Panel slides & video clips from the Salt Lake FanX 2017 panel on zombies – “Walking with the Dead: The Cinematic History of Zombies”.
Here are the slides from the panel:
And here’s the slides along with the video clips as a video:
Panel slides & video clips from the Salt Lake FanX 2017 panel on zombies – “Walking with the Dead: The Cinematic History of Zombies”.
Here are the slides from the panel:
And here’s the slides along with the video clips as a video:
Such a fun panel. Thanks for all that attended! Here’s the slides from tonight’s supergirl panel at FanX 2016:
Had a great time revisiting the classic slasher films with you all. Great turnout and awesome fans!
Here’s the slides from the panel tonight:
Here’s all the slides and also the video clips from the presentation:
Thanks to the huge group of sci-fi fans that attended this panel. We had so much fun!
Here’s a link to the panel slides and list of movies:
Here’s the video clips that were shown (and many that we didn’t have time for) on the panel:
I have to admit, this film was gripping. Not flashy, just a solid telling of real journalists (remember them?), actually doing research, tracking down the truth of the story, interviewing eyewitnesses, using real sources. The acting is fabulous and the story grabs you and won’t let go. Not a film you want to revisit (the subject matter is really heavy) but it’s absolutely worth your time.
John Cusack’s best work in a decade? Check. Paul Dano veering close to insanity, yet ultimately being brilliant? Check. One of the most exhilarating depictions of the actual creation of decade-defining music? Check. This unconventional biopic of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys was captivating.
The best foreign film I saw this year, an absolute joy to watch with lots of clever humor, great production values, wacky old-man make-up, and a story that you will have no idea how it’s going to end. This is a Swedish film (some English spoken as well) that has more creativity and entertainment value than most American films this year. Also wins the award for the longest movie title in recent memory.
Although I loved the book a few years back when I read it, this was probably one of the best adaptations of a novel I’ve seen in a long time. It captured the high stakes adventure of the book while bringing an incredible visual style and cinematic excitement to the story. A great ensemble cast elevates every scene. It’s a crowd pleaser but one that deserves every bit of the accolades it received.
These days, any year that has this many Westerns released is a great year. Of the really great Westerns released this year, Bone Tomahawk is the best. Starring Kurt Russell and his handlebar mustache along with a brilliant cast, Bone Tomahawk plays like a classic Western until the third act when it turns into a tense, almost-horror-like rollercoaster ride. Special mention to Richard Jenkins who absolutely steals the show every time he’s on screen.
I know, I know, a disturbing and deep film by first-time director Ryan Gosling? Huh? This film effected me like almost nothing else this year. Powerful imagery, drama dripping in timely symbolism, and a David Lynch-like sense of dread throughout. One of the best debut films I’ve seen in years. If this is a taste of what Gosling can do, I can’t wait to see what comes next.
I said it in my review last year and I still stand by it: “The Walk is one of the most exhilarating theater experience of 2015.” I wish more people had been able to have the chance to see the film in theaters because home video just won’t present the film in the way it should be seen. Robert Zemeckis is a master and he makes it all look so effortless.
Steve Carell’s best work of his career. Christian Bale strikes again with an academy award nominated performance. And the supporting cast is just as good. Who knew that the director of Anchorman (Adam McKay) would be able to pull off this kind of excellent social critique with a comedic bent. This film has something important to say and is immensely entertaining in the way it says it.
If someone would have told me that the 7th sequel to a 40 year old movie series would be as good as the best entry, I wouldn’t have believed it. Michael B. Jordan carries the Rocky torch stunningly while Stallone reaches deep to find one more go around as Rocky, rivaling his best work and Ryan Coogler is somehow able to put a new spin on the boxing film with some of the best camera work this year.
I have to admit, this film made me feel something. I believed in the characters, was on the edge of my seat through their most intense moments, and I felt like I had gone through a portion of their ordeal along the way. This is as much a testament to the film’s unguessable script to the sensational acting. This flew under the radar for many people last year but it’s totally worth your time.
