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ANT-MAN  ...  TRAINWRECK  ...  BOULEVARD  ...  THE GALLOWS  ...  MR. HOLMES  ...   LILA & EVE  ...    
 
SOUTHPAW ...  PIXELS  ...  UNEXPECTED  ...  THE VATICAN TAPES  ...  VACATION  ...  BEST OF ENEMIES  ...
 
CREED  ...  THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.  ...  POINT BREAK  ...  THE WALK  ...  FANTASTIC FOUR  ...  
  STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS  ...  BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE  ...  SPECTRE  ...
 
CRIMSON PEAK  ...  THE VISIT  ...  THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PT. 2  ...  and
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  3) THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE - $18.70   4) CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR - $15.14   5) NEIGHBORS 2 -  $9.10

      
       
 


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 Spring / 2016
"THE SANDLOT" MOVIE MAGAZINE


TUNEPLAY - FILM MUSIC:

"MARTIN"- IZING: MARTIN TILLMAN AND "SUPERHUMAN"-
A WELCOME RETURN TO THE LOST ART OF DISCOVERY
by CEJ




     While those outside music industry circles may not know his name, everyone knows the sound of Martin Tillman. That at times heartachingly quavering / at other times fringe-worthy super-cool vocalization of electric cello vividly remembered by audiences in film scores such as PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN, THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST and BLACK HAWK DOWN, and concert performances with everyone from Elton John, Sting and B.B. King, to Tracey Chapman, Elvis Costello and T. Bone Burnett. Making the leap to film composer with the acclaimed THE RING TWO and the recent A BELL FOR URSLI and LAST KNIGHTS (the later a medieval reworking of the story of the 47 RONIN starring Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman) he’d bring a noticeably salient energy to even his more darkly hued works. No surprise as the first impression one comes away with after conversing with Tillman is that of having been in the presence of a young child unleashed in a candy store filled with all manner of confections. And this is precisely what Tillman is - he over his career having worked with many of the music legends (among them Chicago, Toto, members of Pink Floyd and Air Supply) he admired as a student in his native Switzerland.

     Now comes the appropriately named SUPERHUMAN – a concept album paying homage to, and on par with!, the best of Tangerine Dream, Pink Floyd, Nino Rota and more. Launched as a tribute to his lovely wife Eva, in honor of her courageous battle against MS (multiple sclerosis), SUPERHUMAN is presently in the process of being transformed into an international multi-media concert tour experience. Our own (albeit much smaller scaled) multi-media combo "album review and Martin Tillman bio / retrospective" includes video, streamed music, transcribed excerpts from our MOVIE SNEAK podcast interview, links and more.                                                                                          

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THE INHERENT POWER OF GENRE:
"PRINCE v. MICHAEL JACKSON", "BATMAN v. SUPERMAN",
"CAP v. IRON MAN", "MARVEL v. D.C", ...
AND WHY THE D.C.
FILMS ARE ON THE RIGHT TRACK!

by CEJ
     
    
     First let's acknowledge that "Marvel vs. D.C." is a fiction carried by the over-active imaginations of fanboys run rabid, ... and (so-called) journalists who should know better than to accept P.R. hype as fact. For, when you observe how over the last 25-odd years, the filmic adaptations of both Marvel and D.C. properties have taken in a collective $16 billion - split down the middle between each company, you can't help but realize that both corporate entities have learned well how to mine their respective "lighter" and "darker" sides of the thematic street. Comic books have changed dramatically - especially since 9/11 - with former acts of recklessly heroic daring-do now carrying weight as "warfare with collateral damage". And Marvel and D.C. (and their films) have responded accordingly - this to the alternate delight and dismay of audiences.

     Our jam packed multi-media look at the histories of both companies - their films, T.V. series, hits, misses and more, includes over 250 stills, theatrical trailers, film clips, music excerpts by John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Henry Jackman, Silvestri, Elfman, Junkie XL and more; in depth individual review / essays of BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE and CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (along with a look at the literary origins of both films), as well as new and archival video interview material with Stan Lee, Frank Miller, Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Anthony & Joe Russo, David Goyer, Neil Gaiman, Gweneth Paltrow, Guillermo del Toro, Jeff Bridges and many others. Whew!    


