Rupert Pupkin Speaks: October 2018 ""

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Just The Discs - Episode 78 - CABIN BOY

These Pipes...are clean!! John Cribbs (of The Pink Smoke) joins me once again - this time to discuss the Chris Elliott cult favorite CABIN BOY and the wonderful new special edition Blu-ray from Kino Lorber. Go buy yourself a spritzer and enjoy!

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Discussed on this Episode:
CABIN BOY (Kino Lorber)
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Special Features:
-New Audio Commentary by star Chris Elliott and director Adam Resnick, moderated by writer Mike Sacks
-New Interview with star Chris Elliott and director Adam Resnick (46 Mins)
-Limited Edition booklet essay by film critic Nick Pinkerton
-Archival cast interviews featuring Chris Elliott, Ritch Brinkley, James Gammon, Brian Doyle-Murray, Brion James, Melora Walters and Russ Tamblyn
-Audition Tapes: Melora Walters and Andy Richter
-B-Roll Footage
-Edited outtakes
-5 TV spots
-Theatrical Trailer

-Newly commissioned art by Jacob Phillips
-Reversible Art

Monday, October 29, 2018

New Release Roundup for the Week of October 30th, 2018

VALLEY GIRL on Blu-ray (Shout Factory)
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DRAGNET on Blu-ray (Shout Factory)
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THE PRINCESS BRIDE on Blu-ray (Criterion)
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CAN’T HARDLY WAIT - 20 Year Reunion on Blu-ray (Mill Creek)
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BLOOD HARVEST on Blu-ray (Vinegar Syndrome)
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THE INCUBUS  on Blu-ray (Vinegar Syndrome)
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THE KILLING KIND on Blu-ray (Vinegar Syndrome)
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DEF BY TEMPTATION on Blu-ray (Vinegar Syndrome)
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MANDY on Blu-ray (Image)
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TORSO on Blu-ray (Arrow Video)
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12 MONKEYS on Blu-ray (Arrow Video)
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THE WASP WOMAN on Blu-ray (Scream Factory)
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THE GHOST OF SIERRA DE COBRE on Blu-ray (Kino Lorber)
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D.O.A. on Blu-ray (Kino Lorber)
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Friday, October 26, 2018

Just The Pods Vol. 17

Being a podcaster myself (with two active shows), I can appreciate all the work that goes into creating content week in and week out. As such, I wanted to highlight some enjoyable podcast episodes I came across this week:

SWITCHBLADE SISTERS - ALL THAT JAZZ - with 'Party Girl' Director Daisy von Scherler Mayer
"If you listen to this episode you don't have to go to film school. Our guest this week is Daisy von Scherler Mayer. You may know her best for her "debut tour de force" Party Girl. She is a prolific television director who has worked on everything from Mad Men to Orange Is The New Black. The movie she has chosen to talk about this week is one of her favorite films, Bob Fosse's All That Jazz. Daisy takes April through exactly how this film has influenced her life, and even names specific scenes she has stolen from the movie (a practice she heartily encourages for film students). Daisy does a wonderful job of explaining how she speaks to actors and creates a supportive environment for them. This episode is also particularly enlightening as Daisy and April really get into the creative process and the emotional rollercoaster it can be. She also discusses the genius of Bob Fosse and how he was able to create a "perfect film." This episode is required listening for anyone who wants to be filmmaker. Take notes during this one."

Joe Dante returns to Illeana's podcast for a second go-round - this time to talk horror movies and it is just lovely:

I love listening to these gentlemen, but this episode has it's most interesting and powerful bit at the 44 minute mark where they get to the interview with Jamie Lee Curtis. She is wonderful and thoughtful and inspiring in the 15 minute or so chat and I highly recommend listening:

Another great episode covering one of my most beloved directors and a film that is one of my very favorites of all-time. Truly one of the great American comedies.

THE DIRECTOR'S CUT - Jonah Hill - MID 90s
"Director Jonah Hill discusses his film, Mid90s, with fellow director Bennett Miller. The film follows thirteen-year-old Stevie, who spends summer in 90s-era LA navigating between his troubled home life and a group of new friends that he meets at a Motor Avenue skate shop."

THE 4:30 MOVIE - "Vampire Week"
"THIS WEEK, IT'S "VAMPIRE WEEK" ON THE 4:30 MOVIE as our band of expert programmers curate the ultimate week of Halloween Horrors with these legendary nightcrawlers who don't drink wine. Join writer/producer Mark A. Altman (The Thirst, The Librarians), writer/producer Ashley E. Miller (Lore, Black Sails), writer Steven Melching (X-Men: The Animated Series, Rebels) and concept designer Daren Dochterman as they go out for a bite this Halloween. Plus: we recommend what candy you should give out for trick or treat."

FLIXWISE CANADA - Luis Buñuel: Piety & Heresy
"Martin Kessler is joined by the very best Buñuel-enthusiasts he knows, Chris Funderburg and John Cribbs to discuss the film of surrealist master Luis Buñuel by focusing specifically on the theme related to religion in his films. They look primarily at Nazarin, Viridiana, Simon of the Desert, and The Milky Way. However, other films make their way into the conversation too, like Mexican Bus Ride, as our panel shines a light on the unfair obscurity of many of Buñuel’s Mexican films. They break down some of the misconceptions about Buñuel, and give their interpretations of his films."

