Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you enjoyed your weekends, and that your Mother’s Day cards arrived on time (and that you, unlike me, remembered to seal them before dropping them in the mail). This is a bit of a genre film week for Weekly Clickables, with selections relating to sci-fi, comics, horror, with a dash of documentary thrown in.
- For fans of Star Wars and the energy of a crowd reaction: Check out this recording made during a screening of Star Wars in 1977. I’m told that it’s on the longer side, but the payoff is worth it.
- Next, conversations with players from the world of the horror film: B movie horror director and deviant provocateur, Adam Green, hosts a weekly video interview show cheekily called Adam Green’s Scary Sleepover, where the man who helmed the Hatchet trilogy is joined by guests from the industry responsible for the horror genre, both big and small, for a series of sleepovers where a discussion of the film industry is engaged, specifically in relation to the culture and climate of the horror genre. Notable guests so far have included Sid Haig, of House of 1,000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects fame, writer and director Richard Franklin, once tasked with the thankless assignment of directing a studio sequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, and Kane Hodder, who played the monster in Green’s notorious opus of films. While you may not come away feeling any differently about any of the parties or films involved, the slice of life look at those working in the most overlooked industry in genre filmmaking is genuinely eye opening, the enthusiasm held for the films in discussion earnestly engaged and honestly disclosed. If schlock and gore on celluloid is your thing, or if you sometimes wonder how someone could even imagine making some of the most notorious films of the genre, check out the first season of Scary Sleepover, or follow its director on Twitter @Adam_Fn_Green.
- First, a look at the Superman film that never was: In the mid-1990’s, director Tim Burton was slated to produce a Superman feature length motion picture coming off of the success of his adaptation of the Batman character. Initially, writing credits were awarded to Kevin Smith, who wrote the first draft of the film that was to be called Superman Lives, at least until personal differences that could not be overcome arose between Smith and the film’s producer Jon Peters, who, among other stipulations, wanted Superman to fight a giant spider in the new feature franchise. Subsequently, Nightcrawler writer and director Dan Gilroy was brought in to write the third and final draft of the film’s script, with actor Nicolas Cage signed on for the role of Krypton’s last son. Despite early production stills and video footage of Cage in a particularly impressive looking suit, Burton and Gilroy’s revitalization of the Superman character never came to pass, with Warner Brothers pulling the plug on the whole spectacle. On July 9th, however, audiences everywhere may finally receive a taste of what Superman Lives might have looked like, with the release of independent documentarian Jon Schnepp’s The Death of Superman Lives on VOD, with a limited theatrical release on May 1st. Check out the final trailer for Schnepp’s film, and get ready for the Superman movie that should have been.
- For fans of Orson Welles, cinema, and movie history, an indescribably exciting opportunity: The Producers of Welles’ unfinished film, The Other Side of the Wind, are looking to crowdsource the completion of this unprecedented effort. There are quite a few intriguing kickbacks to serve as rewards for supporters, not the least of which being the opportunity to put resuscitate the work of a late legend.
- For fans of sci-fi-, generally: The Playlist staff has picked the 25 best sci-fi films of the 21st century. This should keep your free time filled for the foreseeable future.
- Finally, a talk with the creator of Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck: Last week, HBO aired the intimate music documentary from American filmmaker and social commentator Brett Morgen, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, to near universal acclaim and the possible detriment of the popular image which Cobain and his band, Nirvana,still hold within the cultural zeitgeist. If you haven’t seen Morgen’s devastating biographical portrait of the world’s most well known grunge performer of the 1990’s, you won’t be disappointed by the film’s unsentimental,viscerally charged storytelling and investigative rhetoric. Afterward, you can watch this insightful video interview with Morgen on the online media and news network VICE, and find out just what kind of relationship the director of the documentary developed with Cobain and his family in compiling the film from an amassed assemblage of original artwork, handwritten manifestos, and home movies.
That’s it for this week. Thanks to Dave Shreve, Seans Cureton and Fallon, and Richard Newby for sharing their finds!
Featured Image: Montage of Heck, HBO