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B Movie Posters for Classic Films

Exploitation films, Grindhouse cinema and good old fashioned “B” movies if for anything were always good for their outlandish posters that were usually better then the films themselves. The scantily glad women and hideous monsters on the poster and cover art usually didn’t live up to their promise once you actually watched these films. This [...]

Everything is a Remix: “Kill Bill”

In this video, the second part of the Everything is a Remix series, filmmaker Kirby Ferguson explains how Hollywood films are now overwhelmingly based on existing properties — almost everything that comes out these days is a sequel, remake, or adaptation of something else that was already successful. Now, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing [...]

A History of Stuttering in the Movies

The new movie The King’s Speech is about George VI and his problem with stuttering. The film is being hailed for its sensitive portrayal of stuttering, which is relative to the quite insensitive way previous movies have presented the disorder. The movie, as formulaic in its way as Rocky or Rudy, is buoyed by its good [...]

A Short History of Long-Haired Music: The Classical Era, part 1

If you missed our previous installments, check out A Short History of Long-Haired Music archives. Wait a second, The Classical Era? Haven’t we been talking about classical music this whole time? How can the word classical apply to an entire genre of music if the classical era only spanned about seventy-five years? My grandfather Mervin [...]

The Transatlantic Accent

Wouldn’t it be nice to speak English in a manner that was legible, pleasant, and did not peg you as a resident of …anywhere in particular? That is called the Transatlantic accent, which sounds halfway between British and American English. It makes you sound like you have a good education but no one can tell quite [...]