Which, as far as compliments go, is admittedly about as high as they come, and while looking at these may have reminded me of times in my youth when I was about “as high as they come” myself, in truth even the most intense acid trip imaginable has some ground to make up if…
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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 would have been Wes Craven’s 82nd birthday. I have to admit that I was shocked to be reminded that Craven was 76 years old when he tragically passed away in 2015. I always assumed that he was much younger, perhaps in his late 50s. Perhaps that’s because Craven himself always seemed so energetic and enthusiastic about both horror and cinema. He was one of the best ambassadors that the horror genre could have asked for.
Today, in honor of Wes Craven, we present to you….
6 Shots From 6 Wes Craven Films
Thank you for the cinematic memories, Wes Craven.
This is from 1950. Unfortunately, the identity of the artist who brought Joan Bradley and her beach fling to life is unknown.
40 years ago, on August 1st, 1981, MTV premiered.
Back then, MTV was short for “Music Television” and it actually played music videos, something that you don’t see much of on the channel anymore. Today, MTV is best known for cheap reality programming and countless shows in which D-List celebs watch YouTube videos. But before MTV became the Rob Dyrdek network, it actually used to play music.
In fact, MTV revolutionized music and, along the way, it also provided a chance for several talented filmmakers to show off what they could do with just a few minutes of screen time. David Fincher started out directing music videos. So did Spike Jonze. But before Fincher and Jonze, there was Russell Mulcahy, who went from directing trippy music videos to directing Highlander.
Appropriately enough, the very first video to air on MTV was directed by Mulcahy and it was for a song that predicted what MTV would eventually do to the music industry. Video Killed The Radio Star was the perfect debut video for MTV. Produced on a budget of $50,000 and filmed over the course of just one day in South London, Video Killed the Radio Star featured actress Virginia Hey in a test tube and Hans Zimmer playing keyboards. Hey later went on to appear in several Australian films, including Mad Max 2 where she played the warrior woman. Hans Zimmer, of course, went on to find fame on his own as one of the busiest film composers around.
Even before it was featured on MTV, Video Killed The Radio Star was aired on British television and was considered to be controversial because of the exploding television, which was seen as encouraging violence. It was a much more innocent time.