The best original science fiction, hard sci-fi, script in years. After all the lame attempts (hello Transcendence) at examining the complex subject of artificial intelligence, Ex Machina gives us something worth chewing on. The cast is phenomenal with Alicia Vikander leading the way as the terrifying and passive-aggressive android that you don’t know whether to root for or fear.
Magical. That’s the best way to describe Spielberg’s latest film. Tom Hanks settles right into the role, after only a few minutes, I completely bought into his portrayal of James Donovan. Mark Rylance stuns with his slow burn performance as the spy in the middle of all the controversy. Beautiful lighting, framing, acting, and pacing. Loved it.
Sicario had the best performance by a female in 2015, Emily Blunt is astonishing as a DEA agent sucked into a “world of wolves.” And SHE WASN’T EVEN NOMINATED! Regardless, this is one of the best film-going experiences this year, tense, important, unique. Benecio Del Toro does his best work in years. That dinner scene will still be talked about years from now. Director Denis Villeneuve is now officially on my “I’ll watch anything he makes” list. Can’t wait to see what he does with Blade Runner 2.
An amazing, pulse-pounding cinematic experience. I’m not sure the romanticized wilds of the western territories have ever been captured with more vivid detail and intensity. Di Caprio is headed towards Oscar territory (that’s my guess) and I have to admit, I felt his pain along the way. The camera work is masterful. I’m not sure why this film was so divisive. Some loved it, some hated it. I thought it was amazing.
When the tire dust finally settles, we’ll still be talking about Mad Max: Fury Road 10 years from now. This is game-changing stuff, next level work from the editing, to the camera work, to the stunts, to the directing. I saw this film more times than any other this year and it never got boring. In fact, I was just as excited the 7th time as the first. Honestly, this is the kind of film that makes me happy I’m still alive just to be wowed by it over and over again.
Here are some of my other favorites from the year that maybe didn’t make my top 15 but are absolutely worth mentioning and worth checking out:
Best Action Movies
Best Animated Films
Now that the 2016 Academy Award nominations have been out for a few days, I’ve had some time to think through what I would have picked. I’m surprisingly happy with some of these nominations while others I am flabbergasted by (goes with the territory every year).
I too was somewhat disturbed with the lack of racial diversity on the nominations this year but unlike most Internet pundits, I don’t think this is because of some institutional racism (come one, the Hollywood culture falls over itself to be the most ridiculously PC of anyone in the world, practically, single-handedly driving the PC obsession in America). Instead, this is a bi-product of a bigger trend (which is slowly changing) where there’s just a general lack of diversity in Hollywood films in general (just look at how few Asian actors/actresses are in films today). I expect this will naturally change over the coming years as more and more walls are broken down. (Great to see so many different faces in a Star Wars for instance this year).
One of the common complaints about the Oscars is that the typical “important” films sometimes trump stuff that was more entertaining, interesting, and (usually) popular. And because I did this crazy movie watching thing in 2015, I’ve actually seen every film on the lists below!!! Yeah, nuts. But it also makes me somewhat qualified to give an opinion on each category (shocked at how many top lists and pundits online haven’t even seen half of these films but still made picks – doesn’t seem very fair).
So below are the nominations. My pick for who should win is in blue. My pick for who the academy will probably pick is in red. And if the picks match up, it will be in purple. Also, if a category was missing a nomination that should have been there, I’ve added that in green. And if I think something should not have been nominated at all,
I struck it out.
“The Big Short”
“Bridge of Spies”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
There’s space for up to 10 nominees so it’s curious that the academy missed Creed and Sicario which are both every bit as good as the other nominees that made it. As fun as The Martian was, it’s not a “best picture” film. It doesn’t belong here. Bridge of Spies was one of my favorite movie-going experiences this year and The Big Short took a complex (and pretty boring) subject and made it so, so real. Glad to see it made the list. Also, I loved Brooklyn. It was a great little story but not nearly important or even entertaining enough to be on this list. It’s just not on the same level as the others here. Room was really engrossing but I’m not sure it’s best picture level. The Revenant was a powerful piece of cinema that I was completely into and it’s the most serious challenger but because Alejandro González Iñárritu won last year for Birdman, I think the academy will want to spread the award somewhere else this year. Mad Max: Fury Road was the single greatest film experience this year and will still be talked about in 10 years while Spotlight (which was a solid film) will be completely forgotten (yet I think Spotlight is what the academy will go for).