                                             
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VIEWS ON FILM:
THE GRINDHOUSE REVIEWS - WITH CEJ 
DUMBING IT DOWN, OR MORE ACCESSIBLE: PT.1 -
THE KOBAYASHI MARU OF "THE FORCE AWAKENS" 


 
          

 

     Three of 2015's most successful films - THE FORCE AWAKENS, SPECTRE and AMERICAN SNIPER, were also among the year's most divisive, some believing their box office indicative of a trend of formerly complex filmic genres dumbing things down, and others convinced they're in actuality cleverly designed to ensnare audiences with a superficial simplicity which belies more serious subtext. With two STAR TREK films under his belt, FORCE AWAKENS director J.J. Abrams was no stranger to the cinematic version of the "Kobayashi Maru" (no win) scenario. But in the end how well did he, along with new STAR WARS franchise owners, The Walt Disney Company, come through their multi-billion dollar test of creative character?

     In Pt.1 of our series (parts two and three will focus on SPECTRE and AMERICAN SNIPER) we take a look at THE FORCE AWAKENS in relation to 40 years of STAR WARS canon, dissect the new film in relation to it; and also dissect the intended audience, asking if some of it's hair-trigger responses (both positive and negative) aren't more personally based in "Pavlovian?" nostalgia. You'll see what we mean. Our multi-media hyperdrive tour through THE FORCE AWAKENS includes over 100 stills, two hours of video interviews, excerpts from John Williams' scores, links and more. We guarantee it's the most all-inclusive online one-stop-shop of FORCE AWAKENS info you'll find anywhere in the galaxy.       



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VIEWS ON FILM: 
  MAKING IT REAL - WITH CINDY FALTEICH 
                          
BEING "JACK REACHER"

       

     Film casting beloved book characters is tricky - often about attitude over physicality.  John Travolta as GET SHORTY's Chili Palmer, Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, and even Sean Connery as James Bond initially angered die hard fans.  Then when Tom Cruise purchased the rights to Lee Child's JACK REACHER novels, and cast himself as the "6'5, blond haired, blue-eyed" former Marine, Child was thrilled (stating, "With Cruise you get 100% Reacher if only 90% of the height"), but not all Reacher aficionados felt the same.  Especially when an online movement began to stage a reading for veteran character actor Chance Kelly - of THE DEPARTED, AMERICAN GANGSTER, HOMELAND, FRINGE, LAW & ORDER, and most recently HOUSE OF CARDS, GENERATION KILL and AMERICAN SNIPER.  A former Marine and boxer, many felt (and feel) he IS Jack Reacher in real life. Ms. Falteich delves into Child's background, the creation of his wildly popular character, and the making of the first JACK REACHER film (another's on the way).  Then she interviews Chance Kelly himself about his career, life philosophy, currently in production independent project and more; she in the end coming away believing that, in all of this ... "The cool part is being Chance Kelly".                   

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VIEWS ON FILM:

24 FRAMES - WITH STEVE VERTLIEB - 
A TRIPLE LIFE - KING KONG'S TRINITY OF FILMIC REINCARNATION



     Few creations in the history of cinema have had the significance and influence of the original 1933 production of KING KONG.  Released during the heart of the Great Depression in the financial Winter of 1933, the heroic fantasy adventure generated unprecedented box office at a time when Americans lacked the resources to eat regularly let alone frequent the nation’s increasingly empty theaters. So powerful in its originality KONG quickly became a phenomenon, inspiring imitations, sequels, and prequels for decades.  Of them all, three - running the gamut from "magical" to "misguided", have emerged as the "tentpole" depictions of the King. Go ape with our multi-media KONG treasure trove, including film clips from the 1933, 1976 and 2005 films.  Music score suites by Max Steiner, John Barry and James Newton Howard.  Audio commentary by Ray Harryhausen, Ken Ralston, and Merion C. Cooper.  Archival film interviews with Roger Ebert, Forrest J. Ackerman, Leonard Maltin and George Turner.  Archival photos from historian Steve Vertlieb's personal collection and more.  



