The Art of Motion Picture Sound Design, Pt. 1

And now for something a little less “conflicted” and a little more “snob”… With the exception of a couple of experimental shorts using a process called “Phono-Cinéma-Théâtre” presented at the 1900 … Continue Reading…

Forgotten/Ignored Gems (Pt. 1)

The Public Eye (1992, dir. Howard Franklin) Anyone who’s ever flipped through a Life magazine photo retrospective while sitting in a doctor’s waiting room most certainly has seen the work of Arthur Fellig, a photographer better … Continue Reading…

Anatomy of a Scene: “Boogie Nights” Edition

It’s funny to think that something as inconsequential as one’s middle name could impact the probability of one’s genius, but it seems that that is exactly the case when it comes to the … Continue Reading…

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…

The Art of the Reveal: “War of the Worlds” Edition

Back in 2004, director Steven Spielberg decided the time was ripe to remake the granddaddy of all hostile alien narratives, H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds, the 1898 serialized novel telling the … 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…

Aspect Ratio-rama

In the film Diner, writer-director Barry Levinson’s 1982 comedy about a group of friends in late-50s Baltimore, the character Edward “Eddie” Simmons (Steve Guttenberg) proves to be such a rabid Colts … Continue Reading…