Monday, March 23, 2009

Destructible Blog-a-thon.1.5 - Arbogast On Film - Black Sunday/La Maschera del demonio (Mario Bava, 1960)

Well, he's sure as Hecks gone and done it this time, alright! Never one to spit in the wind and get hit by it, our good friend Arbogast, who lives just a link-click away at ARBOGAST ON FILM, makes up for his cessation of posting comments here at DESTRUCTIBLE MAN and makes us feel loved again with his be-all-end-all examination of the totally batty dummy-death in Mario Bava's BLACK SUNDAY. This was written exclusively for our DESTRUCTIBLE BLOG-A-THON.1 and is quite an effort indeed!

By all means, flap your befurred airfoils over to Arbo's roost and fly headlong into into a uniquely Arbo-plectic elegy to the "Fat Bat" in cinema and then some! Post-haste!

Many thanks to the Fat Bat-tard in attendance for taking the time to think of his baby Brothers Maciste and making sure that we can all Arbo-gasmically take the dumm out of dummies!


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It seems like we've been spending more time over at our friend Chris Poggiali's den of delinquency, TEMPLE OF SCHLOCK, than here at our own DESTRUCTIBLE MAN lately... but when Chris asked us to contribute to his week-long tribute to Jerry Lewis in honor of his 83rd Birthday we just couldn't say no! So please hop on over to the Temple and pay your regards. Tell Chris that Howard and Kevin sent you!

Aaaaaaaaaand, while you're there -- take a good long gander at our assessment of Jerry's 10 minute contribution to the French, UNICEF sponsored, omnibus COMMENT VONT LES ENFANTS (HOW ARE THE KIDS) from 1993 entitled BOY and his last feature-length bona-fide masterpiece, THE BIG MOUTH (1967).

The entire short of BOY is up on our review, as well as in our YouTube collection -- so have a blast -- it was Jerry's last official directing credit (he also penned the piece as well).

Not much has been written about BOY or THE BIG MOUTH -- perhaps most people find it too arduous and daunting a task. Not a problem for us Flying Macistes!

is an especially rich and influential black comedy -- typically condescended to or outright reviled in print -- usually ridiculed and dismissed in casual conversation. Let's end all that right here...

Jerry Lewis really was a brilliant filmmaker -- not all the time -- his last few (ONE MORE TIME, WHICH WAY TO THE FRONT?, HARDLY WORKING, SMORGASBORD aka CRACKING UP) weren't as complex as his output from 1960 to 1967 -- you can't hit home runs ALL the time! But there are always many comic or just plain ol' cinematic treats to savor in every Lewis film. The point is, we give THE BIG MOUTH our best defense.

It's about time you did yourself a big favor -- please drop your "so bad it's good" or "so bad it's bad" preconceptions, if you have any -- cozy up to THE BIG MOUTH and take a peek at what smart, personal films looked like from way back in the day when you weren't supposed to notice.

Whadda ya say, hmmmmmn?

Enjoy! And, as always,

The Management

Click here to read our analysis of BOY at TEMPLE OF SCHLOCK.
Click here to read our analysis of THE BIG MOUTH at TEMPLE OF SCHLOCK.

post © Howard S. Berger & Kevin Marr

Friday, March 13, 2009

Destructible Blog-a-thon.1.4 - Temple Of Schlock - Race With The Devil (Jack Starrett, 1975)

The devil made them do it...

Here we go again, this time Chris Poggiali (practising Macistite and the little devil in charge of that internet exploitation inferno called TEMPLE OF SCHLOCK) and Robert Plante (no -- we're not going to say it) have come up with a touching contribution to our DESTRUCTIBLE BLOG-A-THON.1 from Jack Starrett's classic '70's car crash/horror hybrid, RACE WITH THE DEVIL.

Not only is there a cute, cuddly doggie DD lovingly tributed, but the diabolical duo has also summoned an additional human AND -- hold onto your talismans -- CAR dummy death for good measure! Three for the price of one! Now THAT'S what The Flying Maciste Brothers call a spirited contribution (and one helluva not-yet-finished-but-one-day-to-be-published book plug)!!!

All hail Chris and Robert!
So mote it be!

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post © Howard S. Berger & Kevin Marr

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Destructible Blog-a-thon.1.3 - 3B Theater: Micro-Brewed Reviews - Jaws: The Revenge (Joseph Sargent, 1987)

Three's the charm...

