February 2nd, 1914 – Introducing Charlie Chaplin

Making a Living (also known as Doing His Best, A Busted Johnny, Troubles and Take My Picture) is the first film starring Charlie Chaplin. It premiered on February 2nd, 1914. Chaplin plays Edgar English, a lady-charming swindler who runs afoul of the Keystone Kops. It was written and directed by Henry Lehrman.

Jane Austen and the Cult of Retelling

Fanfiction is a fact of life – at least for fandoms. Some are good. Some are bad. Some are downright ugly. Websites dedicated to this particular form of fan-tribute have sprung up across the internet, catering to users of all different languages and genres. And yet, there is a particular sort of fanfiction that has […]

Alan Rickman’s Top Five Nerdy Films

Fandom communities have been double hit this week; first the death of David Bowie, and now Alan Rickman. Both died at the age of 69, both lost their battle to cancer, and both will be dearly missed by fans the world over . . . and as a tribute we present to you The Pandora […]

Soar: An Animated Short Film Airship Adventure

Soar is one of those magical animated short films that demonstrate more storytelling ability than a feature film. It tells the fantastical tale of a young girl who befriends a tiny boy pilot who’s dropped out of the sky. Through the course of a single day, she must find a way to fly her new friend back home before he is stranded on Earth forever.

The Revenant – Review

The Revenant is a tense and gritty period drama set along the frontier territories of South Dakota. Based on historical events in the early 19th century and the novel adaptation by Michael Punke, it outlines the partially fictionalized tale of the veteran frontiersman and fur trapper Hugh Glass. Mauled by a bear and abandoned by his fellows, Glass nevertheless […]

Once Upon a Spaceship – “Alien” as Fairy-Tale

Alien has earned its reputation as a classic. The acting. The cinematography. The painful intimacy of birth, death, and survival that makes the heart of the story (which the alien enjoys ripping out – repeatedly). The dialogue and action have inspired many critical essays and late night debates among friends, and it’s the sort of […]

Movie Review: Tomorrowland (2015)

It is both a blessing and a curse to have come of age during a high point in Disney’s film-making history. They were coming out with hit after animated hit: The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), The Lion King (1994), and both Pocahontas and Toy Story in 1995. Yes, I got […]

David Bowie & Genre Film

For sometime it seemed like David Bowie could not age, that he was indeed an immortal vampire of sorts, but last night he lost his private fight with cancer. Bowie’s body may be dead, however, his work that spans six decades had already elevated him to immortality. Amongst these works were several unforgettable film roles in the genres […]

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