Talking Movies [Christmas Day]: The Muppet Christmas Carol

Released: 11 December 1992Director: Brian HensonDistributor: Buena Vista Pictures DistributionBudget: $12 millionStars: Michael Caine, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Jerry Nelson, Frank Oz, Jessica Fox, and Meredith Braun The Plot:On Christmas Eve in 19th century London, the cantankerous and cold-hearted moneylender, Ebenezer Scrooge (Caine), is visited by three spirits in a desperate attempt by his deceased … Continue reading Talking Movies [Christmas Day]: The Muppet Christmas Carol

Talking Movies [Christmas Countdown]: Tim Burton’s A Nightmare Before Christmas

Released: 29 October 1993Director: Henry SelickDistributor: Buena Vista Pictures DistributionBudget: $26 millionStars: Chris Sarandon/Danny Elfman, Catherine O’Hara, Glenn Shadix, Ken Page, Ed Ivory, and William Hickey The Plot:Jack Skellington (Sarandon, with Elfman singing), the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, has grown weary of embodying the same macabre holiday year after year. When he stumbles upon … Continue reading Talking Movies [Christmas Countdown]: Tim Burton’s A Nightmare Before Christmas

Talking Movies [Christmas Countdown]: Batman Returns

Released: 16 June 1992Director: Tim BurtonDistributor: Warner Bros. PicturesBudget: $65 to 80 millionStars: Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, and Michael Gough The Plot:Gotham City’s preparations for Christmas are interrupted by the emergence of Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (DeVito), a deformed former circus performer who quickly wins the hearts of the city and is … Continue reading Talking Movies [Christmas Countdown]: Batman Returns

Talking Movies [Christmas Countdown]: Jingle All the Way

Released: 22 November 1996Director: Brian LevantDistributor: 20th Century FoxBudget: $75 millionStars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Jake Lloyd, Robert Conrad, Rita Wilson, and Phil Hartman The Plot:Howard Langston (Schwarzenegger) is a workaholic husband and father who, after missing his son Jamie’s (Lloyd) karate class graduation, promises to make it up to him by buying him the hottest … Continue reading Talking Movies [Christmas Countdown]: Jingle All the Way

Back Issues: The Crow

Story Title: “Inertia”, “Pain”, “Fear”, “Irony”, and “Despair”Published: January 1989; February 1989 to May 1989Writer/Artist: James O’Barr (as “J. O’Barr”) The Background:The Crow began life as a comic book published by Caliber Comics in 1989, with the title character’s first appearance being a short prequel tale, “Inertia”, which was published in Caliber Presents #1 (January 1989). … Continue reading Back Issues: The Crow

Game Corner [Mega Drive Anniversary]: SEGA’s Mega Machine

On 29 October 1988, SEGA released the 16-bit Mega Drive (known as the SEGA Genesis in North America); far superior to Nintendo’s 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), and bolstered by both an aggressive marketing campaign and the eventual release of Sonic the Hedgehog (Sonic Team, 1991), this release kicked off the “Console Wars” of the … Continue reading Game Corner [Mega Drive Anniversary]: SEGA’s Mega Machine