I've been going back to the well of favorites recently. Between the passing of Roger Moore and Adam West, my lowered expectations over Wonder Woman and The Mummy having been met, and the unfortunate writing choices revealed in the new Darth Vader prequel comic from Marvel, I feel like fandom has kicked me in the teeth the last … Continue reading What’s New?
This film is not of today or of the future. It tells of no place. It serves no tendency, party or class. It has a moral that grows on the pillar of understanding. "The mediator between brain and muscle must be the heart." On a visit to New York City, director Fritz Lang first saw … Continue reading Metropolis, 1927
Sometimes I'm really glad I have a blog where I can ramble about with my thoughts until I can hammer them into some kind of sense. It's up to you, dear reader, to decide if you want to bother with me when I get like this, but hopefully you'll get something out of it. I feel … Continue reading Devouring Metropolis
This will not be a proper review of Metropolis as a whole. I'm working on a blog for Project: Monster that will explore the full depths of this story. That's going to take a while longer than I first imagined. This is truly the story that keeps on giving for me. One of them, at … Continue reading Metropolis by Thea Von Harbou and Third Ear Radio Theater
After spending some time in the Belle Époque all week, I thought it only appropriate to revisit a work directly inspired by that era, or to be more precise, a work that led directly into that era. (The novel was published in 1831, urging France to preserve a cornerstone of its very identity.) 1923's The Hunchback of … Continue reading The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1923
The 1925 version of The Phantom of the Opera is, to my mind, one of the best movies ever made. It stars some of the greatest talent of the era. It features my personal favorite of the classic monsters. It's arguably the best version of the Phantom story ever produced for film, and certainly the most … Continue reading The Phantom of the Opera, 1925
This movie should not exist. All copies were ordered to be destroyed by law. By all rights, it should not have been produced in the first place. And yet, if you go by the ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, it's the second best reviewed horror movie of all time. Personally, I question everything about that site, … Continue reading Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror, 1922
Directed by J. Searle Dawley, this early silent film was produced by Thomas Edison's Edison Studios and clocks in at around 12-16 minutes, depending on playback speed. Such things weren't yet an exact science in those days. The film sees young Dr. Frankenstein head off to college, and two years later he writes to his … Continue reading Frankenstein, 1910