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Tuesday, February 7 2006

Cable Carnal-val

Exercise or S-exercise? This month's Lost Signal taps into cable's promise of the scandalous and sexy, and comes up with Ron Harris's classic calisthenics as come-on.


Monday, February 6 2006

The Green Pile

Black Christ Figures? Magical Mice? Tom Hank's infected urinary tract? It's no wonder this so-called classic has our resident ethnic ethicist up in arms.


Thursday, February 2 2006

‘Monument’ Achievement

When you discuss the classic Westerns of Hollywood, one name immediately comes to mind: John Ford. And when you consider his stunning cinematic masterpieces, one particular desert locale is his iconic trademark.


Sunday, January 29 2006

An Anthropologist on Mars

Want to learn more about the human race? Just turn on the TV and experience the foibles and frivolities of mankind as seen through the eyes of 'the others' -- filters in the form of aliens, robots, and talking animals.


Tuesday, January 24 2006

Art and Artifice

Trends, fads and formulas -- the stuff of modern cinema. This month's To Be Seen looks back at how Hollywood came to this place, and reflects on a time when a 'movie' and a 'film' were not two different artistic ideals.


Monday, January 23 2006

A New Kind of Magic: Part I: The Power of Prestidigitation

In the first of a three-part look at the symbiotic relationship between the horror film and special effects, our Dread specialist argues for magician George Melies' place as the father of all F/X-based fright flicks.


Sunday, January 22 2006

Ladies’ Plight

What's most notable about superstars in the last decade is not that there are so few of them. It's that none of them have been female. Of Hollywood's elite women, several have found success largely in the shadows of men.


Monday, January 16 2006

Love Is Risky Business

With all the Oscar buzz swirling around Ang Lee's taboo-busting drama, our literary liaison wants us to not forget the stellar short story it's based upon.


Tuesday, January 10 2006

Trailer Fabulous

Call them examples of alcoholism as the avant-garde, or experimentalism accented with several cans of Spam, but actor/filmmaker Giuseppe Andrews is onto something with his masterful trailer park epics.


Monday, January 9 2006

Black (and Blue) and White and Red All Over

In his debut column on classic films, Ciampaglia digs deep into Alexander MacKendrick's oft-forgotten Sweet Smell of Success, a 1957 cinematic treat (like a cookie full of arsenic).


Thursday, January 5 2006

Ain’t ‘IT’ a Shame

In her debut column, Classic Film Columnist Glaze argues for one forgotten actress's place in the pantheon of legendary leading ladies.


Monday, January 2 2006

The 2005 YATS Image Awards

Sick and tired of the same old faces getting the same lame accolades from the media? In his ongoing attempts to keep it 'real', Harris presents his personal picks and pans from the previous entertainment year.


Tuesday, December 20 2005

Monochrome Christmas

With the holidays rapidly approaching, it's time to tap into the true spirit of the Season: the black and white stop motion melancholy of Suzy Snowflake and her devious elfin pals Hardrock, Coco and Joe.


Wednesday, December 14 2005

Austen’s Powers

Despite Jane Austen's obvious skill as a storyteller, her novel, Pride and Prejudice, is somewhat asexual. Thankfully, the new film version of the literary classic introduces some much needed physicality into this far too courteous romance.


Monday, December 12 2005

How Chris Tucker Made a Fortune in Films Without Making Movies

Want a sure-fire way to a $20 million payday? Just follow the Chris Tucker example of salary security: don't make a movie for five years.


Monday, December 5 2005

Goodbye to Love

Romance -- or more specifically, the Romantic Comedy -- isn't dead; it's just been relegated to the '90s as said decade's defining genre de jour.


Sunday, December 4 2005

Where Have All the Black Girls Gone?

If a black woman ever needs reminding of the dearth of black female leads, she need only ask a white person what actress she most resembles. Chances are she'll hear 'Whoopi Goldberg' at some point.


Tuesday, November 29 2005

One Wedding and Lots of Funerals

While many consider it a horror classic, Lanzagorta reveals the sensationally subversive underbelly -- thanks to director James Whale -- of 1935's Bride of Frankenstein.


Monday, November 28 2005

The Neo Neo-Realist

If you believe that Italians offered the best examples of neo-realism in cinema, think again. You haven't seen the mind-numbing dullness of true reality until you've witnessed the work of Coleman Francis.


Monday, November 21 2005

Norm!

While not necessarily looking for a place where everybody -- including the busboy -- knows your name, Horn would like to locate a new drinking establishment that offers a sitcom-style sense of community.


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