SXSW Excellence in Title Design Competition

I am finally emerging from the deep, dark and secluded throes of post-production for Suburban Cowboy. I had promised to bring updates, but with little money and even less hours in a day I found it very hard.  Sorry about that.

With about 2-3 weeks left for 5.1 mix and a final color session/film grain… I am proud to announce that the hand drawn animated title sequence for the film has been selected to compete at SXSW for Excellence in Title Design Competition.

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Our tiny film (relatively speaking) will be going up against films and television shows such as Spectre, Avengers Age of Ultron, Crimson Peak and Daredevil. It is quite an honor and I couldn’t be happier for Zsombor Huszka, who brought them to life.

Cult Movie of the Week: Berry Gordy’s The Last Dragon

Since I want to shed light on some missed gems, The Last Dragon is almost too easy of a pick since a lot of people are already big fans of the film. However, some younger film fans might not be aware of this kung-fu classic. It is also the only movie I know of where the two leads have one name in real life (Taimak as Leroy Green, Vanity as Laura Charles).

‘Bruce’ Leroy Green searches for the “master” to obtain the final level of martial arts mastery known as the glow. Along the way he must fight an evil martial arts expert, Sho’Nuff the Shogun of Harlem, and an rescue a beautiful singer from an obsessed music promoter.

Despite the backing of music legend Berry Gordy, Vanity never really broke.  Even with the help of this film.  No one in this film did.  And that is just fine.  Everyone was so perfect in their role.  Nowadays they would cast Samuel Jackson as the Sho’Gun and he would ruin the film.  And then they’d cast Selena Gomez or someone already established as Laura Charles.  They’ve been kicking the remake around for a while, but I hope it never happens.

The film is pure 80’s chopsuey, with some of the best one-liners you’ve ever heard.  “Kiss my Converse!” “Take a hike, Cool Breeze.” “Just direct-a your feets-a to Daddy Green’s Pizza!” “Don’t bug me, fix your face.”  Any attempt to remake it would never be able to capture that charm.

Cult Movie of the Week: Ski Patrol

In honor of winter in NY, the cult movie of the week is Ski Patrol,from 1990.

Roger Rose (better known now for voice over work) plays Jerry, the senior member of The Snowy Peaks ski patrol.  He lives to ski and is in love with fellow instructor Ellen (Yvette Nipar – who is hot but has only really done guest stars on tv). They are joined by T.K. Carter as Iceman – fans of The Thing will recognize him as Nauls.  Also on the team are a demolitions expert (George Lopez!), a misfit who can’t make the patrol team and a foreign exchange patroller… It all adds up to mayhem on the slopes.  The plot is pretty standard fare amped up with typical late 80′s/early 90′s comedy flare – the troop is trying to save the lodge from greedy land developer Sam Maris… played by Martin Mull. If Mull isn’t enough to get you to watch, I don’t know what is. If you want a clue to the tone of the film, it was produced by the same team that brought you Police Academy.  Even crazier, you can watch the whole movie through IMDB.

I will also give a special shout out to Ski School… which is even more off the rails.  And has a lot more T&A.  Featuring Dean Cameron, this movie is totally out of control goodness on the slopes.

Cult Movie of the Week: Fraternity Vacation

We go from the frozen hills to the warm sunshine of Palm Springs and Fraternity Vacation.  Not many people associate spring break with Palm Springs (in fact, most people associate it with retired old folks), but don’t tell that to Larry ‘Mother’ Tucker, Charles ‘Chas’ Lawlor III or Wendell Tvedt.  They leave their snowy Iowa University and head there for the time of their lives in what may be the best spring break narrative film ever made.  Revenge of the Nerds 2 tries hard for that honor, but falls just a bit short.

In the film, Wendell is a nerd.  Plain and simple.  Over the course of the trip he gains the friendship of two of his frat brothers when his dad offers them his condo for the week.  To top it off, his father also offers the fraternity a hot tub and jacuzzi if they can help his son find a girl.

What would a a great 80′s film be without great foils?  It just so happens that a rival fraternity takes the same spring break. The boys make a bet on who can nail the ‘Designated Babe’ first, the blonde vixen Ashley Taylor.  Who, for whatever reason, decides to involve herself in their lives.  As you can expect, all sorts of mayhem ensues.

The best part of Fraternity Vacation, besides a ridiculous amount of girls who are ’80′s hot’ is Tim Robbins as ‘Mother’ Tucker.

It’s currently available on Netflix.  If you’re feeling nostalgic, fire up the VHS player and remind yourself about how cool you used to be.