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Phil Hall

Phil Hall has enjoyed a three-decade career in the film industry as a journalist, critic, publicist, distributor, festival programmer and actor. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, New York Daily News, Wired, American Movie Classics Magazine and Film Threat. He is the author of seven books, including "The History of Independent Cinema," "The Greatest Bad Movies of All Time" and "In Search of Lost Films."

Jan-Michael Vincent: Hollywood Tragedy

In the 1970s, Jan-Michael Vincent was a young and handsome actor that seemed on the verge of movie superstardom. But personal demons and professional disappointments derailed his life. On this episode, film historian David Grove, author of “Jan-Michael Vincent: Edge of Greatness,” details the meteoric rise and painful fall of this remarkable personality. “The Online […]

Think Pink: DePatie-Freleng Animation

This show celebrates the Oscar-winning DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, the animation studio responsible for such beloved characters as The Pink Panther, The Ant and the Aardvark, Tijuana Toads and The Dogfather. Mark Arnold, author of “Think Pink: The DePatie-Freleng Story,” joins us to celebrate the innovative artists behind these beloved animated shorts. This program is produced at […]

Retro Cinema – The Three Musketeers

If any actor was perfectly cast for the role of the swashbuckling D’Artagnan in a big screen adaptation of the Alexandre Dumas adventure, it was silent screen icon Douglas Fairbanks. With his kinetic athleticism and vibrant charisma, Fairbanks created the concept of the movie action hero in this opulent 1921 production, which is being offered […]

Retro Cinema – The Shining

I have always believed that horror should not be set aside as a separate film genre. Instead, it should be seen as a subsection of comedy – albeit a sadistic subsection, where cruel laughs are generated at the expense of the dimwitted characters that find themselves victimized by circumstances that could have easily been avoided […]

Russ Russo – An Indie Actor’s Journey

Russ Russo is one of the most versatile and accomplished talents in the indie film scene. He has created memorable performances in the acclaimed films “The Land of College Prophets,” “Williamsburg,” “London Betty,” “Against the Wall,” “Donner Pass,” “Blue Collar Boys,” and “An Act of War.” He will be seen in the upcoming films “The […]

The 2016 National Film Registry

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today the annual selection of 25 motion pictures that have been inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress because of their cultural, historic or aesthetic importance. This year’s titles range from the Disney animated blockbuster “The Lion King” and the seminal coming-of-age drama “The Breakfast […]

A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Podcast!

“Look, there’s this dough, see? There’s all this dough. 350 G’s! Do ya hear what I’m sayin’? 350 G’s! In the park, in Rosita… Rosita Beach State Park…” And if you know where that line comes from, you are in for a real treat! Film historian Paul Scrabo offers insight on the creation and restoration […]

Retro Cinema – Criss Cross

This 1949 feature has all of the ingredients for a classic film noir: an appropriately pulpy story involving double-crossing, crime and obsessive passions, brilliantly moody black-and-white cinematography, an unsettling music score by Miklós Rózsa and a cast of worthy actors that can take the worst in human behavior to remarkable depths. But it seemed that […]

Retro Cinema – When Comedy Was King

During the late 1950s and 1960s, Robert Youngson’s compilation features of silent comedy shorts helped to introduce many movie lovers to that long-gone style of mirth making. This 1960 production, which is now being offered on DVD by The Sprocket Vault in a visually pristine restoration, provides a line-up of silent comedy royalty at their […]

The Real Three Stooges Part 2

We received so much positive feedback from our episode on the Three Stooges’ off-screen lives that we decided to go for a sequel. Lon Davis, co-editor of the book “Stooges Among Us,” is back to give us the inside dope on the controversy surrounding Curly-Joe DeRita, the would-be Stooge careers of Emil Sitka, Mousie Garner […]

Retro Cinema – Cinerama’s Russian Adventure

The last of the travelogue features created for the widescreen three-panel Cinerama process was this compilation of footage culled from six Russian productions shot in the copycat Kinopanorama process. This offering avoids any mention of Soviet-era politics – and, for that matter, most of Russian history – in favor of benign views of the Russian […]

Life on the V: The Story of V66

During the 1980s, the V66 channel in Boston was among the pioneers in the music video broadcasting world. The rapid rise and equally rapid fall of this once-influential channel is the subject of Eric Green’s award-winning documentary “Life on the V: The Story of V66.” If you love the 80s’ pop culture and/or want to […]