Bryan Cranston in “Trumbo”
Matt Damon in “The Martian”
Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Revenant”
Michael Fassbender in “Steve Jobs”
Eddie Redmayne in “The Danish Girl”
Oscar Isaac in “Ex Machina”
Jason Mitchell in “Straight Outta Compton”
Joseph Gordon-Levitt in “The Walk”
Michael B. Jordan in “Creed”
Tobey Maguire in “Pawn Sacrifice”
Paul Dano in “Love & Mercy”
The more I see Eddie Redmayne’s performances, the more I think he isn’t that interesting and actually kind of terrible many times (hello Jupiter Ascending). Matt Damon was a delight in The Martian but really not being anything more than super-charismatic Matt Damon. Bryan Cranston was outstanding in Trumbo. I wouldn’t be surprised if he pulled an upset on DiCaprio (who was great as always in The Revenant). Fassbender was excellent in Steve Jobs, a joy to watch. But I think Oscar Isaac blew me away in Ex Machina (one of the most complex characters I’ve seen in recent years). And Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E owned every scene he was in and had one of the toughest jobs of humanizing an enigma of a real guy. And despite his shaky accent, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was captivating in The Walk. Michael B. Jordan was powerful in Creed and should have been nominated. I’m usually not a fan of Toby Maguire but he was a force of nature in Pawn Sacrifice. And my jaw dropped watching Paul Dano’s wacky work in Love & Mercy. Still, this is probably DiCaprio’s year and I’m fine with that.
Cate Blanchett in “Carol”
Brie Larson in “Room”
Jennifer Lawrence in “Joy”
Charlotte Rampling in “45 Years”
Saoirse Ronan in “Brooklyn”
Charlize Theron in “Mad Max: Fury Road”
Christina Hendricks in “Lost River”
Alicia Vikander in “Ex Machina”
Margot Robbie in “Z for Zachariah”
Emily Blunt in “Sicario” *
Tessa Thompson in “Creed”
This has to be the most mishandled category of all this year. My pick would have been Emily Blunt’s performance in Sicario. Just amazing and yet she wasn’t even nominated. Charlotte Rampling in 45 Years was unfortunately like watching paint dry. That film was catatonic and so was her performance. I can’t see the reasoning behind nominating her. The closest runner up to Emily Blunt was Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road. Wow, she did so much with her understated screen time. And again, not even nominated! I thought Christina Hendricks was excellent in Lost River and Alicia Vikander stole the entire movie in Ex Machina. Also need to give a shout out to Tessa Thompson’s performance in Creed and Margot Robbie’s enigmatic character work in Z for Zachariah. All of that being said, of the actual nominees, I’d choose Brie Larson’s heartbreaking performance in Room. Definitely one of the best of the year and really showed her range. I felt what her character felt. Powerful work. That’s my pick of the nominees. But I think the academy will go with the eye-rollingly, socially-current, overly-politically-obvious choice of Cate Blanchett in Carol.
Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale in “The Big Short”
Tom Hardy in “The Revenant”
Mark Ruffalo in “Spotlight”
Mark Rylance in “Bridge of Spies”
Sylvester Stallone in “Creed”
Ben Mendelsohn in “Lost River”
Chiwetel Ejiofor in “Z for Zachariah”
Benicio Del Toro in “Sicario”
John Cusack in “Love & Mercy”
Michael Keaton in “Spotlight”
Steve Carell in “The Big Short”
The biggest misstep here is that Benicio Del Toro wasn’t even nominated for Sicario. He should absolutely be on this list in place of almost any of the others. That’s how good he was. But let me hit the others. Christian Bale was intense as always in The Big Short. Tom Hardy almost upstaged DiCaprio in The Revenant. Mark Ruffalo was interesting in Spotlight but I didn’t feel it rose to nomination level. Mark Rylance was only in Bridge of Spies for a small amount of screen time but completely stole the show each time. And there’s Stallone reprising a role over 40 years old now and just as good as ever. Of the actual nominees, he’s my pick and I think the academy will go for him also because this award would be as much for the role as a recognition of his long career. There’s a few others worth mentioning though including Ben Mendelsohn’s scary and intense role in Lost River (he was also great in Mississippi Grind this year). Chiwetel Ejiofor was mesmerizing in Z for Zachariah. I’m not sure if John Cusack qualifies for Best Actor or Best Supporting but I’m putting him here because not enough people are talking about his performance in Love & Mercy. Although not as showy, Michael Keaton was brilliant in Spotlight (my favorite performance in that film along with Liev Schreiber as a close second) and I’m not sure why Steve Carell isn’t getting huge accolades for his career-best work in The Big Short. Still, I think Stallone wins this and I’ll be so happy to see him finally with a statue.
Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Jason Leigh in “The Hateful Eight”
Rooney Mara in “Carol”
Rachel McAdams in “Spotlight”
Alicia Vikander in “The Danish Girl”
Kate Winslet in “Steve Jobs”
Lake Bell in “No Escape”
Malin Akerman in “The Final Girls”
Jessica Chastain in “Crimson Peak”
Joan Allen in “Room”
I wasn’t a big fan of The Hateful Eight, but I’d love to see Jennifer Jason Leigh win for her bizarre, bad girl role in that film. She is my pick for this category. It’s one of the most interesting female performances in years. Rooney Mara was very solid in Carol but also, pretty much what you would expect. I’m so happy Rachel McAdams got a nomination because she was so good in Spotlight. Although I really like Alicia Vikander, to me, The Danish Girl was Oscar-bait rubbish and I don’t think it deserved the nominations it received. Kate Winslet won a Golden Globe for Steve Jobs (deservedly so) but I think the academy will go for Rooney Mara because her performance feels the most inline with the type of roles the voters usually go for. As for actresses that were missed, I loved Lake Bell in No Escape. I don’t think any actress made me feel more on the edge of my seat this year. And it’s non-obvious but Malin Akerman really brought out the emotion in a comedy/horror movie of all things (of course the academy virtually ignores all genre fare, especially horror films). As great as Jessica Chastain was in Crimson Peak, I also need to mention her excellent work in The Martian as well. Finally, I wonder why Joan Allen is not getting more recognition for her strong supporting work in Room.
“The Big Short” Adam McKay
“Mad Max: Fury Road” George Miller
“The Revenant” Alejandro G. Iñárritu
“Room” Lenny Abrahamson
“Spotlight” Tom McCarthy
“It Follows” David Robert Mitchell
“Ex Machina” Alex Garland
“Straight Outta Compton” F. Gary Gray
“Sicario” Denis Villeneuve
“The Martian” Ridley Scott
“The Walk” Robert Zemeckis
“Bridge of Spies” Steven Spielberg
“Creed” Ryan Coogler
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” J.J. Abrams
“The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared” Felix Herngren
Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but with the massive consensus building over the past 8 months for Mad Max: Fury Road, and the fact that anyone watching that film had to be astounded by the technical directing achievement on display, I think George Miller wins this. Adam McKay had such a tough job with the material in The Big Short and yet, delivered on every level so he absolutely deserves to be on this list. The technical directing work in The Revenant by Alejandro was staggering but because he won last year, I hope the academy skips picking him this time around. Lenny Abrahamson is not showy at all in Room which really helped the story but still, it isn’t at the same level as the others. Spotlight is another film where the directing is purposefully hidden and because it will probably win best picture, it won’t win here. Others that I would have liked to have seen on this list include It Follows (more dread than any other film I saw this year), Straight Outta Compton had a tough job telling that story and did it brilliantly, and Sicario was one of the best directed films of the year. Can’t believe that didn’t make the list. The best thing The Martian had going for it beyond the story was the brilliant directing. I can’t believe Ridley Scott was ignored. The Walk was one of the most exhilarating experiences in theaters this year. So was Bridge of Spies and it would have done the academy a lot of favors to at least put a nod towards Ryan Coogler’s ground-breaking work in Creed. Although Star Wars: The Force Awakens has a lot of issues, I have to give huge credit to J.J. Abrams for doing such awesome work with a ridiculously tight timeline. Finally, even though no one has seen it, The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out The Window had some of the most energetic directing work I saw this year.
