R.I.P. – Herschell Gordon Lewis, cult director

In light of the recent passing of legendary exploitation director Herschell Gordon Lewis, I found a profile/interview I wrote circa 2009-2010 that was featured in the final issue of the UK e-zine, Pantechnicon.

Thanks for all the gore and gags, Mr. Lewis!

The article starts on page 62.

 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9oCWBEs0S7OMmVhMjRjNzAtYmM5OS00YTk5LTg3OTgtMTM4NTY5ZjQ0NWVj/view?ddrp=1&hl=en_GB&pli=1#

Vault of the Cult – Starcrash

A review of the Roger Corman-produced Star Wars knock-off, Starcrash, directed by Luigi Cozzi (Alien Contamination) and starring Caroline Munro (The Spy Who Loved Me), Marjoe Gortner (The Food of the Gods), David Hasselhoff (Knight Rider), Christopher Plummer (The Sound of Music), and Joe Spinell (The Godfather).

 

New home on Vimeo!

Hi, folks!  Mackenzie here with an update.  In case you haven’t heard there has been a lot of shenanigans going on at YouTube over the past few days regarding demonetization and “advertiser friendly” content.

 

Here is a good crash course from Ill Will Press on the matter:

 

With this coming to light and the lack of protection YouTube offers from DMCAs, I have decided to take my content elsewhere.  After some research, I have found Vimeo to be my new home for uploading content.

 

Click on the link below to my Vimeo page:

https://vimeo.com/vaultcult

 

Thanks to all of you for your support of my content and I promise some serious upgrades coming up.  I also have a set schedule for uploading content.

 

Tuesdays: Vault of the Cult

Fridays: Vault Gaming

 

Reviews of contemporary movie releases will be sporadic as usual.

 

Thank you again!

 

-M

Featured Image courtesy of ReviewTech USA

 

Jason Bourne (2016)

I recently had the opportunity of viewing Jason Bourne, the latest installment of the Bourne film series.  After the lackluster attempt at a continuation without Matt Damon, Damon is back along with director Paul Greengrass.  I’m going to share what worked and what didn’t work.

 

First, what proved effective?

 

The cast overall featured some great acting talent.  Damon takes the Bourne role and really shows he’s been punished by guilt that he doesn’t fully comprehend.  The character has been through hell, and he makes it show in his performance.

 

Vincent Cassell is a great antagonist for Bourne.  His particular narrative arc proves to be very twisty.  You feel about him one way, but that will change by the end of the film.  Really liked Cassell before Jason Bourne, and my opinion of him as an actor has only become more positive.

 

Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler) is the young social media mogul, Aaron Kalloor.  Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) really stands out and holds her own against the veteran co-stars.  Overall, a great cast of actors.

 

The stunt work in the film is strong.  Between the choreographed fights, the foot chases, and the car chases, there are great set pieces that deliver in satisfying fashion akin to the previous films.

Now, what didn’t work?

 

Julia Stiles felt like a waste to bring her back.  I understand bringing her back due to her presence in the past films, but she doesn’t offer much that couldn’t have executed with a new character, a more disposable character.

 

Tommy Lee Jones is essentially a repeat of the Brian Cox character.  He has a dirty secret that is threatened by Bourne.  We’ve seen this before, and it is stale after four movies of this McGuffin.

 

The cinematography by Barry Ackroyd and editing by Christopher Rouse make for dizzying sequences.  I’m all for style and kinetic filmmaking, but these were way too much for me.  I had some nausea spells with their contributions.

 

The music score by David Buckley and John Powell wasn’t memorable.

 

Conclusion:

 

I half recommend it.  It’s worth a matinee showing or spending a gift card.  This is not a full price movie.