The too-easy shorthand description of legendary exploitation filmmaker Larry Cohen is that he’s New York’s answer to Roger Corman. The two share an affinity for the weirder margins of storytelling, have made cult hits with enduring fame for a dime and possess a mighty work ethic that keeps them creating from morning till night, even today. But where they differ is in motivation. Where Corman wants to make money telling whichever story he foresees will be hot (and he’s been frequently right), Cohen approaches even his most outlandish pictures, like The Stuff (1985), from a personal angle. He infuses them with a message, some kind of moral that you might miss if you’re only paying attention to the killer yogurt. In that way, Cohen is less like Corman than he is a sort of cousin of horror filmmakers like John Carpenter or Wes Craven. As those directors have won greater critical consideration, Cohen finally gets his in Steve Mitchell’s King Cohen: The Wild … [Read more...] about King Cohen Makes the Case for the Artistry of an Exploitation Film Hero
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Humans tend to set their leaders and heroes apart, expecting them to be flawless rather than flawed.“The Mountaintop,” premiering Friday at the Omaha Community Playhouse, turns that inside out as it examines the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.Katori Hall’s script provoked a lot of talk among members of the theater’s play-selection committees, said Playhouse Artistic Director Kimberly Faith Hickman. Among other things, she said, they discussed what it means when a work of historical fiction takes a leader and examines his humanity, down to his smoking habit and the holes in his socks. “It really does humanize him in ways other plays do not,” she said. “It’s a very emotional play.”Hickman said it was important to Hall to create an unvarnished look at the man who was the faces of the civil rights movement. He got tired, he got cranky, and he wasn’t perfect.The play deals with how King juggled his work with being a husband … [Read more...] about 50 years after his death, MLK is subject of Playhouse show
By Martha Ross | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group April 20, 2018 at 11:51 pm When Vanessa Redgrave unleashed her tirade against “Zionist hoodlums” at the 1978 Academy Awards, she became one of the most notorious examples of how things can go horribly wrong when celebrities talk politics on Hollywood’s big night. var _ndnq = _ndnq || ; _ndnq.push([’embed’]); The “hoodlums” were Jewish groups who protested the acclaimed British actress for helping to make a pro-Palestinian documentary. Her belligerent, self-righteous rant didn’t go over well. After Redgrave left the stage, author and “Network” screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky came out and blasted Redgrave and other celebrities who think it’s OK to get political at the Academy Awards. He said, “I’m sick and tired of people exploiting the Academy Awards for the propagation of their own personal … [Read more...] about When Oscars speeches get political: the best, worst and most annoying in Academy Award history
It was 71 years ago this Sunday that Jackie Roosevelt Robinson ran out to first base on Opening Day of the 1947 baseball season and broke baseball's color barrier and did not just make baseball better in that moment, but made the country better. Robinson did this seven years before Brown vs. Board of Education, did this eight years before Rosa Parks refused the order of a white bus driver named James Blake to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus to another white man because all the seats in the whites-only section of that bus were already full. It was 18 years before the Selma to Montgomery marches of 1965, was more than two decades from when the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. would give his "I Have a Dream" speech. Jackie Robinson did not march that day in the borough of Brooklyn, in 1947. He just ran out to play a game of baseball. As soon as he did, it was baseball that was no longer a whites-only section of American life. Mets' owner Fred Wilpon was a Brooklyn kid when … [Read more...] about LUPICA: 71 years later, Jackie Robinson celebrated for making baseball — and the country — great
When I was younger, Martin Luther King Jr Day was like a preview for Black History Month. We were taught about King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, the March on Washington, and how he took his inspiration from Gandhi to pursue non-violent tactics towards Civil Disobedience. I was not taught that, in his time, King was seen as an extremist.American History tends to mythologize its heroes to the point where it becomes blurry as to what was the actual truth about the men, women, and movements that helped shape this country. Martin Luther King Jr. has been used as the equivalent of rolling a D20 (D&D reference there) in discussions about groups like Black Lives Matter, The Black Panthers, or other Civil Rights leaders like Malcolm X. During the election, I would see Bernie supporters complain that black people who were voting for Hilary over Bernie were “choosing a Goldwater girl over someone who marched with MLK!!” They complain that groups … [Read more...] about How Yesterday’s Enemies Become Today’s Heroes: Martin Luther King Jr.