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    Part 1: Go Speed Go! A Series Overview Part 2: Racers Start Your Engines! How it All Began Part 3: Speed Racer is Born! MACH GO GO GO Comes to the U.S. Part 4: The Aftermath of Speed Part 5: The Movie and Beyond Author: James Long On May 9th, one of the most eagerly awaited events in the history of SPEED RACER came to fruition when the big screen, live action adaptation of the adventures of these classic characters was released to theaters across America. The notion of a live action version of SPEED RACER has been bandied about Hollywood for a couple of decades now. The earliest mentions of such a project appear to have come about in 1986, when then-student David Lane Seltzer was watching the movie TOP GUN. Scenes of Tom Cruise wearing his helmet

    Godzilla-themed satire featuring STAR TREK`s George Takei Author: Robert Troch and Jim Cirile Official Movie Site: SHOWDOWN OF THE GODZ At long last SHOWDOWN OF THE GODZ is here! What is it? Why is it here? SHOWDOWN OF THE GODZ is an independent family film that ANY kaiju fan can appreciate, and any non-kaiju fan can enjoy. A satire starring David Gassman (RAYMAN series, THE BOURNE IDENTITY), Alixx Schotland, Ayla Guttman and the legendary George Takei (STAR TREK, HEROES), SHOWDOWN OF THE GODZ is a 17 minute short film written by Jim Cirile and Aaron Schnore, produced by John Reefer, Jim Cirile, Robert Troch, Julien Calderbank and directed by Julien Calderbank. The story goes like this... Jesse (David Gasman) is the world`s biggest Japanese monster movie fan. Trapped in a stultifying insurance job and a deteriorating marriage, the only bright spot in his

    A Month of New and Classic Films at the Egyptian and Aero Theatres! Source: American Cinematheque From the American Cinematheque... Join us for more of what you love best – new and vintage classic and cult fantastic films, including a Sneak Preview of Larry Bishop’s phantasmagorical biker pic HELL RIDE (produced and edited by Quentin Tarantino), the Pang Brothers’ newest, RE-CYCLE, the U.S. Premiere of the new animated STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS and the World Premiere of Norman England’s documentary, BRINGING GODZILLA DOWN TO SIZE. Plus, more British horror classics from the Golden Age, including JACK THE RIPPER, A STUDY IN TERROR, THE TELL-TALE HEART, THE VAMPIRE LOVERS, brand new prints of Hammer Studios Christopher Lee adventure pix THE DEVIL-SHIP PIRATES, THE PIRATES OF BLOOD RIVER and TERROR OF THE TONGS, a new print of Hammer’s hardboiled wartime atrocity opus THE CAMP ON BLOOD ISLAND, plus

    Source: San Francisco Film Society Special thanks to Jennifer Young Director Bong Joon-Ho continues his US tour with an appearance next week in San Francisco... From the SFFS website: Bong Joon-Ho at the Clay Monday, March 5 -Clay Theatre Sponsored by KOFIC (Korean Film Council) In anticipation of the theatrical release of director Bong Joon-Ho’s fun and scary monster movie THE HOST (SF International Animation Showcase, 2006), we’re screening two of his wonderful earlier films, MEMORIES OF MURDER (SFIFF, 2004) and BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE, on March 5. The director is expected to be in attendance at both. 6:30 pm MEMORIES OF MURDER (2003) 127 min: A police investigation into a series of brutal murders in the 1980s becomes a powerful portrait of a repressive society. Based on Korea`s first serial killer case, this elegiac film offers a commanding sense of story and a tone balanced

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