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MUSINGS & RAMBLINGS:

"ARE THERE ANY N**GERS HERE TONIGHT?"
QUENTIN, SPIKE, "DJANGO", AND THE CINEMATIC
HISTORY OF THE ALMIGHTY "N" WORD - PT. 1
by CEJ



     The most successful film of Quentin Tarantino's career, DJANGO UNCHAINED has taken a slew of international awards (including two Oscars) and worldwide box office in excess of $400 million.  It's also managed to be the most polarizing entry in the catalog of an already controversial director known for paying homage to his beloved 70s era blaxploitation films with liberal sprinklings of the "N" word throughout his scripts.  Coupled with the subject of America's slavery past, the Caucasian film maker has found himself the object of criticism (and physical threats) by some members of the black community while being praised by others. 


     The first half of our in-depth two-part examination of DJANGO UNCHAINED not only delves into the film's cinematic roots and inspiration (everything from "Spaghetti" Westerns to 70s era black sagebrush actioners like SOUL SOLDIER and BOSS NIGGER), but also takes a retrospective look at the history of controversial ethnic humor as social weapon (via Richard Pryor and Lenny Bruce), and the history of the black cinema movement, from groundbreaking silents of Oscar Micheaux to the classics of Gordon Parks and Melvin Van Peebles, up to the modern films of Spike Lee, Antoine Fuqua and more.


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ARTICLES ARCHIVE:
                           OUR "4Fs": FIFTY FAVORITE FRIGHT FILMS OF ALL TIME -
LEADING UP TO PERHAPS THE GREATEST HORROR MOVIE
EVER, ... WHICH YOU'VE PROBABLY NEVER HEARD OF
by CEJ



    
     Call it "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Horror Genre, But Were Too Terrified To Ask".  Our grab bag of ghoulish goodies includes the compilation and revision of the popular "Fifty Fave Fright Films" run- down from our social media page; an all new mini essay - "Fear & Fun: The Soul's Inner Need To Run Rampant!"; video excerpts from the documentaries THE HORRORS OF STEPHEN KING, TERROR IN THE AISLES, UNIVERSAL HORROR and THE DIGITAL FX OF "VAN HELSING". 

     Oh yeah, there's also chill inducing score suites from Jerry Goldsmith's POLTERGEIST and SECONDS, John Carpenter's PRINCE OF DARKNESS, Lalo Schifrin's Oscar nominated THE AMITYVILLE HORROR, along with his much sought after unused music to THE EXORCIST; along over 120 stills, movie poster images and more.  Nighty nite.  



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Spring / 2016
LIBRARY;
FILM PRODUCTION


SCREENWRITING - THE WRITE STUFF:
"ALIEN" FINAL SHOOTING SCRIPT (JUNE, 1978) -
WATER HILL / DAVID GILER / DAN O'BANNON / RONALD SHUSETT





      One of the most popular films (and film franchises) in cinema history, ALIEN as a story began conceptually with it's now infamous "chest burster" sequence - inspired by screenwriter Dan O'Bannon's years long battle with the gastrointestinal disease "Crohn's Syndrome".  Returning penniless to America after the sudden cancellation of Jodorowsky's DUNE (on which O'Bannon was FX department head), he and fellow aspiring writer Ronald Shusett collaborated on what began as a low budget "B" film for Roger Corman, then (via involvement with "A" list filmmakers Walter Hill, David Giler, newcomer Ridley Scott, and emerging international artist / sculptor star H.R. Giger) rapidly became one of the most intense cinematic experiences since THE EXORCIST. 
 

 
      From the GullCottage archives we present for download the complete legendary Walter Hill / David Giler ALIEN final shooting script (PDF) based on O'Bannon & Shusett's original, along with video excerpts from the acclaimed 2002 Fox / Van Ness / AMC documentary THE ALIEN SAGA - narrated by John Hurt, behind the scenes stills, reproductions of H.R. Giger paintings and more.    



