May 13, 1988 |
"Jack's Back" (citywide) is a psychological shocker that carves up the Jack the Ripper legend in convoluted but predictable ways. It's set in a modern-day Los Angeles onto which a strange, nacreous half-fog seems to have descended, indoors and out. There, a copycat killer is duplicating the Ripper's modus operandi to the last slash.
May 4, 1986 |
One day in 1976, Jack Vacek wrote a letter to his folks back in Omaha: "I'm making a movie in L.A. Sell the house and come on out. Love, Jack." Vacek, a former baseball star in Nebraska, had come to Los Angeles several years earlier to go to college in the sunshine. While at USC he audited a couple of film courses. These were not courses tracing the rise of the auteur or explaining how to operate hand-held cameras.
June 28, 1998 |
I was a little Spokane Indian boy who read every book and saw every movie about Indians, no matter how terrible. I'd read those historical romance novels about the steroidal Indian warrior ravaging the virginal white schoolteacher. I can still see the cover art.
February 8, 1986 |
Actor Tom Laughlin has returned home to finish recovery from a concussion and neck injuries suffered during a fight sequence on a "Billy Jack" movie set in Canada, a publicist said Friday. Doctors at first had feared that Laughlin, 47, suffered a hairline skull fracture, but that was not the case. Laughlin was injured last week when struck three times over the head by a breakaway prop which failed to break.
July 1, 2010
The bizarre grit of lowbrow 1970s cinema is perfectly embodied in writer/director/actor Tom Laughlin's 1971 film "Billy Jack." The movie, which follows the path of righteous destruction cut by a mystic ex-Green Beret with mad karate skills, remains a cult classic. It will be screened with another Laughlin classic, "Born Losers," at the Cinefamily, with Laughlin as the guest of honor and Process Media and Filter magazine as hosts. The Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. Fri. $12. (323)
August 25, 2012 |
"Hotel Transylvania," an animated comedy about Dracula running a high-end resort for monsters, had already sucked the lifeblood out of five directors when Genndy Tartakovsky came aboard as director No. 6 in February 2011. Tartakovsky, the Moscow-born creator of the Cartoon Network shows "Dexter's Laboratory" and "Samurai Jack," is an accomplished figure in the cozy world of TV animation. The cartooning equivalent of a live-action TV auteur like "Mad Men" creator Matt Weiner, Tartakovsky has been nominated for 13 Emmys and won three, and his kids shows have attracted a following among adults for their wit, action and style.