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July 27, 2014

Ghost Rider (2007)

Wednesday, July 30th

Film starts at 8:00pm

Lady Jay’s: 633 Grand St, between Manhattan & Leonard, Bklyn, NY 11211

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It’s said that the West was built on legends. Tall tales that help us make sense of things too great or too terrifying to believe. This is the legend of the Ghost Rider. The thing about legends is… sometimes, they’re true.

Think you’re a hotshot, aint’cha boy

A young Johnny Blaze (Matt Long) and father Barton Blaze (Brett Cullen) are a local death riding, carnie act. When Johnny’s pop gets sick, Johnny’s visited by the Devil  Mephistopheles (Peter Fonda), who offers a cure for his pop’s the cancer…and it will only cost him his SOUL.

One day, when I need you, I will come.

Of course he doesn’t think twice. Who ever does in such situations really? Of course little does he know the sting of the double-edged sword wielded by the Devil. For after signing his name and sealing the deal, pops’ cancer is cured, but he is promptly killed performing a fiery stunt anyway.

forget about friends, forget about family, forget about love. You’re mine, Johnny Blaze

Crushed, Johnny takes off after sweetheart Roxanne Simpson (Raquel Alessi), who’s being sent away to live with her mom, but the devil has other plans for him. Stops him dead in his tracks on the highway. Roxanne is gone and Johnny’s fate is sealed.

You can’t live in fear

Years later. Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage), now a dark and sullen daredevil, performing record breaking stunts with a complete disregard for his own life and an unbelievable knack for Cheating death. He’s unstoppable, but soulless.

Before a show, Johnny is reunited with Roxanne, the love of his life. The one that got away, now a television reporter sent to interview him. Seeing this as his second chance, he fights for win her back. Still bitter, thinking he abandoned her all those years ago, she’s reluctant, but finally agrees to a date…

I might not have power of you in this world, but my rider does

…Of course right before he’s set to meet her at the restaurant, who shows up but the Devil to cash in on the deal they signed all those years ago. Johnny must reclaim the contract. In exchange, he can win back his soul, but it doesn’t matter he has no choice anyway. And in a fiery blaze, against his will, he and his motorbike are transformed into… The Ghost Rider. Falling right into his roll, he takes on Blackheart (Wes Bentley), Mephistopheles ‘own son who’s returned to earth to build an army of fallen angels to help him find the contract of San Venganza. Which, legend has it was stolen and hidden in a graveyard not far from there, and he wants it for his own.

Mornin’ bone head

As the sun rises, he is returned to human form and finds himself at his father’s grave, in the yard of a remote church. The Caretaker (Sam Elliott) seems to know exactly who Johnny is and why he’s there. He tells him of the curse. How he will by day be normal, but in the presence of evil by night turn into the rider. And of how nothing will ever break the curse.

I, uh, sold my soul to the Devil…that’s how come I missed dinner

Hauled in by the cops on suspicion of involvement in the crimes, Johnny’s thrown in jail…where as day becomes night, he turns into the rider, steals a studded jacket off a hooligan and leaves through melted bars. With the cops ehem..hot on his heels, he tears through the city. Roxanne who’s been covering the Biker Bar Massacre and the seemingly related deaths that begin to pile up in town is on the scene and the minute she sees the Ghost Rider, she knows it’s Johnny and that the wild story of not making dinner because he is an unwilling agent of the Devil, was in fact the truth.

Forgive me father for I have sinned…I’ve sinned  a lot.

Blackheart finally tracks the contract of San Venganza, the key to hell on Earth, at the church. He beats up the Caretaker who won’t tell him where it is, He takes Roxanne hostage, knows Johnny’s the key to getting it and will do anything to save her.

Let’s ride!

Johnny and the Caretaker, in fact Carter Slade, the Ghost Rider of legend that outrode the devil 150 years ago, hop on their steeds and ride out together for San Venganza. Only able to change one last time, Slade leaves Johnny at the town limits. He’s got nothing left. Johnny takes on the fallen angels one by one until finally battling Blackheart, who gets the contract away from him and summons the souls condemned within. And with that he becomes…Legion (for we are many).

I’m the only one who can walk in both worlds. I’m the Ghost Rider.

Legion, having now what he wanted, let’s Roxanne go. Johnny could walk away and have his second chance, but he can’t do it. Instead he stays to fight. Unable to defeat Blackheart before, as he had no soul…now that he has many, he is, by the very souls of the innocent he has taken, defeatable.

No. I’m gonna own this curse and use it against you.

With the battle won, and the dust beginning to settle, Mephistopheles returns and offers Johnny back his freedom. Let some one else take up the curse of the Ghost Rider he says, but Johnny refuses. And with the pledge that he will be there wherever the blood of the innocent is shed, the Devil is vanquished…if only for the moment.