Best Adapted Screenplay
“The Big Short” Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
“Brooklyn” Screenplay by Nick Hornby
“Carol” Screenplay by Phyllis Nagy
“The Martian” Screenplay by Drew Goddard
“Room” Screenplay by Emma Donoghue
Now we get to the secondary categories so not as much to say here. Since I’m not sure which of the films I liked were adapted, I’ll just stick with the nominees here. Of these, I haven’t read all of the novels so it’s harder to choose. I know The Martian was perfectly adapted to film (book is still more fun though). That being said, I think The Big Short had to be the hardest to bring to screen so I’m picking that. My hunch is the academy will go for Brooklyn just because it feels more like their type of pick.
Best Original Screenplay
“Bridge of Spies” Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
“Ex Machina” Written by Alex Garland
“Inside Out” Screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; Original story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen
“Spotlight” Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy
“Straight Outta Compton” Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff
So glad to see Alex Garland here for Ex Machina. That’s my pick. One of the freshest and most complex science fiction stories in years. I’d also be happy to see the Coen’s win for Bridge of Spies. But I think the academy will go for Straight Outta Compton if nothing else, to save face with the vociferous PC crowd online who is demanding more diversity in the awards.
Best Animated Feature
“Anomalisa” Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson and Rosa Tran
“Boy and the World” Alê Abreu
“Inside Out” Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera
“Shaun the Sheep Movie” Mark Burton and Richard Starzak
“When Marnie Was There” Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura
“The Peanuts Movie” Steve Martino
While Anomalisa was a marvel of technical animation, the story was rubbish, horrible people being horrible to each other while masquerading as some transcendent commentary on existence. Pixar almost always wins this category but I’d love to see Ardman finally get some love with Shaun the Sheep Movie. That’s my pick. Still, I think the academy might actually go for Anomalisa because it’s considered “important.” The biggest gaping hole here is The Peanuts Movie which was amazingly well done and I actually liked better than Inside Out.
“Carol” Ed Lachman
“The Hateful Eight” Robert Richardson
“Mad Max: Fury Road” John Seale
“The Revenant” Emmanuel Lubezki
“Sicario” Roger Deakins
“Lost River” Benoît Debie
“Ex Machina” Rob Hardy
“Everest” Salvatore Totino
“The Walk” Dariusz Wolski
“Crimson Peak” Dan Laustsen
“Bridge of Spies” Janusz Kaminski
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Daniel Mindel
“Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter” Sean Porter
Please let this be Roger Deakins year. He’s been passed by for way too long. Part of me worries that The Revenant comes from behind to snatch this away again. I could also see The Hateful Eight getting a win just because it was holding onto the dying medium of film. There’s also a ton of films that deserved to be nominated that were passed by. I’m going with Deakins work on Sicario though. Tough one to call.
Best Costume Design
“Carol” Sandy Powell
“Cinderella” Sandy Powell
“The Danish Girl” Paco Delgado
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Jenny Beavan
“The Revenant” Jacqueline West
Because the nominations are so light on genre fare, I’m going to say Cinderella gets some love here. My pick would be Mad Max: Fury Road though.
“The Big Short” Hank Corwin
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Margaret Sixel
“The Revenant” Stephen Mirrione
“Spotlight” Tom McArdle
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey
“Sicario” Joe Walker
How did Star Wars: The Force Awakens make it onto this list? That’s one of the weakest parts of that film, the sometimes unintelligible editing. Weird. This one probably goes to The Revenant because (hopefully) it loses in some of the other important categories. My pick is Mad Max: Fury Road again. An astounding achievement in editing for all of film history. Really next level stuff.
Best Makeup & Hair
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin
“The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared” Love Larson and Eva von Bahr
“The Revenant” Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini
“Bridge of Spies” Mitchell Beck
I’m going with The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared because that old man makeup was some of the best I’ve ever seen. There isn’t another standout here but hardly anyone has seen that film so I think the academy may go with The Revenant.
