Not to get all Midnight in Paris on you guys, but do you ever find yourself wishing you could go back in time to work your way into a particularly awesome historical group of friends? We do all the time—and we’re currently obsessed with a gang of avant-garde artists working in World War II-era New Y Read more
A duck floats innocently in a harbor. As the duck rises from the water, we see that it is actually a clever breathing device on the head of a man who has emerged in a full wetsuit. The man scales a nearby wall, subdues a clueless guard, infiltrates a building, plants plastic explosives, primes the d Read more
Hitler parodies seem to be everywhere these days. Daniel A. Gross recently wrote an interesting article in The Atlantic examining the nuances of Nazi comedy. Should we really be laughing at Hitler jokes? The Atlantic reports: “It can be comforting to laugh at Hitler. Laughter helps audiences feel th Read more
Ever wonder how Londoners celebrated Christmas during The Blitz? Filmed in 1940, this U.S. propaganda film shows England preparing for “a Christmas of holly and barbed wire.” Titled “Christmas Under Fire,” the 10-minute short contains incredible footage of civilians celebrating Christmas in the Lond Read more
The long-awaited seventh installment in the Star Wars franchise does many things right, not least among which is the fact that the film’s two young leads, John Boyega’s Finn and Daisy Ridley’s Rey, are never shoehorned into gender or racial stereotypes. But has Star Wars always been so progressive? Read more
We recently stumbled across this incredibly disturbing anti-Japanese propaganda film. Released in 1945 by the U.S. Treasury, “My Japan” was produced to spur the sale of war bonds. Be warned: This flagrantly racist short is not for the faint of heart. Feature image via YouTube Read more
In 1939, Pathetone Weekly, a newsreel cinemagazine produced by the venerable British Pathé, asked American fashion designers to imagine the fashions of the year 2000. The results? Not exactly prophetic. For women, the designers predicted fussy gowns in odd materials, such as transparent netting ( Read more
On The New Republic, Mollie Gregory dives into the wild world of silent film-era stuntwomen. They were actresses who could ride horses, drive cars, and do high dives. From about 1910 to the early 1920s, they proved that the “weaker sex” could perform surprising physical feats. During that time, the Read more
Paul McGuigan just brought a knife to a Twitter fight. The “Victor Frankenstein” director recently told Screen Rant that Mary Shelley’s novel is as “dull as dishwater.” Brooklyn-based writer Sady Doyle wasn’t pleased. She spent her Thanksgiving Eve going off on an epic Twitter rant in Shelley’s defe Read more
If a movie studio decides to bring the dramatic years of the late Roman Republic to life – wars, assassinations, and all – who would you cast in the lead roles? Hollywood, you’d better listen up… Julius Caesar: For Julius Caesar himself, casting is tricky. We don’t have many descriptions of him, and Read more
It’s Veteran’s Day, the time to honor military members and their families on the anniversary of the 1918 Armistice with Germany. Some celebrate with heartfelt expressions of gratitude, others take advantage of great deals on pre-owned cars, while still others commemorate the occasion with a favorite Read more
This psychedelic animated short is a must-see for connoisseurs of the weird. Filmed in 1930, It’s a Bird was Charlie Bowers‘ talkie debut. It features a junkyard worker named “Charley Chucklehead of Chattanooga,” a German professor, and a metal-eating bird that’s entranced by music. A well-known sil Read more
Mary Pickford was the country’s first true movie star. Known as “America’s Sweetheart,” the actress revolutionized the Hollywood pecking order when she rose to fame in the 1910s. Before Pickford, movie studios didn’t usually identify actors by name. “The girl with the curls” appeared in 51 movies in Read more
Thought silent film was all about vaudevillian hijinks? Early cinema produced some of the genre’s most terrifying films. Here are 5 pre-talkie movies that will actually scare you. 1. Dante’s Inferno (1911) First screened in Naples in the Teatro Mercadante on 10 March 1911, Dante’s Inferno holds the Read more
The Revenant might land Leonardo DiCaprio his first Oscar. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s followup to the Academy Award-winning “Birdman,” the movie isn’t coming out until December—but it’s already on track to be a serious awards contender. DiCaprio stars as Hugh Glass, a fur trapper in the Read more
Re-discovered ten years ago by a lecturer at the Osaka-Tokyo University of Arts and Music, Katsudō Shashin is the earliest known example of Japanese animation. Researchers have dated the tiny (just 3 seconds!) ‘toon to sometime between 1907 and 1911. There’s no magic, no pointy hair, and no complica Read more
On this day of endless “Back to the Future” memes (#FutureDay), let’s take a look at one of Hollywood’s earliest futuristic blockbusters: “Just Imagine.” Released in 1930, the sci-fi musical comedy is set in the imagined New York City of 1980, where numbers have replaced names, flying cars are every Read more
Depending on who you ask, Steve Jobs the biopic is either a fascinating portrait or a cruel misrepresentation of the famed Apple CEO. Considering the screenplay comes from Aaron Sorkin, a known purveyor of factually careless yet highly engaging portraiture, I’m inclined to believe the film is both o Read more