A film criticism and review site I recently launched with a number of my film nerd buddies. [more inside]
An autobiographic comic for The Nib about how early exposure to the 90s X-Men cartoon and subsequent movie gave a confused gay teenager a metaphor to deal with it.
I have a dog named Louie and he's pretty disdainful of human horror movies. He doesn't get what the big deal is about vampires (not scary OR sexy), werewolves (friends!), or skeletons (yahm!). So he's making horror movies for dogs now, about things that are REALLY scary, like BATHS and VACUUMS and THUNDER. Louie hired me to design his movie posters. Unfortunately he pays me in kibble, but other than that he's a great (decent) client!
A few weeks ago I decided to start a review of the role and place of women in Disney's Star Wars franchise through various mediums, television, cinematic, novels and comic books. It became surprisingly clear that the decision to make Felicity Jones' character the lead in Rogue One was not just a follow up on Rey's prominent position in The Force Awakens, but an overwhelming trend across every medium to feature many strong female characters in the Star Wars universe.
The studio heads of Classic Hollywood ranks by how awful they where as people.
"You better watch out. Better not cry, sucker. Because this month we’re taking a look at seven examples of cinematic revenge — the bloodier, the better." A series of revenge movie reviews to help you celebrate the Holidays. [more inside]
After Last Season exists in the subconscious of the internet mostly as “that trailer with the cardboard MRI machine.” Even among the most diehard fans of weird cinema, it is something that may have made a momentary blip on their radar if they have even heard of it at all. [more inside]
COMING SOON TO OUR THEATER! Monsters! Aliens! Bikers! Vampires! Witches! Dinosaurs! Barbarians! Zombies! Natives! Swordsmen! Devil worshipers! Cool cats! Ass-kicking soul brothers! Sorceresses! Sharktopi! Action! Horror! Mystery! The occult! Low production values! Nonsensical editing! Cheesy acting! Cheap special effects! Ed Wood! Roger Corman! Bert I. Gordon! The Asylum! And much more! Please visit our snack bar! Movies are your best value! And now--OUR SHOW (NSFW in places) Extra: Drive-In Intermissions! [more inside]
My pal Ian and I discuss a different action movie every week. We talk about action movie tropes, montages, action scenes, and generally look at the structure and conventions of American action films. [more inside]
My attempt to emoji-ify the entire Big Lebowski movie. Now, all images (to ensure browser support), and at Medium, fully explained line-by-line below.
A man watches a movie. A cat takes a nap. Who used their time more wisely? [more inside]
A short, satirical film about trans misrepresentation in the media. (TW included on YouTube page.) All trans girl soundtrack featuring Hearken!, Jenna and the Pups, Ex. by V., Femmepire and Haley Paille. Enjoy.
I'm working my way through every single film made about Irish-American mobsters, gangsters, bootleggers, run-runners, and general thugs, offering commentary on the films, and comparing them with the actually history of Irish-American gangsterism.
Josh Fruhlinger of the Comics Curmudgeon and I sat down and watched the nearly unreleased Brenda Starr movie adaptation and talk about how it tackles camp, gender performance, romantic fantasy, and crazy shoulder-pads [more inside]
I made a video putting together the Hannibal Lecter scene from Manhunter (1986) and the remake Red Dragon (2006) as a way to compare direction and performance for a scene that is nearly identical in both movies.
It's a Twitter account that posts premises for hard sci-fi movies
A semi-comprehensive listing of all the upcoming analog film screenings in the Chicago area, big and small. [more inside]
I produced a horror movie called YOU'RE NEXT. It comes out this weekend in the US, and in the rest of the world over the next few weeks. Critics even like it, which is pretty rare for a horror film these days. So if you like horror movies, go see it. If you don't like horror movies, go see it anyway and help support MeFi's own me.
A visual history of the greatest prop t-shirts — and the occasional tank, polo, and sweatshirt — from film. Highlights include Bluto's iconic "College" top in Animal House , the Shark Cat design sported by James Franco in Pineapple Express, and all of the shirts worn by Chris Knight (Val Kilmer) in 1985's Real Genius. See a complete list of all 78 clips at It Goes To 11. Concept and editing by Brett Roberts and Travis Greenwood.
A list of exhibitors who intentionally show films on film (35mm, 16mm, whathaveyou) to the public — cinemas, festivals, museums, and itinerant groups. It started out as a news digest looking at (1) cinemas that are switching to digital technology and (2) cinemas that are choosing to preserve analog film exhibition in some form, but I kept finding so many interesting little pro-analog cinema projects that I had to make a list of them. [more inside]
Waeguk-in is (a romanization of) the Korean expression that means 'foreigner,' and that's what I am. The site is Wonderchicken Industries™ newest entry into Korea blogging for fun and no profit whatsoever. I've dismantled my old neglected Korea-focused site and built a shiny new one devoted more to fun and interesting Korea-related stuff and less to turgid essays. If you're interested in Korea, come and have a look, or just follow @iamthewaegukin for updates. [more inside]
Inspired by the Amazon/Goodreads deal (and advised by AskMe) I have decided to launch my own review site for books and any other media I feel like writing about. [more inside]
Rotten Tomatoes scores can be very helpful when trying to figure out what movie to watch, but I find their website to be incredibly slow and frustrating to navigate. Since Rotten Tomatoes has an API, I decided to make Quick Rotten as a way to quickly look up Rotten Tomatoes scores and get a sense of what critics think of new releases. My friend John Holdun then chipped in to make it look pretty.
