miercuri, 21 aprilie 2021

RIP Monte Hellman

Two-Lane Blacktop, Cockfighter, Ride in the Whirlwind, The Shooting, China 9 Liberty 37...these are some of Monte Hellman films, cult classics today. The director died at age 91 on April 20 2021. He helped Quentin Tarantino produce his first feature, Reservoir Dogs. He started out as an editor for Roger Corman, whre he met Jack Nicholson whom he directed in his quirky anti-westerns The Shooting and Ride in the Whirlind and in the war movies shot in Phillipines Back Door to Hell and Flight to Fury.

I met him briefly after the screening of Two-Lane Blacktop in Cannes Claasics, I think it was in 2005. We took a picture together, it-s on my print screens somewhere. Last film in 2010, Road to Nowhere.

The Guardian here 

marți, 20 aprilie 2021

RIP Jim Steinman

The wizard composer of Meat Loaf hits and many more is gone at 73 on April 19 2021 :(                       Jim Steinman composed and produced Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell (1977) and his follow up, (1993) Streets of Fire the now cult movie of Walter Hill, Bonnie Tyler and many others hits (Sisters of Mercy, Todd Rundgren) and an opera, Tanz der Vampire. A sense of unique melody and style, he was a legendary success in pop and rocknroll genre, namely Wagnerian Rock.

tribute in Loudermouth here 

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from here

miercuri, 14 aprilie 2021

RIP Richard Rush

 “How tall is King Kong?”

(Eli Cross)

Richard Rush (1929-2021)

A regizat doar 12 filme - notamment efervescentul Psych-Out (1968), cultissimul Freebie and the Bean (1974) și inclasabilul The Stunt Man (1980). S-a retras în 1994, după eșecul The Color of Night. A murit pe 8 aprilie, la Los Angeles. Avea 91 de ani.
Textul lui Anfrei Cretulescu pe FB, cu care am iubit si apreciat impreuna a maxim  THE STUNT MAN si documentarul lui Rush de pe dvd-ul american, The Sinister Saga of Making The Stunt Man (2000).
tribut in Variety aici 


📷 Rush, Peter O’Toole și Steve Railsback, în timpul filmărilor pentru The Stunt Man - California, 1979.