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The Draws of Summer Cinema

June has arrived! As we take a moment to realize we’ve (somehow) entered the sixth month of a year that feels like a repeat of the last two, let us reflect on some of the weird, wacky and wild movies hitting theaters in the coming weeks. First up, a biographical comedy film titled Phantom of the Open. Based on real...

May’s Offerings

The fifth month of the year has shuffled its way down the line, and I may or may not have some movies for you to check out! (Sorry, writing differing intros gets difficult so you may just have to deal with these puns for now … maybe.) Starting with another Marvel tent-pole film, the month opens with Doctor Strange in...

The Many Facets of Film

Schooling Film production is growing in the Sooner State, and with that, educational opportunities to learn more about the sector have grown, too. “With the increase in production statewide, I think more schools are recognizing there is appetite for film instruction,” says Jeff Van Hanken, Wellspring Associate Professor and chair of the Film Studies department at The University of Tulsa.  With more...

Welcome, 2022!

January has arrived ... when movies are typically taken out to pasture and killed. Bleak, I know, but there are a few films this month that might rise above that predestined path. Welcome to 2022!  First up is The Tender Bar. Written by William Monahan (The Departed) and directed by George Clooney, the film stars Tye Sheridan as J.R. Moehringer,...

Oklahoma’s Horror Superstar

For Halloween this year, how about the story of a native Oklahoman who went on to become the only actor ever to play all four of the famed Universal Pictures horror characters of the 1930s and ’40s: the Wolf Man, the Mummy, Count Dracula and Frankenstein’s monster? That’s a remarkable, one-of-a-kind achievement. But what may be even more remarkable about...

Dog Days of Summer Cinema

August brings us even more films as we enter the back half of a wild year. I’ve got some actions films, a science fiction movie and an online flick, so I hope you’ll find something that catches your eye. Right out of the gate is The Suicide Squad, a soft reboot/stand-alone sequel to the financially successful but critically panned Suicide...

Variety Abounds

Oh no, it’s July in Oklahoma! That means it is currently ten billion degrees outside all the time, so it makes sense to hide out in an air-conditioned theater, right? Luckily, this month is packed with some exciting picks from multiple genres.  First up, the Marvel film Black Widow gets its long overdue release. The beginning of Phase Four in...

The Month of Love

Are things back to normal? Are movies being released on the date they originally claimed? Who knows! I’m writing this in advance and I unfortunately can’t time travel. I am, however, cautiously optimistic that the theatrical release I’ve got on the list will come out on time. It’s the month of love, and I sure would like to give...

Cinematically Spooky

At Home Sometimes unexpected films become a cultural tour de force. Though long respected among cinephiles, South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho crashed the American mainstream with an unlikely film: his spiky black comic masterpiece Parasite. Detailing class warfare through the interactions between a fabulously wealthy family and their opposites, a poor but clever family who find ways to ingratiate themselves...

Feel the Thunder(bird)

After nearly two decades in Hollywood as an actor and producer, Oklahoman Randy Wayne felt not only the tug of his state’s roots, but the frustrations that come with living in fast-paced Los Angeles. So, in 2019, Wayne and his partner, Talia Bella, brought their skills to Oklahoma to launch a new production venture: Thunderbird Films. The production company was...