"What Oppenheimer has crafted in just under an hour is film that is not just an intriguing insight into the life and mind of “the most well-known unknown author” in the business, but also a love letter penned not just by the filmmaker but by many of Lansdales avid fans from all walks of life, and we get this great sense of admiration for this man through several first-hand accounts from other pop-culture icons such as Bruce Campbell, Joe Hill, and James Purefoy.
"Lansdale talks like he writes, and you don’t want to look away. He’s a storyteller, and that lends itself to a documentary. Hansi Oppenheimer makes the film a visual feast to go along with the verbal one, just as rich in walking us back through time. Vintage footage of drive-in movies and intermission concession ads create a feeling of nostalgia that works well with Lansdale’s rememberings."
"Documentary films about authors are few and far between. That's chiefly because the act of putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard isn't anyone's idea of high drama.
Not so with New York-based documentarian and self-professed fangirl Hansi Oppenheimer's All Hail the Popcorn King, a tribute to and examination of Joe Lansdale, the Lone Star State's "writer of the purple rage."
"Oppenheimer followed Lansdale, camera in hand, while he shared some moments of his life. It makes you feel as if you were the one having a conversation with him. This closeness makes you feel the extent of his love for all types of storytelling."
"When everything’s said and done, All Hail the Popcorn King paints a vivid picture of an iconoclastic creator who isn’t just a talented writer, but seems to be a genuinely good person, to boot The interviews included here are in such a down-to-earth, conversational manner that you can’t help but just get drawn in by his charisma and sense of humor. If you’ve never read anything by Joe R. Lansdale, I can’t imagine watching this and not being compelled to go grab the first book you can find and dive right in. Hell, I’ve read a fair chunk of his work and this made me want to go back and reread everything while scouring bookshop shelves for the ones I haven’t found yet."
"Hansi Oppenheimer is an up and coming documentary filmmaker who recently premiered her Joe Lansdale opus, All Hail the Popcorn King at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas to a packed theater. We sat down with this creative whirlwind to talk about the power of fandom and her passion for her art."
"Joe Lansdale is the subject of a recent documentary film, All Hail the Popcorn King from Hansi Oppenheimer. At 1428 Elm, we sit down with this legendary scribe to discuss his career, the book that got away and his future expectations."
“All Hail the Popcorn King is easily one of the most entertaining documentaries ever made about an author”
Review by Andrew J. Rausch
And…at last…we have a cinematic valentine to that literary God among men. All Hail the Popcorn King, directed by Hansi Oppenheimer, is a perfectly balanced, passionate portrait of the man, who by some, is called the greatest writer…you’ve never heard of.
All Hail the Popcorn King, the documentary on the life and musings of writer, Joe Lansdale, directed by Hansi Oppenheimer, will be headlining a night of stellar events at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Being billed as “Lansdale-Palooza” the filmmaker will be screening her latest work there as well as taking part in a Q & A session featuring herself and Joe Lansdale. The panel will be moderated by none other than the creator of Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin.
Watch the Q & A from the live stream at the premiere in Austin on 8.18.19
Video of the live stream pre-screening and intro at the premiere of All hail the Popcorn King at the Alamo Draft House, Austin on 8.18.19
"From spelling errors to love for Tarzan. The secrets of Joe Lansdale in a documentary.
In "All Hail the Popcorn King" the Texan author told by friends and colleagues
Seba Pezzani - Sat, 08/17/2019
Our Associate Producer Chuck Wiser, discusses the Joe R Lansdale documentary All Hail the Popcorn King with Jim Gray on Radio on Film at KVSC at St Cloud University.
All Hail the Popcorn King, a documentary about Joe R. Lansdale directed by Hansi Oppenheimer, was intriguing to me as a fan of horror and western fiction and movies of all types. Though I haven’t read a lot of Lansdale’s work, he’s a name I’ve been seeing in anthologies for years as I’ve made my way through the different genres. It didn’t seem to matter which one I was getting into, Joe’s stories seemed to be there. And they’ve always seemed to be among the best in the book.
This makes for a five-star rating for the documentary itself, with great potential for lots of stars in the near future after picking up several Lansdale novels and collections. I know that I will certainly be adding more Lansdale to my to-read pile after watching All Hail the Popcorn King, and I might even try to find some greasy popcorn to eat while reading.