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

The Best of the Rest: The Forgotten Writers, Directors & Performers of 2016

The unloved. The strays. The mutts. There’s value here, but you have to look a little harder. As we all remember John Winger saying, no one is “more faithful, more loyal, more loveable than the mutt.” All right, that’s a very strange (and perhaps a little insulting) way into my annual nominations for the writers,…

By Jonathan Eig
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
Train to Busan - cool movies

The Hip Six: The Coolest Films of 2016

“He’s the exact opposite of everything I really hate. In a way he’s such a clueless dork that he’s almost cool.” “That guy is many things but he definitely isn’t “cool.” And so goes the argument between Enid (Thora Birch) and Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson) over the merits of Seymour (Steve Buscemi) in Terry Zwigoff’s Ghost…

By Jonathan Eig
The Fits

The Mute Child in Three Films: The Fits, Kicks, and Moonlight

2016 has been a mediocre year for mainstream American film. That doesn’t mean there hasn’t been some excellent work. But the product as a whole has been mired in redundant sequels and superheroes, and the blandness of the output is cause for alarm. But there is also cause for hope. This is all anecdotal for…

By Jonathan Eig
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
David Bowie - musical talents

Musicians In Film: 10 Great Musical Talents We Lost In 2016

I hesitate to draw conclusions before all the facts are in, but let’s face it. 2016 has sucked. And not just in the land of cinema, where precious few gems have risen above the extraordinary wave of mediocrity we have witnessed. As the world at large retreats from communality, decency and fact, we need artists…

By Jonathan Eig