When my colleagues recently organized a matinee viewing of the remastered re-release of the 1984 classic, Ghostbusters, to kickstart Labor Day weekend, I was all in. I’ve always loved the movie, Ghostbusters, but admitted that I hadn’t seen it from beginning to end in over a decade. Sure, I’d seen clips here and there on late night showings on cable TV, but I did not fully appreciate it as one of the all-time best comedies, a masterpiece which launched a new genre, cemented and catapulted numerous careers, and remains an inspiration for the comic films in the three decades since its release in summer 1984.
Whether you’ve seen Ghostbusters once, can quote the entire film, or have never seen it all, I highly recommend you take the time to read the two oral histories published this year even though there is a decent amount of overlap.
We’re all guilty of it at one time or another. Our favorite actor, sports star or politician finds himself or herself in a bad place. Perhaps it’s an affair that stuns, domestic abuse that horrifies or – worst of all – murder to another human being. We, the fans, are burdened with the task of either choosing to condemn this celebrity with the media bandwagon or defend them. Read more
“Think positive. Make a list. “One, I don’t live in Bosnia. Two, I never dated O. J.”
I started to write a memorial for Joan Rivers and found the task more difficult than I expected it to be. Why? Celebrity deaths hurt, especially when we feel like we’ve known the personality for years. That concept is nothing new. Read more
For those of us who grew up loving film, there are certain moments that are engrained in our minds from movies seen on the big and small screens during our youth. Remember ducking your head below the old theater seats when the raptors chased down children in a massive kitchen in “Jurassic Park”? Or how about shedding that first cinematic tear when Simba lost his dad in “The Lion King”?
For cinephiles of my generation, these images remain just as fresh in our minds as the days we first viewed them. And while the scenery above no doubt sounds common in mainstream reflection of mid-90s filmgoers, one memory I often reflect on surprises others. Read more
The history of card gaming goes back thousands of years to earlier civilizations in India, Egypt, and China, the last of which is said to have actually created the playing cards we all know so well. Those are the facts according to HOPC, which also notes that there are similarities between the Chinese cards from 800 years ago and those we all use today. Of course, over the years, the look of the 52-card deck has changed considerably, but so has the way we look at using those very same cards. In the case of this post, we’re interested in seeing how card gaming has evolved over the years and moved into new territories.
Typically, when you think of a card game, the following image immediately come to mind: A group of players sitting around a felt card table, enjoying a few liquor drinks, and perhaps even indulging in cigars. This table can be everywhere from someone’s basement to a modern casino, the latter of which has changed considerably in the past decade alone. To that end, let’s take a closer look at how poker has progressed in the country of Germany, where it remains a hot-button issue. Read more
Have you ever heard a truly great preacher? I’m not talking about the stereotypical hell-fire-and-brimstone one the church of olden days churned out. I’m also not referencing the feel-good spiritual gurus who dominate the airwaves now, who seem to be OK with everything except not leaving a donation in the collection box. Read more