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Underrated '78 - Anya Stanley

Anya Stanley is a columnist at Dread Central and Daily Grindhouse. She is a contributor to Fangoria, Birth. Movies. Death., Colider, Vague Visages, and wherever they’ll let her talk about horror. More of her work can be seen at her website: On Twitter as @BookishPlinko.

1978 was a banger of a year for horror films. HALLOWEEN. I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE. INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS. DAWN OF THE DEAD. Even the bad ones, like ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES, were still great in their own right. The decade also saw an exponential increase in telefilms that often served as their own subgenre of domestic diet-horror. The following are some especially sweet spots, of both big screens and small, to add to your to-watch queue.

Did you watch that recent Spanish film VERONICA on Netflix, about the Catholic schoolgirl who fools around with a Ouija board and opens herself up to demonic shenanigans? Did you like that? Would you like to see a 'roided-out grindhouse version of that plot with a little bit of a HEAVENLY CREATURES friendship dynamic thrown in? Are you down with a whole lotta THE DEVILS-style sacrilege and defliled religious iconography?

Have I got the movie for you.
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The TV movie gets a bad rap as overindulgent melodramatic cheese, but on occasion, there are diamonds in the rough. Walter Grauman's ARE YOU IN THE HOUSE ALONE? is one of those gems, itself an adaptation of Richard Peck's 1976 novel in which a teenage girl is tormented by an increasingly aggressive stalker. It's tone and plot is not a far cry from WHEN A STRANGER CALLS, so the movie serves as a great "If you like this, then you'll like..." segue from thriller to straight horror. The film is such a textbook example of the telefilm-as-genre-gateway that it serves as the centerpiece to Amanda Reyes' fantastic book Are You In The House Alone? A TV Movie Compendium 1964-1999. Bonus points for a young creepy Dennis Quaid.
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Let's keep the made-for-tv film train rolling along with Robert Day's supernatural horror film, written by none other than Tom Holland (and co-writer Carol Saraceno). In a nutshell, a reserved young woman pledges a sorority and discovers that she has CARRIE-lite psychic powers. A coupld of women at Phi Epsilon Delta house are rather unkind toward the titular Sarah, and they pay. They all must pay. THE INITIATION OF SARAH really wants to be a De Palma film and never gets beyond corny imitation, but it's a fun ride, nonetheless.
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THE TOOLBOX MURDERS is one of the grittiest grindhouse joints, filmed on the lowest of budgets, that raised the highest ire of right-wing moral crusaders back in the day. Despite being a decent proto-slasher flick that didn't make much of a splash at its '78 release, the film's most notorious scene (a woman gets naked, masturbates in the bathtub, and gets chased around by a killer wearing a ski mask before she takes a nail gun to the head) had so many academics and evangelical moms clutching their pearls that a furor ensued. The film, they cried, would inspire the youth of western society to go on killing sprees with toolboxes in tow! Won't someone think of the children?! For a brief shining moment in the mid 80s, it graced the Video Nasties list of banned films in the UK before its acquittal in court. So, if you're the kind of rebel who enjoys consuming previously banned art (and I'm using the word "art" loosely in this case), THE TOOLBOX MURDERS is up your alley.
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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Underrated '78 - Cathie Horlick-Wilson

Cathie (Cahcat on Twitter) is a personal friend of mine and She is a dedicated movie watcher and a DARKMAN fantatic. Her love of movies knows no bounds. Do yourself a favor and go check out her lovely blog:

Most of these movies I grew up watching, thanks to cable TV, and they struck a chord with me at my young impressionable age. Then there’s a few here that I managed to catch on a big screen for the first time thanks to revival theaters around town and that’s how I got this list. All of these are favorites for one reason or another, even if I haven’t seen them in a while, the things I love about them won’t change.

