The Wild West of Richard Case

Richard Case, who is not related to the comic book artist of the same name, was a pulp illustrator who was active in the 1940s.  Though he worked in all genres, he’s best-known for his work for western pulps.  Below are a few covers from the 40s, all portraying the wild west of Richard Case.

Scenes that I Love: The Roulette Scene From Run, Lola, Run (Happy Birthday, Tom Tykwer!)

Today is the birthday of German filmmaker Tom Tykwer.  Tykwer directed one of my favorite films of all time, 1998’s Run, Lola, Run!  As such, it only seems appropriate that today’s scene that I love should come from that film.

In this scene, Lola shows us all how to win at roulette.  Do not try this in Vegas.

Ethan Hunt returns in the Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One Teaser!

Holy Cow! On Twitter, Christopher McQuarrie dropped the teaser trailer for Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning – Part One and there’s just so much to unpack here. Lorne Balfe reunites with McQuarrie on the score and I’m loving the piece that plays in this trailer. It looks like almost everyone from Mission: Impossible Fallout are back, and some new faces are present with Haley Atwell joining the fray. It’s also interesting to see Henry Czerny back in the mix. If the Fast and Furious movies have taught us anything, it’s that you can always find a use for a character you thought you shelved. Wow, it’s just a teaser, and it’s only Part One! I’m pretty excited for this.

4 Shots from 4 Films: Special Ryan Coogler Edition

4 Or More Shots From 4 Or More Films is just what it says it is, 4 shots from 4 of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 Shots From 4 Films lets the visuals do the talking!

Today, the Shattered Lens wishes a happy birthday to director Ryan Coogler!  With just three feature films and a handful of shorts, Ryan Coogler has made a star out of Michael B. Jordan, redeemed the acting career of Sylvester Stallone, introduced the rest of the world to Wakanda, and changed the way that film viewers talk about race in cinema.  With all that in mind, it’s time for….

4 Shots from 4 Ryan Coogler Films

Locks (2009, dir by Ryan Coogler, DP: Francisco Kosterlitz)

Fruitvale Station (2013, dir by Ryan Coogler, DP: Rachel Morrison)

Creed (2015, dir by Ryan Coogler, DP: Maryse Alberti)

Black Panther (2018, dir by Ryan Coogler, DP: Rachel Morrison)

Music Video of the Day: Last Drag by Traci Lords (2011, dir by Zalman King)

Today’s music video of the day was directed by Zalman King, who would have turned 82 years old today.  King started his career as an actor and appeared in some fairly strange films in the 70s but, in the 80s, he reinvented himself as cinema’s number one purveyor of extremely pretentious yet oddly sincere erotica.  

This video came out a year before King’s death in 2012 and everything about it — from the visual style to the star of the show — is easily identifiable as having been done in King’s signature style.