Thomas Edison & His Trusty Kinetoscope Create the First Movie Filmed In The US (c. 1889)

Watch the first motion picture recorded in the US by Thomas Edison. Thomas Edison is undoubtedly America’s best-known inventor. Nicknamed “The Wizard of Menlo Park” for his prolific creativity, Edison amassed a whopping 1093 patents throughout his lifetime. His most important inventions, such as the incandescent light bulb and the phonograph, were not merely revolutionary Read MoreRead More

The History of the Movie Trailer

Some people consider them the best part of the movie going experience – the Movie Trailer. Take a look at the evolution of the “coming attractions” from simple silent film splices, through the template style of the Golden Age of Hollywood, to the Auteurs of the 60s and finally into the Blockbuster era. In The Read MoreRead More

The Fall of the Roman Eye Candy

Dennis Harvey tracks the rise and fall of the muscled sword and sandal genre. This year alone we will see two big-budget Hercules movies, plus this spring’s 300 sequel and the ancient action-intrigue-then-volcano popcorn epic Pompeii. That’s a whole lot of musclebound Mediterranean men in togas throwing spears at each other—more than we’ve seen since Read MoreRead More

Private Snafu: The World War II Propaganda Cartoons Created by Dr. Seuss, Frank Capra & Mel Blanc

Check out this fascinating bit of World War II history in the American Cartoons that brought out a lot of 1940s animators such as Chuck Jones, Bob Clampett, and Friz Freleng. Private Snafu was the U.S. Army’s worst soldier. He was sloppy, lazy and prone to shooting off his mouth to Nazi agents. And he was Read MoreRead More

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