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‘Little Bird’ Presents A Dark Science-Fiction View

Little Bird

Director/screenwriter Darcy Van Poelgeest boasts a long list of awards and accolades for his storytelling prowess and brings the same writing finesse to Ian Bertram’s breathtakingly detailed artwork in the gorgeous, hyper-detailed miniseries Little Birdlaunching from Image Comics this March. “Little Bird is really just Ian and I sitting down and creating a comic …

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Beware The Blob (1958)!

To view The Blob click here. The credits are Saul Bass lite. Different red shapes, blobby outlines, move forward on the screen while one of the great movie theme songs plays behind them. The song, “Beware the Blob,” performed by The Five Blobs (lead singer Bernie Knee) and written by Burt Bacharach and Mack David, is instantly […]

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Taking Issue with A Boy and His Dog (1975)

A guest post provided by former TCM intern, Alexandra Greenway. To view A Boy and His Dog click here. A Boy and His Dog follows 18-year-old Vic (Don Johnson) and his telepathic dog, Blood (voiced by Tim McIntire), as they scavenge for women in the dystopian Wild West in the year 2024. The film is […]

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Tor Books Announces “TOR LABS” Dramatic Podcast Imprint

Tor Labs

Tor Books  announced the launch of  TOR LABS, a new imprint emphasizing experimental approaches to genre publishing, beginning with original dramatic podcasts. Helmed by Senior Editor Marco Palmieri and Editor Jennifer Gunnels, Tor Labs will debut this summer with Steal the Stars, a science fiction audio drama which will be produced in …

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Things to Come (1936): William Cameron Menzies’ Biggest Headache

I am teaching a section on mise-en-scene later this semester, and I am going to use stills and clips from the 1936 sci-fi classic Things to Come, which is adapted from H.G. Wells’ The Shape of Things to Come. While it is tailor-made for art and film students, any recommendation for others comes with a […]

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Scanners: Cronenberg, Existence, and Body Horror

Scanners (1981) is a movie lacking in almost every area of cinematic showiness: Its locations, in and around Toronto and Montreal, are plain and dull. The film’s protagonist is practically emotionless. The editing is thoroughly unobtrusive, mostly cutting back and forth between speakers in conversation. The camera doesn’t waste any time or energy moving around […]

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We’re Off to See the Zardoz

In the pantheon of wildly ambitious, certifiably insane major studio films released in the go-for-broke 1970s, few can hold a candle to ZARDOZ (1974). Director John Boorman was riding high on the success of Warner Bros.’ DELIVERANCE two years before, so he was essentially given free rein to choose whatever story he wanted as long as […]

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