The Midnight Choker

The website of Dan Erdman

One Who Has Love in His Belly

[In an effort to exercise my high school German, I’m going to post one of these translations per week. I already posted one from Werner Herzog way back during the … Continue reading


Apollo 11: First Steps Edition (Todd Douglas Miller, 2019)

Tucked away among its many other fascinating artifacts, the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo, NM – to which I give my unalloyed endorsement, by the way – … Continue reading


A Dirty Shame

I won’t pretend that I was paying attention to California politics in 2011 (or at any other time), but some of you may remember when State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner … Continue reading

May 5, 2021

Stuart Gordon 1947-2020

[Editor’s note: I wrote this yesterday for the Media Burn email newsletter, which you should have subscribed to by now anyway. Typically, these are saved to the MB blog and … Continue reading

March 26, 2020

I Went to a Video Store

Video-rental stores are cool again. As a recent Kickstarter for a Baltimore outlet puts it, “A great video store is so much more than a place of business. The best … Continue reading

July 12, 2017

What an A/V Archivist Does

My Opinions about the Kennedy family are usually jaundiced to the point of incandescence, but especially so now since one of that bunch is about to present himself as the … Continue reading

July 10, 2017

Anne of the Indies (1951)

  In The American Cinema, Sarris rhetorically paired this with Way of a Gaucho, another Jacques Tourneur feature from the early 1950s, calling them “two misguided Fox projects conceived in … Continue reading

July 6, 2017