Advocating dirty books
Historic findings represent a road not taken
Among the exhibitors at last weekend's Vancouver Comic Arts Festival (May 21-22) was Robin Bougie, editor and publisher of Cinema Sewer, a film journal that enthusiastically champions exploitation, cult and adult movies. This weekend (May 27-29), he'll be in London, Ontario, participating in Shock Stock, the fan gathering that bills itself as "Canada's Horror and Exploitation Celebration." A comic artist and a movie historian, Bougie is at ease in both communities. Active since the early 1990s, he's established himself as an important gonzo journalist. Bougie chronicles marginal movie genres with a unique, personal style. His best work is a mixture of Robert Crumb and Hunter Thompson, with a major focus on the alternative entertainment industry that creates and markets pornography. An American pop culture phenomenon since the late 1960s, porn became an issue when technology and shifting social attitudes challenged established puritanical practice. The triple-X reality that emerged — one that Bougie continues to record — was the unintended consequence of the work of a remarkable individual named William B. Lockhart, a man called upon by his president to sort out "a matter of national concern." Born on this day (May 25) in 1906, Lockhart chaired the 18-person panel that produced the landmark document in the debate, The Report of the Commission on Obscenity and Pornography (1970).
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Our Feature Film Fest: 20
Taking the picture show on the road
In Part 20 of a 20-part series, Reeling Back concludes The Greater Vancouver Book's Feature Film Festival, with restored notes on eleven features celebrating freedom and mobility, a final program that takes us On the Road Again.
Learning from the best
Billy Wilder's master course in comedy
Globe-trotting author Matt Hughes, born on this day (May 27) in 1949, touched down in Vancouver earlier this month to attend the three-day Creative Ink Festival in Burnaby. We chatted over craft beers, and he told me that one of his favourite films is Billy Wilder's 1972 comedy Avanti!.
A diverse cinematic scene
Much to enjoy on screens off the site
The thirteenth item in Reeling Back's 38-part series on the cinema of Expo 86 looks at the movie fare available elsewhere in the city during the world's fair. Vancouver's International Film Festival was among the subjects covered in our feature called Expo 86 Off Site.
A generation of change
My Blog; Your Guide to What's New
A glance at today's headlines (March 30) confirms that the world is on its way to Hades in the proverbial handbasket. Rather than give in to the requisite despair, I prefer to accentuate the positive, and take heart from the many unexpected wonders that we've created during the last 20 years.