In the late-1970s, horror cinema began making what I call the Lovecraft pivot. H.P. Lovecraft was not unknown to the previous era of horror, but the difficulties of his work — technically and thematically — gave him marginal placing beside his idol Edgar Allan Poe and his protégé Robert Bloch…

The 1984 film tells the story of Kelly Bennett (Lucinda Dickey), a privileged California teen with a passion for dance. Growing disillusioned with her more traditional background, Bennett falls in with Ozone (Adolfo “Shabba Doo” Quiñones) and Turbo (Michael “Boogaloo Shrimp” Chambers) who specialize in less formal, , and…

In the 1980s, the longest and coldest of cold wars, that of adults against children, entered into a new and warmer phase. Before that time, it was waged beneath a veil of complacency. The “fronts” on which the “battles” were contested had an uneven advantage. The emergence in the postwar…

My seeing the appearance of on Amazon over the weekend felt a bit like the shark seeing chum or an injured surfer from the depths of the ocean. And like the shark I barreled toward the delectable feast in a gratuitous spiral motion confident in every detail of…

“You’re not punk and I’m telling everyone” is the opening line of “Boxcar,” the anti-anthem of Jawbreaker, who wrote and recorded it amidst accusations they themselves had been receiving of having sold out, or of being on the fast track to doing so, all they were signed to DGC…

The scene: a high school classroom; the year: 2030 to 2035-ish; the cast: bright-eyed sophomores, the hope for America’s (or some new-fangled approximation’s) future, and you standing in front of them in your capacity as their history teacher.

You are giving them a lesson on recent American history, recounting one…

Since the holding of the National Conservative Conference in Washington, DC the other week, the flood of commentary related to what is now being called “national conservatism” has been unceasing, possibly rivaling the chatter over neoconservatism in its peak in the 2000s. Such an abundance of takes may, at first…

Chris (R) Morgan

“What? Who cares?” –Me

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