Author Archives: Craig Burgess

Hidden Gems on Kanopy

by Craig B. I’m already a cinema junkie by nature, but during our recent stay-at-home orders, I’ve ratcheted up the regimen. If black belts could be handed out for eyestrain, I’d be a sensei master. To broaden my expertise, I’ve been taking advantage of every nook and cranny the internet has to offer. Kanopy is […]

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Prose Bowl 2020: The Final Round

  By Craig B. Welcome to the Final Round of Prose Bowl 2020! We’re down to the final competitors in Prose Bowl 2020, and we have one of the most unexpected match-ups in Prose Bowl history! From a field of eighty titles, two books fought their way through the brackets (and an ongoing pandemic) to […]

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Tuck into a Classic

by Craig B. If you’re like me, you’ve suddenly found yourself with a lot of spare time on your hands. Without seeming too presumptuous, my fickle bandwidth indicates that you’re doing exactly what I’m doing: binge-watching television shows. I’m currently on Season 5 of Downton Abbey. As a member of that sliver of humanity that […]

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The Great Courses

by Craig B. I’m a hermit by nature. A shiftless layabout. A couch potato. While you, a socially adjusted human being, are having dinner with your friends, I’m eating Fancy Lads Snack Cakes in a post-nuclear wasteland. While you’re counting footsteps in the local park, I’m eating cookie dough off my Snuggie. But my life […]

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Time to Travel, Part Two

by Craig B. About a year ago, I posted a list of my favorite time travel flicks. It wasn’t hard to come up with a healthy docket. Rather than a pocket-sized selection of cinematic chronological conundrums, there’s actually quite a few. Too many, in fact. Time travel flicks multiply like rabbits. Since I’ve never personally […]

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Welcome to the 17th Century

by Craig B. Cinematically, Thanksgiving has gotten the short end of the stick. The time-honored tradition of sitting down for a holiday flick-fest starts right before Halloween and doesn’t slow down until late December. All the other stops on the holiday road get THEIR movies. So where’s Thanksgiving’s rich movie tradition? It’s a fine, unassuming […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Neil Gaiman

By Craig B. My first taste of Neil Gaiman was in the early 90’s when my cousin introduced me to The Sandman series. I was a borderline batcaver with a dark trench coat and an inelastic haze of Aqua Net. I tried to be a batcaver, at any rate: black clothes, hair dye, spooky music, […]

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Roger Corman

by Craig B. Anybody who knows me knows that I’m a cinephile of schlock. I love bad movies. The cheesier, the better. I love feasting on unintentional humor…low-budget shoestring affairs whose only intentions are to turn a quick buck, art be damned. There used to be a lot of them out there. Strangely, the advent […]

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Movies That Should Have Won Best Picture

by Craig B. I shouldn’t let petty things get stuck in my craw, but every time I watch Apocalypse Now, I’m somewhat perplexed that it didn’t win Best Picture; It’s one of my favorite flicks. Its primeval mass pulls you down the Nung River and deposits you in the jungle like a fragment of Kurtz’s […]

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Great Low-Budget Sci-Fi Films

by Craig B. Not too long ago, I read an article that highlighted eight great low-budget sci-fi films. What caught my attention was a factoid attached to each movie pointing out how many times the highlighted film could have been made if it had been blessed with Avatar’s $425 million budget. I was especially struck […]

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