I’m Rubber, You’re Glue: The True Story of an 80’s Monster Maker – Book Review

I’m Rubber, You’re Glue: The True Story of an 80’s Monster Maker – Book Review

A fun and laid back memoir about a Regular Joe special effects artist trying to get a leg up in the industry, I’M RUBBER AND YOU’RE GLUE reads more like a casual diary then a tell-all memoir. Shannon Shea is an effects artist that has worked on some of the biggest films ever: PREDATOR, EVIL DEAD 2, THE MONSTER SQUAD, but I had never heard of him before I picked the book up. It became fairly obvious why as I got deeper into his story: Shannon is not a super-star designer like…

ICC #62 – The Best Film Books Ever (According to Us)

ICC #62 – The Best Film Books Ever (According to Us)

Justin and Will talk about the best film books ever. Get your notepad out. There will be a quiz. Plus, The Important Cinema Club has a PATREON. You can join online for five dollars a month and get a brand new exclusive episode every week! JOIN THE PATREON HERE: www.patreon.com/theimportantcinemaclub   THE IMPORTANT CINEMA CLUB SYLLABUS BOOKS THAT SHAPED US Asian Cult Cinema by Thomas Weisser Cult Flicks & Trash Picks by Videohound Golden Turkey Awards Harry Medved and Michael Medved The Psychotronic Video Guide by Michael J. Weldon Rebel…

The Curse of Sleeping Beauty – She Ain’t Pretty, She Just Looks That Way.

The Curse of Sleeping Beauty – She Ain’t Pretty, She Just Looks That Way.

I decided to watch “The Curse of Sleeping Beauty” solely based on the cover, which has never really been a good way to pick entertaining films. I knew nothing else about this film going in, but learned in the opening credits it was based on a graphic novel… or a drawing on a napkin. Either way, it has been adapted from something else… Anyway, “The Curse of Sleeping Beauty” actually managed to impress me on the costumes and sets front. At times, they were over the top, but kudos to…

Canada’s Rip-Off (1971)

Canada’s Rip-Off (1971)

Rip-Off is the lighthearted tale of a bunch of Toronto teens struggling with the reality of finishing high school. They pull pranks, they play in a band and they chase girls as they try to come to terms with the existential angst of the future. It’s like a high minded PORKY’S that… Wait a minute. This film came out in 1971? That’s a full nine years before PORKY’S. You could say that RIP-OFF is indebted to the British sex comedies of the late 60’s, but there’s a a real sincere…

ICC #61 – Mike Leigh Won’t Put Up With Your Shit

ICC #61 – Mike Leigh Won’t Put Up With Your Shit

Justin and Will talk the cinema of British director Mike Leigh with a focus on his films SECRETS AND LIES (1996) and NAKED (1993). The Important Cinema Club has a PATREON and for five dollars a month you can get a brand new exclusive episode every week: WWW.PATREON.COM/THEIMPORTANTCINEMACLUB    

Son of Kong (1933)

Son of Kong (1933)

How do you follow up one most monumental pieces of entertainment in human history? You make a quickie seventy minute sequel and release it nine months later. Son of Kong has been forgotten to the sands of time. Its a footnote, slapped with a “It’s kind of fun” sticker, and stored up on the dusty shelf. It’s got the same going-to-the island plot, the same forty minute wind up (with a much smaller pay-off) and the same basic monster mash structure to wrap it up. I’m not going to jump…

Ator, The Fighting Eagle – Conan The “PG” Barbarian.

Ator, The Fighting Eagle – Conan The “PG” Barbarian.

Oh, Ator, I have a special place in my heart for you. I remember watching the “Cave Dwellers” episode of MST3K and loving the weird, hilarious, and bizarre world of Ator. At the beginning of “Cave Dwellers” there is an extremely long flashback of Ator’s other exploits, and at the time, I honestly assumed they didn’t come from an actual different film, but where just made for “Cave Dwellers.” Then, as I grew up from being a wee lad, into the hulking movie watching marauder I am today, I learned…

ICC #60 – That’s Brucesploitation! Starring The Real Bruce Lee

ICC #60 – That’s Brucesploitation! Starring The Real Bruce Lee

BRUCESPLOITATION refers to the practice on the part of filmmakers hiring Bruce Lee look-alike actors (“Lee-alikes”) to star in many imitation martial arts films in order to cash in on Lee’s success after his death. Justin and Will discuss Bruce Lee, Bruce Le, Bruce Li, Dragon Lee, Bruce Thai, Bruce Lai, Bruce Leung and all the other great Bruce rip-offs that have graced the silver screen.

Knights (1993)

Knights (1993)

Is this going to be Good Pyun or Bad Pyun? It’s a question I ask myself every time I watch one of the films of writer/director Albert Pyun. The man worked furiously in the 90’s to deliver all kinds of VHS ready entertainment, but you never know if you’re going to get him firing at all cylinders (NEMESIS, RADIOACTIVE DREAM, BRAIN SMASHER: A LOVE STORY) or witness a film that’s  hanging together by a thread (NEMESIS 2-3-4, VICIOUS LIPS). I had read ages ago that KNIGHTS was a piece of…

Blood Punch – Fruity Looper

Blood Punch – Fruity Looper

I admit that I can be a negative person when it comes to a lot of low-budget films. Which is a bit odd since some of my favourite films fit into the low budget “so bad it’s good” class. Still, when I watch a film with a smaller budget and big ambitions for some reason my negativity comes out. Not because I think they are all inherently terrible but because they try to go too far past their limitations. Even though I am all for films breaking through boundaries, there…