October Prompt: Horror, if you must

October is here which brings us to our prompt focusing on the genre of films involving the United Nations to celebrate United Nations Day on October 24th!

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Hold on. I’m getting word that nobody cares about United Nations Day. You goddamn xenophobes. It’s about what? Horror? Well, alright then. Horror it is.

For me personally this is a genre that I’ve always overlooked, I assume its because I’ve seen more bad horror movies than good. I grew up with middle of the road horror in the late 1990s and early 2000s, such as the return of the teen slasher film (Halloween H20, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Urban Legends), a large influx of PG-13 horror movies  (The Ring, What Lies Beneath, Darkness Falls) and a flurry of remakes (The House on Haunted Hill, House of Wax, 13 Ghosts).

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Due to my bad choices, I have some gargantuan Cinematic Shames to hack off the list. This is going to be the month I eviscerate some big ones off the list. Such as John Carpenter’s The Thing, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu the Vampyre and Browning’s Dracula (1931).

The saddest part of that incredibly sad confessions is that I own all of these films. The Thing has been sitting on my self for two years collecting dust. I’m hoping these films will give me a broader foundation for the horror genre. I want to be better!

If you want to do an extreme challenge for this month there is the Hooptober Cinco rules (https://letterboxd.com/cinemonster/list/hooptober-cinco-your-terror-is-a-locked-room/) created by The Cinemonster. There are rules and guidelines but the overall objective is to watch 31 horror films during October. You can view 007hertzrumble’s post about his October plans here.

Let us know what horrible and terrifying Cinema Shames you have planned. Along with that, throw in your Halloween costume ideas. Submit your Shames by tweeting your post to @CinemaShame or emailing us at cinemashame@gmail.com. Use the banners below to tag your posts and spread the horrific October Shame! Or UN Shame. Either way.

-NB

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Episode 14: The Burt Reynolds Special Vol. 1

I invited some friends to come on the Cinema Shame Podcast to celebrate the life and work of Burt Reynolds. In the first of two episodes dedicated to the Bandit, my guests and I talk about White LightningGatorSmokey and the BanditSemi-Tough and Starting Over and just about everything in between. The river of Burt love runs deep.

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CREDITS:

Talking Heads:

James David Patrick (@007hertzrumble) – Never misses an opportunity to champion underappreciated Burt Reynolds. Owns Burt’s album, Ask Me What I Am, on vinyl.

Kerry Fristoe (@echidnabot) – Movie blogger (prowlerneedsajump.wordpress.com/) and fabulous Twitter personality, co-host of B-Movie Maniacs.

Christian Devine (@chris_divine) – Screenwriter and award winning video game writer. Trucker movie aficionado. Credits Smokey and the Bandit with his writing career.

Carrie Rickey (@CarrieRickey) – Film critic and columnist. Village Voice, Film Comment, Mademoiselle, Philadelphia Enquirer. Frequent contributor to NPR, MSNBC and CNN.

 

Clips Contained in this Podcast:

Burt Reynolds laughter from Hooper.

The Dueling Banjos from Deliverance.

Burt Reynolds on The Tonight Show – October 2nd, 1973

White Lightning trailer

Gator trailer

Archer episode, “The Man from Jupiter”

Jerry Reed performs “Eastbound and Down” at the Burt Reynolds Variety Club Dinner

Smokey and the Bandit NBC TV spot

Clip from Smokey and the Bandit II

Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton sing “Sneakin’ Around with You” from Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

Clip from Smokey and the Bandit

100 Rifles trailer

Jerry Reed – “Eastbound and Down”

Burt Reynolds on The Tonight Show – March 2nd, 1977

Semi-Tough trailer

Clip from Semi-Tough

Clip from Starting Over

Candice Bergen sings “Better Than Ever” from Starting Over

 

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Recorded in September 2018. Copyrights are owned by the artists and their labels. Negative dollars are made from this podcast.

