About Ted Hicks

I grew up on an Iowa farm (pigs & cattle, corn & beans), and escaped into outer space, comic books, and monster movies at an early age.  Attended the University of Iowa, concentrating on film studies & production and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop; spent 4 years in the Air Force processing aerial reconnaissance film; worked in motion picture labs (Minneapolis and New York City), followed by film & video distribution, subtitling, and most recently an awards program in NYC, where I got paid to see movies, watch TV, and read books. A perfect job for me, until it ended. Along the way I’ve written film reviews and articles for papers in Iowa City and Minneapolis. Throughout all of this, I’ve been an avid (okay, obsessive) filmgoer ever since seeing my first movie in a small Iowa theater thousands of films ago. And it’s still there! The Vista Theater in Storm Lake, Iowa.

28 Responses to About Ted Hicks

  1. Ted. Congratulations. You’ve done it. The blog has a clean, professional design. I’m looking forward to your future postings.

  2. Jim Schwantes says:

    Glad your on it, Ted. Nobody lovves film as much as you. Love these first couple of posts. Headhunters is on my list. Rab Schmidt would be proud.

  3. YAHOO! Great start Ted. Please sign me up.

  4. Vic Losick says:

    Ted, this is so great! You probably will be viewing & posting on films faster than I can read your posts. Is the top pix from “The Day the Earth Stood Still?” Many congrats!

    • Ted Hicks says:

      Yes, that is Gort from “Day the Earth Stood Still,” one of my favorite films. I plan to write something about it and other 50s sci-fi films. Though I don’t know if I’ll be posting pieces faster than you can read them. But I’ve got a lot of ideas. Glad you like it.

      • Tom says:

        I was just telling Nancy that TDTESS was my favorite all time movie as a kid. Was chatting with my new neighbor Clarence and found out it is one of his all time favorite movies so we watched it recently, got all passionate about the theremin. (He got to play some notes on one once). The movie and the story totally hold up and there is no one like Gort.

  5. renee says:

    This is wonderful! keep them coming!

  6. rynoceras says:

    Kudos Mr. Hicks.

  7. I’m looking forward to more from you!

  8. Susan Rubinoff says:

    Congrats to the movie genius! Looking forward to many quips and inspiring thoughts about film, brother!

  9. ericjbaker says:

    Great suff. I’m glad I’m not the only one who loves these old films.

  10. I’m glad you were freshly pressed so I could discover your blog. Looking forward to exploring more of your posts.

  11. Hi there.

    I’m founder of http://www.walkedthru.com – which is actually a blog community. We’re currently recruiting bloggers, of all subjects and professions to contribute.

    I think your blog is a fantastic example of what we are looking for – it is fun, specific, informative, and well written, with great imagery.

    So with that I would love to invite you to visit our community, and to ask you if you would like us to list your blog under WalkedThru Classic Monsters perhaps?

    Luke ‘SkyWalker’ Connelly

    • Ted Hicks says:

      Sorry it’s taken me so long to respond. Thanks for your comments, and yes, I’d like to be part of the WalkedThru community. While I like the “Classic Monsters” listing, that’s only a part of what I intend to write about. I’ll be covering films of all genres, old & new, blockbusters & small, independent films, etc etc. So maybe just listing it as WalkedThru Films etc. But let me know if you can come up with something else.

  12. heartwork79 says:

    Cool Blog. I run a german blog about sci-fi, fantasy and horror, I will put you in my blogroll. Keep up the good work.

  13. renee says:

    ted, keep the post coming! hope everyone at the group is doing well! 🙂

  14. I would like to nominate you for the One Lovely Blog Award!

    Here’s some information:

    Continued success to you, Ted!

  15. Great job Ted love reading the reviews

  16. Tom Thel says:

    Hey, Ted,

    I did see Les Mis ( first film I’ve seen in three years). It was in Chatanooga at a downtown theatre with a huge screen and incredible sound. I was floored but so seldom go to movies, maybe this is par for the course now.

    I saw the play live at the Wang Center in Boston years ago. It’s a pretty large theater. What amazed me about the movie was that it was much more intimate, at least from my perspective. There were really tight closeups on this enormous screen, and apparently they recorded most of the lyrics ( which of course is most of the film) as they filmed the scenes. To me, this was more real than 3D. I’m hearing noise about Hugh Jackman’s missing high notes, but am not impressed. I am impressed with his courage with singing as he performed often strenuous scenes, and with the other players as well. The critics seem impressed with Ann Hathaway’s exceeding their expectations. I didn’t know what to expect but was awed by her performance. H.B. Carter seems dedicated to being the world’s greatest bit player. Every time I see her in such roles I am reminded of the line from (I think) The Fantasticks about there being no small roles, only small actors.

    Mostly, I was so struck by the courage of the people who put up lots of money to create an expensive musical when most big movies seemed to be based on comic books. It made me cry. Actually, if I were honest, I would admit that I cried throughout the movie.

    I’m looking forward to your reaction.

  17. Hi to all, how is all, I think every one is getting more from this web site, and your views are good in support of new visitors.

    • Ted Hicks says:

      Thank you! I’ve had a big jump in followers the last couple of months, which is exciting and a little unsettling, but mainly exciting. I’m glad you like what I’ve been writing.

  18. Michael Buncher says:

    Hi Ted,
    I’ve long respected and enjoyed talking to you about your views on films, but didn’t see you very often. Now, I’ll get the chance to read your opinions all the time. Great job on the blog!

  19. Quality posts is the key to attract the users to pay a quick visit the web page, that’s what this web page is providing.

  20. citizenjiali says:

    Hi Ted, we would love you to review our Award winning Indy Asian film Citizen Jia Li. Regards Sky

  21. citizenjiali says:

    Thanks for getting back to me Ted.

    You can watch on Hulu or Viewster [just search Citizen Jia Li or go to http://www.citizenjiali.com and there are links on the menu on the right] or I can send you a secure link to a screener if you email me at citizenjiali@gmail.com

    I can also send you images if you want.


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  23. einnoc10 says:

    I’ll sign up for your blog, if you’ll sign up for mine (WeeklyWilson.com). Heading for Chicago for CIFF (Press Breakfast) on 9/18. SXSW in March set, as well. Meanwhile, just released 2 small books, BEE GONE: A POLITICAL PARABLE and the 6th (and final) book in a series for the granddaughters, “The Christmas Cats Flee the Bee.” Recruited to do a podcast starting in Nov., probably. It’s all done long distance. Maybe you could talk with me about movies and your career, when I get it going? Hope all is well. I’m sure you’re better at the technical stuff than I am! (Connie Corcoran Wilson)

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