I come from a family of eggheads, so summer camp for me was usually something like Mini University. We’d play with metal shavings and magnets, or compete to design the most aerodynamic paper planes, but one of the things we also got to do was use the Olympic swimming pool with a full size, triple-decker diving board. The very top board was always roped off, but one of my best friends dared me to climb up to the level below it and jump off with her. It was high enough that it was hard to even make ourselves walk to the edge, but we agreed that on the count of three we’d run and jump. It wasn’t until I surfaced that I realized she was still up there, staring down at me. Continue reading…
Posted August 12, 2014
Producer and director Menahem Golan has died. Golan produced (and sometimes wrote and directed) many, many films including: The Delta Force (1986), Death Wish (1974), The Apple (1980), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986), Missing In Action (1984), Invasion U.S.A. (1985), American Ninja (1985), Lifeforce (1985), Cobra (1986), Masters of the Universe (1987) Bloodsport (1988), Breakin’ (1984) and Breakin’ II: Electric Boogaloo (1984). He also produced: Jean-Luc Godard’s King Lear (1984), The Company Of Wolves (1985) Barfly (1987) and Street Smart (1987). The New York Times, The Dissolve and The AV Club have obituaries. Cinemablend examines Golan’s influence on Hollywood. Here is a segment from a BBC documentary on Menahem Golan and Cannon Films.