Dune with Sock Puppets and Cardboard

You may recall a couple of years ago when some friends and I made a “sweded” version of the first Hobbit trailer. It made the rounds on the Internet, and a lot of people seemed to like it, so we did it again… …with the David Lynch version of Dune. …

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Ruminations About Bad Entertainment

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been watching TCM’s The Story of Film, a 15-hour documentary series about cinema history, as told by Irish film critic Marc Cousins. If you have the time to crank through it, I highly recommend it. The series is Film History 101 in a jar, …

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Tales from the Modern Family Tree

One of the rituals I’d inevitably need to perform anytime I’d dated anyone new is to attempt to explain my family. Yeah, I know, everyone’s family is bizarre in their own way. Mine is strange on a purely mechanical level. As one former boyfriend once exclaimed, “You don’t have a …

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Reel Education LIVE on January 18th!

Once again, A Reel Education (a podcast which I co-host with Tim Wick and Jena Young) will be recording an episode LIVE at the Parkway Theater! On December 14th, you can join our live recording session, which comes with a matinee screening of Billy Wilder’s great film noir, Double Indemnity! …

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Butt-Numb-a-Thon 2013 Full Lineup

  Okay, so I realized yesterday (December 24th, 2014) that I never wrote a “full lineup of the Butt-Numb-a-Thon” post for last year’s Butt-Numb-a-Thon. So I’m just going to backdate this post and pop it in here for posterity. I’ve tried to positively ID as many of the trailers as …

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Cinematic Oddities: Sorcerer and Wages of Fear

Several times per year, there is a burst of complaint on the Internet, usually spurred by a studio announcing that it will remake some favorite classic or another. There is usually wailing and gnashing and lamenting that the new film will undeniably be a pale shadow of its namesake. And …

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A Reel Education LIVE on December 14th!

Once again, A Reel Education (a podcast which I co-host with Tim Wick and Jena Young) will be recording an episode LIVE at the Parkway Theater! On December 14th, you can join our live recording session, which comes with a matinee screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s brain-twisting thriller, Vertigo! That’s right: …

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The Good Ship Bollypop

Every year, a troupe of Minnesotans and I apply to attend the Butt-Numb-a-Thon birthday party / film festival. In recent years, Harry Knowles (the BNAT overlord and master) has made a video project part of the application process. This year, Harry’s assignment was to make our own version of “The …

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Trails

I woke up last night at 3:30 AM and could no longer sleep. Sometimes, my brain does this: it suddenly has a question, and its curiosity must be appeased before anything else happens. In this case, the question is one that had already been bugging me for a few days: …

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Farewell, Marcus.

It is with great sadness that I type these words: my friend Marcus lost a battle with cancer on Sunday night. I met Marcus a few years ago. We were both on a comics panel at the St. Paul Public Library along with several other local comics folk. I remember …

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