Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel (2011)
Movie Review by The Mortician
Here's a GREAT documentary on producer-director-distributor Roger Corman. This is a movie that will give inspiration to up-and-coming moviemakers and also offers a great slice of history for just the casual fan. Corman gave so many successful people breaks in the business that it's incredible, from actor Jack Nicholson to award winning director Jonathan Demme...just to name a couple. We get to see Corman's humble beginnings and clips from his early movies, including the early monster quickies and the political hotfire disaster THE INTRUDER, starring William Shatner. Everyone who participated in these old classics that is still around is given time on screen to yammer, and it's just splendid to hear the old making-of stories. We also get to see Corman today, still active in monster movies made for the Sy Fy Channel, and it's great to see him on the set at eighty 朴lus years old, overseeing gore effects and rubber fish attacks! He's the stuff legends are made of and has just never given up! The documentary ends on two incredible high notes, including Corman receiving a lifetime achievement award from the Academy Awards and Jack Nicholson's very moving 'thank you' to the producer who believed in him and gave him his start. Also, amazing story on EASY RIDER and how Corman got cut out of that classic film! Another highlight is the interview with director Ron Howard and how things were on his Corman-produced GRAND THEFT AUTO, a classic car chase movie from the late '70's. So if you're looking for a little bit of history, great making-of stories, great interviews and just the timeless tale of the underdog making good with his dreams, don't miss CORMAN'S WORLD! My only disappointment with this production was that it ignored the great '90's slasher era, where Corman's companies were producing great stuff like STRIPPED TO KILL, and I would've loved to have seen coverage on all that. Sadly, it's just glossed over in this doc, but who knows, there's probably enough movies and info from that time period that would take up a whole new documentary...so would love to see that happen in the future! Otherwise, five skulls outta five, check this one out!