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SciFridays: “Maniac” (2012)

Baddie: Mommy issues. Lesson: Carry mace.  It’s always interesting to discover little tidbits about some of the actors in Hollywood. For example, Elijah Wood loves horror movies so much he made his own production company, SpectreVision (formally The Woodshed). We know them best at Rooster Illusion for A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, the kickoff post for…

Columbia Pictures Corporation

The Tuesday Zone: ‘Stand by Me’ and Films You Grow Up With

Stand by Me opens with an adult Gordie Lachance (Richard Dreyfuss) reading the newspaper. His childhood friend, an ex-ruffian-turned-attorney, was murdered. Stand by Me is remembered as an adventure yarn combined with a coming-of-age story, but there’s a distinct sense of melancholy and longing to this introduction. The frame of the film is an adult looking back nostalgically at…

Universal Studios
"What did I do to deserve this? Oh... actually nothing."

Second Breakfast: Death, Dinosaurs, and Disaster

In 1993, Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park hit theaters. I just re-watched that movie a few weeks ago, and my goodness, it has aged well. What a perfect blockbuster. I do consider it Spielberg’s best. What makes that such a good movie, though? Obviously, an engaging story, likable characters, groundbreaking special effects, and a fabulous sense…

ArieScope Pictures

SciFridays: “Digging Up The Marrow” (2014)

Baddie: Meddling non-mutants, I guess? Lesson: Turn off the light! I first saw a trailer for Digging Up The Marrow when I saw It Follows. I was immediately intrigued. Posed as a mockumentary of sorts, Digging follows director Adam Green into an adventure best described as ‘monsters are real oh god.’ The movie opens with a series of interviews featuring…