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Happy Record Store Day Black Friday!

Break open the piggy bank, vinyl heads!


Music

Louis Fowler
While everyone with normal lives will be buying bargain-basement trinkets and low-end electronics for their loved ones at 3 a.m. on Black Friday at their nearest SuperTarget, hardcore music geeks will be sleeping in.
 
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Chiller: The Complete Television Series

Yikes from the UK.


Television series

Rod Lott
While a bit too stiff-upper-lip for my tastes, Synapse Films’ release of the British TV series Chiller is welcomed nonetheless. Any release of a horror anthology is, especially one this little-seen.
 
Thursday, December 20, 2012
raisinghell

‘The Devils’ made me do it

Read any good books lately? About movies, that is?

When I’m not watching movies, there are few things I like doing more than reading about them. Luckily, the weeks leading up to the holidays brought three brand-spanking-new ones to my desk for my reading and reviewing pleasure.


Should you forgo a few matinees and time from your Netflix Instant Queue to consume the words they hold within? You’ll know in a matter of minutes ...

Raising Hell: Ken Russell and the Unmaking of The Devils
Richard Crouse
ECW Press


The sign of a good “making of” book is if it’s compelling even if you’ve never seen the film whose production it documents. Such is the case with Richard Crouse’s Raising Hell, covering the shooting and subsequent public skewering of 1971’s The Devils.

While director Ken Russell (Altered States, Tommy, Lisztomania, Trapped Ashes) had his troubles with oft-blitzed leading man Oliver Reed, the real storm rolled in after the film was released. After all, would you expect a historical horror epic that combines Christianity with sexuality to be controversial? Of course!

With a mix of his own reporting and other sources, Canada-based film critic Crouse paints an intriguing portrait of the events both on-set and off. One actress quips, “Have you ever tried writhing sexually for 10 hours at a time? Try it one day. It’s not easy.” The real tumult arrived once word of its content — particularly a “rape of Christ” sequence — leaked; while branded with the X rating in England, it somehow scored an R in good ol’ America, yet that hardly resulted in big box office.

Today, Warner Bros. still hasn’t released The Devils in any post-VHS format, at least not uncensored. Other than locating a *cough* torrent *cough*, reading Crouse’s book may be the next best thing. While it’s not on the masterful level of Julie Salamon’s The Devil’s Candy, it is a fascinating read that peels back the veil on the Hollywood studio system and those mavericks who, God bless ’em, attempt to shake it up every once in a while.  

Queue Tips: Discovering Your Next Great Movie
Rob Christopher
Huron Street Press


With tens of thousands of titles available at your fingertips at home, it’s easy to forget that your local libraries are a viable outlet for renting movies. (Hell, these days, they may boast a better selection than dying dog Blockbuster Video.) I think I’ve only rented one there, because back in 2004, my wife and I needed some instructional video to teach our kids about how that bump got in Mommy’s belly. Therefore, one free VHS rental later, animation narrated by Howie Mandel taught our kids about the birds and the bees, but all I remember is him referring to the orgasm as a “really big tickle.”

That’s a roundabout way of getting to Queue Tips, a fun paperback published by an imprint of the American Library Association and edited by Chicago critic Rob Christopher.

Sticking to no particular number, he and his guests tick off recommendations for unusual romances, disaster flicks, Nicolas Cage vehicles, Westerns that aren’t Westerns, unconventional Christmas films, half-good flops and more. Novelist Barry Gifford (Wild at Heart) offers his choices for “late-night spooky films,” while Saturday Night Live vet Julia Sweeney simply discusses random titles that were on her mind.

You can build up quite a “to see” list of your own, but even if you’ve seen a majority of the works referenced, the presentation is lively enough for rediscovery. I have one big complaint: It’s too damn short! Lists about movies can be a blast, and the 24 here are just that ... but 24 is not quite enough to satiate my addiction.

Contemporary Erotic Cinema
Douglas Keesey
Kamera Books


SEX! And now that I have your attention, you might want to read an entire book about it, or at least movies that deal directly with "it," and rather frankly at that.

California film/lit professor Douglas Keesey digs through decades upon decades of blue movies and smutty skinema for flick-by-flick examinations of more than 100 examples. Divided into specific fetishes themes like incest, gay, anal or Nazis, he discusses the acts and themes present — often in all their glory — in The Reader, Porky’s, Boogie Nights and even Team America: World Police.

It's certainly not for the prude, and the full-color photo section in the middle should be kept from young, prying eyes. Speaking of eyes, I sure got some strange looks as I read the book while waiting in line to vote in the presidential election. USA! USA!

While his mini-essays can verge on the pretentious, I cannot deny reading every page. I’m just not sure I learned anything beyond what movies I can go without seeing for life, as many entries end with having raised more questions than providing any answers. Often, he literally closes with a question, i.e. “We see them in their all, but do we really know them?” or “Is the man insufficient just because the woman enjoys her own sex?”

You be the judge, I guess. It’s certainly not taxing study. —Rod Lott

Hey! Read This:
Horror Films book review     
Lisztomania DVD review   
Phallic Frenzy: Ken Russell and His Films book review    
Samurai Films book review   
Trapped Ashes DVD review   

by Rod Lott 01.08.2013 1 year ago
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Oscar, Oscar!

Even half a country away, Oklahoma has not gone unnoticed in Academy Awards history.

I’ll start with the obvious: The 85th annual Academy Awards air Sunday night on ABC.

