Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011)

Director: Alex Stapleton

Starring: Roger Corman, Paul Bartel, Peter Bogdanovich, David Carridine, Joe Dante, Jonathan Demme, Robert De Niro, Bruce Dern, Peter Fonda, Pam Grier, Jonathan Haze, Ron Howard, Irvin Kershner, Dick Miller, Jack Nicholson, Martin Scorsese, William Shatner, Quentin Tarantino, Tom Hanks, Monte Hellman, Lloyd Kaufman, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Some men dream of conquering the world. Roger Corman created his own.

Plot: This documentary takes a look at the career of Roger Corman, the man who turned out some of the cheapest but most successful films out there but perhaps more importantly are the number of talented people he gave jobs to and the careers he started.

My rating: 8.5/10

Will I watch it again?Yes!!!

I've been a fan of Roger's movies since I was a kid.  A lot of them were crap but he's made some truly wonderful films over the past 60+ years.  THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1960) and DEATHRACE 2000 (1976) are my two favorites and that's just the beginning.  That man knew how to make movies on the cheap and he knew how to sell them to the masses. This documentary is a great overview of his career and influences in the industry.  Though he's been somewhat shunned by Hollywood, this film shows you why he deserves the praises his die-hard fans have been giving him and why the industry should be ashamed for not embracing him openly.  That they bring out the big guns with a lot of top talent that Corman fostered goes a long way to show how much he is loved like Martin Scorsesse, Robert De Niro and Jack Nicholson.  Nicholson even breaks into tears talking about how much he appreciates and admires Corman for getting him started in the business.  It was very emotional.  Hell, I'm getting choked up just thinking about it.  Great flick.

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