Buck Rogers in the 25th Century tried to be James Bond in space… and failed

When I was a wee lad, I obsessively consumed any sci-fi movies and TV shows I could find and watch. The 70s and 80s was a great time for genre television, with lots of different shows: Wonder Woman, Six Million…

Helvetica is a celebration of typography and design

Everything is designed. Everything we engage with and use, everything we read and drive and throw away… it was designed. Someone at some point sat down and created those multitude of things that surrounds all of us, and there is…

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: a cult film that contains geeky multitudes

When the film The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th Dimension came out in 1984 I bought into the crazy world that director WD Richter and writer Earl Mac Rauch created hook, line, and sinker. The idea of a…

Thanks to “Weird Al”, you can get it all on UHF

Sometimes, I ignore the obvious choice. I mean, seriously… I’ve been doing this semi-weekly column about Neglected Cinema for over a year now, and I haven’t rewatched UHF? It took the random shuffle to the music player that played a…

Targets mixes cinematic and real-life horror with impressive results

When you look at the news events of the 2012, the mass-shootings in Sandy Hook and Aurora were two of the biggest and saddest. We have witnessed too many events such as these, and smarter people than I am are…

All That Jazz faces death with a smile and a dance number

I had a debate with some people on Twitter this week when I noted the next movie in my Neglected Cinema series would be All That Jazz. “You have a different definition of neglected than I do,” one person commented….

Real Life is a brilliant prescient satire of reality TV

Albert Brooks is psychic. I mean, how else can your explain his first feature film, Real Life? The movie that predicted reality TV in such a biting way that you would think it was made today instead of thirty-plus years…