TGITDNMAR: (4/25/14)

TGITDNMAR: (4/25/14)

The big shock at the box office this week wasn’t Captain America: The Winter Solider continuing to do blockbuster things, or Rio 2’s continued solid performance, or even the colossal bomb that is Transcendence (ok, it’s mildly surprising just how […]

THE CHALLENGE OF THE UNFILMABLE BOOK

THE CHALLENGE OF THE UNFILMABLE BOOK

Despite surrealist, avant garde, and experimental forays into non-narrative cinema, we still view contemporary filmmaking as first and foremost a narrative form. D.W. Griffith remains  more influential on both mainstream and non-mainstream filmmaking than Stan Brakhage, and cinema has usually […]

VAULT REVIEW: THE RUNNING MAN

VAULT REVIEW: THE RUNNING MAN

Happy Earth Day stargazers! With that out of the way, let’s turn our eyes to 1987 to review the dystopian vision for our future circa 2017. It’s always interesting to see how the future is viewed in film, especially when […]

ETERNAL CHARACTERS OF THE FILM LOVER’S MIND: COMMUNICATION TRAINING WITH CRAZY VAUGHN

ETERNAL CHARACTERS OF THE FILM LOVER’S MIND: COMMUNICATION TRAINING WITH CRAZY VAUGHN

As all Game of Thrones fans know, it’s officially wedding season! Recovering from the less than joyful GOT Weddings may lead some to some impromptu viewings of happier wedding movies, such as Wedding Crashers. Maybe you’re one of the few […]

PANNING THE STREAM: ASS BACKWARDS

PANNING THE STREAM: ASS BACKWARDS

As a fan of the cancelled series Happy Endings, I’m always on the lookout for the cast’s latest projects. So when I glimpsed Casey Wilson while panning across the rows of available Netflix films, Ass Backwards became a must-watch priority […]

VINTAGE VAULT:  THE SHOOTING OF DAN MCGOO

VINTAGE VAULT: THE SHOOTING OF DAN MCGOO

My love for classic animated short subjects came about because they were frequently used to fill slots of kids television programming. So I grew up on the stuff. Popeye, Woody Woodpecker, Casper, Tom & Jerry…they all had their own hour […]

TGITDNMAR: (4/18/14)

TGITDNMAR: (4/18/14)

To literally no one’s surprise, Captain America: The Winter Solider remained atop the box office for the second straight week. It’s also the top grossing movie for the year already, which, again, should surprise no one. It won’t be until […]

THE DEATH OF THE AUTEUR

THE DEATH OF THE AUTEUR

“To give an Author to a text is to impose upon that text a stop clause, to furnish it with a final signification, to close the writing.” –Roland Barthes When Roland Barthes advocated the death of the author, he claimed […]