Night Will Fall: Watch The Actual “Hitchcock Holocaust Film” Online

By all accounts, the documentary Night Will Fall is an excellent piece of work. It chronicles the production–and suppression–of a vivid and gruesome documentary about the Nazi death camps shot in April 1945. The marquee name attached to it is Alfred Hitchcock, even though Hitch’s exact contribution is unclear. He was brought in to supervise the [Read More...]

Ozzie & Harriet Meet Boris & Bela, And Then They Sing

This actually happened: On the March 13, 1938 episode of Baker’s Broadcast, a radio variety show on NBC starring Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff did a skit and sang “We’re Horrible, Horrible Men,” while Boris read “The Supplication of the Black Aberdeen” by Rudyard Kipling. Here they are, singing together (badly, but still). [Read more...]

Finding That Safe Place in the Imagination, With General Urko and Dinosaurs

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On Monday, Kyle Cupp asked his Mindless Monday Question: What toys from your childhood do you most wish you had with you today? Elizabeth Scalia replied with Answering Kyle Cupp With A Plastic Trumpet and a Scream. I’m  answering with this: If you recognize this as General Urko from Planet of the Apes, then you are probably [Read More...]

Remember When Artists Had Courage?

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Now we’re taking orders on what we’re allowed to watch from North Korea? That’s how brave Hollywood stands by their principles? (As if they have any principles other than devotion to the almighty dollar and contempt for their audiences.) I’m not saying a Seth Rogen movie is worth risking lives. Heck, just the idea that [Read More...]

How To Send an Email With Style

Mmmm, Courier.

Use a typewriter to type it on your letterhead (can’t you just feel that nice 24lb bonded paper?), sign it, and have your assistant scan and email it. That’s what writer-director Terrance Malick does, as revealed in the Sony leak. Malick–who takes this reclusive artist thing seriously–doesn’t use email. Here’s the letter:   The letter [Read More...]

Christopher Lee Warns Against the Occult

The great actor debunks the rumor that he is an occultist with a collection of 20,000 books on the subject, then delivers a warning about messing with such things at all: “You’ll not only lose your mind. You’ll lose your soul.” I spent the weekend re-watching many of his Hammer movies. The man is a [Read More...]

Lost Sherlock Holmes Film Discovered

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A long lost silent film starring William Gillette as Sherlock Holmes has been discovered and will premier at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. The find, made a few weeks ago at the Cinémathèque Française, is one of the most important discoveries in both Holmesiana and silent film that I can recall. The film marks the only [Read More...]

Rocket and Drax: The Early Years

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Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) holds a baby raccoon. One of our favorite moments in Guardians of the Galaxy was Drax trying to comfort a grieving Rocket by gently petting his head. It was a small moment, both funny and oddly touching at the same time. [Read more...]


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