I recently gave Cinebeats a makeover. I’ve also begun the arduous task of moving 7 years of film writing for TCM/FilmStruck (some 400+ articles) to my blog but it’s going to take me months to complete the task. Like many others, I was also knocked for a loop when Photobucket decided to charge users $400 a year for their free service, which I can’t afford so … Continue reading New Look & New Content
The new blog redesign is now live. I’m still working out some bugs and you can expect a few more minor tweaks in the coming weeks but hope you like the new cleaner look. It should look better on most mobile devices and I’ve updated the About Cinebeats page with more info about who I am and what I do. Also want to mention to … Continue reading Blog Redesign
To celebrate Shocktober & the upcoming 10th anniversary of this blog I decided to create an extension of Cinebeats called The Phantom Playhouse devoted exclusively to horror cinema and all things dark, dreary, decadent and delightful. Horror has always been my favorite film genre and I write about it more than any other subject so I’ve collected 10 years of horror focused writing and organized … Continue reading Admission is Free at The Phantom Playhouse!
I was recently honored to be contacted by an employee of the Library of Congress who told me that my 2010 essay on Arthur Penn’s controversial film LITTLE BIG MAN (1970) was selected by the National Film Preservation Board for inclusion in the National Film Registry. It was singled out as part of their ongoing work to “ensure the survival, conservation and increased public availability of … Continue reading The National Film Registry: Little Big Man (1970)
Links to my December 2014 posts at the TCM’s Movie Morlocks: Holiday Greetings from The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come! Excerpt: “Dickens’ novella was first conceived as a political pamphlet designed to arouse the public’s compassion for the plight of the poor but to his credit, the writer realized his strength was in storytelling so instead of hammering out a straightforward screed against social … Continue reading December at the Movie Morlocks
I was disappointed to learn that H.R. Giger has died at age 74. He was a brilliant man and one of my favorite artists. In recent years he was still active and his work has been on my mind a lot following the release of PROMETHEUS (2012). I hoped that we’d get the opportunity to see more of his film production work before he left … Continue reading H.R. Giger 1940-2014
“When men die, they enter history. When statues die, they enter art. This botany of death is what we call culture.” – (STATUES ALSO DIE; 1953) I was deeply saddened to wake up to the news that director Alain Resnais has died at age 91. Resnais has continued to make movies into his 90s and just last week I made time to watch YOU AIN’T … Continue reading Alain Resnais 1922-2014
After a year long hiatus Cinebeats is back. I plan to start updating the blog regularly again so you can expect lots of new content in the future. My posts might be brief and only include a screen grab or a video but Cinebeats is alive once again and kicking. I decided to streamline the design and the blog should be easier to read on … Continue reading Happy New Year!
Today marks the one year anniversary of the Occupy Movement, as well as the Occupy Cinema Movement Continue reading One Year & Many Ideas: Occupy Cinema
I was disappointed to learn that Phyliss Diller had passed away last week so I devoted my recent Movie Morlocks post to her titled, Goodnight Phyllis, We Love You. Here’s a brief excerpt from my post: The wife, mother and career woman who started life as Phyllis Ada Driver on July 17, 1917 didn’t share much in common with the funny character she created on … Continue reading Goodnight Phyllis, We Love You