10 Questions with Tom Lisanti

Book author Tom Lisanti was kind enough to answer some questions for me over at Cinedelica about his new book Glamour Girls of Sixties Hollywood, which I reviewed here over the weekend.

The interview is well worth reading if you’re a fan of sixties-era film starlets and Tom talks a lot about his upcoming book projects such as the Gail Gerber memoir Strange Love: Terry Southern, Hollywood, and Me.

Tom also offers up some great tips for winter viewing that will take the chill off and help you beat the winter weather blues.

I hope Cinebeats’ readers will stop by Cinedelica and check out the interview!

10 Question with Tom Lisanti

10 Questions with Tim Lucas

Over at Cinedelica we’re starting a new feature today called “10 Questions” and my first interviewee is film critic and author Tim Lucas.

I’ve been reading Tim’s film criticism since first coming across it in magazines like Fangoria and Gorezone in the ’80s when I was a teenager. There are few critics that have inspired and influenced my own writing more then Tim, so I was really happy to get the opportunity to ask him a few questions about his new book Mario Bava – All the Colors of the Dark. Tim’s enthusiastic support of Bava’s films over the years has definitely colored my own view of them, as well as my love for Italian genre films in general.

Some of the information in our brief exchange might be familiar to regular readers of his Bava Book Blog and anyone who owns the book, but if you’re curious about Mario Bava – All the Colors of the Dark and the films of Mario Bava in general, you might find my brief Q & A with Tim Lucas an interesting read.

10 Questions with Tim Lucas

The Night of the Sorcerers (1973)

La Noche de los brujos (1973)

I neglected to mention that I reviewed Amando de Ossorio’s The Night of the Sorcerers (a.k.a. La Noche de los brujos, 1973) last month for Cinedelica. Out of the five or six Amando de Ossorio films I’ve seen The Night of the Sorcerers is my least favorite, but it’s still mildly entertaining and it might be worth a look if you’ve enjoyed the director’s other movies.

Oddly enough, one of the recent Horror Roundtable questions of the week was “What’s your favourite creepy tale for around the campfire?” and I answered that it was the Velvet Ribbon story, otherwise known as the Green Ribbon story. It also goes by various other names and seems based on an original story by Washington Irving. The tale involves a lovely woman who constantly wears a ribbon around her neck and once it’s removed by some curious male protagonist, her head falls off. I was really surprised to find out that Amando de Ossorio seems to have referenced that old campfire tale when he wrote the script for The Night of the Sorcerers. I haven’t come across any other reviews of the film that seemed to make the connection, but I found it fascinating so I included a mention of it in my own review of the movie.

La Noche de los brujos (1973)

If you’d like to see more screen shots from the film you can find them in my:
Night of the Sorcerers Flickr Gallery.

Spotlight on Koji Wakamatsu

Go, Go Second Time Virgin (1969)

Go, Go Second Time Virgin (1969)

Go, Go Second Time Virgin (1969)
Images from Koji Wakamatsu’s Go, Go Second Time Virgin (1969)

I recently reviewed Koji Wakamatsu’s impressive Go, Go Second Time Virgin (1969) for Cinedelica. If you’re interested in Japanese avant-garde cinema and pink films, I highly recommend giving Koji Wakamatsu’s films a look. I’ve also recently been helping Michael over at his excellent French language Japanese film site Wildgrounds with his English translation of a French interview with director Koji Wakamatsu that is now available to read at his website.

The interview was originally published in the French cinema magazine Sex Star System in 1976 and now English audiences have the opportunity to enjoy the interview for the first time. Information about Koji Wakamatsu is hard to find so I’m very thankful that Michael took the time to translate this informative interview.

Coincidently Midnight Eye recently published an interview with the writer and filmmaker Masao Adachi who is one of Koji Wakamatsu’s most important collaborators and it’s also well worth reading. It’s wonderful to see Koji Wakamatsu and Masao Adachi’s complex, controversial and experimental work getting some much needed attention lately! Clip from Wakamatsu and Adachi’s Go, Go Second Time Virgin (1969) below: More images from the film are available at my Go, Go Second Time Virgin Flickr Gallery.

All the News That’s Fit to Print

A semi-nude and tattooed Sean Connery in A Fine Madness (1966)

August Movie Review Roundup . . .

Last month my computer suffered a major meltdown and had to be replaced, which really slowed down my writing. I was only able to complete one review for Cinedelica last month and that was for Irvin Kershner’s dark comedy A Fine Madness (1966) which stars a rather young and super cute Sean Connery. I had mixed (mostly negative) reactions to the film, but if you’re curious about Kershner’s early work or just want to see Connery in his prime, A Fine Madness is well worth a look.

My review of A Fine Madness

Read All About It . . .

