TALKING WITH TRINA: AN INTERVIEW WITH TRINA PARKS

Tomorrow night TCM Underground will be airing the surprisingly surreal and smart blaxploitation comedy, DARKTOWN STRUTTERS (1975). I hesitate to tag DARKTOWN STRUTTERS with a simplistic label like “blaxploitation” because it’s really a cult movie that deserves a category of its own. The film manages to combine just about every popular movie genre imaginable including classic westerns and musicals, biker films and revenge fantasies as well as science fiction … Continue reading TALKING WITH TRINA: AN INTERVIEW WITH TRINA PARKS

NEW ON BLU-RAY: ROGER CORMAN’S THE TRIP (1967)

Republishing this in honor of the late Peter Fonda who passed away on August 16, 2019 In 1966, Roger Corman was enjoying the surprising success of The Wild Angels (1966), a trailblazing biker film that he directed and produced for American International Pictures. The studio had made the film for a mere $360,000 and it netted more than $10 million at the box office thanks to a … Continue reading NEW ON BLU-RAY: ROGER CORMAN’S THE TRIP (1967)

“She is a happening all to herself.”

The October 1968 issue of ABC Film Review features a great piece by Philip Bradford about the making of Jack Cardiff’s Girl On A Motorcycle. In the article the movie’s two stars (Marianne Faithfull and Alain Delon) briefly discuss what it was like to work with one another on the film. I thought it would be fun to share their quotes here along with some … Continue reading “She is a happening all to herself.”

The Girl on a Motorcycle: Advertising

There were a lot of beautiful posters designed for Jack Cardiff’s film when it was originally released. Unfortunately I don’t know the names of all the artists who created these posters and ads for The Girl On a Motorcycle (1968), but I hope you enjoy this collection of images. I had to restore and touch-up many of the posters so its been somewhat of a … Continue reading The Girl on a Motorcycle: Advertising

Some Thoughts on Jack Cardiff 1914-2009

Jack Cardiff with Marianne Faithfull on the set of The Girl on a Motorcycle (1968) The talented director and cinematographer Jack Cardiff has passed away at the age of 94. As the tributes start to roll out from various news sites and film blogs its become clear to me that most people regard Jack Cardiff as a great cinematographer and have little regard or knowledge … Continue reading Some Thoughts on Jack Cardiff 1914-2009

Satan’s Sadists (1969)

You’re right, cop. You’re right, I am a rotten bastard. I admit it. But I tell ya something. Even though I got a lot of hate inside, I got some friends who ain’t got hate inside. They’re filled with nothing but love. Their only crime is growing their hair long, smoking a little grass and getting high, looking at the stars at night, writing poetry … Continue reading Satan’s Sadists (1969)

Super Sisters On Cycles: Darktown Strutters (1975)

I recently got the chance to see the terrific William Witney film Darktown Strutters (a.k.a. Get Down and Boogie, 1975) and really enjoyed it. Witney started directing action films and westerns in the 1930s and he’s now mostly remembered for the popular television serials he directed. One of the last films he made was the unusual biker and blaxploitation parody Darktown Strutters, which is undoubtedly … Continue reading Super Sisters On Cycles: Darktown Strutters (1975)