40 Years of Cosmic Horror

40 Years of Cosmic Horror

Like JAWS, I cannot think of or talk about this movie (or its sequels) without typing its name in all caps. It has been forty years since we were introduced to the Lovecraftian horror of ALIEN, and even in the hopefulness of new beginnings that is spring (of the dead heat of summer), it’s a […]

COLUMBINE: A Dark Anniversary

COLUMBINE: A Dark Anniversary

When it happened on April 20, 1999, the events that unfolded at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO immediately shook the nation. Two students dressed in trench coats and armed with shotguns walked into their school and opened fire. Though the two members of the so-called “Trenchcoat Mafia” killed 13 of their fellow students, their plan was […]

Bill & Ted Party On

Bill & Ted Party On

On February 17, 1989, a little movie was released with little to no fanfare after having been shelved for a year by a studio, who actually made it after the studio went bankrupt. It was about two hapless high school students who had big dreams of starting a band, and were about to fail high school. Fortunately […]

James Gunn is back BABY!!

James Gunn is back BABY!!

When I heard the news last week about James Gunn being rehired for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, there was an audible “WHOA!” that escaped my lips and caused all my co-workers to look at me in curious wonderment. Somebody asked, “Are you okay?” I assured them I was fine, and then I listened […]

Did You Get That Memo?

Did You Get That Memo?

In 1999, Mike Judge was known primarily for the MTV series called Beavis and Butt-Head. The show was such a hit for MTV that it had been turned into a video game and also a feature-length movie. Before that, he had directed a few episodes of SNL, and had even created a cartoon character named Milton, a schlep […]

Movies and History: Schindler’s List

Movies and History: Schindler’s List

January 27 was International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It marks the liberation of Auschwitz by Allied Forces (specifically the Russians) during World War II, and it is also a day set aside in which to remember the 6.5 million Jews who were systematically slaughtered and murdered by the Nazis. 6 million is a number almost too […]

Happy 30th, 40th, and 45th!

Happy 30th, 40th, and 45th!

1989 Batman – There is no competing with the hype machine that went into this movie. There is no way it wasn’t going to be a blockbuster (and it was), though it took years for me to understand this was a comedy and not a drama like Superman. I’ve only recently began to appreciate it, and I […]

Movies and History: ‘Apollo 13’

Movies and History: ‘Apollo 13’

January 28th marks not only the anniversary of the space shuttle Challenger disaster, it also marks NASA’s Day of Remembrance. The end of January and beginning of February are a very somber time for NASA with the anniversary of not only the Challenger disaster, but also the Apollo 1 tragedy in which three astronauts were […]

Sequel Problems: The Spielberg/Cameron Conundrum

Sequel Problems: The Spielberg/Cameron Conundrum

Last year, when James Cameron announced he would be spending what would seem to be the rest of his career making Avatar sequels, I sighed. Yes, I enjoyed Avatar, and yes, I am curious to see what else he has to do in that very pretty world. However, I enjoyed everything else he did in his […]