Star Wars A New Hope

STAR WARS Turns 40: A Fan’s Retrospective

Cinema – and in particular vintage cinema – is capable of forging memories.  It’s not only a matter of watching certain films – whether they were groundbreaking landmarks, cult gems, populist blockbusters, or rightfully savaged flops – but the impression that each film leaves upon you the first time you see it that makes all…

By Jeffrey DeCristofaro
The Giant Claw

That infamous B-flick: The Giant Claw

Well I’ve taken a look at quite a number of vintage treasures for Curnblog, most of them in the realm of science-fiction and fantasy, with a couple of them being quintessential, influential classics from that crazy decade, the 1950s. So, it should come as no surprise that I would return to said decade to look…

By Jeffrey DeCristofaro
D. W. Griffith - Intolerance

100 Years of D. W. Griffith’s Intolerance: Love’s Struggle Throughout the Ages

We have another decade to go before the United States turns 250 – and sixty years total before the tercentennial in 2076 – but now, before 2016 comes to an end, we can at last – and certainly not least! – celebrate the 100th Anniversary of one of the earliest epics (and earliest motion pictures…

By Jeffrey DeCristofaro
Things to Come

WHICH SHALL IT BE?: The 80th Anniversary of Things to Come

If you’re like me, chances are that you have a list of films in a certain favourite genre that came out long before you were born, which left a benign scar engraved in your grey matter the first time you saw them. For me, there are plenty, but there is one that is particularly unique…

By Jeffrey DeCristofaro

There Can Be Only One: 30 Years of Highlander

“From the dawn of time we came, moving silently down through the centuries. Living many secret lives, struggling to reach the time of the Gathering, when the few who remain will battle to the last. No one has ever known we were among you… until now.” This prologue, superimposed in bright red against black, begins…

By Jeffrey DeCristofaro
Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Invasion of the Body Snatchers: Celebrating 60 Years

It’s odd how sometimes, out of commercial considerations rather than artistic ones, great pieces of art can be forged that leave a lasting impact on the human psyche. Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture”, for example, was a contractual piece written without warmth by the composer. David Lean chose to make Lawrence of Arabia over Gandhi because he…

By Jeffrey DeCristofaro