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Horrible Imaginings Podcast #166: Long Live the King, The Legacy of King Kong

Happy New Year, everyone! I have a thrilling episode for you tonight! You won't believe it but is believing! He was a KING in his world, but here he is just a captive--KONG, the 8th wonder of the world! Yes, this episode is all about one of cinema's most innovative and grandest achievements. None other than King Kong himself! And who better to join us in the Kong part than artist, producer, actor, and director Frank Dietz, who is the co-director of a brand new documentary all about everyone's favorite giant ape called Long Live the King! Also joining us in this episode is Cinema Junkie Podcast's Beth Accomando, who is also my programming partner in San Diego for an organization called The Film Geeks, where we highlight, program, and introduce unique, transgressive, or bizarre films that otherwise would not get a proper screening in our unfair city. We are doing TWO different full-year series in 2017, one of which is at The Museum of Photographic Arts and will start on Friday the 13th of this month--a double feature of Frank's documentary and the original 1933 classic King Kong! I can't wait! Get your tickets here! In this episode, we discuss the factors that make the original King Kong such an important piece of cinematic history, take a look at the many imitations and remakes that have followed in its wake, and discuss some of the key elements of the documentary Long Live the King and what it adds to the conversation. Enjoy this episode--it's one of my faves! Follow Beth on Twitter @cinebeth and Frank @theFrankDietz! Also, you should definitely check out the podcast Damn Dirty Geeks!

Artwork by Frank Dietz himself!

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May 5, 2016 Posted by admin in General

#154: Exploring the Hidden Gems of the TCM Classic Film Festival with Will McKinley

tcmff class pictureOnce again, it is that time of the year where we focus on classic film in honor of the TCM Classic Film Festival, which has been hitting Hollywood, California in a big way every Spring since 2010. (Incidentally, I'm proud to say that our own Horrible Imaginings Film Festival shares its birth year with TCM Classic Film Festival--what amazing company!) As a film fanatic with a keen interest in film history, the TCM Classic Film Festival is an almost religious experience, and every year I decide to give the pure horror aspects of the podcast a break in favor of reflecting on the unique experiences afforded at this festival. The beautiful thing is that the programming there is so varied that I do always get to praise some of their obscure or cult film choices.


And speaking of obscure choices, that is what I decided my main focus would be--the hidden gems of the TCM Classic Film Festival, particularly the "Discovery" films and the little-known films that get shown in the smallest of the venues at the festival: the Chinese multiplex's House Four. Many of us at the festival call House Four our regular home, and I got another House Four regular to discuss this year's festival with me. He has been on the podcast many times, and he probably needs no introduction for many of you. His blog Cinematically Insane is a staple for #OldMovieWeirdos everywhere--I speak of course of Will McKinley. Together we discuss:

1. The role that traditional 35mm film formats play at the festival, and the role we would like it to keep playing
2. What is House Four, and what kinds of films show there
3. What are the "Discovery" films?
4. What films had the greatest impact on us
5. Why choose obscure films
6. The challenges and brilliance of creating the TCMFF program
7. The differences between preservation and restoration
8. What makes a good restoration
9. Film love vs. Film snobbery
10. What some people misunderstand about TCM, and how we set them straight
11. The Vitaphone 90th Anniversary presentation
12. The midnight movies (Roar and Gog in 3D with a new restoration)
13. What kinds of movies we hope to see in the future
14. The new TCM Backlot Fan Club

So much great content in this episode. I am extremely proud of it, but really how could we not have so much to talk about after TCM put on such a memorable event? Again? As an added bonus, here are pictures of the amazing projector rig especially built to project a rare 16mm print of a Taiwanese martial arts film during the San Diego Asian Film Fest's Spring Showcase, as discussed in the episode:

16mm rig

Also, as promised in the episode, here is the Vitaphone short of Shaw and Lee's Vaudeville act "The Beau Brummels." Hilarious!

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#131: TCM Classic Film Festival 2015 Wrap Up!