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CINEMATOGRAPHY / EDITING:
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY HASKELL WEXLER -
"WHO NEEDS SLEEP?" (2006)
 



      Most in the film business aren't rich superstars like those of "MTV Cribs", but rather electricians, set builders, etc. raising families, paying mortgages, and working hellishly long hard hours to do so.  A long proponent of fair on-set working conditions, Oscar winning cinematographer / documentarian Haskell Wexler (MEDIUM COOL,  ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST) was spurred to greater action upon the death of cameraman Brent Herschmann, who fell asleep at the wheel trying to make it home to his children after a 19 hr. shift on the film PLEASANTVILLE.   Wexler's 2006 WHO NEEDS SLEEP? features interviews with cinematographer / directors (incl. FIELD OF DREAMS' John Lindley and LETHAL WEAPON's Richard Donner) as well as commentary by Billy Crystal, Julia Roberts and others on the (still controversial) subject of safe industry conditions.  Watch it then ask, "When does the drive to be #1 become counterproductive?". 



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FILM MUSIC - ON THE DOWNBEAT:
JERRY GOLDSMITH & MICHAEL CRICHTON:
A MATCH FROM THE GODS IN CINEMA HEAVEN


     Film is replete with artistic “marriages” - among them, composer / director collaborations such as Bernard Herrmann / Alfred Hitchcock (PSYCHO, NORTH BY NORTHWEST) and John Williams / Steven Spielberg.  Odd though that, even among film and music aficionados, one of the most prolific of pairings is one of the least lauded - the seven time "hook up" of legendary composer Jerry Goldsmith (CHINATOWN, THE OMEN) with equally legendary novelist / director  MICHAEL CRICHTON on films as diverse as COMA, THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY, RUNAWAY and CONGO.  We seek to right that with a detailed retrospective (including music and film clips) of their numerous creative "mash-ups" beginning with 1972's TV movie PURSUIT and concluding with the ill fated TIMELINE (2003) - their final collaboration shortly before the passing of both men.



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THE FILMMAKERS TALK:
"WATCH THE SKIES - SCIENCE FICTION, THE 1950s, AND US" (2005) -
WITH STEVEN SPIELBERG, GEORGE LUCAS, RIDLEY SCOTT & JAMES CAMERON




    
     Film critic, journalist, cinema historian & documentarian Richard Schickel queries four of the most successful genre film makers in history (Steven Spielberg - E.T., JURASSIC PARK;  Ridley Scott - ALIEN, BLADE RUNNER; George Lucas - the STAR WARS sextet; and James Cameron - THE TERMINATOR, AVATAR) as to how a handful of classic science fiction films influenced them from childhood into their present day work.  And not high brow epics like 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, mind you, but rather humble 1950s-era Saturday matinee / drive-in movie fodder such as THEM!, FORBIDDEN PLANET, THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN, INVADERS FROM MARS, DESTINATION MOON, ROCKETSHIP X-M and more.  Fire up the popcorn, kick back for an hour and enjoy a grand ride through film history for fanboys and general buffs alike.



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GALLERIES:
MORPHEUS INCOGNITO: ARTIST WAYNE BARLOWE
AND HIS INFLUENCE ON THE MODERN FILM



     "Really good drugs or a really bad childhood?".  
Any creative individual who’s produced but one thing remotely construed as “dark”, has heard it; ... and few more than Wayne Barlowe.  World renowned for his elegant, lush (and yes! disturbing) series of "Hell World" paintings, Barlowe's imagination has not only for the past 20 years seized the imaginations of the art world, but that of film.  He's directly contributed to the concept designs of hits such as HELLBOY 2, BLADE 2, TITAN A.E., the HARRY POTTER series, and AVATAR.  But the "Barlowe aesthetic" has also been of great influence on PAN'S LABYRINTH, THE LORD OF THE RINGS, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN and many more.  Join us on a fascinating one of a kind trip through "Barlowe's Inferno" - a gallery collection of over two dozen of his most acclaimed original paintings and just as many film images inspired by them.  

