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Wednesday, March 22 2006

A New Kind of Magic: Part III: Cinematic Symbiosis

In the final installment of his three-part look at the evolution of special effects in movie macabre, our horror historian looks at Fritz Lang, Lon Chaney, and a certain oversized ape's place in the dynamic of dread.


Tuesday, March 14 2006

Inventing Is Art, But the Inventor Is Not Always an Artist

Thomas Edison, a cinematic artist? Probably not. But according to our resident film historian, his place in the annals of motion pictures -- and their technology -- is secure.


Sunday, March 12 2006

Wigger: The Strange Case of a Troublesome Word

In these days of blurred ethnic barriers, our resident cultural critic looks at the current state of race relations, and how one troublesome word came to define -- and defame -- an entire social stereotype.


Monday, March 6 2006

Blonde Persephone

While it may mark the final film for two of Hollywood's legendary icons, our resident classic film connoisseur says there's more to Arthur Miller's 'Eastern Western' than meets the cinematic eye.


Sunday, March 5 2006

Oscar, and (His) Agenda

This year's Oscars looks set to be one of those rarest of Oscar years: the attempt at a statement.


Tuesday, February 28 2006

The Academy NIT

Year in and year out, Oscar typically misses some noteworthy candidates for recognition. Stale Popcorn offers its list of overlooked gems in this annual March 'madness'.


Sunday, February 26 2006

Vintage Venom

Looking for a classic bit of 'cruelty' with 'intentions' that are all too clear? Our resident literary 'liaison' argues the case for this 1988 masterwork of manipulation.


Tuesday, February 21 2006

A New Kind of Magic: Part II: The Modern Prometheus

In the second of a three-part look at the symbiotic relationship between the horror film and special effects, our Dread specialist shows how Mary Shelley's mythical monster, and a unique approach to art design, forever changed the horror film.


Sunday, February 19 2006

Findlay vs. Jason

So, you think a sinister "shape" and his hockey-masked compatriot are the founding fiends of the slice and dice film? Actually, according to our resident outsider cinephile, the true origins of the slasher film can be found inside the grit and grime of the grindhouse.


Tuesday, February 14 2006

F is for Film; F is for Fraud

Trying to determine why classic films are turning up with greater frequency on his yearly lists, The Lumierenary has discovered a startling truth about Hollywood: the remake has ruined it.


Monday, February 13 2006

The New ‘Face’ of Contemporary Television

More confusing than Caucasians playing Asians, more disturbing than whites emulating blacks, Young uncovers a disturbing trend in the modern media: straight actors playing it 'gay'.


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.


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