Fleischer Studios’ Superman Shorts: A Detailed Look

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Prior to working on the 1941 “Superman” cartoon serials, Fleischer Studios had challenged Disney in the 1930s with popular cartoons such as Betty Boop and Popeye.  Fleischer’s 1939 feature “Gulliver’s Travels” was only the second cel-animated feature (after “Snow White”) and it contained significant early rotoscoping work. Max and Dave Fleischer, the brothers running Fleischer […]

Experiencing Jodorowsky’s Dune

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Knowing what I did about Alejandro Jodorowsky’s “Dune,” I thought that Jodorowsky would come off as a blowhard lunatic in the 2013 documentary that covered both him and that particular film subject.  Instead, the man turned out to be a visionary who somehow pulled together an impressive collective of highly-influential production design people.  Jodorowsky was […]

Dueling with the Cannon Films’ Ninja Trilogy

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Interest in the Cannon Films productions from the 1980s has had a growing resurgence in recent years.  The films of that ‘golden era’ came under the leadership of Israeli cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus.  2014 marked not only the death of Golan and associated memorial publicity but also the release of two documentaries about […]

Steven Seagal’s Golden Era in Film

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Prior to reading the action movie reviewer Vern’s excellent book “Seagolgy,” I had little interest in the films of Steven Seagal.  However, Vern’s analysis highlighted the many quirks within Seagal’s work that a casual viewer wouldn’t otherwise notice.  As a result, viewing Seagal’s films became more interesting and enjoyable than I would have otherwise imagined. […]

Re-Discovering The Lost Empire with Jim Wynorski

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“We have a gorilla suit, let’s use it.” – Jim Wynorski, Director   “The Lost Empire” might be the rare film where you want to watch it with the director’s audio commentary turned on before actually watching the film itself.  Before getting into details regarding the film though, let me first offer a personal anecdote […]