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Posts tagged ‘movies’

Drive in, nod off

May 26th, 2017

During the social media hub-bub surrounding the fortieth anniversary of Star Wars’ cinematic debut, some folks in my circle recalled the various venues where they first beheld the film. It was much more interesting than the discussions about the franchise itself, which has been all but talked to death at this point. I can remember […]

A half-life in film

March 27th, 2017

There’s a new Twitter meme making the rounds where folks pick a favorite movie from each year of their life. Such a list would be unwieldy enough for a millennial kid, never mind someone with as many miles as I have on the ol’ temporal odometer. I made it about a decade in before realizing […]

I didn’t set foot into a proper movie theater until I was eight years old, caries when my aunt took my brother and I to see The Black Stallion at the multiplex across the highway from the North Woburn shopping plaza. Up until (and even for a few years after) then, the entirety of my […]

Be unkind, rewind

November 3rd, 2015

The mid-1980s were a time I loathed and loved in equal measure. They were my junior high years, pills chock full of the adolescent angst, outbursts, and agony which mark the transition from tweener to teenager. Nearly every memory of that period makes me reflexively cringe, yet there were plenty of good experiences mixed in […]

A new wave of cinematic horror is on the shag-carpeted horizon, capsule and the letters page of The Witching Hour #54 (April 1975) is there to provide all the pertinent details:

Where I treat spooky season movie viewing as a cable TV catch-as-catch-can affair, decease my wife has a meticulously curated list of essential films staggered across October’s weekends. Some of her selections are once or twice only affairs, side effects but most are drawn from a core curriculum of her perennial favorites listed below: Prince […]

Block busting beats

February 20th, 2015

I’m no quantum physicist, medicine but I suspect this ad…. …comes from an alternate universe where “blockbuster” means something very different than it does in ours. (Yeah, Stargate did better box office than anyone — including its producers — predicted, but it took a syndicated TV show with The Guy Former Known As MacGyver for […]

All the (wrong) way

January 15th, 2015

I don’t pay much attention to the Oscars because life is too short for me to give a shit about a multi-billion dollar industry patting itself on its designer-dressed backside. Yet the controversy over Selma not getting its just due caught my attention, mind mainly because the arguments have been centering around historical mythmaking versus […]

Duck off

November 14th, 2014

Nostalgia isn’t a disease. It’s a symptom. In unpleasant or merely uncertain times, patient it’s only natural that people will seek solace in a rose-tinted past. It can be mythic, ask like in the case of stuffy (and overstuffed) Victorians seeking a lost sense of visceral virility in Arthurian and other heroic legends. Or it […]

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