I feel that, over the years, the Ghostbusters narrative has lost the plot. And I’m not just talking about the story of the movies, but the whole nature of the series. It all started out as a cool idea for a one-off ’80s fantasy-comedy, with some adult elements and starring…

Preparing to write about the albums of James Brown was incredibly difficult. It was incredibly difficult because the man released a million records. Well, by my estimation, he released 58 “canonical” albums, a different calculation than the official 59 studio albums. What’s omitted from my estimation are four Christmas albums…

When it comes to Donkey Kong, Nintendo’s empire-founding ape, there is a B.C. (Before Country) and an A.C. (After Country). The Donkey Kong series had its origins in the arcades, with the first game releasing in 1981 on hardware scraped together from the commercial failure RADAR SCOPE (1980), with a…

Note: This is the hundred-and-sixty-second in a series of historical/critical essays examining the best in film from each year. Essentially, I am watching films from the beginning of cinematic history that interest me and/or hold some critical or cultural impact. My personal, living list of favorites is being created at…

In one regard, folk legend Woody Guthrie was and has been co-opted by a faux-patriotic contingent based on the strength of “This Land Is Your Land.” It was kind of a proto-”Born in the U.S.A.” by Bruce Springsteen, in terms of how it was misinterpreted. But to many others, Guthrie…

As the Academy Awards, still yet to be known as the Oscars, moved on from the second and third ceremonies in 1930, they slowly but surely took on more categories. The 4th Academy Awards brought a celebratory eye to nine criteria, as opposed to the previous year’s eight. …

Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau is one of the greatest and most important film directors ever, and the maker of my personal favorite movie. Born in Germany (or what equates to the country of Germany today) on December 28, 1888, F.W. Murnau would go on to direct 21 films in the 12…

Blink-182 has had a number of high-profile hiatuses and semi-breakups, and in the wake of those moments, Tom DeLonge has started a couple of side projects. One such band was Angels & Airwaves, a space, pop, and prog-ish rock act that yearns for U2 grandiosity and existential complexity. Now that…

Tristan Ettleman

I write about movies, music, video games, and more.

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