This is what you are. What you were always meant to be.

Roxanne loves him, but knows she must let him go. And with a last kiss under the tree that bears their initials from when they were kids, she sends Johnny off to fulfill his destiny.

It’s said that the West was built on legends. And that legends are a way of understanding things greater than ourselves. Forces that shape our lives, events that defy explanation. Individuals whose lives soar to the heavens or fall to the earth. This is how legends are born.

- Corinna Mantlo

(Issue #16 that my pops wrote for the Ghost Rider series)

The legend of the Ghost Rider (the original Marvel comic of course)

Long ago, the demon Zarathos began building a tremendous power base for himself. His penchant for human souls led him into conflicts with foes such as the Blood cult and the vile Mephisto, who saw Zarathos as a rival. Mephisto ultimately tricked and enslaved Zarathos, rendering the demon amnesiac and trapping him in various mortal forms over many years. This torture eventually dovetailed with another pastime of Mephisto’s – the search for the Medallion of Power, a mystical artifact crafted by the Blood that housed the essence of the original Spirits of Vengeance. The medallion had been broken into shards and embedded into the spiritual bloodline of two families. One of these bloodlines, the Kales, attracted Mephisto’s attention in the 18th century when Noble Kale‘s shard of the Medallion transformed him into a Spirit of Vengeance, the Ghost Rider. Mephisto failed to corrupt Noble at this time, but he kept track of the Kale clan from then on, watching as Noble manifested in the firstborn of every generation. - Read the whole legend of Marvel’s Ghost Rider HERE

The upcoming sequel, riding into theaters February 17th, 2012

 

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July 25, 2014

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- Corinna Mantlo

Co-Founder The Motorcycle Film Festival

 

Speed-Crazed…Thrill-Hungry…On a date with danger and love!

July 17, 2014

Devil On Wheels (1947)

Wednesday, July 23rd

Film starts at 8:00pm

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The Devil On Wheels (1947)

When he took the wheel, slammed on the throttle, and started burning rubber…HE WAS DYNOMITE!

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Speed-crazed…Thrill-hungry…On a date with danger and love!

The Devil on Wheels is a 1947 black/white movie with a playing time of 67 minutes. The film was released by Producers Releasing Company Pictures and was produced by Ben Stoloff, and the assistant producer was Jerry Briskin. It was written and directed by Crane Wilbur. It stars James B. Cardwell, Noreen Nash, Darryl Hickman, Jan Ford, Damian O’Flynn, Lenita Love, William Forrest, Sue England and Robert Arthur. The background is typical Hollywood symphonic music, which is heightened for chase scenes. The movie’s plot is about a family that is torn apart by the evils of illegal hot rod street racing. The father indulges his children and although he knows the dangers, does little to prevent the horrors that will happen to his family. In fact, the father sets a poor example by driving too fast and showing little respect for those who share the road. He buys cars for his children that are fast and encourages his sons to develop their mechanical skills. The oldest son matures and goes off to the military where he becomes a fighter pilot and is the dream of all the girls back home. The younger son falls in with a group of local hot rodders who continually break the law. Their girlfriends egg them on rather than reason with them to be more responsible. Eventually they descend into a downward spiral that leads to a death on the streets and the young boy’s mother seriously hurt in the hospital. At last the youths are confronted with the results of their actions and realize the harm they have caused, which can only be eased by serving time for their crimes.

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When are you gonna put this hop up together and burn a little rubber…hmmm

The Devil on Wheels is a very early example of illegal drag racing on the streets and the harm that it can cause. The movie was released in 1947 and the only reference to legal drag racing was a mention of “there will be legal drag racing at the dry lakes this Saturday for those whose cars have passed the safety inspections.” This would refer to El Mirage dry lake in California. The kids mention terms such as ‘hop up,’ and ‘hopping up,’ which young people used to describe how they were enhancing the performance and speeds of their cars. The father waited two years for “the car he ordered,” indicating that it was two years after the end of World War II. They used the term ‘drag races’ and gave statistics throughout the film, such as the fact that 37,000 Americans died in car accidents in 1947. We have twice the number of people and five times more automobiles today than in 1947 and the death rate today is only slightly higher than it was then. The carnage must have been terrible. Accidents that we can recover from probably meant a gruesome death back then. The film shows the absolute hatred that people felt towards young speeders in their hopped up hot rods.

