Wednesday, December 01, 2010

First Look: VIDEO WATCHDOG #160

The next issue of VIDEO WATCHDOG will take you on many journeys... to Camp Crystal Lake and Curious Goods in two respective in-depth studies of the FRIDAY THE 13TH series on film and television... up the Amazon and into an old dark house in two new releases from genre humorist Larry Blamire... to Stark Industries and to Allenby Manor in turn-of-the-20th-century London, where a young woman heiress inherits a family curse along with her fortune. All this, plus THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE, THE LEMON GROVE KIDS MEET THE MONSTERS and much else besides!
More details can be found here, along with the usual clickable four-page preview. Enjoy!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Farewell to Monicelli

Please join me in bowing your head in memory of the great Mario Monicelli, who bade this world farewell today.

Best-known for BIG DEAL ON MADONNA STREET, he began his career writing comic screenplays with his longtime associate Steno, directed the first Italian film in color (TOTO A COLORI) and wrote and directed numerous comedies, two of which were shot by Mario Bava (VITA DA CANI, GUARDIA E LADRI). He was actively directing as recently as 2006, when he made a feature with Bava's grandson Roy working as his assistant director.

Today, at age 95, Monicelli leaped to his death from his Roman hospital window, a few days after being admitted for prostate cancer.