Category Archives: Books

Film Noir & Everything Else – Too Many Movies

Today is my birthday. Ta da! Birthdays can be a time of reflection, so maybe I should reflect on the fact that I’ve only put up one new post so far this month, yet more evidence of my constant struggle … Continue reading

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Movie Poster Art – Foreign Versions

When searching online for posters and stills for English-language films, I often stumble upon foreign posters for those films. Many of these simply re-purpose the original poster art, but the ones that really get my attention are re-imagined in ways … Continue reading

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Washroom Attendant to the Stars: My Technicolor Years

When I graduated from the University of Iowa in the summer of 1973 (with an awesome “General Studies” degree), I moved to Minneapolis. Not long after arriving I managed to land a job with a motion picture lab that did … Continue reading

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Al Feldstein — Seriously Mad

Al Feldstein died the week before last on Tuesday, April 29. The obituaries I’ve  seen since then focus mainly on his association with Mad magazine, which he edited for 29 years, from 1956 to 1985. Mad is likely to be … Continue reading

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On the Radio — Movies, Zombies & “Homecoming”

Two weeks ago I traveled to New Jersey with Mark Svenvold, a published author of non-fiction and poetry who teaches creative writing and literature courses at Seton Hall University. Mark, who I’ve known for many years, also co-hosts a half-hour … Continue reading

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Gunfights at the O.K. Corral

John Ford’s My Darling Clementine (1946) just ended a one-week run at Film Forum here in New York, presented in a stunning digital restoration, clean and crisp, like the first time anyone had seen it. I’d seen the film only once, … Continue reading

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Civil Rights Roundtable — a Time Capsule from 1963

August 28th marked the 50th anniversary of what was originally called the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. In the years since then, the name has lost “Jobs and Freedom,” and most people, myself included, have always thought of … Continue reading

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Famous Monsters & Me — Pt. 3: Pulp Fiction

As I’ve already established in the first two installments of “Famous Monsters & Me” (posted last year on May 17 and December 11), at an early age I developed an intense love of science fiction and horror in all its forms … Continue reading

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James Gandolfini and Richard Matheson — Jersey Boys

It was quite a shock to hear last Thursday that James Gandolfini had died the day before, June 19th, in Italy of a heart attack — much too young at age 51. And then to learn a few days later … Continue reading

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“Man of Steel” – Overkill

This is a bit of a ramble. Please bear with me. So much has been written online and in print about Man of Steel in the week since it opened, that I’m hesitant to add anything at this point (though I … Continue reading

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