Obnoxious, But Unpretentious Self-Promotion Department:
Kimberly Lindbergs, who runs the popular retro movie site Cinebeats, gives an in-depth rave review for issue #16 of Cinema Retro...click here to read what you've been missing- and check out the articles on the Cinebeat blog. It's loaded with great essays about the films our readers care most about.
Joe Johnston, who is riding high as the director of The Wolfman, is set to bring the Marvel Comics icon Captain America to the big screen. Refreshingly, Johnston seems intent to keep at least part of the story in the WWII era in which the character first appeared - and plans to include an appearance by his Nazi nemesis The Red Skull. Click here for more details on the project. By the way, it's time for a re-evaluation of Johnston's wonderful, under-rated 1991 Disney superhero flick The Rocketeer, which was also set in WWII. The film featured a great character and terrific turns by Bill Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin and Timothy Dalton, who is particularly impressive as an evil version of Errol Flynn. If you haven't seen it, check it out.
Ever wonder whatever became of the kids who starred with Gene Wilder in the 1971 classic Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory? Okay, maybe you never did wonder what happened to them, but CNN can fill you in on what they've been doing in the ensuing years. Click here to find out.
Cinema Retro has received the following press release from The British Film Institute:
On 15 February, the BFI releases Kent Mackenzie’s 1961 film The
Exiles. Deeply affecting and utterly convincing, this remarkable film
chronicles one night in the lives of a group of young American Indians living in
the Bunker Hill district of Los Angeles.
Based entirely on interviews with the participants and their friends, the
film follows this group of exiles – transplants from Southwest reservations – as
they flirt, drink, party, fight, and dance. With its vivid, high-contrast black
and white photography and soundtrack by The Revels, Kent Mackenzie’s gritty,
no-frills depiction of this marginalised Los Angeles community draws comparisons
to John Cassavetes, Charles Burnett and Vittorio De Seta.
Finally made available on DVD in the UK for the first time, it’s packed
with extras including a feature commentary and short films.