      Enjoy accompanying suites of bloodcurdling film music by Javier Navarrete and Elliot Goldenthal, as well as the mini-doc presentation "AN INTERVIEW WITH WAYNE BARLOWE"     
 


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Spring / 2016
LIBRARY;
FILM & VIDEO SCREENING ROOM

FREE MOVIES:
THE EVIL DEAD (1981)


     While the phrase "like a bat outta hell!" was coined over one hundred years ago, one suspects it was done so by a shaman or soothsayer who'd glanced into the future and caught a "sneak peek advanced screening" of an experimental 1981 low budget horror "opus" called THE EVIL DEAD.  Produced and filmed by a neophyte Michigan film maker - aided and abetted by a group of friends on (and with) an almost literal shoestring, the "little movie that could" (about a of group of Spring breakers who unwittingly unleash a cabal of demons into the secluded woods) would go on to make it's debut at the Cannes Film Festival where it would manage to impress and scare the livin' hell out of horror legend Stephen King.   It would become a worldwide financial success as well as the first "multi-platform" film release.  It would evolve into a bonafied franchise, spawning two popular and critically acclaimed sequels, a line of video games, a series of comic books, and a much anticipated 2013 remake.  It would go down in history as one of the most popular cult films of all time ... .   And oh yes, it would also launch the careers of writer / director Sam Raimi (DARKMAN, the original SPIDER-MAN trilogy, OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL), actor Bruce Campbell (THE ADVENTURES OF BRISCO COUNTRY JR., BUBBA HO-TEP, CARS 2), and even those ever ubiquitous Coen Bros. - Joel & Ethan.

     Before you head out to see the remake / reboot by Fede Alvarez - which was produced by Raimi and Campbell, by the way! - check out (or reacquaint yourself with) the original 1981 classic: a living cinematic fever dream if there ever was one!






VIDEO RETRO:
"WOLFEN" (1981): LEADING THE PACK AS
THE FIRST, BEST, AND ONLY TRUE
POLITICAL THRILLER




     The only narrative fiction film from documentary director Michael Wadleigh (WOODSTOCK),  WOLFEN roared from cinema screens in the summer of 1981, seized the jugular of a nation in the midst of a conservative political turn, and reminded it that, even as the economy appeared to be in an upswing, there were still many falling through the cracks and now being used as stepping stones for a smaller percentage of the privileged. 


     A clever "mash-up" of CSI police procedural and "jump out of your seat" horror,
WOLFEN follows the investigation of NYPD Homicide Detective Dewey Wilson (Albert Finney) as he attempts to unravel the mystery behind the slasher murder (perpetrated by man or supernatural animal / man being?) of a Donald Trump-esque real estate magnate - a killing with terrorist ramifications for the entire (pre 9/11) city of New York.  C
ouching it's treatise in an historical reminiscence of controversial U.S. / Native American relations, Wadleigh's film would find itself at the center of a media debate concerning it's "leftist" message as well as end up a chess piece in the immediate financial future of the recently minted (and in need of a hit) Orion Pictures film studio. 


     
                                                                
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BY THE BOOK! / BUY THE BOOK? - REVIEWS:
"OLD WORLD POLITICS, NEW WORLD PROPHECY -
UNDERSTANDING DAVID LYNCH’S INLAND EMPIRE"

 

      Books (as well as documentaries or features) purporting to “reveal”, “explain” or “decipher” the meaning of another, engage in tricky business, as often a “nebulus” narrative (in film for example) will be intentionally so, deliberately leaving “space” wherein each member of the audience can “fill in the blanks” with material from the stewing soup of their own subconscious.  Then ... there are the later day "non-linear narrative" films of David Lynch - LOST HIGHWAY (1997), MULHOLLAND DRIVE (2001) and INLAND EMPIRE (2006).  Deliberately cryptic and symbolic, cineastes have debated their meaning for years. 

      We inaugurate our "BY THE BOOK! BUY THE BOOK?" review section with a look at Michael T. Lidstone's 2010 e-book OLD WORLD POLITICS, NEW WORLD PROPHECY - UNDERSTANDING DAVID LYNCH'S INLAND EMPIRE.  As a bonus afterward we present the author's personal comments regarding our review.  Check it out then inaugurate your own discussion on our Facebook page.  
 
                                                                                                                            
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