 

Remembering the Bandit

The world lost a cinematic legend on September 6, 2018. I was in California when a friend called and told me the news about Burt Reynolds’ passing at the age of 82. “Smokey and the Bandit” is a staple of classic cinema in the South, an area that loves racing, drinking beer and the occupation of driving semis. My first introduction with Burt was in middle school when I watched a double feature of “Days of Thunder” and “Smokey and the Bandit”. The latter was a film that was on constant rotation throughout college, every road trip playlist included “East Bound and Down”. It was just last year I went with some friends to see to “Smokey and the Bandit” for its 40th anniversary, a nearly sold out theater for a Sunday afternoon showing. The Alamo Drafthouse had a special screening on September 16th in honor of Mr. Reynolds. Even though Hurricane Florence was pouring heavy rain around the area, the screening was sold out, a testament to the love of Reynolds.

Mr. Reynolds’ filmography is something I have neglected for years, with a lot of his major work, the work that started his career such as “White Lightning”, “Deliverance” and “The Longest Yard” always on the peripheral of films to watch. I’ve caught up on that deficit in my cinema shame over the past few weeks, watching some of those classics and even some of his more recent work. I knocked off “Deliverance”, “White Lightning”, “The Longest Yard”, “Cannonball Run”, and a release from last year “The Last Movie Star”. Each one having various aspects of quality, but the one constant is Burt’s magical charm shining through, even in “The Last Movie Star” that beautiful smile is still there.

I think the best way to celebrate Burt’s life is to share his work with others. I’m hoping my discussion of his work can maybe persuade to watch his work. I know James Patrick is working on an episode discussing Reynolds and I cannot wait for it to be online. If you haven’t had a chance to read his obituary in The New York Times: (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/06/obituaries/burt-reynolds-dead.html) I highly recommend taking the time to read it. It is elegantly written, presenting the whole picture of Burt; the positives and negatives, the lows and highs.

If you have the chance please join us and share your thoughts on Burt Reynolds and  raise a Coors to toast the legend.

September Prompt: Burt Reynolds

Our delinquency has been noted. However, we here at Cinema Shame have been grappling with some strong emotions regarding the passing of Burt Reynolds on September 4th. As a result, we’ve scrapped our planned prompt for September — instead we’re going to celebrate Burt.

As one of the great movie stars in the history of Cinema Reynolds’ on-screen career spanned 60 years. Reynolds made his first TV appearance in 1958 on two episodes of a series called Flight.

James wrote a short piece on Burt Reynolds for the Action a Go Go website.

Instead of rehashing a summary of all that text here, we’ll give you the opportunity to link on over and read the piece in its entirely.

The takeaway, in case you don’t feel like a click, is that Burt made a lot of great movies that many movie fans overlook as a result of a populist, good ol’ boy beer swilling, car driving, mustache grinning late 70’s persona. Burt Reynolds made musicals and comedies and action films and detective thrillers, many of which settle into the shadows behind his “Bandit” persona.

Before we turn to horror in the month of October, we’re going to ask you to toss in a few of those Burt Reynolds movies you might have overlooked. Like Smokey and the Bandit? Try Hooper. Did you think that Burt’s career peaked with Deliverance and The Longest Yard? Take a chance on Sharky’s Machine, Hustle or Breaking In. Maybe you prefer the lighter side? He sings and dances (at least better than Pierce Brosnan in Mamma Mia!) in Peter Bogdanovich’s At Long Last Love and makes for a fascinating comic duo with Ryan O’Neal in Nickelodeon. His surprising pairings with Jill Clayburgh in Semi-Tough and Starting Over will make you wonder why they didn’t make a dozen movies together.

We’re asking you, during these last few weeks of September, to set aside some time for Burt. If you need any recommendations for deep cuts, James (@007hertzrumble), as our resident Burt aficionado, will be happy to supply you with a lengthy list of worthy choices.

Rest in Peace, Burt Reynolds. May your movies continue to endure and entertain for generations to come.

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Remember to post your thoughts on your blog or on the pages of the CinemaShame website. We’ll post a roundup at the end of the month featuring the thoughts of all of our grieving moviewatchers. Submit your Shame by tweeting your post to @CinemaShame or emailing us at cinemashame@gmail.com. Look forward to an upcoming episode of the Cinema Shame Podcast featuring a collection of conversations about Burt and his films.

 

–JDP

 

 

 

Episode 13: The Bad News Bears Retrospective / Will McKinley

An episode that began as an aside to the Rocky episodes grew into a lengthy conversation about how The Bad News Bears demands relevancy in 2018, which grew into an even longer conversation about the Bad News Bears sequels, pre-ordained judgment of said sequels, and the mistreatment of classic cinema in a modern era that prefers to scrub clean the unfortunate realities of prior generations.

