Having grown up enjoying Roger Corman's filmic retelling of Edgar Allen Poe's horror tales, his garish productions were lodged in my brain forever. So when I saw Corman's World, a flood of memories returned.
Images -- political and otherwise -- often have only the most tenuous relationship with reality. As it happened, that idea was a significant factor in several of the films I saw at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival on Sunday.
"Among other things I do," says the British musician, "I'm the music director of an organization called TED or Technology, Education and Design. That's an annual get together of people sort of figuring out how to save the planet."
In an homage to 70s B movies, there is more blood splattered in Machete than the best of Sam Peckinpah. It makes for a wild ride, one of the most purely entertaining movies to come along in quite a while.