Author Archives: Ted Hicks

About Ted Hicks

Iowa farm boy; have lived in NYC for 40 years; worked in motion picture labs, film/video distribution, subtitling, media-awards program; obsessive film-goer all my life.

The Year So Far: Documentaries

There have been so many great documentaries in recent years. It’s an incredibly flexible art form. The following fourteen are the best of what I saw from January through June of this year. ______________________________________________________ Abacas: Small Enough to Jail (Steve … Continue reading

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The Year So Far: Feature Films

The following feature films are some of the best that I’ve seen in the last six months. We’ll see how this shakes out at the end of the year, after six more months of movies. But in the meantime… Alien: … Continue reading

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More Tie-Ins: TV Shows & John Wayne comics!

Novelizations and comic book adaptations in the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s weren’t limited to motion pictures alone. Television provided a large array of material to be novelized and turned into comics. Most of these, though not all, were derived from … Continue reading

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“Dawson City: Frozen Time” – Amazing!

Dawson City: Frozen Time is unlike any film you’re likely to have seen before. The discovery and subsequent restoration of 533 reels of 35mm nitrate film prints buried as landfill in a swimming pool provides the way into director Bill … Continue reading

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Movie Tie-Ins: Novelizations & Comic Books

NOVELIZATIONS Film novelizations have been around since the 1920s, but it was in the 1950s, with the proliferation of mass-market paperbacks, that they began to appear in large numbers. This is when I started reading them. Novelizations, as you would … Continue reading

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Jonathan Demme & Talking Heads – Burning Down the House

Until this past Sunday, the last time I’d seen Stop Making Sense in a theater was in 1999 during a 15th anniversary re-release at Film Forum. At that showing I looked around to check out the audience before the lights … Continue reading

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Men’s Adventure Magazines: Weasels Ripped My Flesh

I often find some very interesting stuff when I’m doing a search for film posters, stills, and other materials. Recently the cover for a men’s adventure magazine from the 1950s popped up. I dropped what I was doing and started … Continue reading

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