Archive for tag: Roger Corman

Review: ‘Capone’

23 July, 2014 (09:53) | by Rick Hermann, Film Reviews | By: Rick Hermann

[Originally published in Movietone News 46, December 1975] While the gangster genre has its fair share of anti-heroes portrayed as psychotic delinquent types (perhaps a fair working definition of the cinematic hood), and while those types help define an aspect of the genre, they certainly aren’t confined to the set boundaries of its form and […]

Battle Beyond the Stars

11 July, 2011 (04:39) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Film Reviews, Science Fiction | By: Sean Axmaker

When Star Wars became the smash hit of 1977 by turning B-movie adventure into big-budget spectacle, drive-in mogul Roger Corman saw the writing across the stars. The producer and former director had made his share of drive-in science fiction and space adventures, but they had all been cobbled out of spare parts and imaginative art […]

“Fighting Mad”: Peter Fonda is Jonathan Demme’s eco-warrior

30 May, 2011 (18:28) | by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Film Reviews | By: Sean Axmaker

Action Packed Double Feature: Fighting Mad/Moving Violation (Shout! Factory) Jonathan Demme wrote and directed Fighting Mad (1976), his third feature, for producer Roger Corman but it was actually produced for 20th Century Fox, which makes the film his studio debut. It’s not his best film by far but this mix of vigilante/revenge movie and eco-conscious […]

Guédiguian’s French Resistance, Fuller’s America and Early Corman – DVDs of the Week

18 January, 2011 (12:11) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Film Reviews, Sam Fuller | By: Sean Axmaker

Army of Crime (Kino Lorber) Don’t let the title throw you. The heroes of Robert Guédiguian’s based-on-a-true-story French war drama are not The Dirty Dozen unleashed on the Nazis but a remarkably effective resistance cell formed of French Jews, communists and immigrants—the very “undesirables” targeted by the Nazis for the camps. Guédiguian’s previous films—at least […]

The Gangster Mamas (and Other Lady Outlaws) of Big Bad Corman – DVDs of the Week

6 December, 2010 (18:06) | by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Film Reviews | By: Sean Axmaker

Big Bad Mama / Big Bad Mama II Double Feature (Shout! Factory) Crazy Mama / The Lady In Red Double Feature (Shout! Factory) One of the less recognized genres that director/producer/indie-exploitation movie mogul Roger Corman adopted as a minor specialty was the depression-era gangster movie. As a director he turned out Machine Gun Kelly (1958), […]

Art and Commerce: The Red Shoes and Galaxy of Terror / Forbidden World – DVDs of the Week

20 July, 2010 (01:24) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Film Reviews, Michael Powell | By: Sean Axmaker

The Red Shoes (Criterion) There’s a real charge to the cinema of Michael Powell, a joy in the play of expressionist possibilities of the medium, that lights up his films with energy, color, and magic—the magic of love and life and art. That invention and play with cinematic technique sounds like another British director with […]

Review: Hollywood’s Wild Angel

8 November, 2009 (16:16) | by Richard T. Jameson, Film Reviews | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 64-65, March 1980] I’ve never had the opportunity to see Allan Arkush and Joe Dante’s Hollywood Boulevard;on the other hand, I suspect that I saw a fair portion of it in Roger Corman: Hollywood’s Wild Angel,Christian Blackwood’s genial film dossier on Roger Corman, whose New World Pictures released the movie. […]