Ridiculous on Purpose: Longing for the Comic Book Camp of Batman (1966)

|Chris Polley| As I recall, my first exposure to superheroes was not via some personal, transformative comic book shop experience, nor with an obscure film contemporaneous to my early-mid 90s childhood like The Meteor Man. Instead, it was on television.

Krush Groovin’

|Matt Levine| An extremely loose retelling of the founding of Def Jam Records by Russell Simmons (here named Walker) and Rick Rubin, Michael Schultz’s Krush Groove (1985) offers a number of cinematic pleasures. But let's be honest: this movie is all about the soundtrack.

Phil Tippett’s MAD GOD

|Joe Midthun| I grew up in the middle of the woods. Twelve miles south of the nearest rural village, my world lay tucked into the pines at the end of a quarter mile dirt driveway. The radio was constantly on—a helpful reminder that we were not alone. But, the television, our 19 inch crystal ball...
Ridiculous on Purpose: Longing for the Comic Book Camp of Batman (1966)

Ridiculous on Purpose: Longing for the Comic Book Camp of Batman (1966)

|Chris Polley| As I recall, my first exposure to superheroes was not via some personal, transformative comic book shop experience, nor with an obscure film contemporaneous to my early-mid 90s childhood like The Meteor Man. Instead, it was on television.
Krush Groovin’

Krush Groovin’

|Matt Levine| An extremely loose retelling of the founding of Def Jam Records by Russell Simmons (here named Walker) and Rick Rubin, Michael Schultz’s Krush Groove (1985) offers a number of cinematic pleasures. But let's be honest: this movie is all about the soundtrack.
Phil Tippett’s MAD GOD

Phil Tippett’s MAD GOD

|Joe Midthun| I grew up in the middle of the woods. Twelve miles south of the nearest rural village, my world lay tucked into the pines at the end of a quarter mile dirt driveway. The radio was constantly on—a helpful reminder that we were not alone. But, the television, our 19 inch crystal ball...
“A Masterpiece of Murder”: Universal’s All-Star Monster Mash The Black Cat

“A Masterpiece of Murder”: Universal’s All-Star Monster Mash The Black Cat

|Alex Kies| In 1934, Universal Studios was a house divided. Despite the protestations of studio head “Uncle” Carl Laemmle, his nephew, 23-year-old Carl “Junior” Laemmle, one of Hollywood’s foundational nepotism hires, had inaugurated the golden age of studio horror...
The Hell of It: My Top 5 Favorite Songs from Phantom of the Paradise

The Hell of It: My Top 5 Favorite Songs from Phantom of the Paradise

|Kelly Krantz| Phantom of the Paradise is truly unlike any other movie. Sure, you can draw comparisons to much older stories such as The Phantom of the Opera and Faust. It’s visually tapping into similar ideas as The Rocky Horror Picture Show and the band Kiss.
Phantom of the Paradise

Phantom of the Paradise

|Matt Levine| There’s a common conception about Brian De Palma that he’s little more than a Hitchcock imitator: wildly entertaining maybe, sumptuously stylish definitely, but without many original themes or ideas of his own. The accusation that De Palma’s success is based on...
Las Fantasmas de Lucrecia Martel

Las Fantasmas de Lucrecia Martel

|Nick Kouhi| Ghosts seem to linger in the films of Lucrecia Martel. The Argentinian auteur doesn’t explicitly deal with the paranormal, yet her films take images culled from the everyday and transform them into the eerie. Martel’s films sonically and visually disorient many a newcomer...
Animated Anarchy: An Appreciation of Nicolas Cage in Joel Coen’s Raising Arizona

Animated Anarchy: An Appreciation of Nicolas Cage in Joel Coen’s Raising Arizona

|Chris Polley| "Tomorrow you will die. -Nicolas Cage." This is one of the earliest recountings of the Hollywood staple’s autograph signings, as told by Raising Arizona co-star Sam McMurray to Insider for an oral history of the film. McMurray witnessed Cage commit these words...
Godzilla Rides Again (Again!)

Godzilla Rides Again (Again!)

|Alex Kies| "The living horror of last night was over. The only thought left was the paralyzing fear that it could happen today or tomorrow." -Raymond Burr, from Godzilla, King of the Monsters ... On September 2, 1945, in the wake of years of costly island warfare...
The Varda Philes… Or How I’m Surviving the Pandemic

The Varda Philes… Or How I’m Surviving the Pandemic

|Terry Serres| Agnès Varda is variously termed the godmother, the grandmother, or the mother of the French New Wave (in ascending order of Google hits). While it is certainly high praise to be accorded primacy in such an important movement of filmmaking, these phrases imply...
Rapture and Relapse, Arrebató and Addiction

Rapture and Relapse, Arrebató and Addiction

|Finn Odum| I have spent an embarrassing amount of time being mad about vampires, and this piece is proof that I need to have my writing platform removed immediately. Arrebató is a fantastic film. In his final, career-killing movie, Ivan Zulueta spins an incredible tale...
Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead in Five Looks

Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead in Five Looks

|Becky Welander| I’ve been interested in fashion for as long as I can remember. I grew up in a very small town in Southeastern Minnesota in the 1970s and 80s, where I spent much of my childhood dreaming of escaping to bigger, fashionable locales such as New York, Paris, and London.