Monday, August 30, 2010

The Paul Thomas Anderson Film Poll

I've decided to kick-off my P.T.A. Tribute Month here a bit early with a poll as the positive responses, that I have received via email, have already been so strong. This particular poll, which simply asks you to pick your two favorites from his five features, isn't too imaginative but if it does well I might come up with some more adventurous ones throughout September. Thanks to everyone who has signed on for the Blogathon so far. I can't wait to read the different viewpoints of his films and I love the various ideas for posts I have heard. I hope even more will hop on board as September progresses. So go ahead and cast your two votes and my own tribute posts will begin on Wednesday.

Also, to clarify a question I have been asked a couple of times. You can absolutely write on a film someone else might already be covering. I am hoping ideally to get at least a couple of different post on the same films so feel free to cover any one you like. Also feel free to cover any favorite characters, scenes, soundtracks etc...whatever you like.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Announcing my Paul Thomas Anderson Blogathon and Tribute-Month

It’s hard to believe but we are coming up on the fifteenth anniversary of Hard Eight, the daring first film that introduced us to writer/director extraordinaire Paul Thomas Anderson. In the decade and a half since his first feature, Anderson has given us some of the greatest modern American films in memory. While his output (five features, a handful of shorts and music videos) has been relatively small, the films and characters P.T.A. has brought us have become incredibly iconic and special to many...myself included. I have wanted to do something special in connection to P.T.A. for awhile so, considering how rich and densely populated his work is, I am going to be holding a month long tribute here throughout September.
To go along with my own tributes I am jumping back in to the whole Blogathon craze (my first venture in since my M.I.A. on DVD month back in early ’09). So, starting on September 13th and ending on September 19th, I am asking for any and all submissions concerning P.T.A., his films, his characters, soundtracks and actors…namely anything you might connect, good or bad, with the work of Paul Thomas Anderson. Submissions can be as long or as short as you’d like and they can be new or old, so feel free to dust off an older article that you have written if you care to. Ideally I would like to publish your complete pieces here (and, of course, you can post them at your own blog as well) and link back, but if you prefer I use just a snippet with a link back that is fine as well. Feel free to start emailing me (my email is located under the "About Me" tab in the upper left corner) your submissions or links as soon as you will like but I won't post them until that week of the 13th.

Even if you choose not to submit I hope that you might grab one of these nifty banners for me and place them somewhere on your site to alert anyone who might be interested in contributing. I’m looking at this as a way to not only celebrate all things P.T.A. but also to increase traffic to your sites and mine and make some new blogging buddies as well.

September is a milestone month for me as it is my last month as a single man (I am getting married in early October) and I wanted to make it a special one so a blow-out tribute to my favorite modern filmmaker seemed fitting. I hope to get many contributions and make my own tributes among the best things I have ever done in awhile…thanks and I hope many of you will participate.

Cronenberg and Carpenter Blogathon Reminders

I've had the banners at the bottom of the page here awhile but just in case anyone had missed them don't forget the upcoming Blogathons honoring David Cronenberg and John Carpenter. I plan on submitting to both and I can't wait to read the contributions. For info on Cinema Viewfinder's Cronenberg week please click here, and for Radiator Heaven's Carpenter blow-out click here.
On a related note...I have an announcement coming up soon regarding something special I am doing for September..stay tuned.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Eli Roth's Thanksgiving: A Full-Length Feature? (Oh, Hell Yes)

Some of you may recall how much I absolutely love Eli Roth’s Grindhouse trailer Thanksgiving. Well, it seems that my dream that he might someday make a feature-length film out of it might very well be coming true. Cinema Blend is reporting that Roth is indeed planning on getting a full-length script in order for the early-eighties style slasher and that is the best news I have heard in quite awhile. Above is a link to the article, with a quote by Eli (who currently can be seen in one of the most memorable death scenes of Piranha 3D, which I thought was an absolute blast) for those interested.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Joe Dallesandro on Film: Lonesome Cowboys (1968)

***A new series, dedicated to my fiancee Kelley, celebrating the legendary beauty and career of Joe Dallesandro in stills and text.***

Taking its name from a haunting Elvis Presley track from the 1957 film Loving You, Lonesome Cowboys (1968) is an Andy Warhol film scripted by Paul Morrissey and shot around the same time as the more well-known Flesh. It would mark one of Joe's earliest appearances on film and it's an unforgettable little production also starring the glorious Viva, Magic Tramp Eric Emerson and Taylor Mead. While Warhol is credited as 'director' of the film, it is pretty much a Morrissey film through and through as he was behind the camera and in the editing room (with Warhol) for it.

Originally titled Ramona and Julian and then The Unwanted Cowboy, Lonesome Cowboys was shot in Arizona in the early part of 1968 and won Best Film at the San Francisco Film Festival that year. Warhol screened the film exclusively at New York's Garrick Theater in the summer of '68 where it smashed all the theater's existing Box-Office records. It would finally make its way through parts of the country in the late part of '68 after the success of Flesh. A few years later The Velvet Underground's fantastic song "Lonesome Cowboy Bill" off Loaded, their final studio album with Lou Reed, took its name from the film.

Joe appears only sporadically through the film (this is really Viva's showcase) but he's unforgettable and it's impossible to take your eyes off him when he appears. Lonesome Cowboys is sadly not currently available in the United States but it is out in Italy from the terrific Raro Video. Enjoy the stills...

Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Art of the Movie Poster: A Piranha Triple Feature

To celebrate the release of Alexandre Aja's Piranha 3D, here are some of the striking posters this film series has offered throughout the years. At the top is a scan of my own personally autographed poster signed by Roger Corman! Enjoy and get out there and enjoy some Hard-R 3D carnage this weekend...

And one that I mistook for a poster from The Spawning (You would think that Lee Majors face would have clued me in immediately!!!)