The Midnight Choker

The website of Dan Erdman

Stop Calling Archives Dusty

I could say that the phrase “dusty archive” bothers me due to some sense of professional propriety – you know, “speaking as an archivist.” I wouldn’t be entirely off my … Continue reading

January 15, 2017

Amateur Hour

While I may have let my own personal brand languish here for the last several months, I feel like I should probably use whatever diminishing presence this site can claim to … Continue reading

April 27, 2016

Communist Alert!

The Bijou Theatre closed on September 31. I’m not going to make superlative claims about the place (I’ll leave that to the partisans of the King’s Highway Theater), but it … Continue reading

October 9, 2015

“…as a film fan and not as a smut investigator…”

In 1968, President Lyndon Johnson commissioned a study on pornography. Sexually explicit media of all types had come to enjoy increasing social and legal tolerance, and the main mission of … Continue reading

July 14, 2015

Lotte Eisner Needs to Fly

Early in Werner Herzog’s 2006 film Rescue Dawn, German-born American fighter pilot Dieter Dengler (played by Christian Bale), shot down and held captive by the Vietcong, is given the choice … Continue reading

July 2, 2015

This Mobile Lab Will Help Keep 35mm Film Alive…

It’s a Catch-22. Because fewer films are shot on film, film processing labs are closing around the world. With fewer labs available, the range of services offered – from creation … Continue reading

June 17, 2015

Playing With a Different Region

Behold! I present to you the Panasonic AG-W1 VHS deck. This is a multi-region VHS player. The region codes that you find on commercial DVD and Blu-Ray discs today have … Continue reading

June 10, 2015