.F. of a mommy is always jetting off to Acapulco because, “They keep inviting me, so I’m gonna keep going” and his girlfriend just doesn’t get him at all. He can’t ride his van down the road without being harrased by the local weed smoking Police Deputies and he’s also being terrorized by the psychotic jock Chuck and his toadie Froggy (whom is played by nerd God Eddie Deezen in a rare turn as a BULLY)!

Then one day Billy goes out to the desert and discovers a laser rifle and pendant that were left behind by a reptilian alien criminal that was vaporized by two stop motion animated aliens, who’ve pursued him in their spaceship. A plane frightened them off before they could  retrieve the gun and necklace and now Billy has the power. But it’s transforming him into a vicious alien killer, like the one from before. One by one he gets back at the people who’ve done him wrong by blowing the living shit out of them with his laser gun!

LASERBLAST is a cheap-o flick that absolutely oozes the 70’s. From the crudest (yet really cool) special effects to the corny dialogue and cheesy acting, this is by no means a great film. But, it has a story (not unlike Stephen King’s CHRISTINE) that is very easy to hook into. THIS would be a cool idea for a remake! It not being very well known and with a vast array of ways to improve upon on it, I think it could be cool in the right hands. Check it out with a group of friends or watch it late at night, when you’ve returned from a evening of frivolous debauchery. It’ll cheer you up.

“TALENT” – the (so far) unreleased movie debut of Matt Walsh, Matt Besser, Mike Coleman, Brook Kerr, Jim Zulevic, Mick Napier, Mike Monterastelli, Eric Hoffman, and others.

September 8, 2009

by Eric Hoffman

Hi, it’s Mike Monterastelli (a.k.a. The Planet of the Nerds). The following article is a “special guest blog” from my very good friend and collaborator, Eric Hoffman. I first met Eric at Columbia College in Chicago Ill. and we wrote and performed together a lot at THE ANNOYANCE THEATRE back then. He made this movie called TALENT that I and a group of others acted in back in ’96.  Eric Hoffman was a writer and performer on the amazing MR. SHOW WITH BOB AND DAVE and is one of the stars of the parody film MY BIG FAT INDEPENDENT MOVIE. He is also the co-author (along with Gary Rudoren) of the hilarious COMEDY BY THE NUMBERS book and audio CD.

TalentPoster

SPOILER ALERT!  If you haven’t seen the movie “Talent” – and I’m guessing most of you haven’t because it’s never been released – then be warned: this article was written with spoiler ink.

Hi.  As you may already know from the introduction to this introduction, some years ago Mike Monterastelli and I were involved with a small independent movie called “Talent”.  It had a lot of funny people in it, which helped as it was a comedy.  Unfortunately, it was never released.  The end.   …That’s pretty much the story.  But now that so many people involved with it are famous, it just made good horse sense to publish some documentation of the experience.  People see it on imdb and want to know what it is.  And there are some folks out there who have actually viewed it and they ask a bout it from time to time (my mother).  Well, I don’t know about you but MY day to day life can’t be bothered with such infuriating questions…so I wanted a simple “link” I could direct people to.  “You want to know about Talent?  Here’s the link.”  In the future I hope allof my conversations can be handled by such links.  “You want to know if I want fries with that?  Here’s the link.”  But enough riffing.  Honestly, I really just wanted to make a semi official record of a moment when some of the funniest people I know were just starting to dabble in film and television, after having spent many years in the humor houses of Chicago.  I wanted to let people know about this great unseen movie my friends were in, because frankly they weren’t paid “squat”.  And, with Mike being involved with the production, Planet of the Nerds seemed like the logical place to make that happen.  So here goes.

It all went down in 1996 in a small town in Indianapolis called Indiana.  My good buddy Joe Lamirand called one day to say he had a small fortune to spend on me, what would I like?  Hair plugs?  Expensive sockery?  A summer at Chablis camp?  I told him I’d like to watch myself act like a big shot in a movie, and the result is a film so precious the title was originally all in lower case.  At the time, myself and several future cast memebers were living in Chicago, writing and performing alternative comedy shows at the notorious Annoyance Theatre (others were at Second City and Improv Olympic).  Mike and I collaborated on many of these shows, including Goombahs!, Abe Lincoln: Sex Alien, and Brainwarp the Baby Eater.

GOOMBAHS! was a very popular show at The Annoyance Theatre, Chicago. It was written by Eric Hoffman and Mike Monterastelli.

GOOMBAHS! was a very popular show at The Annoyance Theatre, Chicago. It was written by Eric Hoffman and Mike Monterastelli.

In fact, we’d just returned from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where we slayed ’em with our show The Idiotic Death of Two Fools, which was directed and co-written by Comedy By The Numbers(c) co-author Gary Rudoren, who was known as Gary Ruderman at the time.  (He may be a secret agent.)

IdioticDeath

The Idiotic Death of Two Fools was written and performed by Eric and Mike at The Annoyance Theatre in Chicago.

Joe and I wrote the Talent script in a month.  I had relocated to Indianapolis, to my new digs within the Lamirand compound, to what Joe had hyped as “the world’s most comfortable 3-foot-long couch.”  Purging our backgrounds for material, we spent the days and nights drinking and writing (usually in that precise order).  Here’s what the party produced:

“TALENT” – The story of Derek Anderson, an actor who must move back to the Mid-West after failing to “make it big” in Hollywood.  Paranoid and broke, he sneaks back into his hometown, avoiding delusional friends and old enemies.

