Thursday, August 9, 2018

My Review Of "King Cohen: The Wild World Of Filmmaker Larry Cohen"


The true story of writer, producer, director, creator and all-around maverick, Larry Cohen (BLACK CAESAR, GOD TOLD ME TO, Q THE WINGED SERPENT, THE STUFF, PHONE BOOTH). Told through interviews, stills and film/TV clips, "King Cohen: The Wild World Of Filmmaker Larry Cohen" features appearances by film icons Martin Scorsese, John Landis, Michael Moriarty, Fred Williamson, Yaphet Kotto and many more. Larry himself, brings a one-of-a-kind insight into the work, process and legac, spanning more than 50 years of entertaining audiences worldwide! "King Cohen" is directed by Steve Mitchell.

The documentary is a classic cut for cut recollection of a truly unique and paramount figure in modern cinema. Larry Cohen if a frontiersman for the independent film community and "King Cohen" establishes this fact with informative and entertaining biography and interviews. The most value to this film comes in the form of first person accounts from Mr. Cohen himself offering back story to some truly monumental cult classic film and television projects given to us from his sheer genius of creativity. 

"King Cohen" keeps with the standard documentary format, but still manages to be compelling and entertaining beyond your typical shtick seen in DVD extras, or basic documentary styles. With a fangasm worthy amount of first person accounts and anidotes from Larry about his work, plus the exploration and acknowledgement of the volume of his genre-bending films, "King Cohen : The Wild World Of Filmmaker Larry Cohen" is a great documentary, one truly a long time coming - and decades in the making...and it's about time!  (4.5/5)
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