Adam Ross who runs the terrific DVD Panche blog was nice enough to ask me to be interviewed for his ongoing “Friday Screen Test” and I happily agreed. If you’d like to find out a little more about me you can find my answers to Adam’s questions at his blog.

My Friday Screen Test

Every Picture Tells a Story . . .

Before my computer suffered a meltdown I was able to send the guys who run the great If Charlie Parker was a Gunslinger, there’d be a whole lot of dead copycats blog a bunch of images that had been languishing on my computer for their “Contributor Week” which I believe is still going strong. If you’re interested in checking out my contributions as well as all other great submissions stop by the blog and give them a look.

If Charlie Parker was a Gunslinger, there’d be a whole lot of dead copycats

June Movie Review Roundup

Another month has come and gone and that means it’s time for another edition of what I now offically call my Movie Review Roundup which collects links to all the films I reviewed for Cinedelica last month.

First on the list is director Shohei Imamura’s smart and disturbing Japanese crime film Vengeance Is Mine (1979) which was recently released on DVD by Criterion. I also reviewed the entertaining biker film Satan’s Sadists (1969) and the impressive British thriller The Third Secret (1964). Last on the list is The Nightcomers (1971) which features great performances from Marlon Brando and one of my favorite British ‘Scream Queens,’ Stephanie Beacham.

Quick links to my reviews:
Vengeance Is Mine (1979)
Satan’s Sadists (1969)
The Third Secret (1964)
The Nightcomers (1971)

As usual, you’ll find a lot more film reviews as well as book reviews, news about upcoming DVDs and film festivals, plus lots more at Cinedelica so please stop by and check out all the latest updates.

I’ve also recently started organizing Still Galleries at Flickr for some of the movies I watch and review. If you’d like to see more images from The Third Secret and Satan’s Sadists you can find them below:
The Third Secret Still Gallery
Satan’s Sadists Still Gallery

Cinedelica Review Roundup

Since the month of May is officially over I thought I’d share a few links to some of the films I reviewed for Cinedelica last month:

David & Lisa (1962)
If You Were Young: Rage (1970)
Naked You Die (a.k.a. The Miniskirt Murders, 1968)
Daisy Chain (1965)
The Rites of Frankenstein (1972)
Le Maqnifique (1973)

If you haven’t visited Cinedelica for awhile I recommend stopping by the site and giving it a look. Besides movie and DVD reviews you’ll also find news and info about new films, cool t-shirt designs, books and CDs from Europe, the UK and the US.

Cinedelica News

I’ve been reviewing lots of DVDs over at Cinedelica recently. If you’re looking for some new films to watch I highly recommend giving Cinedelica a look. You’ll find reviews there for lots of cult films and movies that are not covered much by other sources.

I’ve recently reviewed the entertaining British slasher film The Comeback (1977) and the fun musical horror comedy The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966). I also reviewed the the sexy British horror thriller Virgin Witch (1971) and the Donald Sutherland & Elliott Gould spy spoof S*P*Y*S (1974).

Besides my own reviews, you can find lots of other information there about DVD releases, film festivals and other news that cult film fans should find interesting.

Please stop by Cinedelica and check out all the new reviews!

Perversion Story

I don’t know if I’ll get around to writing about all the Lucio Fulci films that have recently been released and re-released on DVD anytime soon, but I recently wrote about Fulci’s Perversion Story (Una sull’altra, 1969) for Cinedelica which was released by Severin Films late last month.

Perversion Story is a great erotic thriller and I wouldn’t necessarily refer to it as a “giallo film” because it’s so different from the typical gialli releases that have gotten released in the US but it’s been called a giallo by lots of other reviewers. It does seem like that term is getting tossed around a lot lately by critics and DVD companies that and use it to describe any Italian thriller.

But enough of my silly complaints… Perversion Story has become one of my favorite Fulci’s films and I’m so grateful that it’s been released on DVD. If you enjoy stylish Italian thrillers please stop by Cinedelica and give my review a look. The movie stars the lovely Marisa Mell who happens to be one of my favorite actresses and it also has a fantastic score by composer Riz Ortolani. Severin’s Perversion Story is easily one of the best DVD releases of the year so far. Can’t recommend it enough!

Cinedelica News

Espionage in Tangier (1965) & Cool, It Carol! (1970)

Just wanted to remind any readers who might visit this blog that I’m also a regular contributor to Cinedelica, which is a great international site with lots of information about cult films.

My most recent contributions were DVD reviews for the new eurospy Drive-In Double Feature: Assassination in Rome (1965) / Espionage in Tangier (1965), from Dark Sky Films and the British Sexploitation comedy Cool, It Carol (1970), which was recently released by Image Entertainment.

At Cinedelica you can also find lots of news and information about new and old cinema, book reviews, festival updates and great Cult Clips from many unusual and entertaining films.

Stop by the site and say hello!