Arriving #3 at the gate in this month's DESTRUCTIBLE BLOG-A-THON.1 is that arbiter of fine cinematic lager, The Beerman (who, we can assume is the nom-de-plume of film swiller Chad Plambeck) who is permanent bartender over at 3B Theater: Micro-Brewed Reviews.

The Beerman was certainly up to the taste-test and he delivers a full-bodied deep-blue ale with a thick, foamy red head on it, courtesy of the movie that Michael Caine found more important to stay on location for and keep filming rather than accept his Best Supporting Actor Academy Award in person.

Prost, Beerman! You can serve here at DESTRUCTIBLE MAN any time -- we NEVER close!

Click to view post at 3B Theater: Micro-Brewed Reviews!

post © Howard S. Berger & Kevin Marr

Destructible Blog-a-thon.1.2 - Cinebeats - A Lizard In A Woman's Skin/Una lucertola con la pelle di donna (Lucio Fulci, 1971)

The whimper of flayed dogs...

As we would expect nothing less from the irrepressible Kimberly Lindbergs over at our cinemaretro-home-away-from-home, Cinebeats -- an extraordinary look at one of the most profoundly shocking manichino animale morti ever committed to film -- a seminal moment from maestro Lucio Fulci's LIZARD IN A WOMAN'S SKIN and the second external entry in our DESTRUCTIBLE BLOG-A-THON.1!

Kimberly definitely understands what we're all about here at DESTRUCTIBLE MAN and we applaud her acknowlegment of Fulci's use of Freudian dream theory in the sequence.

Both Flying Maciste Brothers knew Lucio in the final year of his life and we dare say that this post would surely have brought a joyful tear to his eye.

For this spirited entry and one of the most persuasive educational portals to our recent cinematic past, we warmly welcome Kimberly into Destructible Man-hood and proclaim her the very first Mighty Maciste Sister!

Ottimo lavoro, il nostro geniale amico! Molte grazie!

Click to view post at Cinebeats!

post © Howard S. Berger & Kevin Marr

Destructible Blog-a-thon.1.1 - Rancid Popcorn - Tarzan And His Mate (Cedric Gibbons, Jack Conway, James C. McKay. 1934)

First to fight!

Hats off to Darrell Bratz over at Rancid Popcorn for being a fast first responder to our DESTRUCTIBLE-BLOG-A-THON.1!

Not only has Darrell found it in his heart to share (and hilariously so) three, count 'em -- three, worthy animal DDs from three diversely different motion pictures -- TARZAN AND HIS MATE (1934), BATMAN (1966) and THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938) -- he has also inadvertently dropped in our laps a veritable cornucopia of prostheticide!

First off -- let us augment/preface his post with a clip of the sequence under discussion -- a magnificent synchronized swimming exercise with Johnny Weissmüller and friend:

Now that we've got the engine running, let's continue to look under the hood of TARZAN AND HIS MATE -- and behold! -- it is not long before we stand face to face with an equally impressive animal dummy-death! -- this time a proud queen of the jungle:

As if this were too much for our innocent minds to bear, we are treated to a very big cherry on top of an already very big dummy-death cake with this next sequence:

Simply surreal! So let's give a barrage of Tarzan yells for Darrell as we thank him for a fantastic post and a fantastic blog! Swing back any time, Darrell -- you're always welcome in our tree house!

Click to view post at Rancid Popcorn!
post © Howard S. Berger & Kevin Marr

Saturday, March 7, 2009

The Long Kiss Goodnight (Renny Harlin, 1996)

Reindeer games.

Renny Harlin is Santa.

We’re convinced of it. After decades of giving us such wonderful presents as:

PRISON (1988) --



DEEP BLUE SEA (1999) --

and MINDHUNTERS (2004) --

-- well, honestly... There you have it. The proof is in the plum pudding.

These films are the Tonka Toys of Hollywood -- durable and tough -- hours of frolicsome fun you can never grow out of.

An ambrosial, generous trove -- but let's not forget to unwrap THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT!

Harlin delivers a one-horse open sleigh-full of deceptions, transformations and substitutions --

-- but the greatest gift under this bloody cinematic Christmas tree would have been a mere stocking-stuffer in anyone else’s toyshop -- but Harlin is a Finnish ex-pat and the Finnish take their gift giving verrrrrry seriously.

So let’s pull up a chair with jolly old Renny Claus, hoist high a hearty grog of frosty milk, slam down a couple of cookies and unwrap this gift of gifts together...


Kiitos Joulupukki!

This post is part of the DESTRUCTIBLE BLOG-A-THON.1.

post © Howard S. Berger & Kevin Marr