I’ll be the first to admit that, around these parts, I tend to let my biases as a reader show, and that they inform (or maybe that shout be infect?) my biases as a critic. Stuff that can generally be described as “avant-garde,” or as “art comics,” or at the very least as “non-traditional” tends to be what I prefer to spend my time with and on, and I also give extra consideration to work that I haven’t seen reviewed anywhere else. Whether this is good or bad I leave up to each reader of this blog to decide for themselves, but I’d be lying if I said every single comic that I either purchase or receive is given absolutely equal consideration when it comes to deciding whether or not I want to take the time to review it.
And yet — there’s certainly nothing wrong with good…
4 (or more) Shots From 4 (or more) Films is just what it says it is, 4 (or more) shots from 4 (or more) of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 (or more) Shots From 4 (or more) Films lets the visuals do the talking.
Today, we wish a happy 95th birthday to the legendary filmmaker, Roger Corman! And that means that it’s time for….
6 Shots From 6 Roger Corman Films
Not of this Earth (1957, dir by Roger Corman DP: John J. Mescall)
The Fall of the House of Usher (1960, dir by Roger Corman, DP: Floyd Crosby)
The Intruder (1962, dir by Roger Corman DP: Taylor Byars)
The Masque of the Red Death (1964, dir by Roger Corman, DP: Nicolas Roeg)
The Wild Angels (1966, dir by Roger Corman, DP: Richard Moore)
The Trip (1967, dir by Roger Corman, DP: Arch Dalzell)
There’s no publication date for this magazine. There’s not even any information about who published it. What we do know is that this cover was done by Wynne W. Davies, one of the few artists of the pulp era who signed his covers.
For the record, Cracker lead singer David Lowery says that, despite the numerous drug references (junky cosmonaut, comes to mind), this song is not about drugs. He also says that the chorus is “like being stone” and not “like being stoned.” To be honest, the chorus makes more sense if Lowery was saying “like being stoned” but, in 1993, many radio stations wouldn’t play songs with blatant drug references so if Lowery says that he’s saying “like being stone,” I’ll take his word for it.
The video features Lowery getting outboxed by Sandra Bernhard. Director Carlos Grasso, at the time, said that the video was supposed to represent the battle between Lowery’s masculine and feminine sides. Grasso was also breaking up with his longtime girlfriend while directing the video so that undoubtedly played a role as well.