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REMEMBERING JUNE FORAY

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Little did I dream, when I began watching Rocky and his Friends and The Bullwinkle Show, that the day would dawn when I could call June Foray—the voice of Rocket J.Squirrel and Natasha Fatale—a friend. She was indomitable and…

NITRATE CAN’T WAIT: IS HOPALONG CASSIDY DISINTEGRATING?

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[My longtime friend Dick Bann, with whom I wrote a book on Our Gang years ago, had no training as a film archivist, but spent a number of years working with the late David Shepard at Blackhawk Films and…

FILM FESTIVAL DIARY: KARLOVY VARY

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It’s been a while since I attended a major film festival outside the U.S., and I didn’t know what to expect at the 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic. This venerable and prestigious event is…

THE FORGOTTEN ARTWORK OF SILENT FILMS

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By now most film buffs know how good silent movies looked, in contrast to popular opinion based on the scratchy, washed-out excerpts shown on television for years. But in watching Olive Films’ Blu-ray release of William S. Hart’s Wagon…

THE DEATH OF VHS—AND WHAT WE’VE LOST

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Amidst the various “in memoriam” pieces for 2016 one name was missing: not an actor or a filmmaker, but a format familiar to all of us–vhs. Several sources reported that the manufacture of videocassette recorders, or vcrs, was discontinued…

FLASHBACK: MEETING GINGER ROGERS

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The prospect of meeting a legendary movie star was daunting to me at the age of 16, but I wasn’t going to let nervousness intrude on such a great opportunity. My benefactor was Raymond Rohauer, whose work in the…

JOHNNY DEPP AND ZOMBIES MAKE A BOY’S DREAM COME TRUE

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Less than a month ago Andy Shapiro over at Legendary put Jessie and me in contact with Tamika Lamison, founder and head of the Make a Film Foundation. As soon as I watched a TV news story about the organization,…

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