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HarryLong wrote:And MERRILY WE GO TO EL...
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Ken Hanke wrote:HarryLong wrote:And MERRILY WE GO TO EL...No one at no place at any time ever said that.
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Feb 27 15 1:17 AM
HarryLong wrote:Ken Hanke wrote:HarryLong wrote:And MERRILY WE GO TO EL...No one at no place at any time ever said that.Oh, yeah... Sylvia Sydney denied it till she was blue in the face but I have it on reliable authority she whispered it to Fredric (Where did I leave my K?) March.
Feb 27 15 2:39 AM
Ken Hanke wrote:I have to admit I don't get it.
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King Of Jazz wrote:I still don't know why EB gets such a bad rap. Mr. Hanke must concede he's more tolerable than B---- C------.
Feb 27 15 1:28 PM
Ken Hanke wrote:Obscure in the extreme*, but the big "FAMILY HOME ENTERTAINMENT" would assure I would stay far, far away. (As would the fact that it's related to BEOWULF.)*I would love to know where it actually played. Stuart Gordon's ROBOTJOX once ended up on a matinee at a dying theater in Vero Beach -- an occurrence that came as a shock to Gordon, who was convinced it had never shown in a theatre.
That was just a video label (the movie actually had a PG rating, including assorted eviscerations, sex, etc.)
I was off on the formal US release date, I checked, it was 1982 (ever fallible IMDb lists 1981 but that was likely either a single art fest or just an error as usual for them). It had reviews in FILM REVIEW ANNUAL from multiple notable sources (including Variety), and its inclusion in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences database acknowledges a US release decent enough for consideration (but then their guidelines at the time have been generous). Still, this was in that brief period of adult skewing animated features, most of which were just Bakshi or X-rated stuff, but also resulted in a few oddities like this. Right now, I'm finding mostly New York listings (which makes sense, really; it was probably arthouse fare, as I'm seeing multiple screenings of that kind).
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Feb 27 15 5:09 PM
I was thinking HEAVY METAL but you're right, not X-rated (although in the 1970s, the list included such non-Bakshi entries as DIRTY DUCK and the bizarre ONCE UPON A GIRL, framed by live-action footage of Hal "Otis the Drunk" Smith in drag as Mother Goose, as well as assorted imports such as CLEOPATRA, QUEEN OF SEX, where a major subplot involves Cleo's tiger lusting after her).
My point was just that the movie did have a release beyond one theater (and that most of the theaters were the kinds that did arthouse screenings at the time, and a few reviews referred to the screenings as such; the D.W. Griffith Theatre is described as an arthouse theater, so while the term might have been used elastically, I'm going by the designations used at the time, not saying that GRENDEL was itself arthouse so much as "so weird we don't know what to do with it," which can and has overlapped but isn't the same). Also covered by NY Times, Newsday, Village Voice, NY Post... and of course, Christian Science Monitor (again, none of which actually argue quality, but just to again reassert that I was making an El Brendel joke about an obscure movie but not one which was limited to a single matinee).
Also I was wrong about the PG rating, the MPAA actually didn't rate it (which may account for at least some of the reviews, although VILLAGE VOICE complains that there wasn't enough blood being sprayed like a hot thick geyser, in quoting the Grendel novel's original author).
Basically, short version: I just referenced the only movie to directly rhyme with the Brendel aspect. Why should El get all the attention?
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Ken Hanke wrote:My problem with every supposedly adult cartoon I've ever seen -- including the R ones -- is that they're childish and clearly aimed at the "Oh, look, tits!" adolescent mindset.
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