From the silent era to the drive-in to the multi-mega-plex, film shapes our culture and our experience, becoming a touchstone for generations. With more than a hundred years of film history, even the biggest film enthusiast always has more to learn. So many fascinating stories from lives and careers lived in the bright lights of Hollywood or behind the scenes; Sam uncovers the forgotten and brings a new perspective to the familiar!
PCA takes you through 170 years of vampire history with a look at the coolest blood suckers in pop culture history. From Dracula to Blacula, Anne Rice to Joss Whedon, Transylvania to Collinsport, kid shows to breakfast cereal mascots, we spotlight the funny, the scary and the sexiest vampires of all time. And yes, one of Stephanie Meyers vampires is included, but its not Edward Cullen.
Remembered fondly for his portrayal of Barnaby Tucker in Hello Dolly on both the stage and the big screen film starring Barbara Streisand, dancer and Broadway performer Danny Lockin had an energy that defied gravity when on the dance floor. However, his short career was cut short when he was the victim of a homoerotic sex slaying. Although barely a blip on the pop culture radar, Danny was unforgettable to the people who knew him. PCA tells Danny’s story to ensure that he is never forgotten.
One of the most recognized figures in horror film, little seems to be known about German actor Max Scherek who portrayed film’s first Dracula in F. W. Murnau classic silent film Nosferatu. However fans might be suprised that Schreck did more then just Nosferatu, appearing in comedies, melodramas and even a handful of early Germanic sound pictures. PCA tries to piece together the life and career of one of the scariest actors of the silent era.
Daughter of Chicago sports columnist Irv Kupcinet, socialite Karyn Kupcinet’s unsolved Hollywood murder has baffled amateur detectives, conspiracy theorists and Hollywood historians for decades. Was she the victim of her estranged lover, or did her father’s mafia connections kill her to shut him up in connection with the JFK assassination. Whichever the case, Karyn Kupcinet’s story is a tale of the cold and cruel reality of Hollywood which chews aspiring starlets up and spits them out.
One of Hollywood’s most tragic figures, Peg Entwistlebecame the symbol of broken dreams when she commited suicide by throwing herself off of the Hollywood sign in 1932, and whose ghost is said to haunt Griffith Park. However, history shows that Peg Entwistle gave up too soon, and the world has all but forgotten about her successful career on the Broadway stage. PCA looks at the short life, tragic death and great potential of a young girl whose life has been forgotten, but death has become that of Hollywood legend and lore.
Real life Hollywood romances capture the imagination just as much as the love stories on the silver screen. However, sometimes celebrities fall in love leaving the world saying WTF? PCA looks at ten of the strangest Hollywood couplings including Orson and Rita, Lucy and Desi, Marilyn and Miller, Frank and Mia, Julia and Lyle, Michael and Lisa Marie, Woody and his adopted step daughter and Rock Hudson and a woman and more!
Since the very first horror flick was shot in 1910 under the strict eye of Mister Edison himself, audiences have loved scary movies. Possibly the world’s most popular genre, it had its fare share of duds as well as firecrackers. Sam wades through those films so you don’t have to, and presents 100 horror films from the early days of cinema to the present bringing you the absolute best the genre has to offer.
In 1970 director Michangelo Antonioni came to the US to make his American masterpiece “Zabriskie Point.” Searching for the all American boy and girl, Antonioni cast newcomers Mark Frechette and Daria Halprin from the front lines of America’s disastified youth. When the pair fell in love during the filming, for a split second the pair became the first couple of America’s counter culture. However, as the film tanked at the box office, their real life love affair would become stranger then fiction in a story contating with control, cults, crime, death and redemption.
Stroll with Sam through the pages of entertainment history as he uncovers the fascinating contributions of entertainers of short stature. From Medieval courts to the sideshow circuit to the bright lights of Hollywood, little people have had an impact that continues today.
A hero who was hotter than Bond and cooler than Bullit, John Shaft was a new kind of action hero. And the man behind Shaft proved to be just as tough as his famous character; while many of contemporaries diodn’t outlast the 70s, Roundtree’s career spanned 4 decades and a bout with cancer.
Joining the Three Stooges after his brother Curly left in 1946, Shemp was never given a fair shake by fans and continues to this day the most under-appreciated of the Stooges. Join Sam as he explores the dimension of ‘the little Stooge that could.’
PCA Retro Review
Sam Tweedle reviews the great, and not so great, movies of the past, reminding you that the world’s greatest films are not in the new release section at Blockbuster.
PCA Film Festival
PCA reviews the world of independent and foreign film, revealing great films that you haven’t seen…but should!