Best Original Score
“Bridge of Spies” Thomas Newman
“Carol” Carter Burwell
“The Hateful Eight” Ennio Morricone
“Sicario” Jóhann Jóhannsson
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” John Williams
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Tom Holkenborg
As sad as I am to say this, John Williams score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a big disappointment. He is only on this list because of his career. Didn’t deserve it this time around. The giant glaring miss here is Mad Max: Fury Road. That was the best score this year and didn’t even get nominated. Of the nominees, I’d go with The Hateful Eight (solid work). I think the academy will go with it as well because of Morricone’s long, influential career.
Best Production Design
“Bridge of Spies” Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard Henrich
“The Danish Girl” Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Michael Standish
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Production Design: Colin Gibson; Set Decoration: Lisa Thompson
“The Martian” Production Design: Arthur Max; Set Decoration: Celia Bobak
“The Revenant” Production Design: Jack Fisk; Set Decoration: Hamish Purdy
Because I hope Mad Max: Fury Road and The Revenant win other categories, I’d love to see Bridge of Spies get some love and I think the academy may come to the same conclusion.
Best Visual Effects
“Ex Machina” Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver and Andy Williams
“The Martian” Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence and Steven Warner
“The Revenant” Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould
It’s interesting to note that no Marvel films (or any other superhero pictures) received a nomination for anything. This would have been the most obvious category but they are gone. That’s a pretty big statement on how shaky Marvel’s effects work has been this past year. I certainly noticed the dip in quality especially in Avengers: Age of Ultron. So glad to see Ex Machina on this list. That’s my pick. Brilliant, next level work there. I think the academy may throw a bone to Star Wars: The Force Awakens in light of A New Hope’s win back in 1977, which would be fine. That being said, there’s an outside chance The Revenant wins it because of the bear attack scene (which was admittedly astounding).
Best Sound Editing
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Mark Mangini and David White
“The Martian” Oliver Tarney
“The Revenant” Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender
“Sicario” Alan Robert Murray
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Matthew Wood and David Acord
I think The Revenant may win it here and I’d be fine with that. The bear attack’s sound alone could clench it.
Best Sound Mixing
“Bridge of Spies” Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo
“The Martian” Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth
“The Revenant” Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson
Not as qualified to make a call here even though I saw all of these. I’m rooting for Mad Max: Fury Road because of the organized chaos.
It’ll be interesting to see how these picks shake out compared to what really happens on February 28th, 2016.
I was invited to be on a podcast called: MovieFreaks. It’s a new podcast from FunAddicts.org that talks all things film & pop culture hosted by film journalist Sean Smithson, FX Artist Kelby LeNorman, and myself.
This episode focuses on the what Halloween in general means to us, talks some of the great horror actors/actresses we lost recently, and discusses the John Carpenter Halloween movies starring Michael Myers. We end it off with references to some of our favorite Halloween-themed movies which include some you may not know and hopefully you’ll hear some interesting trivia & movie references along the way. You can listen to the show here:
And all the info about this podcast and more details can be found here:
Here’s a copy of the slides and notes used in the Salt Lake Comic Con 2015 Panel: A Guide to the Max Mad Universe. You can download it here:
And here’s the YouTube video I showed at the beginning that has the supercut of the first 3 Mad Max films using the music and techniques of Fury Road:
Here’s a copy of the slides and notes used in the Salt Lake Comic Con 2015 Panel: The Sword and Sorcery Movies of the 1980’s. You can download it here:
It’s eerie to watch Lana Clarkson in the Barbarian Queen. All I could think about was her bizarre murder at the hands of weirdo music producer Phil Spector. So sad. She’s actually not a terrible actress despite the low budget, stilted script, and poor production values. You can tell she is just learning acting and does a lot of things wrong but there’s a charisma to her that frankly, holds a lot of the movie together.
There’s actually a surprising amount of chemistry between the female leads. I say surprising because all of them were hired for their looks, not their acting. This is clearly an exploitation picture and yet, these ladies actually rise above the bad script with some great one-liners and pathos. This is one of the better mostly-female sword and sorcery films. A lot of fun.