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2014 Stories by Mark Fischer

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  • The Twenties Roar Again

    published October 9, 2014

    America may not have given birth to Bach, Mozart or Beethoven, but the works that make up the enduring Great American Songbook have gone on to... More >>

  • Poking The Eye Of The Beholder

    published August 21, 2014

    Is art, like beauty, in the eye of the beholder? Philosophers and critics alike have debated the subjective and objective standards of the two for... More >>

  • Candyman and the Klingons

    published October 2, 2014

    Sharpen your Spock ears and lug Mjolnir out of the closet: Archon, St. Louis' premier science-fiction and fantasy convention touches down... More >>

  • Monster Date Night

    published October 2, 2014

    Sitting quietly in a pitch-black movie theater has been a date-night staple for years, but it's hardly the best way to get to know someone.... More >>

  • Fire Bad

    published August 28, 2014

    After his massive success in Universal Studio's 1931 smash Dracula, Bela Lugosi seemed a shoo-in to play the monster in the studio's next... More >>

  • Mammoth Mammals

    published January 23, 2014

    While images of cavemen taking down a brontosaurus are embedded in pop culture, our leviathan lizards went the way of the dinosaur 60 million... More >>

  • Roar with Laughter at Godzilla '98

    published August 14, 2014

    Today filmmakers go out of their way to pander to the fanboys, but back in 1998 when Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin delivered their version of... More >>

  • Fool for Love

    published July 24, 2014

    Barbra Streisand jump-started her career with her portrayal of Ziegfeld Follies star Fanny Brice in the musical Funny Girl. Though... More >>

  • A Movie and A Shower

    published August 7, 2014

    In the dystopian society of the 1976 film Logan's Run, humans reside in a bubbled metropolis, where everyone lives fast and dies young --... More >>

  • Cross-Pollinating Art and Ecology

    published July 24, 2014

    When it comes to pollination, bees get most of the credit. But when the sun goes down, the humble moth has been diligently working the late shift... More >>

  • Monty Python Squeezes One Last Gasp

    published July 17, 2014

    Tickets to the Monty Python reunion at London's O2 arena sold out in exactly 43.5 seconds and quickly prompted the addition of nine more... More >>

  • Paramount's MGM Musical

    published July 17, 2014

    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was the uncontested champ of the Hollywood musical in the 1940s and '50s, but one of the most beloved MGM musicals wasn't made... More >>

  • Sharknado 90210

    published July 10, 2014

    After producers called a wrap on Beverly Hills, 90210, Ian Ziering (Steve Sanders) disappeared from the limelight, eventually accepting a... More >>

  • Weird Sinus

    published July 3, 2014

    In his feature-film debut Go Down Death, filmmaker Aaron Schimberg follows in the footsteps of directors Luis Bunuel, David Lynch... More >>

  • From the Coffin to the Tanning Bed

    published June 26, 2014

    Since Max Shreck's nightmare-inducing turn in 1922's Nosferatu and Bela Lugosi's defining portrayal nine years later in Dracula,... More >>

  • Picasso and France's Master of Suspense

    published June 19, 2014

    French filmmaker Henri-Georges Clouzot was a contemporary of Alfred Hitchcock's and his films -- most notably Diabolique, were often... More >>

  • Hard-boiled Prose Never Goes Over Easy

    published June 19, 2014

    There is no shortage of insufferable, stuck-up snobs across the Atlantic and around the world who declare "America has no culture," but when you... More >>

  • Perils Of A Full-Time Faerie

    published June 5, 2014

    St. Louis County's own No. 1 New York Times best-selling author Laurell K. Hamilton has not one, but two successful series that have kept... More >>

  • The Apocalypse Is A Gas-s-s-s

    published May 29, 2014

    Fresh off of his successful Edgar Allen Poe series with Vincent Price, director Roger Corman spearheaded the hippie-exploitiation movement with... More >>

  • None for the Road

    published May 29, 2014

    From the mid-1940s and on through the early '70s, countless educational films were created as an alternative to the traditional forms of teaching.... More >>

  • Art of Noise and Silence

    published April 17, 2014

    There are still a few public places where etiquette calls for silence, such as libraries, courtrooms and your favorite place of worship. Art Saint... More >>

  • Bonanza for Opera Fans

    published May 22, 2014

    In the silver age of television, Lorne Greene was everywhere. His silver hair and commanding voice gave him a gravitas that served him well as the... More >>

  • Niagara Falls for Jean

    published April 10, 2014

    Since 2006, artist Jamie Adams has been painting large-scale, black-and-white portraits of French New Wave film icon Jean Seberg. In his... More >>

  • Back to the Super-8 Era

    published May 1, 2014

    Travel back to a time before DVD, Blu-ray and Netflix, when home-theater enthusiasts turned to Super-8 films for condensed fifteen-minute editions... More >>

  • Students' Runaway Runway Success

    published May 1, 2014

    The road to the catwalk is no cakewalk. From sock-and-sandal atrocities to overhanging flab spilling out of too-tight waistlines, St. Louis is a... More >>

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