Eat your heart out QUADROPHENIA!

Eat your heart out QUADROPHENIA!

The premise was pretty simple, but one that we hadn’t heard before, and one that had actually happened to Joe and myself in the mid 1980s. Plenty of stories focused on people going to Hollywood and failing; few started the story at that point.  And when you think about it, why would they?  It’s a fairly depressing jumping off point for a movie.  Which probably explains why Joe and I fondly refer to the film as “a hate letter to ourselves”.

Contrary to what you may have heard, there are several fun aspects to making movies.  Casting is one of them.  With some assistance from the great Sheldon Patinkin, we were able to assemble a top notch acting team:  Matt Besser and Matt Walsh (who had just opened the UCB Theatre in NY); Mike Coleman, Pat Walsh, and Mick Napier (from the Annoyance); Audrey Kissel and Erin Philyaw (who we knew from Columbia College Chicago); Brook Kerr (who was about to land a major recurring role on the daytime soap Passions); Jim Zulevic (from Second City); Jerry Blues and Gene Deer (Indiana guitar legends); and of course Mike Monterastelli (your ruler of the Planet of the Nerds).  Even Jay Johnston (Sarah Silverman Program) was called upon for service; but he was busy shooting the second season of Mr. Show (a fairly good excuse).

Matt Besser of UCB fame in TALENT.

Matt Besser of UCB fame in TALENT.

Matt Walsh (UCB, SEMI-PRO, THE HANGOVER, and ROLE MODELS) in TALENT.

Matt Walsh (UCB, SEMI-PRO, THE HANGOVER, and ROLE MODELS) in TALENT.

Mike Coleman and a few friends in TALENT.

Mike Coleman and a few friends in TALENT.

The incredibly gifted Mike Monterastelli steals the show in TALENT.

Mike Monterastelli as Ingracia the pizza shop owner in TALENT.

The movie was shot in just twelve days on 35mm film.  I can never remember the actual budget (I’m not a numbers and figures man), but it was cheap.  And extremely hot (not the good kind).  If actors were paid to sweat I’d be a paid actor.  (lol)  But it was a fun set, and Joe had formed a crack production team, which made everything easier.  Thanks out to Dan Bickle, J.D. Sievertson, and Jim Timperman.

Eric Hoffman and Mike Monterastelli making movie-magic in Indianapolis.

Eric Hoffman and Mike Monterastelli making movie-magic in Indianapolis.

Behind the scenes with Eric, Matt Besser, Audrey Kissel and Brooke Kerr.

Behind the scenes with Eric, Matt Besser, Audrey Kissel and Brook Kerr.

With limited funds, we knew we had to make a “talking heads” film.  There would be no big budget dinosaur fights.  Save that for the sequel. We drew influence from Albert BrooksHal Hartley, and Gene Wilder films – so Talent has a dry tone which can sometimes border on wacky – my favorite combination. Oh man, so many funny things I remember from the movie: Matt Besser’s English accent; Matt Walsh’s tormented relationship with his water bed; Jim Zulevic’s priceless facial expressions; Mike Coleman’s cheesy television spots for hot tubs and sexy chat lines; the bad improv team of Matt and Pat Walsh; Mike Monterastelli’s abusrd cussing; Erin Philyaw’s heartfelt monologue about the actor’s life; Mick Napier’s crazy theatre guru character; anything with Audrey Kissel and Miki Mathioudakis; to name but a few.  And there are a lot more great performances.

The late Jim Zulevic in TALENT. A very gifted comic actor and friend that we all miss very much.

The late Jim Zulevic in TALENT. A very gifted comic actor and friend that we all miss very much.

The lovely Brook Kerr with the Ska-scooter.

The lovely Brook Kerr with the Ska-scooter.

Matt Besser’s clothing shop in the film was actually owned by David ‘Tufty’ Clough, of the famed punk bands Zero Boys and Toxic Reasons.  The soundtrack was provided by the band Eyeclops, replacing more expensive groups The SkatalitesThe SpecialsThe Clash, and After The Fire, which were all on our original, “dream” soundtrack.  You can hear a couple of Talent songs here: http://myspace.com/eyeclopsmusic

After completion, Talent screened in various festivals around the country – Chicago, Breckenridge, Muncie; and it won the Breakthrough Feature Award 1998 at the Saguaro Film Festival.

And that’s about it.  I could go on but there’s really no point since you have no access to the film.  Hopefully one of these days we’ll get around to releasing it.  We had a 10th anniversary screening at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre Hollywood(http://losangeles.ucbtheatre.com/) which was sponsored by Park Avenue Pictures, UCBTLA, and Comedy By The Numbers(c).  All proceeds went to Second City’s JIM ZULEVIC ARTS AWARD.  (Read more about that here:http://secondcity.com/?id=training-education/foundation/zulevic )  Some of the cast and crew showed up.  It was a fun night and everyone commented on how old I look.

Anniversary screening of TALENT at the UCB theatre, L.A.

Anniversary screening of TALENT at the UCB theatre, L.A.

I’m proud of this early endeavor.  It has an amazing cast, lots of funny scenes, and it still makes me laugh today (especially at my rather stagebound performance).  If you ever get a chance to see Talent let me just say this: with scooters, jokes about ska and bad improv teams, AND a telephone booth we blow up, I don’t think you’ll ever look at Indianapolis the same way again.

See you at the Grammys,

Eric Hoffman

Check out the trailer for TALENT right HERE!