SAM & DAN!!!

Needless to say, the sound of me going “SQUEEEEE!” is deafening after having listened to the latest Arrow Video podcast and hearing the kind words of its hosts, Sam Ashurst and Dan Martin.

Big thanks to them for their recommendations for a London visit. As it happens, I do regularly check The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies website for lectures going on while I’m in town and, once again, I’m not in town for its April lecture, “A Restoration of ‘Nosferatu.'” (Boo.) Equally depressing is the number of times I’ve probably walked past the Picturehouse Central and never even realized it was a multiplex. (Boo again.) I’m going to chalk that up to being too focused on walking to Gosh Comics, Fopp‘s Covent Garden location, or a screening at the Curzon Soho. I’ll do my best to correct that oversight on my next visit!

Thanks once again to Sam and Dan and keep up the good work! And you can be sure that if Dan sends me his fake Criterion cover to Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England (2013) – a great Drafthouse Films release – you’ll see it here on MMC! Cheers!

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My Podcasting Debut!

PrintBig thanks to the great Doug McCambridge for having me on his new Plain Cast podcast to discuss spine #3 in the excellent South Korean boutique label Plain Archive. There, we discuss Yeon Sang-ho’s The King of Pigs (2011) and its harrowing treatment of middle school bullying (spoilers abound!). In addition, Doug has episodes discussing Lars von Trier’s Melancholia (2011) with Emily Mackay of Movies & Mayhem and Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler (2008) with Cole Roulain of The Magic Lantern podcast, should you be interested in some better known titles.

king-of-pigs-olive-films(One note on the podcast – should our discussion pique your interest, we should note that in the time since our recording this episode, Olive Films has released The King of Pigs for the North American market, along with the director’s follow-up The Fake.)

While we’re at it, let’s plug Doug’s other excellent podcast Good Times Great Movies where he and Jamie Lorello tour through the preeminent films of the ’80s! I recently had the chance to listen to their very entertaining discussion of Chopping Mall (Jim Wynorski, 1986), a film about deadly Roombas intent on killing a group of horny teenagers trapped in a shopping mall and, as Jamie notes, features no chopping.

If You Like Film Theory and Steak and Kidney Pie …

Kill Bill PostersGreat news, everyone! I’ll be speaking at The Fifth Annual London Film & Media Conference (July 7-9) about Quentin Tarantino, music, and revenge. The draft conference schedule presents a truly international affair with a wide variety of topics discussed by scholars from around the world. I’m already looking forward to papers on tourism promotional videos, cancelled television series, poliziottescoThe Knick and Penny Dreadful, African cinema, and DIY culture.

Big thanks to the organizers for letting lil’ ole me slip in there somehow! See you there!

Shameless Self-Promotion

Kill Bill PostersI’m pleased to announced that my list of 24 Great Revenge Movies Referenced in ‘Kill Bill’ is live at Taste of Cinema.  Why not head over there, check it out, and browse around a lot of other great movie lists?

Big thanks to Taste of Cinema for letting me contribute to the site and for their patience while the list was prepared!  They did a great job putting the post together and selected some fantastic images from each of the films.  Plus, it was an excellent excuse to revisit a number of these movies.

Why not contribute a list yourself?  Head on over and find out how!