Wednesday, November 11, 2009

It's about time!!!

There is justice in the world. In dire times like these when madmen, zealots and radicals seem to be sending this planet to hell in a hand basket faster than we can blink it’s nice to know that through it all something good, something truly honorable and noble can happen. Roger Corman is receiving a Lifetime Achievement Oscar! It would take far too long for me to explain why this is such a momentous and MUCH deserved cause to celebrate. If you don’t know who Roger Corman is then I pity you and may feel the need to question your standing as a movie nerd. Make no bones about it, Roger Corman has never made a great film, a timeless classic that will last through the ages, heck I’m not sure the guy’s ever even made a GOOD movie, but dear Lord has he made a lot of them and without the hundreds of films to his credit Hollywood wouldn’t be what it is today or what it’s been for the past several decades. Don’t believe me; take a look at this list of just SOME of the people that go their start in the industry because of Roger Corman.

Robert Deniro
Charles Bronson
Sylvester Stallone
James Cameron
Francis Ford Coppola
Ron Howard
William Shatner
Jack Nicholson
Jonathan Demme
Joe Dante
Peter Bogdonavich
John Sayles

Need I go on? I haven’t even touched on the fact that his company was responsible for the American releases of some of the greatest works by some of the greatest foreign auteurs this world has ever seen, guys like Truffaut, Fellini, Bergman and Kurosawa. Corman is a legend and outright movie god and I for one am extremely bummed that this is now one of the awards that they don’t give out at the main Oscar ceremony. Instead this will be given out the Saturday before and it’s a real shame because I guarantee you the place will be packed with more star power than a galaxy of supernovas, a veritable who’s who of the Hollywood A-list that owe their careers to the “Orson Welles of the Z-movie”.


Adam said...

How could you forget MARTIN SCORSESE?

Chris W said...

Oops, didn't know I had. My bad but yeah, see how awesome Coman is!?!

Anonymous said...

I was just going to mention him but thought I was confusing him with someone else.