Kongtoberfest is upon us!

Ladies and gentlemen, I have an announcement to make: 2020 blows. This is an indisputable fact. The year 2020 has been a disaster. Several, in fact. And there’s still plenty of 2020 left. I’m not telling you something you don’t already know. Something you also probably know is that when the chips are down, alcoholContinue reading “Kongtoberfest is upon us!”

Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1903)

Does it strike anyone else as ironic that a movie based on a book that screams for black equality has not a single African American playing a lead character? Does anyone else find it strange that the same movie based on the same book contains cheap racial stereotypes? Despite what I just said, this remainsContinue reading “Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1903)”

Uncle Tom’s Cabin Grapevine Video Kickstarter Unboxing

We here at The Fictosphere like to celebrate things (at least when said celebration doesn’t require too much work from us), and one of those things is Black History Month. Though African Americans in Hollywood have never had an easy time of things, they have provided casual movie goers and bonafide filmfreaks alike with someContinue reading “Uncle Tom’s Cabin Grapevine Video Kickstarter Unboxing”

Carnival of Souls (1962)

So, this film is a sort of Rorschach test as it is both quaintly absurd and deeply unsettling at the same time. The folks from Rifftrax have lampooned this film (for good reason), and The Criterion Collection has seen fit to include this film among the most important and influential in the world (for goodContinue reading “Carnival of Souls (1962)”

Mega Man Examiner Article Double Feature

“Rockman” becomes a rock opera thanks to the talented Protomen Sadly, it takes about 100 years for the Protomen to write, record, and release new music, so a third act (new album) hasn’t yet been released.  But, one is indeed on the horizon I hear, and should be coming soon.  As long as the qualityContinue reading “Mega Man Examiner Article Double Feature”

Cleveland: Traitors to King James

This time of year, Christmastime, the whole holiday season, always conjures for me images of snowflakes, Santa, and the reason for the season: I’m of course talking about the King himself, Elvis Presley. Blue Christmas and I’ll Be Home for Christmas always put me in the mood for holly, gifts, and egg nog–the true meaningContinue reading “Cleveland: Traitors to King James”

The Right to Be Happy (1916) – Universal’s First Attempt at “A Christmas Carol”

So, this should technically be a Throwback Thursday post as the original article was posted at Crane’s Cabinet of Kinetographic Curiosities on December 25, 2017, but since I’ve updated some information and, well, it’s Christmas Eve, I felt this would be a good time to (re)post this article. Enjoy this little tidbit of Christmas PastContinue reading “The Right to Be Happy (1916) – Universal’s First Attempt at “A Christmas Carol””

In Response to the Hubbub (Bub) Surrounding “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

Here’s a review of Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi I wrote for Crane’s Cabinet of Kinetographic Curiosities back around the time the movie was released. It’s extremely sarcastic (if you couldn’t tell), and addresses a number of issues I had with the film at the time–and still do to this day. Considering thisContinue reading “In Response to the Hubbub (Bub) Surrounding “Star Wars: The Last Jedi””

Holy Thanksgiving, Batman!

I’m posting this article out of order (it’s actually the twelfth Examiner.com article I posted), but since it’s a Thanksgiving article, the reasoning for this should be obvious–since today is Thanksgiving. I don’t know what originally gave me the idea to write a Batman article for Thanksgiving, though I think it was probably because IContinue reading “Holy Thanksgiving, Batman!”

Offensive Stereotypes? In my classic games?! It’s more likely than you think!

The story that starts this second Throwback Thursday Examiner.com article is 100% true.  At the time, I thought the guy was insane for placing Italians above…well, above every other “minority” currently competing in the Oppression Olympics.  Little has changed over the last ten years (fourteen or fifteen if I consider the time since I trulyContinue reading “Offensive Stereotypes? In my classic games?! It’s more likely than you think!”