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Mashup Storypitch: “Tiffany’s Apartment: Breakfast of Madness.”

This is the first in a series of blogs I’m calling “Mashup Storypitches,” where I take two or more stories from popular culture–movies, books or TV shows–that share a trivial … Continue reading

April 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

A movie for book lovers: my review of “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

I watch a lot of movies, but it’s a pretty rare event when I go to a theater to see one–so rare that it happens maybe twice a year. My … Continue reading

April 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Reblog: Group Offences: Braveheart and the future of prejudiced pictures.

So, you’ve seen me blog about my complicated relationship with the movie Braveheart before (as well as its creator Mel Gibson). When I came across this article on the Curnblog this … Continue reading

April 6, 2014 · 1 Comment

Endearingly cheesy: in defense of “The Greatest Show On Earth.”

The Greatest Show On Earth is an almost unbelievably cheesy cornball movie, directed by Cecil B. DeMille, released in 1952. That year it won a very dubious Oscar for Best … Continue reading

April 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Someone else’s childhood: the false mirror of 80s teen movies.

Were you a teenager in America in the 80s? If so, chances are pretty good that you have a soft spot in your heart for certain movies that depicted your … Continue reading

March 24, 2014 · 2 Comments

Dueling visions of the Jazz Age: “The Great Gatsby” movies, compared. (And the book too).

This is the seventh article in my 1920s Week series. The Great Gatsby, the iconic 1925 novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is arguably the greatest literary testament of the 1920s. … Continue reading

March 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

May the court be with you: 42 Star Wars lawsuits.

They say that lawyers ruin everything, so why not the Star Wars universe too? If there were lawyers looking for clients a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, … Continue reading

March 5, 2014 · 1 Comment

Beatrice Wood: The real Rose of the Titanic

Originally posted on A R T L▼R K:
On the 3rd of March 1893, the American artist and studio potter, Beatrice Wood, was born in San Francisco, California. Her…

March 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

“If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, Who ya gonna call ?” Harold Ramis !

Originally posted on If it happened yesterday, it's History:
(Harold Ramis, on the far left, in Ghostbusters (1984). Image courtesy of Columbia Pictures) Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day are…

February 27, 2014 · 3 Comments

Artistry in Horror: Remembering “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.”

Today is the 94th anniversary of the release of one of the greatest horror films of all time. On February 26, 1920, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, directed by Robert Wiene, … Continue reading

February 26, 2014 · 1 Comment
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