Reid Lansford

Benoit

Benoit

Reactions to the deaths of celebrities are strange when you stop to think about them. These are people we didn’t know. When one does pass on, we usually celebrate their work… So what do you do when one passes on in a horrific way that doesn’t call for celebration?

Multi-Dimensional Love

Multi-Dimensional Love

What’s surprising is that even with some of the usual modern rom-com conventions we’ve come to expect and SciFi elements, the film doesn’t lose focus on its emotionally involving core. Both versions of Todd have hurt people in their orbit in significant ways, and each one will need to travel to another plane of existence to try and set things right.

Why The Ending of Sleepaway Camp Confused Me For Years

Why The Ending of Sleepaway Camp Confused Me For Years

SLEEPAWAY CAMP somehow manages to pull off being simultaneously homophobic in tone (Peter’s father is revealed to be homosexual, in a flashback sequence that is bizarre and genuinely uncomfortable in its staging and implications) and hysterically homoerotic (did guys actually wear shorts that short in the 80s?)

Intellectual Property Studies 101 (Formerly Known as Film Studies)

Intellectual Property Studies 101 (Formerly Known as Film Studies)

Welcome to Intellectual Property Studies, where you will learn how to produce revenue creating properties for worldwide audiences. Laid out below is your first year of studies, where we emphasize a well-rounded curriculum to teach you what came before and what you will produce and market in the future!

IT 2017: meh.

IT 2017: meh.

Audiences and critics have both overwhelmingly praised the film, so I’ve been wondering since I left the theater…why didn’t It really work for me?

"Rowdy" Roddy Piper: The Canadian Action Hero We Needed

"Rowdy" Roddy Piper: The Canadian Action Hero We Needed

Nobody will confuse Piper’s acting resume with that of Daniel Day Lewis or Sean Penn; those two could only hope to ever have a milestone like THEY LIVE on their IMDB page.

Celluloid Superheroes

Celluloid Superheroes

Here’s an interesting scientific fact: a new comic book-based film is released every 82 minutes. I know, it actually seems like it’s more often than that, but it’s an undisputed fact. Here are the five indispensable ones in the OWA Time Capsule:

To "SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE" and Back Again: An Ode to Vintage STAR WARS Video Gaming

To "SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE" and Back Again: An Ode to Vintage STAR WARS Video Gaming

I shake my fist in anger/fear at the kids today who will never understand renting a cartridge game from a video store after school on Fridays.  The pressure was on, as you had 48 hours to make as much progress as possible before it was time to return it and return to normalcy on Monday. And if you rented STAR WARS on the original NES, you didn’t make much progress at all.

MonsterVisions of My Youth

MonsterVisions of My Youth

The real cornerstone of my youth was TNT’s MonsterVision, hosted by the brilliant Joe Bob Briggs (as portrayed by John Bloom.) He sat in front of a trailer set in a lawn chair and introduced that night's line up of films, which could be anything from an all-night FRIDAY THE 13TH marathon, to a John Carpenter double feature to a George Romero-themed lineup to even classics accepted by the public at large. He added such a sense of fun to watching these films, and obviously took a great sense of pride in hosting this series. 

Short Focus: OWA 2014

Short Focus: OWA 2014

Programming a festival, you get to see so many amazing movies, and you want to tell everyone about it.  It seems like lots of people are talking about the features, so we wanted to make you didn’t miss a few of our favorite shorts playing the fest!

The Practical Effects of Special Effects

The Practical Effects of Special Effects

"An audience that once gasped in awe at a seemingly never ending Star Destroyer pursuing a Rebel Cruiser through the stars looks at the green screened creation of Krypton in last summers Man of Steel and collectively shrugs."