Category Archives: Film/TV

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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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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Television Up North

By Isaac H. A number of people often express frustration that “there is nothing good on anymore.” Scripted, live-action American television has seen something of a decline. Replaced by reality shows, game shows and animated sitcoms. Not  to say there is anything inherently wrong with any of those genres. The lack of live action scripted […]

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Terrifying Children in Books and Movies

by Lisa C. *Please don’t mistake this for a post about books that terrify children – though that’s fun, too. Ah, children. The apples of our eyes, our hope for a better future. So sweet. So innocent. So terrifying!

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If You liked Hocus Pocus…

By Kristi S.  We are deep in spooky season and I just have one question: how many times have you watched Hocus Pocus? I have a fraught relationship with this movie. As a kid, everyone in school was talking about the Sanderson Sisters and I so badly wanted to get in on the conversation. Unfortunately, […]

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Saddle Up! Westerns from Book to Screen

By Julie T. Many a yarn spun about the American West originated between the pages of a book. If you’re like me, you may have enjoyed many of these films, but have never read the books on which they are based. The western genre has expanded beyond dated depictions of the “Wild West”, filled with […]

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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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LGBT History Month 2019

by Lois H. (they/them or she/her) October is LGBT History Month! Started in 1994 by high school teacher Rodney Wilson, this monthly observance is a time to celebrate the diverse and longstanding history of the LGBTQIA+ community. The celebration also coincides with National Coming Out Day on October 11.

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The Greatest Form of Flattery

By Isaac H. There’s a saying that “imitation is the greatest form of flattery”. This may not always be true, but it can be in many instances. Particularly in the case of film and television. There are many examples of imitations, re-creations, parodies, spoofs and homages that hold a place a higher place of honor […]

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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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