Show Biz Part 2: Oh, Rocky!

Last week I wrote about getting a job at a movie theater when I first moved to Madison, Wisconsin many years ago. The theater was an “Art house,” showing foreign films, documentaries, and basically filling a niche that other theaters had ignored at that time. The theater I worked at — the Majestic — was […]

What — and Leave Show Biz? (Part One)

When I first moved to Madison, Wisconsin many years ago, I landed a job working in a movie theater. The theater was an “Art house,” showing foreign films, documentaries, and basically filling a niche that other theaters had ignored. The theater I worked at was technically part of a chain: Landmark Theatres also managed theaters […]

Films to Inspire the Halloween Spirit

With halloween only a week away, I’d like to recommend a few films to help inspire the Halloween Spirit. Not all of them are, strictly speaking, scary, but all of them capture aspects of the holiday, and many can be viewed the year ’round. First up on my list is a double-feature based on a […]

Three Monster Hunter Films I Recommend

If you’re looking for inspiration for a Chill, Call of Cthulhu or Pulp gaming campaign and want to include plenty of supernatural thrills and chills, here are some films that I feel capture this spirit perfectly. Even if you just like a good horror/adventure film, take a look at this list and see if anything […]

Are the Muppets “Selling Out”?

Muppets Most Wanted (2014) First of all, let’s throw something away from this discussion. While it may be convenient shorthand to reference the situation, I don’t care for the phrase “selling out” — it reminds me too much of the jealousy of one artist towards another who is more financially successful. That being said, let […]

One of My Favorite Films: Buckaroo Banzai

Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th Dimension Warning: This appreciation contains a few modest spoilers. The first time I saw The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th Dimension, was at Wiscon in February or March of 1986. I sat down with a friend to watch it in the film room, and was instantly hooked by […]

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – My Take

So my lovely wife T and I took in the latest installment of Peter Jackson’s Tolkein franchise last night. I have to admit, after seeing the first part last year, I went into this with lowered expectations. I was STILL disappointed. I will do my best to leave out spoilers for those of you who […]