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The Stories Behind Three Classic Halloween Movies

The countdown to Halloween is on: seven weeks to go. What movies are the best to watch to get into the Halloween spirit? Horror films, of course! Some of the biggest are, of course, Halloween, The Exorcist, and George Romero’s zombie classic Night of the Living Dead, which became an instant classic: It was produced for [...]

Christopher Walken Reads "The Three Little Pigs"

Walken. Pigs. Cosby Sweater. 1993. What else do you need to know? Link via Roger Ebert

Coming to a Theater Near You – the D-Box

In his blog at the Chicago Sun-Times, Roger Ebert pans a new technology for movie theaters: “Move over 3-D, here comes D-Box!” says the article by Dan Craft. “Instead of delivering movie thrills straight between the eyes, D-Box lifts and separates, so to speak — detaching the moviegoer from his or her seat via three levels [...]

She Texted in a Movie Theater

(YouTube link) The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema enforces old-fashioned theater etiquette. They have two rules: no talking during a movie, and no phone usage. After a woman was ejected from the theater for texting during a film, she left an angry voice mail. The theater promptly turned her message into a public service announcement. In discussions at [...]

Alkali Metals vs. Water

LinkScroll down for today’s pictures & links. Alkali Metals vs. Water Alkali metals can be cut like butter but they positively hate water… Do we even have to say, do not repeat it at home? Link Today’s pictures & links: Playboy’s Land Yacht! What a design… Why didn’t they make it? It would fit perfectly with the “1980s Decade of Excess”. [...]

The mental_floss Guide to the NCAAs (The Southwest)

We may not be much help in filling out your bracket. But throughout this week we’re going to bring you a _flossy take on March Madness: one interesting fact about each of the 68 teams in the tournament field. Let’s kick things off with the Southwest region. (1) Kansas began playing basketball in 1898, shortly [...]

Who Is Allen Smithee?

Dan Lewis runs the popular daily newsletter Now I Know (“Learn Something New Every Day, By Email”). To subscribe to his daily email, click here. In 1969, the movie Death of a Gunfighter debuted starring Richard Widmark, Lena Horne, and Carroll O’Connor. The reviews were OK — IMDb gives it a viewer-powered 6.4 stars (out of [...]

When Hobbies Collide: Video Game Cross Stitch

Well, they both require a steady hand. Actually, its not much of a stretch at all – aside from games being one of the most innovative art forms in the world despite huffy protestations from fogies like Roger Ebert, game art and cross stitching have more in common than one might think. Cross stitching, the art of of, [...]

6 Critics Turned Artists

It’s been said that those who can, do; those who can’t, teach; and those who can neither do nor teach become critics. But many critics were originally involved in the fields they now review. And there are some on the other side of the coin as well—people who started their careers critiquing the work of [...]

Roger Ebert’s New Chin

Film critic Roger Ebert’s jawbone was partially removed due to cancer in 2006. Through his recovery and several failed attempts at reconstruction, he lost the ability to speak, eat, or drink, but he continued to review movies and post to his website. Meanwhile, Dr. David J. Reisberg and David Rotter from the University of Illinois [...]