Complaining about the Oscars is one of my favorite pass times, and my biggest complaint is that my favorite genre is usually shut out of the entire process.
But the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science just made up for past transgressions -- even the shunning of 2002's Shark Attack 3: Megalodon -- by awarding Roger Corman an honorary Oscar. Yep, the man who helped spawn Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfold has one of the golden statues bestowed upon the best of the best. This may seem at odds with Corman's B-movie rep, but remember: Honorary Oscars recognize lifetime achievement, including impact on the movie industry.
Now, perhaps you're one of the converted and you're thinking, "I need to satisfy my Corman cravings now." You're in luck, my friends: there are four Roger Corman movies streaming right here at AMCTV.com for free. Free, but for some mouse-clicking -- so get your Corman on! The goodies are:
The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent (1957): Can you guess what it's about -- the title may be a little hint!
Rock All Night (1957): Escaped killers head to teen hangout Cloud Nine and take everyone hostage. Did I mention the thug named Jigger is played by Russell Johnson, Gilligan's Island's Professor?
The Undead (1957): Scientists hypnotize a prostitute who was a witch in a past life. This broad can't catch a break!
Teenage Caveman (1958): Cave-teen Robert Vaugh faces problems not at all unlike those confronting modern teenagers: jerky adults, forbidden fruit, rules, regulations, giant lizards, etc... so what are you waiting for? Get your Corman on!
Now, Corman did his share of writing and directing, but his output as producer -- nearly 400 movies -- is mind-blowing. Sure, he demanded fast, cheap work, but Corman took chances on young moviemakers, from Martin Scorsese to James Cameron, and regularly gave female producers, writers and directors a shot. Corman has tackled every genre and at 83 he's still going strong. It's hard to pick a handful of movies from this cornucopia, but here are ten must-sees.
10.) The Fantastic Four (1994)
Before Sam Raimi brought Spider-Man to the big screen, comic book heroes languished in the world of cheapo live-action adaptations. This one stands out as the best worst of the worst: See the Invisible Girl, Mr. Fantastic, The Thing and The Human Torch without the aid of CGI! Yes, there are gloriously hokey special effects as far as the eye can see, but don't worry -- there's also atrocious dialogue as far as the ear can hear. It's tough to come by a copy of this commercially unreleased, so-earnest-you'll-smile crapsterpiece, but it's so worth the search.
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