Saturday, July 30, 2022

Weekend Lounge: Last Saturday of July!

Not much to talk about this week aside from a new episode of Geek Gab! You can tune into it above. Hopefully it is live when you're clicking on it.

That said, there is still some stuff to mention. There is one thing I wanted to get to that I keep forgetting to mention.

Now I can finally being up that the second volume of the Cannon Film Guide finally released. This one covers the years between 1985-1987, whereas the first went over 1980-1984. Despite that, this volume is TWICE the size of the last at over 1000 (!) pages. For those interested in the best purveyor of b-movies, the Cannon Film guide has proven itself to be more than up to the task.

Find it Here!

I still have yet to pick up my copy, so do not expect a review anytime soon. Nonetheless, here is the description:

"Trunick's Guide . . . will sit comfortably on reference shelves next to Michael J. Weldon's Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film and Danny Peary's Cult Movies books." - Spectrum Culture

"The Cannon Film Guide is a treasure trove of info for Golan/Globus fans. Even diehard Cannon scholars will learn from this tome." - Paul Talbot, author of the Bronson's Loose! books

The unbelievable story of the legendary 1980s B-movie studio continues in The Cannon Film Guide Volume II, which covers the company's output from 1985 to 1987, their peak production years under Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus. This book takes an up-close look at sixty Cannon movies, from deep cuts to cult classics, including American Ninja, The Delta Force, Over the Top, Invasion USA, Masters of the Universe, Runaway Train, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, King Solomon's Mines, Lifeforce, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, and many more. With hundreds of photos and more than forty interviews with Cannon directors, writers, and stars, this is an indispensable reference book for fans of the VHS era's wildest production company.

"For students of film history-of which the Cannon saga has been a largely unexplored chapter-fans of exploitation filmmaking and B-movies, and aficionados of cult cinema, The Cannon Film Guide is likely to be an essential addition to your bookshelf." - Den of Geek

You can find the second volume of the Cannon Film Guide here. It is available in both paperback and hardcover. This series was originally slated for three volumes (Volume 1: 1980-1984, Volume 2: 1985-1987, and Volume 3: 1988-to the end) so there is still one more to go. The first volume was great, so there is little doubt the follow-ups will not be either as good, or surpass it. For those interested in the strangeness that was the 1980s, this series is bound to inform you.

If you want to know more about Cannon Films, you can always check out my still-ongoing Cannon Cruisers podcast. We have covered over 100 Cannon Films at this point, as well as over 100 Non-Cannon favorites from the same era. We still put out a new episode every Sunday, as we have for nearly 5 (!) years by this point. It's been quite a journey.

Check out the Cannon Cruisers here!

That's all for this month, folks. Hope you're beating the heat and keeping cool. Take care and I'll see you in August!

"JD Cowan has over the years shown himself to be one of the most prominent, and perhaps most important, essayists of the new movement in pulp revival beginning in the mid 2010s. His is must read work." ~ P. Alexander, Cirsova

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