Looking at Teen Paranormal Romance books, shows, and movies, and particularly at how they present ideas of gender performance and relationship models. (Here's the inaugural post, where I lay out what the plan basically is. Highlights so far include this particularly cogent defense of (at least some aspects of) Twilight, and this epic takedown of Hush, Hush.) And today, we've started a new, 144-week-long project: watching and discussing each and every episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. MeFi bonus: named via AskMe (thanks again, argonauta)!
I have over 24,000 16mm educational films from the 1920s thru 1980s and have been sharing them at avgeeks.com (previously). But I still have a ton of films no one else has made available online in good quality, if at all. So every day during the month of August, I'm digitizing and uploading public domain 16mm films that anyone can watch, download and/or repurpose for their own projects, free of charge. They're being collected at av-geeks.tumblr.com, and include The Potheads, a bizarre amateur anti-drug film from 1968, a 1958 interview with Ansel Adams about his craft, sexy industrial porn, Any Boy USA, in which Mr. Whiskey explains the perils of the big city to our hero, and lots more. I'm uploading at least 3 new films a day; the goal is to get to 100 miles (240 hours) of film by the end of the summer.
A podcast and blog about movies and movie trailers. [more inside]
I've just released my first iPhone app. It's called Double Feature, and it's for the kind of film fan who likes knowing who was in what with whom.
If you've ever been watching a movie and found yourself wondering “hey, wasn't that guy in $MOVIE_TITLE” or “say, what's got $PERSON_1 and $PERSON_2 in it”, Double Feature is for you. With its Movie Match feature, you can type in two movies and get back a list of the people that worked on both movies. With Name Search, you can punch in two names and get back all of the films those two people both worked on. That's literally all that Double Feature does. If you'd classify yourself as a movie buff, I think you'll really like it.
A collection of frame enlargements I made of the mysterious photographs of (usually) women that sometimes appear in the unseen header footage of motion picture film. More will be added as I encounter them. [more inside]
MostlyFilm, a blog I'm involved with. As the title says, mostly film writing but some other reviews/essays/criticism as well.
So far, writing about: Alex Cox, "Meek's Cutoff", the upcoming "John Carter of Mars", country music in the movies, Herzog and Wenders 3D films, Christian Marclay’s "The Clock", recent CD releases. Oh and, calling Jamie Oliver a big gurning tit and the premise of his new show "colossally stupid and offensive".
Remote Viewing is a fortnightly podcast produced in Melbourne, Australia. It is the creation of a group of ravenous media consumers and focuses on Movies and Australian released dates. Remote Viewing also covers television, the internet, comics, novels and even video games, where their content bleeds into its core focus.
Hidden within every movie is a secret art film. It’s easy to find, as long as you know the right place to stop and fade to black. With a little timing and just the right edit... a story of triumph becomes tragedy, love turns to loss, and every dream becomes a dream deferred. Watch the closing scenes from your favorite movies, and see the art film it could have been. [more inside]
Movie showtimes for Mexico. We currently have the most popular movie theater chains in Mexico City, Jalisco and Nuevo Leon, and we'll add more cities and chains soon. [more inside]
I'm producing a short horror film that's being directed by a female horror icon, and Executive Produced by Guillermo del Toro. In order to promote and fundraise for the film, we're producing a series of videos entitled "Horror Film School", where we interview the Masters of Horror about how to make your first film. First up: George Romero. [more inside]
In the world of superhero comics, everyone is suing everyone else. Relatives of Jerry Siegel (the writer who created Superman) recently won a historic court victory giving them 50% of the copyright in Supie's first appearance. Relatives of Joe Shuster (Siegel's artist partner) are suing for the remaining 50% now. Meanwhile, relatives of Jack Kirby, Marvel Comics' most important founding artist, are using the same lawyer to challenge Marvel over characters like Spider-Man, Iron Man and Thor. Stan Lee, who worked with Kirby in creating all those characters, won his own lucrative victory against the company in 2005. And we've seen other comic book lawsuits from Steve Gerber (over Howard the Duck), Dan DeCarlo (Josie & the Pussycats), Marv Wolfman (Blade), Carmine Infantino (The Flash) and Gary Friedrich (Ghost Rider). It's partly Hollywood money that explains this rash of lawsuits, and partly a quirk of US law which is only now putting all the most valuable superhero characters up for grabs. To learn more, please click the link above.
On August 8th, 1978, you a cordially invited to the wedding of Gwen Anne Sanderson and Brent Forrest Hall. There will be dinner. There will be dancing. There will be murder. Killer Disco Wedding. A destination wedding, where the destination is death. What do you get when you mash up a grindhouse trailer with a '90s compilation album commercial...well, this. Shot over the weekend in Los Angeles last month.