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CanFilm Five: Cult Film Expert and Writer Ian Jane

“CanFilm Five” is the Canuxploitation blog’s ongoing guest column, which brings together prominent filmmakers, bloggers, critics and programmers to discuss their most loved offbeat Canadian films.

Ian Jane runs the movie and music review site Rock! Shock! Pop!, contributes regularly to DVD Talk and in the past has written extensively for AV Maniacs and provided liner notes for Synapse Films, Mondo Macabro and Media Blasters. He’s currently hard at work co-writing his first book which will hopefully see publication in 2012. He lives in New York City with his pretty and surprisingly tolerant wife but was born and raised in Canada and still proudly clings to his citizenship.

For this CanFilm Five, Ian dives deep into the five finest fight scenes, brawls and battles that vintage Canuxploitation films have to offer.

5. ABRAXAS: GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE
In this epic straight-to-video action/sci-fi hybrid. Jesse “The Body” Ventura proves he has what it takes to govern the fine state of Wisconsin by playing an 11,000-year-old space cop named Abraxas who sports a ponytail. He’s chasing down a space bad guy named Secundus (Sven-Ole Thorsen) who has busted out of space jail and is out to find the child he sired on Earth a few years before he got locked up. Secundus takes on the form of a chubby bearded guy in a flannel shirt and generally causes problems all over the small town where he decides to look for his kid. There are lots of blue lasers in this movie as well as some dirt-bikes, some strippers and some dopey sci-fi gizmos. This one has no shortage of action and punching but the one scene that really stands out is when Jess dukes it out with the bearded fat guy in a flannel jacket, relentlessly punching him in the face over and over again while a kid watches from the sidelines and well timed explosions erupt all around them. This one also gets bonus points for a great sequence in which two unwitting cops come up to the bad guy to take him in. When he resists, one of the cops pulls an UZI out of his coat and unloads on him but it’s no use. Only Jesse “The Body” Ventura can stop this guy with his punches… UZIs won’t work.

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CanFilm Five: Fangoria Editor-in-Chief Chris Alexander

“CanFilm Five” is the Canuxploitation blog’s ongoing guest column, which brings together prominent filmmakers, bloggers, critics and programmers to discuss their most loved offbeat Canadian films.

Ooh, it’s scary, kids! Our guest for this special spooky Halloween edition of CanFilm Five is Editor-in-Chief of Fangoria magazine Chris Alexander. A former columnist for Rue Morgue magazine, Chris is one of the busiest and most passionate voices in horror, teaching film history, curating film nights, composing for movies, making films and writing about the genre that means so much to him.  For this CanFilm Five, Chris offers up his five essential Canadian horror films.

1. SHIVERS
Every David Cronenberg film should be on this list, of course–that’s just the way it is. But for the sake of space I will forever stick with his first two features, produced by Don Carmody and Ivan Reitman for Cinepix. Though thin on budget and almost jazz-like with the looseness and slipshod quality of its performances, SHIVERS simply IS David Cronenberg. All those ideas about sexual plagues, body betrayal, conspiracy and disgusting, fascinating visuals are splattered over every second of this one, unrefined, gloriously energetic and genuinely scary…and dirty. SHIVERS has that unique ’70s Cinepix  feel, like chilly death porn. I worship this film.

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CanFilm Five: Genre Poster Expert Tal Zimerman

“CanFilm Five” is the Canuxploitation blog’s ongoing guest column, which brings together prominent filmmakers, bloggers, critics and programmers to discuss their most loved offbeat Canadian films.

Tal Zimerman is an actor, movie poster collector, and freelance journalist.  Tal runs the  Toronto Cult Paper poster shop and has written about horror posters for genre publications including FANGORIA and the October 2011 issue of RUE MORGUE magazine, where his latest article, “Poster Mondo”, appears.  Tal can currently be seen on Bite TV’s Comedy Bar Monday to Saturday nights.

For this CanFilm Five, Tal brings us his five most eye-catching international movie posters for classic Canuxplotation films.

1. TERROR TRAIN (1980) — Thailand
This is the typical Thai poster illustration approach; busy with activity and key scenes from the film, though presented in the unusual (but not unique) landscape format. One of the best works by artist Tongdee, an eminent name in the world of Thai film poster illustration.

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CanFilm Five: Cinema Sewer’s Robin Bougie

“CanFilm Five” is the Canuxploitation blog’s ongoing guest column, which brings together prominent filmmakers, bloggers, critics and programmers to discuss their most loved offbeat Canadian films.

Vancouver, BC-based writer and artist Robin Bougie has been writing and drawing CINEMA SEWER magazine since 1997, a hilarious, incredible and unapologetically smutty film zine with
a gleeful handwritten focus on classic exploitation / porn / horror / weirdness. His brand new book, CINEMA SEWER VOL.3, is now available from FAB Press, and if you order this brand new 200-page collection directly from Robin before December 15, he will spend an entire hour drawing you a dirty original drawing on the inside front cover! Pure madness. Visit Robin’s (very NSFW) blog to see the personalized drawings he’s already done for others in their books.

For this edition of CanFilm Five, Robin selects CINEMA SEWER’S five favourite Canadian documentaries.

Robin: What with the NFB and the grand Canuck tradition of gritty independent cinema, Canadian documentary film making, especially that of the 1970s and ’80s (my most cherished moment in movie history) is absolutely in a class by itself. I find it to be something of a cryin’ shame that more people aren’t aware of how enthralling many of these movies are, and instead confuse Canadian documentaries from this era with those dull, washed out “Hinterland who’s who” shorts that played on CBC back in the day. I guess one can’t be too surprised, however, seeing as many of these gems are obscure, out of print, or have simply never been easily available on any home format.

Being as I publish CINEMA SEWER magazine, my list has a definite unashamed skew towards the more tawdry side of life. Prostitution, porn, nudism, crazy stuntmen and wacky comic books are present, accounted for, and ready to entertain your eyelids off.

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CanFilm Five: Film Reviewer and Blogger Marty McKee

CanFilm Five” is the Canuxploitation blog’s ongoing guest column, which brings together prominent filmmakers, bloggers, critics and programmers to discuss their most loved offbeat Canadian films.

Marty McKee is an Illinois-based freelance copywriter who somehow finds the time to moderate Mobius Home Video Forum, review films for Marty’s Marquee, and maintain his blog–a Canuxploitation favourite–Johnny LaRue’s Crane Shot, devoted to trashy paperbacks, movies and TV. His copywriting portfolio is online at Coroflot.

You’ve thrilled to his finely tailored trenchcoats in KIDNAPPING OF THE PRESIDENT and got caught up in his love of yogurt in VISITING HOURS, but even though William Shatner didn’t appear in too many Canadian productions, he’s still a true Hollywood North acting legend with a career that spans six decades and almost 200 roles. An acknowledged Shat-ologist who has followed the Rocket Man’s colourful professional career from court rooms to outer space and back again, Marty presents his top five picks of Shatner’s must-see non-STAR TREK performances.

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