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Monday, October 30 2006

Vamping It Up

From folklore to fright icon, a certain naughty neckbiter remains one of literature -- and film's -- most fascinating fear factors.


Monday, October 23 2006

Food of the Clods

As food becomes more and more sophisticated, today's home cook is faced with a daunting dining task. Too bad Laban and Larry aren't around to bring simplicity back to supper.


Sunday, October 22 2006

Dropping the Bombshell

Notes on the (hair) color code, from one of those (you know), blondes.


Sunday, October 15 2006

The Great Wait for Oscar Bait

If there's anything to be learned from a review of the year so far, it's that 2006 will either go down as a terrible movie year or a tremendously back-loaded one.


Thursday, October 5 2006

Or Are You Just Glad to See Me?

This month, our cinematic classicist looks at the human love of firepower, and how one forgotten film noir in particular encapsulated everything good and bad, appealing and appauling, about this obsession with guns.


Tuesday, October 3 2006

Skunk Ape Confidential

From his humble roots as a woodland myth to his starring roles in several '70s monster movies, Bigfoot remains the Me Decades most misunderstood manbeast -- and most unlikely cultural icon.


Wednesday, September 27 2006

Fear Factoring: Part I

What elements categorize a horror film? Monsters? Murders? Mood and atmosphere? In this first of a two part examination on the subject, our resident macabre master argues that unlike other cinematic genres, the basic tenets of the terror experience can be difficult to clearly delineate.


Tuesday, September 19 2006

Lolita’s Balls!

Between the scandalous novel and it's equally inflammatory big screen adaptation, Vladimir Nabokov's classic story of unnatural, obsessive love still has chutzpah.


Tuesday, September 12 2006

Towering Concerns

It's admirable that people want our culture to strive for relevance and depth in its filmmaking and film watching, but our desperate grasping for real world ideals has dissolved our sense of cinematic values.


Thursday, September 7 2006

Monkey Business

Performers in monkey suits hitting each other with mallets? Is that all that's left of Ernie Kovacs' television legacy? It's the subject up for debate during this overview of the more or less forgotten funnyman.


Wednesday, August 30 2006

The Skeleton of My Dead Child

Eric Von Stroheim would have been a fantastic television director, free to spin out 13-hour movies as a full season of edgy, mature, character-driven drama.


Wednesday, August 16 2006

The Gruesome Gazettes Part 2: Fangoria and Beyond

Horror fandom finds its gruesome, gory touchstone in this second half of our look at genre publications, and its arrival signals a real renaissance in the power and influence of motion picture macabre.


Tuesday, August 8 2006

The Da Vinci De-Bacle

As I sat there in the theater watching The Da Vinci Code, I wondered how it would be possible to follow the knotty narrative if you hadn't read the book first.


Thursday, August 3 2006

Punchin’ in the Rain

Gene Kelly and Bruce Lee were from different generations and decidedly divergent disciplines. Yet they have more in common than one might imagine.


Tuesday, August 1 2006

Hit the Road, Bonejack!

Seaver is a true product of the post-modern media. Glued to the tube like most of the '80s underage denizens, he lived on a steady latchkey diet of Full House, Thundercats and Charles in Charge.


Wednesday, July 26 2006

The Gruesome Gazettes

In the first of a two part examination on the subject, our scholar of scares looks back at the role genre magazines played in the creation of the rabid macabre movie fanbase we see today.


Monday, July 24 2006

Hollywood’s Boring, Boring, Blockbuster Summer

Think Summer of 2006's popcorn movies have been more bust than boffo? You're not alone, according to our resident mainstream movie maven.


Monday, July 10 2006

“Thunder”‘s Blunder

The Box Office Belletrist -- Thunder's Blunder -- Hyams and company managed to take an excellent metaphor for man's technological hubris and strip it of all importance.


Sunday, July 9 2006

Stars

If it's July, it's time for another installment of CBS's voyeuristic reality series. Unfortunately, while she loves the show, our arbiter of televised treats isn't thrilled with the 'all star' format.


Wednesday, July 5 2006

MTV’s New Post-modern Voyeurism

Known for its televisual lows over the years, MTV seems to have struck a nerve with its latest scandalous offerings: a showcase for insufferable materialism, and a competition where racist slurs are rewarded as a winning strategy.


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