Sunday, March 23 2008
The desire to escape that lives in each of us, and the consequences of acting on that desire, is what makes us care for Chris McCandless (Into the Wild), and what makes his short life such a compelling story.
Tuesday, March 4 2008
Childhood and the end of innocence are vividly portrayed in Stephen King's novella The Body, and Rob Reiner's excellent interpretation, Stand by Me.
Monday, March 3 2008
Love, American Style's debut was at the very instance when everything censors and prudes had worried over seemed to bubble and blister just beneath the social surface.
Monday, February 18 2008
Grant Wood's 'American Gothic' is an elegant representation of the American nightmare: the horrors and monsters that constantly lurk behind the face of normality.
Wednesday, February 13 2008
A director can translate a writer’s words to the screen beautifully, but he can never alter their power on the page. The book and film versions of Atonement prove this all too well.
Tuesday, January 29 2008
Social hype has given your basic brats a media Teflon coating. Has the time finally come to make them pay?
Wednesday, December 19 2007
His comic look at life in the '50s formed the foundation for a seminal Christmas 'Story'. But there is more to Jean Sheperd than little boys and BB guns.
Tuesday, December 4 2007
Sons and Lovers gave author D.H. Lawrence a chance to work out all his Oedipal issues. Too bad the film adaptations have been less than enlightening.
Sunday, November 25 2007
Technology is not the only reason for the recent worldwide glut in horror films. Ease of access and influence also contribute to their continuing creation.
Wednesday, October 31 2007
Fright film fans have an innate desire to "own" that which they obsess over. Thanks to the ever changing face of home theater technology, and the genre's link to same, they can easily satisfy their creepshow cravings.
Monday, October 29 2007
David Lynch and the illustration of the grand within the grotesque, and the good/bad buried in the bad/good, ala On the Air.
Wednesday, October 24 2007
Flowers in the Attic is the perfect example of what happens to a favorite book when it gets pressed through the Hollywood machine. The results are enough to ruin a sly, scandalous thriller - and a reader's rich adolescent memories.
Thursday, October 4 2007
Leave it to the geniuses running the Hollywood studios to offset each other by delivering three legendary lycanthrope movies, 'The Howling', 'An American Werewolf in London' and 'Wolfen' during the same seminal genre year: 1981.
Wednesday, September 26 2007
The phenomenal success of the British Invasion led to a stampede of record labels trying to promote bands that could cash in on Beatlemania. Pop Gear shows over 15 bands, attempting to lip synch their way to stardom. The result is surprisingly touching and loaded with kitschy, camp fun.
Tuesday, September 25 2007
A favored book from one's past. An elusive author who seemingly never wrote anything since. Sounds like the components for a fascinating documentary? You'd be right.
Monday, August 27 2007
Lessons from Dark Shadows: 15 ways to walk on the defiled side. Insane women locked in towers, family lawyers in cahoots with Beelzebub, the frequent appearance of vile oil paintings of hate, and many paranormal possibilities.
Monday, August 13 2007
Circumstances may have brought them together, but a single 'enduring' emotion may be driving Ian McEwan's characters toward a deranged date with destiny.
Thursday, July 26 2007
In Head, a frighteningly original, career-defying work, The Monkees depict how they were forever trapped in a suffocating, inescapable situation.
Thursday, July 5 2007
It takes an exceptional talent to make hick seem slick. Alvin “Junior” Samples had it.
Sunday, June 24 2007
While it may be hard to believe, horror imagery has its direct links in the visual variances of classic painting. It's all a matter of melancholic grace.