June 24, 2018 Episode 219 - Jim Wynorski (Directing over 150 Movies)

Jim Wynorski is a B movie legend. Having directed over 150 movies, Jim's career spans several decades. Jim's most notable works are Chopping Mall, Sorority House Massacre II: Nighty Nightmare, Hard to Die, and Death Stalker II. 

We chat who Jim hates, how the internet has changed filmmaking, we (kinda) talk about an upcoming Shout Factory release, plus tons more!


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Show Notes

-- 00:03:00 - The question that everyone asks

-- 00:04:22 - Making over 150 movies

 - Takashi Miike - is a Japanese filmmaker. He has directed over one hundred theatrical, video and television productions since his debut in 1991. His films range from violent and bizarre to dramatic and family-friendly.

-- 00:05:17 - Making 6 films in a year

-- [00:07:58] - What he learned from Roger Corman

 - Roger Corman - is an American director, producer, and actor. He has been called "The Pope of Pop Cinema" and is known as a trailblazer in the world of independent film. 

-- [00:14:10] - Reboots

  • Wild Wild West - is a 1999 American western action comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. A big-screen adaptation of the 1960s TV series The Wild Wild West, it stars Will Smith, Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh and Salma Hayek. The film takes the steampunk gadgetry from the original series to still more fantastical lengths with a series of unlikely contraptions culminating in a giant mechanical spider. Wild Wild West was a commercial disappointment, earning only $222.1 million worldwide against a $170 million budget, and received predominantly negative reviews.
  • The Man From Uncle - is a 2015 American action spy comedy film directed by Guy Ritchie and written by Ritchie and Lionel Wigram. It is based on the 1964 MGM television series of the same name. The film premiered at Barcelona on August 2, 2015 and was released on August 14 by Warner Bros., receiving mixed reviews and grossing $109 million worldwide on a $75 million budget.
  • CHIPS - is a 2017 American action comedy buddy cop film written and directed by Dax Shepard, based on the 1977–1983 television series of the same namecreated by Rick Rosner.  It has a 17% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which called it "only mildly arresting at best". Unlike the original series, the movie was produced without the cooperation of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and without a license to use CHP logos.

-- [00:24:32] - How the Internet has Changed Filmmaking

-- [00:27:15] - Seeing what's popular

-- [00:31:35] - Million dollar advice

Mexico's 'Island of the Dolls' - Thousands of creepy toys hang from the trees to quell the tormented screams of a ghost of a little girl who drowned there

-- [00:35:07] - So who does Jim hate?

  • Robert Culp - was an American actor, screenwriter, voice actor, and director, widely known for his work in television. Culp earned an international reputation for his role as Kelly Robinson on I Spy (1965–1968), the espionage television series in which co-star Bill Cosby and he played secret agents. Prior to that, he starred in the CBS/Four Star Western series Trackdown as Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman from 1957 to 1959.The 1980s brought him back to television. He starred as FBI Agent Bill Maxwell on The Greatest American Hero and had a recurring role as Warren Whelan on Everybody Loves Raymond. Culp gave hundreds of performances in a career spanning more than 50 years.
  • Jennifer Rubin - is an American actress and former model. A competitive swimmer during her youth, Rubin was discovered by the Ford Modeling Agency and went on to model for Calvin Klein and became Ford International Model of the Year in 1984. She made her film debut as Taryn White in the 1987 horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.
  • Tanya Roberts - is an American actress and producer. She is known for her role as Kiri in The Beastmaster (1982), Stacey Sutton in the James Bond film A View to a Kill (1985), and as Midge Pinciotti on That '70s Show (1998–2004).

-- [00:36:52] - How to deal with difficult actors

-- [00:37:43] - When an actress stole from the set

-- [00:40:36] - So who does Jim like?

-- [00:43:18] - Jim's upcoming movie release that he can't talk about


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