Join the Club: Guild Membership (and Its Perils)

Robert Rodriguez (And Frank Miller) The first film I can ever remember having a great desire to see theatrically was Robert Rodriguez’s Spy Kids. Rodriguez was a filmmaker I continued to follow as I matured; From Dusk til Dawn made a major impression on me, as did his book Rebel Without a Crew, detailing how he made El Mariachi on […]

“You’ve Got to Censor Television, You Fools!”: Why the FCC Regulates Content on Radio and Broadcast TV

One of the things that first struck me when reading Jennifer Holt’s Empires of Entertainment was the key decision the federal government made about cable television in regards to regulation: to regulate it in the same manner as the print and film industries, rather than in the manner of broadcast television and radio. It’s an easy […]

Time Isn’t Money: Does Runtime Affect a Film’s Box Office?

Across the web, pieces about the supposedly ballooning length of films crop up every time the runtime of the next Hollywood picture is confirmed. Whether this is factual is contentious, as well as why. If films are getting longer, it would imply that Hollywood sees a correlation between the length of films and their box office […]

The Making of “How Did This Get Made?”

I am not a regular podcast listener. I find it somewhat awkward to listen to disembodied voices simply talking, even if I’m a fan of whoever those voices happen to be coming from. The length of podcasts tends to be a barrier for me;  it’s hard for my attention to be kept by something without […]

The Secret Success of Nathan Rabin

When discussion of writing regarding Patreon began in class, my mind flared with excitement, because I knew exactly who I wanted to write about: Nathan Rabin, a film and pop culture writer I had admired for years, who just recently launched his own Patreon page some months previous. Rabin was the first head writer of […]