Now for the not-so-obvious: A hell of a lot of Oklahomans have won or been nominated for the Oscars in years past, and three such statuettes are on display in the Oklahoma History Center’s ongoing Oklahoma @ the Movies exhibit.

To celebrate Sunday’s big event, the OHC has passed along this list of Okie-centric films, actors, actresses and behind-the-camera talent who’ve been blessed by Oscar’s gaze. —Rod Lott

Oklahoma Movies with Best Picture Oscar/Nominations:
Cimarron (1931) Best Picture Oscar
The Awful Truth (1937) Best Picture Nomination
The Grapes of Wrath (1940) Best Picture Nomination
Picnic (1956) Best Picture Nomination
How the West Was Won (1962) Best Picture Nomination
Bonnie and Clyde (1967) Best Picture Nomination
The Last Picture Show (1971) Best Picture Nomination
Bound for Glory (1976) Best Picture Nomination
Rain Man (1988) Best Picture Oscar

Oscar-Winning Oklahomans:

Joan Crawford
Mildred Pierce (1945) Best Actress Oscar
Possessed (1947) Best Actress Nomination
Sudden Fear (1952) Best Actress Nomination

Blake Edwards
Victor/Victoria (1982) Best Adapted Screenplay Nomination
• Honorary Oscar for Career Achievement (2004)

Gray Frederickson
The Godfather, Part II (1974) Best Picture Oscar
Apocalypse Now (1979) Best Picture Nomination

Gene Havlick
Lost Horizon (1937) Best Film Editing Oscar
You Can't Take It with You (1938) Best Film Editing Nomination
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) Best Film Editing Nomination

Van Heflin
Johnny Eager (1942) Best Supporting Actor Oscar

Ron Howard
A Beautiful Mind (2001) Best Picture Oscar
A Beautiful Mind (2001) Best Director Oscar
Frost/Nixon (2008) Best Picture Nomination
Frost/Nixon (2008) Best Director Nomination

Ben Johnson
The Last Picture Show (1971) Best Supporting Actor Oscar

Jennifer Jones
The Song of Bernadette (1943) Best Actress Oscar
Since You Went Away (1944) Best Actress Nomination
Love Letters (1945) Best Actress Nomination
Duel in the Sun (1946) Best Actress Nomination
Love Is a Many Splendored Thing (1955) Best Actress Nomination

Steve LaPorte
Beetlejuice (1988) Best Makeup Oscar

Matthew Mungle
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) Best Makeup Oscar
Schindler's List (1993) Best Makeup Nomination
Ghosts of Mississippi (1996) Best Makeup Nomination
Albert Nobbs (2011) Best Makeup Nomination

Elmo Williams
High Noon (1952) Best Film Editing Oscar
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) Best Film Editing Nomination

Michael Wilson
A Place in the Sun (1951) Best Screenplay Oscar
5 Fingers (1952) Best Screenplay Nomination
Friendly Persuasion (1956) Best Adapted Screenplay Nomination
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Best Adapted Screenplay Nomination


Oscar-Nominated Oklahomans:

Margaret Avery
The Color Purple (1985) Best Supporting Actress Nomination

Lucien Ballard
The Caretakers (1963) Best Black-and-White Cinematography Nomination

Ralph Bane
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) "The Trolley Song" Best Original Song Nomination
Good News (1947) "Pass that Peace Pipe" Best Original Song Nomination

Gary Busey
The Buddy Holly Story (1978) Best Actor Nomination

James Garner
Murphy's Romance (1985) Best Actor Nomination

Ed Harris
Apollo 13 (1995) Best Supporting Actor Nomination
The Truman Show (1998) Best Supporting Actor Nomination
Pollock (2000) Best Actor Nomination
The Hours (2002) Best Supporting Actor Nomination

Carol Littleton
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) Best Film Editing Nomination

Terrence Malick
The Thin Red Line (1998) Best Director Nomination
The Thin Red Line (1998) Best Adapted Screenplay Nomination
The Tree of Life (2011) Best Director Nomination

Jack Oakie
The Great Dictator (1940) Best Supporting Actor Nomination

Brad Pitt
Twelve Monkeys (1995) Best Supporting Actor Nomination
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) Best Actor Nomination
Moneyball (2011) Best Picture Nomination
Moneyball (2011) Best Actor Nomination

Alfre Woodard
Cross Creek (1983) Best Supporting Actress Nomination

Hey! Read This:
Beetlejuice: 20th Anniversary Edition DVD review     
Oklahoma @ the Movies exhibit feature     
• The Tree of Life film review    

by Rod Lott 02.22.2013 1 year ago
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Boxy, but good

Companies get creative at Science Museum Oklahoma’s ‘Out of the Box’ competition exhibition.


Visual Arts

Alyssa Grimley
Out of the Box
7-10 p.m. Saturday
through Sept. 30
Science Museum Oklahoma
2100 N.E. 52nd
sciencemuseumok.org
602-6664
 
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Better off Red

Grady’s 66 Pub devotes its stage to preserving Oklahoma’s Red Dirt roots, one band at a time.


Music

Louis Fowler
For almost two decades, Grady Cross was a member of Cross Canadian Ragweed, one of the most popular Red Dirt bands ever to cross the Red River. After years on the road and in the studio, he hung up his guitar to spend more time with his family in Yukon.
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The To Do List

Even if it only has S-E-X on its mind, this isn’t your ordinary gross-out comedy.


Comedy

Aimee Williams
Let’s talk about sex. Specifically, how absurd sex can be.
 
Friday, July 26, 2013
 
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