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The Devil on Wheels has the feel of a documentary, mixed with the 1940’s film noir tradition of Hollywood. The acting is pretty good. The plot and script are interesting and rarely stalls. The action scenes are adequate based on the low budget of the movie, but the hot rods look fast and sleek on the screen. Only Darryl Hickman had a substantial career, but the actors hold their own in the film. Hickman did a credible job but lacked the edginess of a young man in rebellion. The role was made for James Dean, but he was four years away from beginning his acting career. The movie spent too much time in court scenes and in the morgue. It would have been better to have more action with the cars and at the illegal drags, thus showing the power and influence that speed and cars hold over young people. The movie struggled a little bit when the young people were separated from their cars. Overall, this is a good movie from the 1940’s that definitely rose above its limitations. From a rating of 1 to a maximum of 8 spark plugs, I give this move a 5 1/2 spark plug rating.

Film review courtesy of HOTROD Hotline

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They jet you where the Fun and Action are…every time they grab a wheel…OR A GIRL!

July 13, 2014

The Lively Set (1964)

Wednesday, July 16th

Film starts at 8:00pm

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The Plot

Casey Owens (James Darren), a young mechanic, has developed a design for a turbine car engine, paving the way for a jet-powered auto certain to set a new land speed record. Wealthy playboy Stanford Rogers (Peter Mann) hires Casey to build the car for him to race in the Tri-State Endurance Run. Chuck Manning (Doug McClure), an engineering student Casey met in a drag race, discovers potential flaws in the car’s design. After an unsuccessful test run, Rogers abandons the turbine-powered car for a traditional racing model, but Casey and Chuck rework the turbine vehicle to compete with Rogers in the endurance run. Pamela Tiffin plays Eadie, Chuck’s sister who becomes Casey’s love interest.

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The Turbine Car

The turbine car used in the film is the famous 1963 Chrysler Ghia Turbine Car developed by George Huebner and his team. The car’s engine is realistically described in the film, particularly Chrysler’s use of heat regenerators which cooled the turbine car’s exhaust to a temperature even lower than that of a traditional piston engine.

The Chrysler Turbine car is mentioned in the opening credit of the film. Chrysler had to participate in the film’s developement, since the car was the exclusive property of the corporation and its patented engine design was extenseively advertised as the “engine of the future.” – Wikipedia

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Crazy kids…living to a wild rock ‘n’ roll beat!

July 7, 2014

Hot Rod Gang (1958)

Wednesday, July 9th

Film starts at 8:00pm

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`Hot Rod Gang': A Weird, Offbeat, Unusual and Disturbing Comedy of 1958

by Timothy Sexton

“Hot Rod Gang” is the kind of movie they are talking about when they say they don’t make them like that anymore. In fact, I’m not sure they ever made them like “Hot Rod Gang.” You would expect from the title that this movie is just another entry in the genre of juvenile delinquents with cool cars movies, but in fact it is a comedy, I think, unlike any comedy you have ever seen.

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Of course, it may not be quite right to call it a comedy. “Hot Rod Gang” is also a rock and roll musical. The plot is about a rich kid who hides his wild life from his aunts in order to gain his inheritance. That plot is just an idea upon which to hang singing, dancing and some of the oddest comedy elements of all time. And then, just to make sure everything is as offbeat as possible, the movie also does, in fact, contain some juvenile delinquency aspects in dramatic form.

 

One of the weirdest parts of the comedy that is derived from “Hot Rod Gang” has to do with those two aunts. This movie was likely seen, if not entirely remembered, by the creator of “Pushing Daisies.” The sisters seem very much in line with the two synchronized swimming sisters there. But even funnier is the maid who has a mind of her own. Remember Benson back when he was funny on “Soap” and before he got his own series? The maid in “Hot Rod Gang” will remind you of that…except that Benson never took to the suspended rings in a gym. Her gymnastic ability leaves something to be desire, but the comedy will leave your jaw agape.

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The leading female character, played by Jody Fair, sometimes almost appears to be making another movie entirely. Her facial reactions and asides lend “Hot Rod Gang” an estimable amount of postmodernist credibility. Except that you just mainly wonder if she was doing it on purpose or was she just a bad actress?

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As if that weren’t enough, some unintentional comedy-I think it was not by intention-arrives courtesy of two singing numbers by Gene Vincent. Gene Vincent was a sort of cut rate Elvis Presley. If you have ever watched movies of this type, you are doubtlessly familiar with the presence of two females who accompany the Elvis singer type character by getting up closer to either side of the singer’s face, snapping fingers, clapping hands and generally enjoying their role as eye candy. “Hot Rod Gang” features this common trope…except that the accompanying singers are both male. Homophobia is not a problem I have, but there is something singularly disquieting about watching these scenes play out in a 1950s movie. It just is not what you expect and it leads you down a road that starts out with cautious laughter before it just becomes disturbing.

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Check out “Hot Rod Gang.” I guarantee you have never seen a comedy quite like this one before.

