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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...

Panning Oklahoma’s Film Landscape

Oklahoma on Film If there’s one popular concept that people from other states have learned about Oklahoma, it’s that the wind comes sweeping down our plains. Even though the cinematic version of Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein’s musical Oklahoma! was filmed in Arizona, the movies that are shot entirely or primarily here often reinforce a wide-open image of Oklahoma, where...

Neighborhood Influences

In Tulsa, not all that far from his old Maple Ridge neighborhood, writer and producer Micah Fitzerman-Blue is having a beautiful day. Along with hundreds of other adults and kids, he and his family members are experiencing first-hand what USA Today has called the “best new attraction” in the nation – Gathering Place. “I’ve never seen anything like this in...

Funneling the Weird

Around Town My credo now approves of any film festival with the category “The Strange Batch” to cover what it describes as “wonderfully weird shorts.” This decision came after looking at the lineup of the Twister Alley Film Festival, happening May 2-4 at the Woodward Arts Theater. That listing is just one indication of the festival’s offbeat sensibilities. With other...