Category Archives: Dr. Film’s Pocket Rants

One Year Later and the Dust Settles

Last year,  on this very night, I was writing a really cool gag post on London After Midnight.  I knew it would be a perfect thing to post for April Fools Day.  This is also Lon Chaney’s Birthday… I cooked … Continue reading

Posted in Dr. Film's Pocket Rants | 6 Comments

The Religion of Vinegar Syndrome

  Of all the things I encounter in the film world, vinegar syndrome is one of the saddest.  It’s a deterioration that hits acetate film and turns it into a smelly dry plastic that smells of a rancid salad.  Once … Continue reading

Posted in Dr. Film's Pocket Rants, Views and reviews | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

“That should be banned!”

I remember a play I was in many years ago.  I was playing a Supreme Court Justice in First Monday in October.  One of the main questions in it concerns an obscenity case in which the justices are called upon … Continue reading

Posted in Dr. Film's Pocket Rants | Tagged , , , , , | 11 Comments

10 Questions with Glory-June Greiff

Author-historian-performer Glory-June Greiff is just the sort of multi-hyphenated person that I need to associate with, because there isn’t a lot she can’t do, except hold still. Glory is the author of two books, Remembrance, Faith, and Fancy: Outdoor Public Sculpture … Continue reading

Posted in Dr. Film's Pocket Rants, Views and reviews | Tagged , | Comments Off

Moving Beyond the Big Four

I was having a discussion, a polite one, with another film historian the other day.  He’s a guy I like and respect, so I won’t sully this conversation by naming him, because I disagreed with his whole premise.  That’s OK, … Continue reading

Posted in Dr. Film's Pocket Rants | Tagged , , , , , , , | 20 Comments

I Have a Bad Feeling About This

OK, I’m a movie fan and there are a lot of people who know I’m a Star Wars fan.  Sort of.  A former Star Wars fan.  Well, a fan of Episodes 4, 5, and part of 6. I remember when … Continue reading

Posted in Dr. Film's Pocket Rants, Views and reviews | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

Digital is Over There! It’s Only a Matter of Sampling!

Bruce Lawton made me aware of an article in the New York Times that I found highly annoying.  It was highly annoying because it was inaccurate.  It reflects the complete misunderstanding of what “digital” means in the media and public.  … Continue reading

Posted in Dr. Film's Pocket Rants | Tagged , , , , , | 12 Comments

My Top 13 Films That Need Preservation

Find out more on the Film Preservation Blogathon here.  Donate here.  The host blogs are Marilyn Ferdinand’s and Rod Heath’s. I read about this blogathon with some interest.  They’re raising funds for preserving and distributing The White Shadow (1923).  This … Continue reading

Posted in Dr. Film's Pocket Rants | Tagged , , | 10 Comments

Why I’m Just Mean

Many years ago, a friend of mine disciplined his 5-year-old girl.  She reacted with disgust at not being able to do whatever she had put her mind to doing.  As one might expect with a 5-year-old, tears were immediately forthcoming … Continue reading

Posted in Background on the blog, Dr. Film's Pocket Rants | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

The Fame of Kane

I get a little tired of people telling me that Citizen Kane is the greatest film ever made.  Don’t get me wrong; I love the film, but calling it the “greatest ever” seems a little hard to swallow.  I’ve seen … Continue reading

Posted in Dr. Film's Pocket Rants, Views and reviews | Tagged , , , , | 16 Comments