50 Behind the Scenes pics for Jaws’ 40th Anniverssary

Behind the Scenes of Jaws, #17

Ben Gardner’s severed head still gets ’em. I caught a 40th Anniversary screening of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws (1975) yesterday as part of the Cinemark theater chain’s Classic Series, and when the bloated, bulging-eyed cranium of doomed fisherman Ben Gardner popped up through a hole in his boat, most of the audience jumped out of their seats just as they had four decades ago when Jaws – for better or for worse – forever changed the idea of a summer blockbuster.

Here’s a look back at the making of the film, which remains a lean, brutally efficient B-movie made by A-list talent. For further reading, check out this 1975 feature on the film in American Cinematographer courtesy of the blog The Bearded Trio. Continue Reading ›

VHS Video Cover Art author Tom Hodge

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When my dad plunked down a few bucks at a rent-to-own store to take home his first VCR, he and I christened it with a double-bill of AIP’s Frogs and Ator, the Fighting Eagle. My dad may not have had highbrow taste, but he knew a good VHS box cover when he saw one.

There are many things I no longer remember from my childhood. I can’t tell you the name of my second grade teacher. I don’t recall the make or model of our family car. But I remember Frogs. I remember Ator, the Fighting Eagle. And if you put that rent-to-own VCR in a line-up, I swear I’d still be able to pick it out, even three decades later.

That is the nostalgic sway of the VHS era for a certain generation of movie fans, a gravitational pull that swept up Tom Hodge when he made his first childhood trip to the video shoppe and came home with a copy of Tron.

A British artist known for his throwback posters of WolfCop, The Heat and Hobo With a Shotgun, Hodge shares his affection for the analog format in his new book VHS Video Cover Art, out now from Schiffer Publishing. The book brings together more than 250 pages of rare British genre covers. Hodge spoke to Deep Fried Movies about selecting those covers, finding dodgy Rambo bootlegs and what’s left on his VHS wish list. Continue Reading ›

The Posters of Pam Grier

8. Coffy (1973)

With Olive Films set to release Blu-Rays of Coffy, Foxy Brown and Friday Foster this week, it seemed like an opportune moment to revisit the posters of Pam Grier’s trailblazing run of 1970s action vehicles.

Many of these posters come from the fantastic genre archive Wrong Side of the Art. After lying dormant for more than a year, the site is updating again. Glad to have them back.

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12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer cinematographer Jonathan Furmanski

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“Women don’t need orgasms. It’s science.” – Juror #10 (Paul Giamatti) 

Back in February a trolling movie critic questioned whether comedian Amy Schumer could possibly stir the loins of male moviegoers enough to be believable as the romantic interest of a chiseled, hunky lothario like Bill Hader in the upcoming romcom Trainwreck. Schumer responded as any talented comedian would – with pointed mockery. Unleashing an episode-length sketch on Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer, the show’s namesake transformed the 1957 drama 12 Angry Men into a satire of male chauvinism as a jury room full of legendary character actors- your Giamattis’, your Goldblums’, your Hawkes’s – debate whether Schumer is hot enough to be on TV.

It’s a transcendent piece of television – elevating the form of sketch comedy while using the power of farce to reveal the ridiculousness of the objectification of female performers. And it does so while reverently recreating the look of Lumet’s original, from the camera angles right down to the lighting fixtures. The show’s cinematographer, Jonathan Furmanski, enlightened Deep Fried Movies as to how he replicated the look and feel of one of cinema’s great chamber pieces. Continue Reading ›