Five Favorite Films with Roger Corman

Summary

Movies as we know them just wouldn't be the same without Roger Corman. Sure, filmmakers like Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, James Cameron and Joe Dante probably would have found their way into the game eventually, but the fact remains that they all got their start under the tutelage of Corman and his low-budget genre factory -- a tireless B-picture production line that also gave early breaks to unknown young actors like Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone and Jack Nicholson. Perhaps more significantly, Corman was one of the pioneers of the independent movie model, cranking out scores of exploitation and genre films (and distributing foreign titles by Truffaut, Bergman, Fellini and Kurosawa) that turned profits even as they flaunted the traditional studio system. (Not to be discounted: he also directed a handful of genuinely fine movies, like the Edgar Allan Poe adaptation The Masque of the Red Death.) This week, Corman is celebrated in Alex Stapleton's documentary Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel, a career-spanning look at his work that gathers together exultant testimonials from many of his most famous pupils. We caught up with Corman earlier this week for a chat about his career and his "graduates," his thoughts on independent film, and how the Lucas/Spielberg blockbusters spelled doom for genre pictures. First, here are Corman's five favorite films. Back to Article

Comments

nongshim

Kathryne C

or maybe people have different opinions
whoa
crazy idea

Dec 16 - 10:27 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

So...you agree with me? But it's too early yet...wait...you know he's NOT drunk, right? Are you drunk? Can I just agree with the first drunk guy I see?

Dec 16 - 11:17 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Was this from Friday? I must have lied, I was totally drunk when I wrote that.

Dec 18 - 06:03 AM

JC Martel

JC Martel

It's a good thing for Avatar.

Dec 16 - 11:27 AM

Dave J

Dave J

I thought it was an expensive film because he Orson Welles was always behind schedule costing the studio more money, the sooner it was made the less it would cost the studio!

Dec 16 - 02:29 PM

Dave J

Dave J

But what you're saying is that he can be a great teacher and that's not the same as that his films are inspirational, Cormon films can inspire bigger budgeted and better versions of his films but that is probably how far it would go. And out of all the names you've mentioned, they're far from being in the 'best' they had ever been in or partake in throughout their career, as a matter of fact all the directors/ actors you've dotted down are probably involved in the least favorite or at least close to the bottom of the list anyway whether it's Sly, Bogdanovich to Coppola!

Dec 16 - 02:41 PM

The Reaper

Iron Will

Corman's a Beast!!! Rock on, forever, Rog. He sure know a helluva lot about movies.

Dec 16 - 02:53 PM

Ryan

Ryan Flannery

On the Waterfront... also, love the tagline from the CK poster: "Everybody's talking about it! It's Terrific!"

Dec 16 - 02:57 PM

Premo Beat

John Noto

Whatever you think of avatar's script, plot, etc.. there's no denying it's the greatest technical achievement in film history. Cormon specifically states he chose it because of this.

Dec 16 - 03:14 PM

Dave J

Dave J

But out of everything you've seen Cormon was given credited to, what would you say be the percentage that you liked of his and at the same time earn the same notoriety as Scorsese, Kubrick and Coppola, because I bet there's probably more films that're like other horror films that's similar to "After Dark Horrorfest" or "Ghost House" and those are as memorable as most horror films coming out with Cormon's name attached to them!

Dec 16 - 04:14 PM

Diego C.

Diego Crespo

Avatar is a beautifully shot film with outstanding special effects. It's the perfect movie to show off a new HD tv but other than that it was predictable and had pretty bland dialogue. And I never really cared about the giant smurfs. It's good and delivers what the trailer promised, but that's about it.

Dec 16 - 04:32 PM

Diego C.

Diego Crespo

Avatar is a beautifully shot film with outstanding special effects. It's the perfect movie to show off a new HD tv but other than that it was predictable and had pretty bland dialogue. And I never really cared about the giant smurfs. It's good and delivers what the trailer promised, but that's about it.

Dec 16 - 04:32 PM

Diego C.

Diego Crespo

Avatar is a beautifully shot film with outstanding special effects. It's the perfect movie to show off a new HD tv but other than that it was predictable and had pretty bland dialogue. And I never really cared about the giant smurfs. It's good and delivers what the trailer promised, but that's about it.

Dec 16 - 04:32 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

Great list. IDK why all these idiots talked shit on Avatar, but liked shit like Cars [2].

Dec 16 - 04:47 PM

Shiva the God of Death

Noah F

People today have a problem separating what they don't like from the bad. I do not like Avatar by any means, specifically due to the low quality of the script, resulting in poor performances. Plus, it looks awful on TV (great in theaters). But Avatar is by no means a BAD film. Not a good film either. Its technical achievements are gargantuan, despite the negatives they have produced.

Cameron is a great director and storyteller. He is like George Lucas in that neither can really bring out great performances (if they appear, they just happen), but they both have an incredible handle on special effects.

PS: pissed that Lawrence of Arabia only has a 98 percent.

Dec 16 - 05:14 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Oh, Bosley Crowther. There's your New York Times relevent as ever.

Dec 16 - 05:19 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Oh, Bosley Crowther. There's your New York Times relevent as ever.

Dec 16 - 05:19 PM

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