I am feeling a little like Clint Eastwood in the Good, the Bad, and The Ugly after Eli Wallach has dragged him through the desert, only, instead of being sleep and food deprived from that ordeal I feel exhausted from the sheer rapture that was the 2015 Turner Classic Movies Film Festival. Just as with last year's wonderful event, I have a podcast wrap up here for you. Don't forget, though, to check out my other TCMFF-inspired episodes that just went online. One is about the 1940 scifi classic Dr. Cyclops and the other is a look at race representation in film using pre-code films as a social benchmark. That last one is part of the Pre-Code Blogathon that is being put on by Shadows and Satin, as well as

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And now for what you'll find in episode 131! I got a small collection of memories from a number of my #TCMParty fans. You can learn more about that group in the episode, but the people you will hear from include:



@NitrateDiva (follow her blog)





Click on the links to follow them on Twitter. They are all great! At the same party, I was joined by @WillMcKinley to discuss his various thoughts about the 2015 festival. Will has several unique perspectives that are worth listening to. Follow him too, and do yourself a favor and read his blog Cinematically Insane.

The last part of the episode is a discussion I have with KPBS Arts and Culture reporter Beth Accomando, @Cinebeth on Twitter, who writes the Cinema Junkie blog, as well as our friend Bill about the films we watched. It is our personal wrap-up that we do in the car on the sad drive from Hollywood to San Diego. My hope is that you will use our conversation to discover some classic films. They may be old, but if you haven't seen them before they are new! Keep listening to the show--more classic film goodness to come!


#129: TCM Film Fest Pre-Game: Schlockfest and 1940s Dr. Cyclops!

Good evening listeners! In this episode I discuss the underrated 1940 gem Dr. Cyclops, directed by the man who gave us King Kong!

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It is passed 1:00 am on the day before I leave for TCM Film Festival. Earlier tonight, I played Dr. Cyclops to a crowd of people at my Schlockfest at the San Diego Central Library. I was asked about podcasts discussing the films I choose to program. I guess I took the question seriously! Instead of getting rest, here I am! I hope you enjoy this short little episode! Stay tuned for more episodes about classic films coming up! I am covering the TCM Classic Film Festival again this year, and the next episode will focus specifically on films of the pre-code era! So much goodness! Until next time! 


Reminder! Horrible Imaginings Director Miguel Rodriguez On TCM Tomorrow!

Set your TVs to TCM Tomorrow for the First Fan Favorites Programming!

Hello everyone! Just a reminder to tune into the only television channel that really matters--Turner Classic Movies--tomorrow starting at 12:30pm EST/ 9:30pm PST for the first ever Fan Favorites programming block. TCM, ever the gracious and fan friendly network, is experimenting with allowing fans to program films, complete with interviews on the air with host Ben Mankiewicz! San Diego Horror film festival director Miguel Rodriguez is one of the people handpicked to participate!


The requested theme was the holiday season, so Miguel chose the scifi horror "The Thing from Another World!" Joining him in the Fan Favorites programming block are fellow TCM Party members Aurora Bugallo, Paula Guthat, and Joel Williams. Aurora's Choice, the musical "Meet Me in St. Louis" will air first at 12:30/9:30 PST with her introduction, Paula's selection Bob Hope comedy "The Lemon Drop Kid" will air at 2:30/11:30 PST, followed by Miguel's appearance with "The Thing From Another World" at 4:15/1:15pm PST, and it will all wrap with Joel Williams and his pick, the western "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" at 6/3pm PST!  

If you are wondering why Miguel picked "The Thing from Another World," tune in to TCM to hear his conversation with Mr. Mankiewicz! You are urged to join the gang on Twitter, where each person will host a special tweetalong of their respective films, using the hashtag #TCMParty. It's like watching the films with classic film lovers from around the globe! Let's all show TCM how much we appreciate their excellence in fan outreach and make this a great day for everyone! Plus--movies! 

See you on the internets!