AMERICAN HOT WAX - A biopic of Alan Freed, as played by Tim McIntire, the radio disc jockey in the heyday of rock and roll, also featuring some by the performers themselves; Jerry Lee Lewis, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and Chuck Berry. There’s a fun cast with Jay Leno, Fran Drescher and Laraine Newman. It takes a look at the rise of the music scene and it’s said that Freed is the one who called it “Rock and Roll”. This is mostly from Freed’s take on the industry and of course some of the drama that came with it and the pay for airplay troubles. Apparently the movie didn’t so well when it came out, but the music was considered great. This was a movie my Dad loved, for the music and it got me watching. It’s a rockin’ look at the 50’s. It’s fun watching the journey of music through the performers and those it inspired. It’s also about being a fan and one key moment of fandom is the young kid who is the head of the Buddy Holly fanclub dealing with Holly’s death. Long Live Rock and Roll. A little tidbit of trivia, a few years before this movie Tim McIntire voiced the dog Blood in A BOY AND HIS DOG.
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GOIN’ SOUTH - This movie I saw on cable as a kid, it was quirky and a little wacky to me, and it has John Belushi. It’s a Western directed by Jack Nicholson, who also stars as Henry, an outlaw sentenced to be hanged, unless a woman wants to marry him and be responsible for his good behavior. Mary Steenburgen, in her first role film role, is Julia who decides to marry Henry as she’s in need of some free labor for the mine underneath her property. Henry and Julia do some gold prospecting, and it’s one of those uneasy relationships with more than a few complications. Henry’s old gang wants to know what’s up, and John Belushi is one of those guys. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen it, but I just remember finding it funny.
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HOT LEAD AND COLD FEET - Another Western made my list! I was lucky to see this on a big screen at a kiddie matinee a few years ago. It’s a fun comedy that gives top billing to Don Knotts, but it’s really a film of Jim Dale who has three different roles in the film. Jim Dale is Eli Bloodshy, Wild Billy Bloodshy, and Jasper Bloodshy, playing a father and his two sons, one a real goodie goodie, and the other a bad guy outlaw type. The father pits his sons against each other in a race to save a little town. It is a super cute Disney film! The best comedy relief bits came from Don Knotts as Sheriff Denver Kid who is having a series of duals with Jack Elam who is Rattlesnake. Sometimes you need a little bit of wholesome family fun and this film delivers.
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I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND - Ok, first I’m not a BEATLES fan, I just feel like I should let that be known. But I really do love this movie about a group of girls who do LOVE the BEATLES and they go off on a BEATLMANIA adventure to be a part of their appearance on Ed Sullivan. What a time that is being captured as written by Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis and it was Zemeckis making his directorial debut. It’s wild, zany as the girls antics get them near THE BEATLES. Nancy Allen is Pam and she has this amazing moment when she find herself trapped in THE BEATLES hotel room! Then there’s the adorable and spunky Rosie played by Wendi Jo Sperber who’s doing all she can to get into the show. This is just a special and fun movie, capturing the spirit of fandom and obsession. If you’re ever down, this is a movie to watch, because it is sure to cheer you up!
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PARADISE ALLEY - I have a thing for wrestling so that’s a reason this weird little movie is one of my favorites. Sylvester Stallone wrote, directed and starred in this one. It’s about three brothers in the 40’s trying to get by in their neighborhood. Stallone is middle brother Cosmo, the dreamer with big plans that border on being a hood. There’s Armand Assante as Lenny, the eldest, who’s a war hero vet with a solid profession and lastly Victor the big loveable lug as played by Lee Canalito and he’s the wrestler to be who will be known as Kid Salami. As Cosmo and Victor work on managing Kid Salami, the brother dynamic is challenged; are they looking out for each other or taking advantage of Victor’s abilities? The cast is fun and has Anne Archer as a love interest. There’s slimy Joe Spinell as Burp who brings in Frankie the Thumper, played by Terry Funk (yup, that wrestler!) to take on Kid Salami. It all culminates to a big match, and there’s a lot of heart to this tale.
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REMEMBER MY NAME - What a movie, the most serious movie on my list. I first saw it on a big screen back in 2010 and it really hooked me. Geraldine Chaplin is Emily and she has an unhealthy obsession with her ex husband Neil, as played by Anthony Perkins. Emily comes into town and is ready and willing to do anything to get Neil back even though he’s with someone new. It’s mesmerizing watching Emily as she’s causing havoc taking things too far and yet sometimes you’re feeling for her through the struggle. Also sorry if it’s a spoiler but don’t trust Emily with a pencil! That’s one thing I’ll never forget.

THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY - Dancing, Dancing, Dancing! T.G.I.F. is about dancing most of all, and it is on a Friday night when a cast of characters unite at the nightclub ZOO hitting the dance floor, looking for love, a chance to dance, sing and be who they are meant to be. Donna Summer gets a chance to sing LAST DANCE! The Commodores are going to sing for the big dance contest. Jeff Goldblum is the club owner who’s looking to take home a lady that his DJ thinks he can’t bed. But my favorite is Marv Gomez, the Leatherman as played by Chick Vennera. He’s a dancer who gets a great dance number! All these characters and more cross paths and have one hell of a night. It’s a little silly and high on disco but I’m a fan from beginning to end. Dancing, Dancing, Dancing!
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SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND - So yeah my first real introduction to THE BEATLES, besides listening to their hits on K-EARTH 101 when all they played was golden oldies, was this movie here. And yes, that makes me more of a Bee Gee’s fan when you think about it. This ridiculous movie takes us on ride of songs and dance and awesome star studded cast like George Burns. How can you not have a good time with Steve Martin singing Maxwell’s Silver Hammer or Billy Preston’s take on Get Back? Well those are things that I latched on to. I watched this whenever it was on as a kid with my sister and nieces. Sure, I will admit to having a skewed view of the film, but I will never deny it as a favorite. I’ve even seen it on a big screen since those young days and I still feel the same about it now, admitting it’s not perfect and still singing along. Oh, and oh so long ago, when I bought the soundtrack at a Virgin Megastore, the guy at the register asked if I was sure I wanted this CD assuming I meant to buy THE BEATLES version and I assured him I damn well knew what I was buying! So remember love the movies you love and then pass it on!
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