10 items from 2013
This is a creepy, suspenseful novel of the supernatural, where a man in a 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith kidnaps kids and takes them to a place he calls Christmasland.
Of all the holidays, Christmas remains my favorite, even if it’s lost all meaning. I love the decorations, I love the music (which is odd, because it’s so religious and I’m not very religious), I love the sweets and all the other food that goes with those 6 weeks that starts at Thanksgiving. Yeah, presents are great, but for me they pale next to the colorful lights, the sparkling tinsel, and the smell of pumpkin pie and gingerbread cookies (love the odor, but not a huge fan of »
Film is an incredibly vast medium, full of amazing feats of human ingenuity and some not so amazing, that has infiltrated pop culture like no other artform in the 21st century. Going to the movies is so commonplace and the world is open to so many new ways to watch film that have never been possible until now. If you haven’t seen a specific movie then you have a myriad of opportunities available to you to correct this.
This brings me to my main topic. There are some movies that film buffs and cinephiles consider some of the greatest art ever made but barely anyone who is a casual movie goer can’t claim to have seen. For the sake of convenience I have made this list to showcase 10 films that I think everyone should see at some point in their lifetime just to be a more well rounded pop culture consumer. »
- Dolan Reynolds
The St. Louis Globe-Democrat is a monthly newspaper run by Steve DeBellis, a well know St. Louis historian, and it’s the largest one-man newspaper in the world. The concept of The Globe is that there is an old historic headline, then all the articles in that issue are written as though it’s the year that the headline is from. It’s an unusual concept but the paper is now in its 25th successful year! Steve and I collaborated last year on an all-Vincent Price issue of The Globe and I’ve been writing a regular movie-related column since. Since there is no on-line version of The Globe, I post all of my articles here at We Are Movie Geeks as well. When Steve informed me that this month’s St. Louis Globe-Democrat is written as if it’s 1934, I jumped at the chance to write about the »
- Tom Stockman
In today's chapter of our ongoing tribute to horror's early days, we take a look at an epic dark fantasy from director F.W. Murnau, whom you may remember as the director of the 1922 film Nosferatu, the first – though unofficial – cinematic adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula. (For a really cool fictionalized take on the making of that film, check out E. Elias Merhige's Shadow of the Vampire.) When Murnau returned to horror four years later, he did so in a major way, with the most elaborate and expensive German film production to date; Fritz Lang's monumental Metropolis would edge it out of the top spot the following year. The story of Faust is universally known, but got a big boost from an adaptation by renowned German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, which was published in the early 1800s. The legend itself involves a master alchemist (Gösta Ekman) who »
- Gregory Burkart
When you think about vampires the images that spring readily to mind are of tall, dark handsome strangers, of the seduction of the innocent, of smouldering looks and sexual frission, of low cut gowns and bare, bloody breasts. Well they do to my mind, anyway, having been brought up on Hammer films and then graduating to the likes of Tobe Hooper’s Lifeforce (1985), Kathryn Bigelow’s Near Dark (1987), Joel Schumacher’s The Lost Boys (1987), and Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula (1992), all of which propagate the dark and sexy image of Transylvania’s least favourite cold caller.
It wasn’t always this way, though. When vampires first appeared on the silver screen they were awkward, ugly things that anybody in their right mind would run from rather than to. Some of them had bald heads, big ears and too many teeth like Max Schreck’s timeless portrayal of Nosferatu (1922), a look »
This week in horror history, fans around the world were introduced to a few of the weirdest, and most iconic characters, to ever hit the screen: The Crypt Keeper, the Creature, and the king of shadowy gentlemen, Nosferatu.
The Freddie Francis-directed Tales from the Crypt is a classic - the best in horror anthologies. Based on the EC Comic franchise, the story kicks off with a group of people taking a tour of a crypt – as you do- who find themselves locked in a room with a strange man who turns out to be the Crypt Keeper come to tell the group how each of them has died. It has to be noted that this original Crypt Keeper is slightly less skeletal than the television we all know and love, but he's memorable in his monk-like ensemble, all the same. Each tales is well-crafted and fun to watch, the »
- Sara Castillo
The St. Louis Globe-Democrat is a monthly newspaper run by Steve DeBellis, a well know St. Louis historian, and it’s the largest one-man newspaper in the world. The concept of The Globe is that there is an old historic headline, then all the articles in that issue are written as though it’s the year that the headline is from. It’s an unusual concept but the paper is now in its 25th successful year! Steve and I collaborated last year on an all-Vincent Price issue of The Globe and I’ve been writing a regular movie-related column since. Since there is no on-line version of The Globe, I post all of my articles here at We Are Movie Geeks as well. When Steve informed me that this month’s St. Louis Globe-Democrat is written as if it’s 1934, I jumped at the oppurtunity to write about the »
- Tom Stockman
When Harry met Sally concludes with Harry running to tell Sally about her annoying sandwich-ordering habits. Before plowing down zombies on the Walking Dead, Andrew Lincoln attempted to cuckold his newly wedded best friend with cue cards and boom box Christmas carolers in Love Actually.
Apparently this tripe is what passes for romance. What happened to cinema? 70 years ago, romance was Rick telling Ilsa to get out of his dreams and onto a plane, literally minutes before killing someone. Things have gone downhill since Casablanca. The following are some of the more charmingly romantic moments in cinema that don’t resort to sweet nothing’s and smooches….
10. Dracula (1931)
In 1922, legendary German filmmaker F.W. Murnau made Nosferatu, the longest surviving vampire film that was not-so-loosely based on Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula. Outraged at this copyright infringement, Stoker nearly succeeded in ridding the world of every surviving copy of the film. »
- Nicholas Fulton
We've all heard the tales of how the the vile practices of Hungarian Countess Erzebet Bathory and Prince Vlad III of Wallachia, a.k.a. Vlad the Impaler, inspired the title character in Bram Stoker's Dracula. We've also heard numerous accounts of killers claiming to be vampires or drinking the blood of their victims as part of their murder rituals. But, it's not just the mythical undead of popular fiction and violent deviants that consume human blood — a real medical condition can lead to such nightmarish behavior. Doctors in Turkey have just documented the latest case of a man with a lust for blood so intense that he started attacking people to satisfy his urges.
Link | Posted 2/13/2013 by BrentJS
- BrentJS Sprecher
Vampires! Bloody vampires! Are they still cool? As I’ve mentioned in many a review for this site, we just can’t seem to get enough of them. Every other film, book or TV series seems to be about vampires these days. I had thought this fad would have passed by now. Isn’t time some other monster got some screen time? How about a tween romance featuring fishmen? Or a sexy TV series starring a group of mummies? I guess the reason why vampires remain so popular is obvious really. As I once wrote in an essay, wonderfully entitled, ‘Pair a literary work and a film and analyse how each represents ‘gender’ and ‘sexuality’; Compare and contrast how each accomplishes this task in the specific medium, »
- Jack Kirby
10 items from 2013
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