Es-Cape Plan: Introduction

For better or worse, the Marvel Cinematic Universe changed the face of super-heroes in modern media. While there had been a number of successful superhero franchises before it, something about Iron Man captured the public’s imagination in a way that only Batman had done with his 1966 TV series and original quadrology. The major differenceContinue reading “Es-Cape Plan: Introduction”

The Noid: Man or Monster?

This article originally ran on Mike Podgor’s Monsters of Multimedia on July 11, 2018. If you’re of a certain age, you’ll remember the Noid. A red-clad humanoid created by the Claymation superstars at Will Vinton Studios, his sole goal was to stop the delivery of Domino’s pizzas. At the very least, he wanted to ensureContinue reading “The Noid: Man or Monster?”

Picking the Region Lock: How to Play Foreign DVDs and Blu-Rays Cheaply and Easily

If you’re a collector of physical media like me, you realize how difficult it may be to see the movies you want to see in the way you want to see them. Allow me to paint for those uninitiated among my readers an all-too familiar scenario: Ken Russell’s The Devils is commercially available in AmericaContinue reading “Picking the Region Lock: How to Play Foreign DVDs and Blu-Rays Cheaply and Easily”

The Time the Ninja Turtles Basically Fought Jason Voorhees

This article originally ran on March 16, 2018 on Mike Podgor’s Monsters of Multimedia. Our next batch of monsters really need no introduction, but they’ll be given one anyway. Since 1984, they’ve been applying various tenets of ninjutsu in a very teen-aged reptilian way with a sharp detour into pizza antics in 1987. They are,Continue reading “The Time the Ninja Turtles Basically Fought Jason Voorhees”

Quantum Leap: Putting Right What Once Went Wrong

Yes, I am huge Quantum Leap fan.  And yes, the title of this piece is referring to Sam Beckett’s good and godly mission to, with the help of friend and colleague Al Calavicci, correct wrongs within his own lifetime (and some without).  But this isn’t exactly or entirely a love letter to Quantum Leap.  The title is hopefullyContinue reading “Quantum Leap: Putting Right What Once Went Wrong”