Last week I wrote about the many and various realities impacting what movies are made or acquired by studios and distributors in light of what’s happening not only within the movie industry but in the general media and retail worlds. There are… Read More

One of the unique trends of the downloadable and streaming media age is the playlist. If you want to go back to the foundational DNA of the playlist you can find it in mixtapes and other personally-curated media that began decades ago…. Read More

One of the many remarkable things about The Last Jedi is that it’s the first Star Wars film to be both written and directed by one person who isn’t George Lucas. In fact, it’s the exception to the rule in general that… Read More

There were stories a few months ago that director Quentin Tarantino was going to make his next movie about Charles Manson. That still might happen. “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men,” often held up as premiere examples of the Peak TV era, are… Read More

A couple weeks ago I saw Lauren Galloway shared a GIF from Empire Records on Twitter and got into a brief conversation with her about the movie was a classic. In the last few years it’s been alternately hailed as a classic… Read More

One of the consistent narratives coming out of the Toronto Film Festival screenings of Suburbicon was that director George Clooney “…is Not the Coen Brothers.” This perspective colored many a review and write-up and was mentioned frequently as one of the reasons… Read More

I have a special affinity for the department store concept. Or at least I did, before I embraced the idea of not buying unnecessary items (either out of choice or lack of financial resources) and the big-box stores removed all the personality… Read More

In what I can only call an unqualified failure on my part, I missed this past Monday’s prominence as the anniversary of the birth of the late, great Groucho Marx. The comedian would have turned 127. If he were alive that milestone… Read More

This Newsweek story has been making the rounds over the course of the past week or so. It is, by my count, the 734th story regarding the lack of classic films available on Netflix and other streaming services. That minimal offering is… Read More

The first time I went to see Wonder Woman was about three weeks ago. I sat in the theater with my jaw dropped almost the entirety of the movie. I could not believe that a comic book property was being taken so seriously,… Read More