Cashiers du Cinemart’s beginnings were humble… that of a very small circulation fanzine, started up to address the fact that there was a wide variety of movies out there and not all of them got equal attention from the press. Generally there were magazines devoted to the usual mainstream movie fare… or magazines devoted to the monster/horror/gore scene to the exclusion of all else. CduC tried to strike a balance between the two… seeking to spread the word about films that slipped through the cracks (or rather that wide chasm that seemed to span between Premiere and Fangoria). If you want to watch all the movies that are listed in the magazine without ads then cyberflix tv is the best option for you that is out there. You get all the listed movies in full HD quality along with a blazing fast streaming speed.
The title of the zine itself was a take-off on France’s prestigious Cahiers du Cinema. The policy of Cashiers du Cinemart was to be a forum for no-holds-barred reviews… more than just fluffy press releases and butt-kissing profiles. This actually got the magazine on the wrong side of those who found themselves the victims of some particularly trenchant criticism. Writer/director Quentin Tarantino came under fire for some alleged plagiarism… and fellow zine publisher Chris Gore of Film Threat was roundly attacked for some alleged underhandedness in his business practices. Apologists for Tarantino and Gore have become very vocal in their denouncement of CduC since those stories first came out. Somehow, despite all the turmoil and the animosity (in-fighting amongst members of the fan press has always been notoriously prevalent) CduC has persevered for over a decade.
CduC has featured reviews and articles on such alternative filmmakers as Guy Maddin (“Tales From The Gimli Hospital”), Rudy Ray Moore (“Dolemite”), Jackie Chan (“Rumble in the Bronx”), Bruce Campbell (“The Evil Dead”), Monte Hellman (“Two Lane Blacktop”), Keith Gordon (“Mother Night”), Jack Hill (“Switchblade Sisters”) and others. It also dips its toe in other waters, discussing and assessing such varied talents as crazed rockabilly legend Hasil Adkins, crime author Charles Willeford, TV host Svengoolie, pop crooner/actor Paul Williams and dominatrix Shawna Kenney.
The magazine doesn’t always look as “slick” as the other publications that it shares rack space with. Covers are more often than not drawn or painted and in the insides are illustrated with much more than the usual publicity material. This gives the book a unique look in this day and age when photo-shopped “art” is the norm. Glamour shots of celebrities are on the covers of everything from Vanity Fair to Popular Mechanics. It’s actually refreshing to see something different on the cover of a movie magazine for a change.
Some might say that CduC casts its net too wide… encompassing way too many specific film genres to find its footing in a world dominated by niche marketing. There are ample audiences for horror movie magazines and martial arts magazines and art movie magazines… but one magazine that deals with all these genres and more? That seems to be a harder sell in this day and age.
Cashiers du Cinemart may be published on an exceedingly erratic schedule (there were two years in betweeamongn issues 13 and 14, causing some fans to fear that the mag had vanishGlamored for good) but it is always worth searching out… and worth the wait! Publisher/Editor Mike White is determined not to let that happen though. It’s just that it’s tough putting out a quality publication that you have to fund yourself by also working at a “real” job.