For more from Timothy Sexton, check out: The Unbearable Lightness of Realism

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Proud young rebels!

Car Facts

Hot Rod Gang…The ’32 Ford roadster that Steve Drexel drives is actually the famous Pete Hendersen roadster which is the car that had the famous race with a quarter horse that set the blueprint for quarter mile drag racing. The other ’32 Ford in this movie is Tony LaMasa’s chopped and channeled green roadster that was the same car that was featured in an episode of Ozzie and Harriet where Ozzie raced it in a Model T.

 

Hot Rod Gang was filmed in Hollywood. The opening scene is them racing down Santa Monica Blvd. The curb race scene was shot on 2 different streets and then edited together but the last shot of them on the curb is on Highland.

 

The other ’32 in Hot Rod Gang is the Bob McGee/Dick Scritchfield rod. Dick owned it at the time Hot Rod Gang was filmed in ’58.

See all the cars of the film HERE ON IMCDB

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The best part of The Death Rider’s Thrill Show…is to stay alive!

June 27, 2014

Death Riders (1976)

Wednesday, July 2nd

Film starts at 8:00pm

Lady Jay’s: 633 Grand St, between Manhattan & Leonard, Bklyn, NY 11211

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Meet the Death Riders … As They Attempt the Most Dangerous and Terrifying Stunts Ever Seen on Film!

This documentary follows a group of fearless young men as they criss-cross the country with a motorcycle rodeo clown named Squeeks, performing their “Death Riders Motorcycle Thrill Show” at local fairs. The film is absolutely wonderful and brings to mind On Any Sunday (1971) meets Jackass, in the best possible of ways.

It’s nothing but a burning mass…He’s headed right for it now!

Flaming walls, long jumps over anything and everything, including fair going fans and even the inhabitants of a nudist colony.

What is the Flaming Dive Bomber you might ask…

The suspense is surprisingly nerve wracking as these riders take their lives in their hands to pull off death defying, hilariously named stunts.

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The Death Riders work hard and play even harder. Downtime is spent, taking cowboys up on challenges to ride the bull, carnival rides with pretty local girls and taking the bikes out in the dirt of the vast American deserts.

The film even documents Larry Man, making a new world record jumping 45 people off a 2 foot ramp.

The director of photography for Death Riders, Vilmos Zsigmond also shot Sugarland Express and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. It’s the photography that really makes this film great. Long wistful shots of American landscape, close up shot of adoring fans on the edge of their seats in the bleachers, and pensive silent moments of the boys before they put their necks on the line.

Check out this great site dedicated to the original Death Riders

The soundtrack is also wonderful. If anyone compiles it before me, please let me know!

Soundtrack

Sunshine Baby – Terry Stafford

Broken Bones – Tommy Cash

The Glory Train – Pat Boone

Live for Now – T.D Sheppard

Death Rider – Dorsey Burnette

Junkyard Serenade – Porter Jordan

The Love of My man – Diane Jordan

Highway Country Blues – Kenny Seratt

I Hate to Drink Alone – Jerry Naylor

Sunny Side Up – Terry Stafford

Death Riders can be purchased as part of the Savage Cinema box set.

Watch it online HERE

This film is respectfully dedicated to all whose daring feats cost them their lives

See all the images from the film here: Flickr Photos

Do yourself a favor and scoot on over to Lady Jay’s!

- Corinna

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There are a few moments in life you feel greatness.

June 23, 2014

Dust To Glory (2005)

Wednesday, June 25th

Film starts at 8:00pm

Lady Jay’s: 633 Grand St, between Manhattan & Leonard, Bklyn, NY 11211

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HELLBOUND FUNDRAISER

 Join us this Wednesday for a special fundraiser screening of Dust To Glory to help support team Hellbound And Down as they (and I) prepare to race the Norra Vintage Mexican Baja 500 in October!

Can’t attend the fundraiser but would like to support the underdog effort of team Hellbound And Down? Well, you can DONATE here. All proceeds go to getting this rag tag duo to Mexico!

– Corinna
The Baja Peninsula: a place between the Old West and the Twilight Zone

An action-adventure documentary chronicling the most notorious and dangerous race in the world–the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.

Rivaling the Indy 500 and 25 Hours of Daytona, the race across Baja’s peninsula is unpredictable, grueling and raw–just like the uncharted American West of yesteryear.

To capture the vast desert panoramas and intense action of the race, the film team utilized, fifty-five cameras, four helicopters, a four-passenger buggy camera car and a crew of over eighty people.

Thousands of participants, generations of families and racing icons such as Robby Gordon, Mario Andretti, Jimmy Vasser and Motorcycle Supercross legend Mike Mouse McCoy joined together to experience the thrill and glory of the infamous race–an event of sheer human determination. – IMDB

 

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