DragonCon: Versatile Guests, Ever-Changing Experiences and Unforgettable Moments

By Brian Skutle When I first began to attend DragonCon in 2009, I didn’t know what I was doing. I had never been to a convention before, and I didn’t really research the first thing to do in terms of how to plan in terms of funds to prepare to go down there. I saw some of the guests on the site, and was like, … Continue reading DragonCon: Versatile Guests, Ever-Changing Experiences and Unforgettable Moments

Jennifer Connelly: Warmth and Heart, Even in Darkness

By Brian Skutle We all have points of reference for when we’re introduced to an actor, and whatever that is has a tendency to imprint on us, and influence us whenever we see them in other movies. If your first time really seeing, say, Robert Downey Jr., was in “Iron Man” (2008) or any of his performances as Tony Stark, you’re not going to be … Continue reading Jennifer Connelly: Warmth and Heart, Even in Darkness

The Women of the Watery World of Atlantis: The Lost Empire

By Joan Amenn Over twenty years ago, Disney did something extraordinarily out of character. They allowed animators to create a world more like a live action film than had permitted previously. No doubt it helped that the directors of “Atlantis: The Lost Empire” (2001) were Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale, who had collaborated on the blockbuster hit “Beauty and the Beast” in 1991. However, the … Continue reading The Women of the Watery World of Atlantis: The Lost Empire

The Musical Force is Female: Natalie Holt’s Score for “Obi-Wan Kenobi”

By Brian Skutle When Disney first purchased Lucasfilm in 2012, naturally, one of the first thoughts for many a “Star Wars”(1977) fan was the idea of getting more films and TV shows. “Clone Wars”(2008-2020) was going on Cartoon Network, but the prequel era had divided the fan base. New stories were not just on my mind, however. A new trilogy of films meant, of course, … Continue reading The Musical Force is Female: Natalie Holt’s Score for “Obi-Wan Kenobi”

Top 5 Favorite Films about Italian American Culture

By Joan Amenn I am a fourth generation Italian American. The stories of my ancestors that I grew up with both mirror and contrast with how my ethnicity have been depicted on screen, much like anyone else’s cultural heritage when subjected to dramatization. Here are some of the films that have special meaning to me. 1. The Godfather Parts 1 & 2 (1972, 1974): I’m … Continue reading Top 5 Favorite Films about Italian American Culture

Women’s History Month Spotlight: Lynn Shelton

By Morgan Roberts There are a number of women who are trailblazers behind the camera, but none as remarkable as Lynn Shelton. Raised in Seattle, Shelton’s earlier career was in editing for work in the area as well as creating experimental short films. In 2003, Shelton saw Claire Denis at Seattle’s Northwest Forum. At the talk, Denis discussed her start in directing and how she … Continue reading Women’s History Month Spotlight: Lynn Shelton

Finding Faith in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”

By Morgan Roberts When you watch “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” (2021), the surface of the film is a biopic that aims to correct some of the wrongs society cast upon Tammy Faye Bakker. However the film, anchored by its core performance, does more than provide a Wikipedia interpretation of the truth; what it does is confront the very things Tammy Faye and many others … Continue reading Finding Faith in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”

Editorial: The Intent of It All

By Morgan Roberts With the Oscars inching closer, the conversation around the films nominated is intensifying.  And one conversation is sparking debate on representation in film and intent behind that representation. In Paul Thomas Anderson’s film “Licorice Pizza”(2022), you will find more than a killer 1970’s soundtrack and a strong performance by Alana Haim.  You will also get to watch a character make a racist … Continue reading Editorial: The Intent of It All