The Midnight Choker

The website of Dan Erdman

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


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


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

Stom Sogo: PS When You Thought You Are Going To Die

I dutifully read up on the small amount of material out there on film and videomaker Stom Sogo before going to Friday night’s screening of some of his work at … Continue reading

July 4, 2017

Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)

This is another one of those network narrative films which seemed to suddenly become a self-conscious mini-genre around the turn of the century. Here, disparate connections are tracked among a … Continue reading

July 1, 2017