Sunday, January 28, 2007

Amicus and the Greatest Movie Moments of My Life


There are two films that stick out like mountains in my film psyche:

The Original Tales From the Crypt (1972) directed by Freddie Francis (who was also the DP on David Lynch's The Straight Story)
and
Asylum(1972) directed by Roy Ward Baker. (also written by the magnificent Robert Bloch-Psycho)
Both films were released by Amicus, the studio that essentially created the Horror Anthology sub-genre.(My favorite by the way.)

All about Amicus:
The Studio That Dripped Blood.
Classic Horror

Later,
Paul Parducci

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Genes: Unlocking the Riddle of Aging


Just saw a fantastic segment regarding the latest research on Aging on the very excellent Nova Science Now Series on PBS.

For a great overview: check out Genetic Science.
Later,
Paul Parducci

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Drew Friedman and his New Book or Put some Old Jewish Comedians on Your Coffee Table!


Drew Friedman is a good buddy of mine. (I am also a huge fan of his fantastic work.)
His fourth book has just come out.
You can read the review here.
Later,
Paul Parducci

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Is "Campus Ladies" the Best Comedy on Television?


My wife got me started on this show which runs every Tuesday on the Oxygen channel.
(Notice how I mentioned my wife? )
Anyway it's hilarious, well-written, acted and directed.
Watch it, you will not be disappointed.
Campus Ladies
Later,
Paul Parducci

Monday, January 08, 2007

David Cronenberg and A History of Violence


I am a David Cronenberg fan. (Dead Ringers was one of the creepiest films every made.)

I finally got around to seeing A History of Violence, and I absolutely loved it. Cronenberg's use of space, doors and chairs to denote worlds and place is absolutely brilliant. The whole cast was outstanding and its always great to see Stephen McHattie in anything.
Roger Ebert wrote an in depth review of it that I heartily recommend. You can see it here.
Later,
Paul Parducci
PS: Here's an early Cronenberg Film

Friday, January 05, 2007

Ken Garabadian My Friend



Around thirteen months ago the world lost a great man and I lost a great friend and one of the most amazing people I have ever met.
He was a spiritual giant and a kind, kind man. ( and Bleeping Smart!)
We met at my first real job out of the Army and remained close for over twenty years.
I had a tremendous urge to Blog about Ken when he passed, but honestly it was too raw for me then, too personal. In many ways it still is.(Not a week goes by that I don't miss the funny emails and marathon phone calls.)
Truth be told, with Ken gone, the world is a little less fun.

Harvard Magazine has done a feature story on Ken, you can look at it here.
Every day is precious.
Later,
Paul Parducci

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

element is completed

I will be sending it out to select film festivals.
The final cut came in at 3 minutes 25 seconds.
Later,
Paul Parducci
PS: Now that this has been settled,(Purged?) I can get back to prepping the script I just finished.

Monday, January 01, 2007

It's a New Year and A Number Worth a Second Look!




2007.
Can You believe it?
2007.
Holy Toledo!
2007!
There's something about the number itself that is forcing me to actually look at it.
It's impressive isn't it?
Two thousand and...Seven.
Maybe it's a lifetime of hearing Lucky Seven. But I have a good feeling about this year.
Later,
Paul Parducci