Today should have been Oliver Reed's 80th birthday but he left this world in 1999 at age 61. To celebrate the occasion I decided to compile a collection of links to various things I've written about the man and his work. Some are just bits and bobs while others are more thoughtful considerations of films … Continue reading Remembering Oliver Reed @ 80
I've been neglecting Cinebeats again. Having a hard time getting back into the swing of things around here and other endeavors are keeping me from the blog. But I thought I'd finally update with a quick list of some highlights from my February & Mach contributions to TCM's Movie Morlocks. You can read all the … Continue reading February & March at The Movie Morlocks
The news about Ken Russell’s death hit me hard. Just last week the great man actually took the time to befriend me on Twitter (I’d been following him there for a year or more). I exchanged a brief note with him and got the opportunity to tell him I was honored that he had taken the time to follow me. And I hope that he knew he was one of my favorite directors.
Controversial film director Ken Russell passed away suddenly this week at the age of 84. Russell has long been considered the bad boy of British cinema or the original ‘enfant terrible’ of the empire, but for almost as long as I can remember he’s been one of my favorite filmmakers. I was introduced to his … Continue reading KEN RUSSELL: IN HIS OWN WORDS
The new issue of Cinema Retro arrived in my mail box this week, which prompted me to write a little something about the magazine for The Movie Morlocks. From my post: "The latest issue of Cinema Retro (Vol. 7: Issue #21) features an in-depth look at A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1970) from author Raymond Benson, which … Continue reading Cinema Retro #21
Just taking a brief break from putting the final touches on the last half of my Favorite DVDs of 2008 list and wanted to point out a few Ken Russell related reading and viewing suggestions. As I've mentioned before, Ken Russell is one of my favorite directors and with the recent unfortunate death of actress … Continue reading A Ken Russell Interlude
In 1969, the talented British director Ken Russell impressed critics and audiences with his excellent film adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s Women in Love. The film would go on to win many awards and inspire greater interest in D.H. Lawrence. It would also inspire other directors to try their hand at adapting Lawrence’s work. One of … Continue reading DVD of the Week: The Virgin and the Gypsy (1970)
Happy Birthday Ann-Margret! My favorite redhead Ann-Margret was born on April 28 in 1941 and yesterday she celebrated her 66th birthday. To celebrate I thought I'd post an overview of some of the best films she made during the sixties and seventies, as well as share some of my thoughts about her life and her … Continue reading An Ann-Margret Retrospective
Alucarda is an extremely stylish Mexican horror film made by the talented Juan Lopez Moctezuma in 1975, who also directed The Mansion of Madness and produced two of renowned director Alejandro Jodorowsky's early film's (Fando & Lis and El Topo). Moctezuma's Alucarda is an interesting mix of Ken Russell's The Devils as well as The … Continue reading They gave their souls to Hell… but the Devil wanted MORE!