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Author: Katey Rich
published: 2011-10-13
Welcome to the latest installment of the ongoing series Virgin Territory, in which I watch a movie I've never seen and talk about it with someone who loves it. This week I sit down with our own Movie News Editor Eric Eisenberg, who is one of many, many people who has insisted over the years that I finally see John Carpenter's The Thing. Of course, I then made the mistake of seeing the new The Thing movie before the original, but I was impressed enough by the practical effects, mounting tension, and Kurt Russell's massive hat in the original that I think I made up for it.

Check out our 15 minute conversation below, in which we talk about why those practical effects are so original, how they build tension without going for the standard horror movie jump scares, and how it fits in with the kind of horror movies being made at the time that no one these days seems to be able to match.

For the rest of the Virgin Territory series, go here, where you can find me talking The Road Warrior with Max Evry, Apocalypse Now with Dave Gonzales, Superman: The Movie with Matt Patches, All the President's Men with James Rocchi, Terms of Endearment with Mike Ryan, and The Evil Dead with Eric Eisenberg.
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Author: Katey Rich
published: 2011-08-23
After an even longer hiatus than the earlier long hiatus-- it's been a busy summer!-- we're back with the ongoing series Virgin Territory, in which I watch a movie I've never seen and talk about it with someone who loves it. This week I sit down with Max Evry, movie writer about town, to talk about a movie he wanted me to watch so badly that he gave me the DVD for my birthday: The Road Warrior. For whatever reason he didn't want me to start with the first movie in the George Miller series, Mad Max, so my first introduction to Mel Gibson and his expert driving skills came once the oil crisis had hit and gasoline scarcity had turned Australia into a post-apocalyptic wasteland, where Lord Humongous and his cronies reign supreme.

Check out our 15 minute conversation below, in which we talk about the lasting cultural legacy of The Road Warrior, how Mel Gibson's performance still stands completely independent of all the scandalous stuff that came later, and marvel at the fact that no stuntmen died in filming some of the truly amazing action set pieces in this thing.


For the rest of the Virgin Territory series, go here, where you can find me talking Apocalypse Now with Dave Gonzales, Superman: The Movie with Matt Patches, All the President's Men with James Rocchi, Terms of Endearment with Mike Ryan, and The Evil Dead with Eric Eisenberg.
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Author: Katey Rich
published: 2011-06-13
Haunted for years by this Onion article and the demands of my cinephile friends in general, I finally watched the pristine new Blu-Ray of Apocalypse Now. Lots of my friends were excited about this, but perhaps none more so than Dave Gonzales.

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Author: Katey Rich
published: 2011-04-21
Welcome to the new installment of Virgin Territory, the ongoing feature in which I watch a movie I've never seen before and talk about it with someone who loves it. Inspired by the recent flurry of news about Zack Snyder's forthcoming Superman: Man of Steel, plus the fact that the last two Virgin Territory picks had been pretty highbrow, I decided to tackle the last big remaining blank spot in my superhero movie knowledge: 1978's Superman: The Movie. The Richard Donner-directed film was the first example of what we know now as the modern supehero movie, and it's got everything--Marlon Brando's giant floating head offering advice in an ice palace, Gene Hackman swanning around in a sub-Grand Central lair as Lex Luthor, Margot Kidder's dynamite delivery as Lois Lane, and of course Christopher Reeve in his first starring role, and the one that would define him.

Joining me to talk it over and put it all in context was Matt Patches, who you may know from our podcast Operation Kino or his work at Next Movie, Film School Rejects and UGO. We picked a bench in Tompkins Square Park on the first nice day of spring to talk about whether the first 50 minutes of the movie are boring, how this film ties into the sequel, and whether or not Zack Snyder will make a movie that's at all similar. Check out our conversation below.


For more in the Virgin Territory series, you can watch me suffer the wrath of The Evil Dead with Eric Eisenberg here, pull out the tissues with Mike Ryan for Terms of Endearment here, or follow the money with James Rocchi here.
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Author: Katey Rich
published: 2011-04-07
Welcome to the new installment of Virgin Territory, the ongoing feature in which I watch a movie I've never seen before and talk about it with someone who loves it. For this one I traveled all the way to Las Vegas to team up with MSN Movies's James Rocchi and follow the money in All The President's Men the 1976 political thriller that achieves the impossible task of making research-- hands-on, in-depth, at-the-library-- look fascinating. It has the bonus virtue of being a true story, of how Washington Post journalists Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward followed the threads of the Watergate break-in to a government-wide conspiracy that eventually led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

James picked the movie for both its historical significance and the fact that it's still a damn good movie, no matter how much you know about Nixon and his cronies. Check out our conversation below, and for more in the Virgin Territory series, you can watch me suffer the wrath of The Evil Dead with Eric Eisenberg here, or pull out the issues with Mike Ryan for Terms of Endearment here. The next Virgin Territory isn't set yet, but it's quite possible it will be capable of leaping tall buildings in a single bound, so make sure and come back for more.

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Author: Katey Rich
published: 2011-03-27
Welcome to the new installment of Virgin Territory, the ongoing feature in which I watch a movie I've never seen before and talk about it with someone who loves it. When putting together this last segment I sent a list of films I hadn't seen to friends I wanted on camera with me, many of these films the kind of macho classics that populate the IMDB Top 250 and whose posters decorate guys' college dorms. And to my surprise Mike Ryan, writer for Movieline, Star Wars devotee and starter of feuds between James Cameron and Alexandre Aja, picked out the biggest chick flick on the list: Terms of Endearment. Winner of five Oscars, the directorial debut of James L. Brooks (who went on to make Broadcast News and As Good As It Gets, among others) and practically synonymous with the word "weepie," 1983's Terms of Endearment was released before I was born, but in time for a nine-year-old Mike to see it in theaters with his mom. Aided with Mike's iPad cued up to the film's most hilarious scene, anecdotes about the fights between Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger on the set, and wondering how the guy who made this could have turned out last year's How Do You Know, Mike and I met at Ditch Plains on the Upper West Side of Manhattan to talk about this Best Picture winner.

Check out 16 minutes of our conversation below, and make sure to watch until the end for Mike's hilarious story about his failed attempt not to watch the sex scene in Top Gun while sitting next to his dad. For more Virgin Territory check out the conversation I had with Cinema Blend's own Eric Eisenberg about The Evil Dead here, and check back soon for the next installment, in which I follow the money back to the 1970s.

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Author: Katey Rich
published: 2011-03-09
This is the first installment of a new series we're calling Virgin Territory, in which I watch a movie I've never seen before and talk about it with someone who loves it. Because today is Ash Wednesday-- get it??-- I'm talking about 1981's The Evil Dead, the gory horror film that put Sam Raimi on the map and made a cult hero out of Bruce Campbell. My guide is CB's own Eric Eisenberg, who loves the movie so much... well, he'll tell you all about it. Check out the video below, and happy Ash Wednesday!

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