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You Better Not Cry: Four Films With an Evil Santa

I know that may be the new norm for stores in the U.S., but it feels wrong to hear “White Christmas” the first week of November....

(Not So) Famous Firsts, Film

(Not So) Famous Firsts: Halloween Edition — Herk Harvey’s “Carnival of Souls”

Halloween gets all the movie nerds excited. This is the season where it becomes not only socially acceptable to watch gory films, but...

(Not So) Famous Firsts, Film

(Not So) Famous Firsts: Richard Elfman’s “Forbidden Zone”

My goal with (Not So) Famous Firsts is to remind myself that everyone has stumbling blocks to get over. Steven Spielberg wasn’t...

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Sound Methods: Five Films That Deserve an “Apocalypse Now”-Style IMAX Rerelease

I was fortunate enough to see Apocalypse Now during its recent IMAX rerelease. It was advertised as the “Final Cut,” like the release...

(Not So) Famous Firsts, Film

(Not So) Famous Firsts: Francis Ford Coppola’s “Dementia 13”

The most influential figure on the new Hollywood era was Roger Corman. He’s the one who gave Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich, Monte...

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The Best Summer Youth Movies by Decade

Ah, summer. It was the most important season in our adolescent lives. These days, summer to me is exciting because it means the school...

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Creative Passion: Five Filmmakers and Their Inspirations

A smart film critic (possibly Ken Hanke) once wrote, “Filmmakers start by remaking things they admired in childhood.” I am not able to...

(Not So) Famous Firsts, Film

(Not So) Famous Firsts: Terry Zwigoff’s “Louie Bluie”

In a career spanning 34 years, director Terry Zwigoff has only directed four major films. His 1994 feature Crumb may be the greatest...

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I Was Born to Be an Example of Misfortune: Terry Gilliam’s “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote”

“If you asked a random person what their most anticipated release of April 2019 was, they likely said Avengers: Endgame. Yet I picked...

Blu-ray Reviews, Music

Blu-ray Review: “Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records”

Starting this weekend, trendy music genres like trap, EDM, trance house, crunk, or whatever the hell else the kids are listening to these...

(Not So) Famous Firsts, Film

(Not So) Famous Firsts: Ryan Coogler’s “Fruitvale Station”

Ryan Coogler has only directed three feature films, but he’s already attained the success very few filmmakers ever attain in their...

Comics and Graphic Novels, Film

The Latest Celebrity Autopsies on Tape: Five Comic Books that Deserve a Film Adaptation

Since Generation X filmmakers came of age, comic books have been the driving narrative force behind every other piece of media in...

(Not So) Famous Firsts, Film

(Not So) Famous Firsts: Alfonso Cuarón’s “Sólo con Tu Pareja”

It’s been five years since Alfonso Cuarón released Gravity and won the Best Director Oscar. But with the release of Roma he’s once...

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Humbug: The Best Alternative Christmas Movies

I don’t hate Christmas. I enjoy the time I get to spend with my family and the time I get to take off from work. I also enjoy seeing...

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My Body Is Ready, But I Am Not: The Demise of FilmStruck and the Future of Streaming

WarnerMedia announced its streaming service FilmStruck announced last month that it was shutting down on November 29. The reasons...

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No Gothic Towers: TV Horror Movies That Influenced a Generation

Most horror films, while capable of offering a great thrill ride for their run time and make people confront the dark ideas they present,...

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How About That?: Trying to Understand the Cult of “Rocky Horror”

The fandom behind The Rocky Horror Picture Show is something I have never really understood. I’ve tried to, because for more than forty...

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“Toga! Toga!”: Evaluating Popular School Comedies

September is here, which means there is still a “back to school” feeling in the air, even for people who work year-round. I still have...

(Not So) Famous Firsts, Film

(Not So) Famous Firsts: Sergio Leone’s “The Colossus of Rhodes”

Legendary spaghetti western director Sergio Leone was obsessed with genre pictures but was ignorant of the constraints traditional...

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Either Dead Right or Crazy: Fathom Events and Rereleasing Classic Films

I’m becoming a big fan of Fathom Events. They’ve reinvigorated what going to the movie theater means for me. For a while, revivals and...

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There’s Only One Outcome Where We Win: “Avengers: Infinity War” and the Problem With the Marvel Cinematic Universe

I remember when Iron Man was released in 2008. At the time, Everyone considered it a mad experiment. Tony Stark was not someone known to a...

DVD Reviews, Music

DVD Review: “Still on the Run: The Jeff Beck Story”

I’ve never liked the concept of the “guitar gods” – Page is alright, but I look at Zeppelin as a whole; I never...

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We Knew This Could Happen: Six Films That Depict Nuclear War

I was two years old when the Berlin Wall came down and four when the Soviet Union dissolved. For most of my life, the idea of a nuclear war...

Film, Film Reviews

Film Review: “New Wave: Dare to Be Different”

It’s a little difficult to be completely objective after watching New Wave:  Dare To Be Different, the story of WLIR radio, from...

(Not So) Famous Firsts, Film

(Not So) Famous Firsts: Sam Peckinpah’s “The Deadly Companions”

These days, it seems like Sam Peckinpah will be remembered more for his outrageous behavior than for his films – if he’s remembered at...

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Dw. Dunphy On… The Bushido Truth of “The Last Jedi”

Rian Johnson gave fans more than another seething fighter with a war boner and a snazzy costume....

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Could Be Fantastic: Five Documentaries About Lost Films

I’ve long been fascinated by movies that, for one reason or another, were never filmed or released. What would it have been like if...

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The Forgotten Genres: Spoofs

Film genres can be susceptible to changing tastes. Hollywood has abandoned many ideas that were once standard. But that doesn’t mean the...

No Concessions, Television

No Concessions: “The Alienist”

The doctor will see you now....

Film, Film Reviews, Music

The Ted Zone: “David Bowie: The Last Five Years”

"David Bowie: The Last Five Years" -- with many detours back to the '60s, '70s, and early 2000s....