Educational movie about things
25 years prior to appearing on Goodson-Todman game shows, and 5 years prior to the premiere of his long-running radio show, Fred Allen starred in this unremarkable one-reeler most likely shot in the Kaufman-Astoria studios in New York. The early sound era was full of one-shot comedy shorts provided by virtually every vaudeville entertainer of the day. This is Fred Allen's first on-screen appearance.
Cell mates Clyde and Griff are both soon being released from jail. Griff offers Clyde an opportunity to continue a life of crime on the outside, implying that his criminal connections would lead to as glamorous a criminal life as there ever was, comparing this situation to the glory days of the 1920s. Clyde is reading a story in a magazine about 1920s underworld czar, Bull Moose Brannigan. In the story, Brannigan is able to take control of the criminal world, stamping out anyone who tried to muscle in on his territory. Because of Brannigan's life, he who could buy anything he wanted, Clyde is thinking about taking Griff up on his offer, believing he may have the opportunity to become the next Bull Moose Brannigan in doing so. The warden, upon Clyde's release, hopes he has a way to keep Clyde on the straight and narrow on the outside.
A double feature: In Big in Japan: Follow the highball masta (Jason Kehl) and The Brain (Shane Williams) as they explore the bouldering around Tokyo, repeating classics and establishing new testpieces. Guided by the local daimyo (Naoya Naito), our heroes travel through lush forests, remote sulphur mountains and slick river beds to discover the hidden gems of Japan. Along the way they meet a legendary warrior (Yuji Hirayama) eager to trade techniques. In The HP 40 Installment: Recently opened to bouldering, HorsePens40 quickly established itself as one of the premium bouldering areas in the USA. Shot in December 2003, this installment features 3 short movies focusing on different aspects of the game. First we got Jason Kehl working God Module, the best problem in the park. Then it is a medley of climbers and problems shot during the annual Mortal Kombat competition. Last but not least we follow Utah's strongman Steven Jeffrey on his 1st day in HP40 where he crushed about 10 v8s and v9s.
Jamaa Fanaka’s first project plays off the Blaxploitation’s genre conventions, an adaption of Goethe’s “Faust” presented with a non-synchronous soundtrack and superimposed over a remake of Super Fly (1972). Often out of focus with an overactive camera, the film immediately exudes nervous energy, but unlike Priest’s elegant cocaine consumption in Super Fly, Willie’s arm gushes blood as he injects heroin. A morality tale in two reels. —Jan-Christopher Horak