Jerry Lewis Was Fucking Funny, by Scott Nye

21 Aug

I didn’t grow up with Jerry Lewis. I didn’t see a single film he was in until I was twenty-four, and even then I didn’t get the appeal. About a year after that, I happened to catch a clip from The Ladies Man, Lewis’s second feature as director, which is often shared now when talking about his directorial prowess, and rightly so. In it, the women of a boarding house rise to meet the day, exercising and brushing their hair and bathing and all the other little things one must do. In a series of shots – broken up by the image of Lewis, keister aloft, trying to sleep – the camera tracks past the rooms constructed in a sort of doll’s-house cutout. The technical feat is more familiar to modern viewers from Wes Anderson’s use of it in The Life Aquatic, and it’d be impressive on its own, but what really sets it apart are the rhythms. The whole thing is delicately choreographed to a jazzy score, each woman’s action hitting a precise beat, complementing those around her. It’s dance.

Truly, I thought, watching this, there is more to this Jerry Lewis than I initially perceived. And it’s amazing what a little open-mindedness can reveal. Mainly, that Jerry Lewis is fucking funny.

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Monday Movie: Evil Eye, by David Bax

21 Aug

Evil Eye is only a minor Mario Bava film if you look at him solely as the godfather of giallo, the baroque, sometimes fantastical, often grotesque strain of Italian horror and mystery films. Those words wouldn’t properly describe this film but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth your time. In fact, it’s a fun and delightfully creepy little movie.

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Movie Meltdown: Memoirs of Tyler McIntyre

21 Aug

This week we welcome special guest director Tyler MacIntyre to talk to us about his latest feature Tragedy Girls. Plus we discuss his first film Patchwork, the finer points of being an editor in addition to being a director… and just what draws fans to the horror genre. And along the way, we also discuss this week’s Sofa Theater feature: Memoirs of an Invisible Man the sometimes forgotten film directed by John Carpenter.

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Sequelcast 2: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Eps. 5-6)

21 Aug

In this episode, Mat and Thrasher try not to panic as they finish up The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

EPISODE 544: Todd Gilchrist

21 Aug

In this episode, Tyler and David are joined by Todd Gilchrist to discuss Grease, Purple Rain and Calvin Harris.

Coming Soon

20 Aug

BP’s Top 100 Challenge #35: Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, by Sarah Brinks

19 Aug

I decided to undertake a movie challenge in 2017. This seemed like a good way to see some classic movies that I have unfortunately never seen. The Battleship Pretension Top 100 list provided such a challenge.

I grew up watching Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. In fact, it is one of the first movies I remember watching that wasn’t a cartoon or a children’s film. I grew up in a very sci-fi friendly house where Star Wars or Star Trek could often be found on the TV or in our VHS collection. As a child, I wanted to learn the force, have an Ewok for a pet, and fly around space in the Millennium Falcon. As a result, the original Star Wars trilogy is so much a part of who I am as a person and a film fan that I don’t think I can separate them for this article. Instead I’ll examine why the film works for me and how I feel about it now.

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Criterion Prediction #102: Night of the Living Dead, by Alexander Miller

18 Aug

Title: Night of the Living Dead

Year: 1968

Director: George Romero

Cast: Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman, Keith Wayne.=

Synopsis: A group of disparate people must work together and put their differences aside to survive while a marauding herd of the undead walk the earth, devouring other humans.

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BP Movie Journal 8/17/17

18 Aug

Tyler and David discuss the movies and TV shows they’ve been watching, including:

Movies
THE EMPTY HOURS
THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH
THE FOUNDER
THE COLD LANDS
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
BEACH RATS
HEAT AND DUST
MARGIN CALL
THE SAPPHIRES
THE LESSER EVIL
GOOK
BARRACUDA
PERSON TO PERSON
LOGAN LUCKY
MARJORIE PRIME
I DO… UNTIL I DON’T
LION
SECRET HONOR

TV
THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW
OZARK

The Chicago Rep-port 8/18-8/24, by Aaron Pinkston

17 Aug

Repertory screenings may not be as abundant in Chicago as they are in LA/NY but when you look around, there are many theatergoing delights. The Chicago Rep-port is a weekly(ish) series highlighting the best and most compelling repertory screenings in the Second City.

Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N State St

The Siskel continues to honor Italian horror auteur Mario Bava with its series The Baroque Beauties of Italian Horror with two more classics of pure giallo. First is Blood and Black Lace (Mario Bava, 1964, DCP), a perfectly staged, beautifully shot tale of murder and fetishism. Shown on a digitally restored copy of the camera negative, it is playing Saturday and Tuesday. It is paired with the fantastically titled Kill, Baby…Kill! (Mario Bava, 1966, DCP), a different murder mystery with supernatural underpinnings and a kaleidoscopic visual sense. Kill, Baby…Kill! plays Saturday and Monday.

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