Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

I’m a big fan of the Robert Ryan one, House of Bamboo. And of Samuel Fuller movies in general.

Saw The Challenge for the first time last year. Found some of it embarrassing to watch (unlike this movie), but it’s got some quirkier touches, the finale is a lot of fun, and I really dug the secondary bad guy played by Calvin Jung. Read more

Former and latter are mixed up in that sentence. However, I have to wait for somebody else to edit it. My bad.

Because Rebecca is about the journey from being attracted to your dad to being attracted to murders.

It’s probably been written about somewhere, but the most obviously Hitchcock-indebted scenes all involve Antoine’s mom (a blonde!)

As an amateur Nolanologist, I’ve come to the conclusion he gets his plot motives from a small set of anxieties. Underneath the pseudo-cerebral exterior, he’s an innocently personal filmmaker who loves James Bond movies and airplanes. He is, in modern parlance, a classic dad and total wife guy. Also note that while Read more

Should have mentioned it, but he’s very good! Almereyda has great taste in casting.

LaBeouf has one of his front teeth removed and gave himself a permanent facial scar (which is visible in the image up top) for a previous role. I think he 100% lives through these roles as a form of personal therapy and that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

And yet, the one who coughs blood into a hankie is Pierre, who met his end after being run over by a horse-drawn cart.

I know the answer here. Sallitt is firm on making low-budget indies his own way, which in practice means that he self-finances them with a regular-person IT job, saves up the budget over several years, and shoots the movies on accumulated vacation time. From what I’ve read, he realized early on that he couldn’t fit Read more

Technically speaking, the entire crew was American.

We considered Deep Throat but ultimately decided that the Colombo crime family does not count as an independent production outfit.

AIP was the production company. But it was also as a distributor, and that remained its main business. Most AIP titles were bought for distribution. The rest were developed specifically for AIP to distribute by a handful of independent producers. Read more

No, it’s even weirder than that. AIP started it in 1969 and gave up. 20th Century Fox got it through production and then bowed out. Warners came in and finally released in 1971. Then Laughlin sued Warners for millions because they didn’t do a good enough job marketing it. He got the right to re-release it himself in Read more

Variations of this question have come up a few times, and I think it comes down to a misunderstanding of scale. So, to clarify: Studios are complex media conglomerates that are capable of producing movies on very large budgets and distributing them around the world. They have their own studio facilities and various Read more

To get into the finer details: There is a difference between production companies and studios. A studio has production resources, units, an infrastructure, executives, and so on. AIP was a company that released movies by essentially independent producers. The Trip was financed by Corman himself.

Billy Jack was financed by two different major studios. Kind of a bizarre story.

Pulp Fiction was produced by Tarantino and Lawrence Bender’s own outfit A Band Apart. Miramax set up their financing in the sense that they signed on to distribute it and financed the film through overseas pre-sales to foreign territories based entirely on the fact that Bruce Willis was in it.

The Wicker Man is already a musical.