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CREDITS:

Talking Heads:

James David Patrick (@007hertzrumble) – Played baseball into college when his stubborn streak derailed his plans. A kid on his little league team dug himself a hole in right field and sang Christmas carols during multiple games.

Will McKinley (@willmckinley) – writer for Sony’s getTV network and a self-proclaimed Old Movie Weirdo. willmckinley.com

 

Clips Contained in this Podcast:

Georges Bizet – Carmen

The Bad News Bears (1976) Trailer

The Bad News Bears (2005) Trailer

The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training (1977) Trailer

The Bad News Bears Go To Japan (1978) Trailer

Walter Matthau interview on Parkinson One to One

Selected clips from the The Bad News Bears (1976)

Selected clip from Fletch (1985)

Selected clip from The Couch Trip (1988)

 

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Recorded in November 2017 and May 2018. Copyrights are owned by the artists and their labels. Negative dollars are made from this podcast.

August Prompt – Ebert Brings the Love and Hate

Happy August, Cinema Shamers! We are back on schedule with our prompt being released on the 1st of the month. So, get up and catch those shameful watches on the run. This month our prompt is going to focus on the most famous critic in the history of film criticism, Roger Ebert.

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The show he shared with Gene Siskel, At the Movies, was a big influence on my early years of film watching. I will say I always preferred Siskel to Ebert. Siskel always felt more like a blue collar critic, or maybe I just agreed with Siskel most of the time.

For the month of August, we are going to focus on movies Ebert loved… but also the ones he hated. Ebert released four books in his series titled “The Great Movies,”totaling 409 films, a list that could keep you busy for years, let alone a month.

As with most critics they let know about their favorites, but they’re also well known for the films they reviled. I knew he didn’t like Blue Velvet due to an infamous debate on “At the Movies.” I will admit I was surprised by some of the films listed, one of which was a favorite of mine during my teenage years, Tommy Boy.  I would highly recommend checking out that Hated list, there were some shockers on that list. The star rating of these hated films range from zero to 1.5 stars.

Links to the lists appear below. Browse the entries for your next potential Cinema Shame. You can pick one from the hated or the beloved, maybe even both for the completists. I know I’m going to finally give Caligula a watch because Ebert walked out even before it was over.

“‘Caligula’ is sickening, utterly worthless, shameful trash. If it is not the worst film I have ever seen, that makes it all the more shameful: People with talent allowed themselves to participate in this travesty. Disgusted and unspeakably depressed, I walked out of the film after two hours of its 170-minute length.”

Ebert’s List of Great Films: https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/roger+ebert+the+great+movies/ 

Ebert’s Most Hated Films: https://www.rogerebert.com/rogers-journal/eberts-most-hated

As always, submit your Cinema Shame by tweeting your post to @CinemaShame or emailing us at cinemashame@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you… at the movies.

–NB

 

End of July Report

It’s the end of July, which closes out our prompt on Summer Blockbusters. Thanks to all our contributors. I know for myself I didn’t complete my post or even watch the two I picked for myself, which was “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and “War for the Planet of the Apes.”  While I didn’t get to see these, I did get to see a current summer blockbuster, that will most likely be a future Cinema Shame contender for those unlucky few who decide to miss out: “Mission: Impossible Fallout.”

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Cinema Shamedown – show the contributors some support through their twitter handles and  their blogs

@requelstecher discusses – “Le Samourai” – http://www.outofthepastblog.com/2018/07/le-samourai.html

@Campbelldropout covers “Broadway Melody” -https://cinemashame.wordpress.com/2018/07/17/broadway-melody-1929-musical-prompt/

@realweegiemidget reviews “Misunderstood” – https://weegiemidget.wordpress.com/2018/07/24/misunderstood-1984/

@TakingUpRoom writes on “How to Steal a Million” – https://takinguproom.wordpress.com/2018/07/13/how-to-steal-a-million/        

@007hertzrumble reviews “Heaven Can Wait” – http://thirtyhertzrumble.com/heaven-can-wait-cinema-shame/

@007hertzrumble steps into the jungle with “Rambo: First Blood Park II” – http://thirtyhertzrumble.com/rambo-first-blood-part-ii-cinema-shame/