Now That’s What I Call Kino #19 – The Comic Strip Style of Sergio Corbucci

John Ford had John Wayne, Sergio Leone had Clint Eastwood and Sergio Corbucci had Franco Nero. Often seen as the face of Spaghetti Westerns, Nero’s rise to cult fame had a director correlation with the works of Corbucci. Making several Westerns during his illustrious career, his most acclaimed work came during the late 60s, like…

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Now That’s What I Call Kino #18 – ‘Attack of the 50 Foot Woman’ (1958): America’s Fear of Second-Wave Feminism

Certain movie posters can stay ingrained on your mind whether or not you’ve seen the film in question. A shark lurking beneath the ocean’s surface of an unaware swimmer has been spoofed until its original poster has become a cliché. And so before movie posters were just a compilation of Photoshop faces to attract you…

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Now That’s What I Call Kino #17 – The Definitive Black and White of ‘The Big Heat’ (1953)

Post World War II Hollywood was famed for its darker tales that emphasised the cynical attitudes of Americans who had seen the rise of fascism and millions of lives lost. The 40s and 50s looked towards European filmmakers and inspired their own visual style from their roots. As well as this, the crime drama that…

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Now That’s What I Call Kino #15 – The Original Christmasploitation Genre

Christmas movies are an easy cash grab, let’s not lie to ourselves. You can make a quick buck at the box office or become a cult classic that is shown every December until the end of time. It’s an easy way to create a franchise too (ala Nativity series) and Christmas films themselves are relatively…

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Now That’s What I Call Kino #13 – The Significance of ‘Night of the Living Dead’

Few films have impacted the horror genre like Night of the Living Dead (1968). As George A Romero’s debut, this b-movie would end up becoming a cult classic that would inspire and create a whole new genre of film. It’s no secret that Romero gained his nickname ‘the King of the Zombies’ for Living Dead…

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Now That’s What I Call Kino #11 – Who is the Greatest Universal Monster?

To carry on Spooktober, following on from The Twilight Zone last week, I thought I may as well talk about another horror favourite of mine – which is the Universal Monster Movies. Although I wouldn’t class myself as ‘obsessed,’ my monster pillow, Bela Lugosi pin and various small posters in my room is still more…

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Now That’s What I Call Kino #10 – The Duality of Human Nature in The Twilight Zone

Few TV shows hold up as well as Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone. Airing in 1959, this anthology television series has been responsible for numerous reboots, inspirations and references (I’m looking at you The Simpsons). The Twilight Zone is one of the finest science fiction pieces of media around and despite being over 60 years…

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Now That’s What I Call Kino #9 – The Expressionism of Humphrey Bogart

Few faces are as recognisable in the Hollywood era than Humphrey Bogart’s. Labelled by most rankings as one of the greatest (if not the greatest) actors of all time, Bogart found the peak of his career in the 1940s when the gangster flicks of Hollywood were re-emerging as film-noir. Bogart didn’t break into Hollywood when…

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Now That’s What I Call Kino #8 – The Importance of Josephine Baker

Few figures have a cultural importance as great as Josephine Baker. Born in Missouri 1906, she later started out her career as a background dancer in Broadway. She received her big break in Paris and moved to France during the 1920s. She was the first Black woman to star in a major motion picture when…

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Now That’s What I Call Kino #5 – The Effects of Imperialism in Golden Age Horror

With the popularity of independent horror peaking in recent years, it’s interesting to note what themes that seem to commonly occur in these movies. Filmmakers like Jordan Peele have done a lot to portray the black experience, more specifically what it means to be black in America. But as well as this, he has found…

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