Category Archives: History

Time Warping

In 1975 “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” produced by Lou Adler, was released by 20th Century Fox. Adapted from the British gender-bending stage musical, “The Rocky Horror Show,” the movie died at the box office. The critics didn’t particularly like … Continue reading

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It’s the End of the World as We Know It, and I Feel Fine

There are, according to film critic Roger Ebert, 27 sequels being released in 2011. In a popular Time magazine article that’s making its way around the internet, Ebert laments the lack of imagination in Hollywood, and uses sequels–among other evidence–as … Continue reading

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Jake Wells: ‘Father of Richmond Movie Houses’

There are records of an exhibition of “moving pictures” having been presented at The Academy (the Mozart Academy of Music) at 103-05 N. Eighth Street in 1897. Built in 1886, that venue was generally considered to be Richmond’s most important … Continue reading

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Last Month’s Birthday: Strother Martin

Strother Martin. You may not know the name, but you certainly know the line: What we have here is… failure to communicate. Now think about the fact that Strother–cool name, that–made a very memorable name for himself in the tiniest … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Shakespeare adaptations

During the James River Film Festival, author and film reviewer Peter Schilling Jr. introduced the wonderful The Night of the Hunter.  Schilling discussed not only Charles Laughton’s brilliant film, but the same titled Davis Grubb novel on which it was … Continue reading

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Spanish Language Dracula at the Byrd

The James River Film Festival’s world of wonders continues this afternoon, as guitarist Gary Lucas provides live accompaniment to George Melford’s Dracula, aka “The Spanish Language Dracula“. (Today at 4:00 at the Byrd Theater in Richmond.) What does that mean, … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: The Sweet Science of Bruising

Has there ever been a sport better examined by cinema than boxing? The “sweet science of bruising” (as A. J. Liebling put it) pits man against man (or woman against woman, but I’ll be damned if I’m putting that lousy … Continue reading

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