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War of the Worlds: The Perfect Pandemic Binge

Per Matt With the spread of COVID-19, immediate changes went into full effect. People changed the way they shopped. Changed the places they traveled. Changed their commutes to work. Changed their forms of entertainment. Changed the way they breathed. Basically,… Continue Reading →

Retelling The War of the Worlds

Per Matt H.G. Wells crafted one of the first — and possibly the best — interstellar conflicts with The War of the Worlds. Originally released as a serialized story in 1857, his was a genius tale describing a global alien… Continue Reading →

Cola Wars is American as Soda

Per Matt Coke vs. Pepsi. The battle lines were drawn many years ago and the fighting continues today, but do you know the real stories behind the company’s headlines? It may not be apple pie, but Cola Wars attempts to… Continue Reading →

Bruce Campbell Rejuvenates Ripley’s Return: Believe It or Not!

Per Matt Ripley’s Believe It or Not! returns to the small screen in part as a celebration of Robert Ripley’s exploration of the world’s strange and unusual. Actor Bruce Campbell helps bring this contemporary approach to life as both host… Continue Reading →

What Happened to AMC’s FearFest?

FearFest: Just the mere mention of that word recalls a great holiday tradition that I would enjoy for many years. But, at some point — maybe recently — something changed. Oh, the horror!

Remaking a Remake with The Magnificent Seven

Per Matt Reimagining classic movies is nothing new in this day and age, but when, exactly, did remakes of remakes actually begin? Surely, back in 1954, Akira Kurosawa had no idea hisĀ film, Seven Samurai, would make a lasting pop-cultural influence… Continue Reading →

The Indie Film Series: (Screenwriting) Save the Cat! Part 1

In the introduction to my indie film article series posted a few weeks ago, I mentioned using the Indie Film Academy podcast as a reference point for my articles. Despite that claim, I am venturing off script to start the… Continue Reading →

WICKED Interviews: Steve Quinn & Rolando Linares

Per Matt Opening today and running until April 20, Wicked returns to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center for a four-week performance. This marks the very first Nashville appearance for the First National Tour, even though the show will be making… Continue Reading →

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