A Cautionary Tale of A/V Obsolescence

Every hear of The Criterion Collection? No? Well, it’s the company I hold responsible for my crack-like addiction to the latest and greatest home video formats of the last 20 years. … Continue Reading…

B-Movie Cult Classics Unearthed Watching Late-Night HBO in College (pt. 1)

Two recent untimely deaths–those of 43-year-old actress Amanda Peterson and 61-year-old ex-pro-grappler/actor Roddy Piper (the former not entirely unexpected, the latter of natural causes)–got me thinking about the movies that made them famous*, … Continue Reading…

Great Endings (Pt. 1)

As with any narrative art form, crafting a satisfying ending to movie is a tricky proposition. Even the strongest works can fall victim to a last few minutes that don’t quite follow … Continue Reading…

Ridley Scott: Mise-en-scène Virtuoso

Mise-en-scène. Ring a bell? Unless you speak French, probably not. For a good portion of my formative years I was in the same boat–a sackful of mise-en-scène could’ve dropped from the sky, … Continue Reading…

John Frankenheimer’s “Artful” WW2 Masterpiece

Of this blog’s massive readership (19 and counting!) I’d hazard a guess that no more than two of you would have the slightest idea who I’m referring to when I drop the … Continue Reading…

A Truly Life-Changing Film

Back in late July 1996, my fiancé and I made the short walk from our apartment to the middling, yet convenient 8-screen Webster Place Theaters in Chicago’s Lincoln Park to … Continue Reading…

The Wilhelm Scream

The other night my 12-year-old son roped me into the first 30 minutes of Return of the Jedi, director Richard Marquand‘s 1983 conclusion to George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy. And … Continue Reading…

The Lost Cinemas of My Youth, Pt. 3

GOLF GLEN THEATERS (Niles, IL) Much like the aforementioned Evanston Five or the multiplexed General Cinema – Deerbrook Mall, the Golf Glen Theaters, located on Golf Road, was a theater of … Continue Reading…

The Lost Cinemas of My Youth, Pt. 2

EVANSTON 5 THEATERS (Evanston, IL) Located on Central Street just west of Northwestern University’s Ryan Field (forever Dyche Stadium to us traditionalists)…   …this theater first opened its doors in … Continue Reading…

The Lost Cinemas of My Youth, Pt. 1

Late last year, coinciding with the release of Interstellar, the Chicago Tribune ran an interview with Christopher Nolan, the movie’s director, in which he was asked by columnist Christopher Borrelli how … Continue Reading…