Author Archives: Lucas Paris

Ashes as Remains: Peter Lorre, ‘Der Verlorene’, and Post WWII Germany (Monochrome May Special)

The 50’s was a drought for the established character actor Peter Lorre, but perhaps things seemed brighter at the start of the decade with his directorial debut, a postwar German thriller, Der Verlorene, or The Lost One, sometimes translated as The Lost Man. Released in 1951, Der Verlorene tells the story of one Dr. Karl Neumeister (Peter Lorre), working at

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A long time ago in a galaxy “Har-har” away: Galaxina (1980)

The Star Wars-style crawl gives us, the viewer, some quick exposition on what we are to expect, after it ends we watch an absurdly long ship slowly pass before our eyes, then the plot gets underway, where we have a hammy pseudo Darth Vader facsimile, some Star Trek pokes, an Alien gag, and of course, shots at everyone’s favorite space

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Media and the Mat: Mortal Kombat, WCW Blood Runs Cold, and Glacier

For better or worse, video games tend to find their way into other media. Most often, games are made into live action adaptations (Street Fighter The Movie – 1994, we miss you Raul Julia!), cartoons, anime, comics, as well as manga. But perhaps the strangest of wonders is when a video game penetrates into the soap opera, kayfabe world of

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Pixel to Cel: “Fatal Fury – The Motion Picture”

And, we’re back! Last time in Pixel to Cel, I covered two early 90s OVAs (Original Video Animations) that were packaged together by Viz in 1999 as Double Impact covering the first two installments of the Fatal Fury video game franchise. This time, we’re roaring out the gate with Fatal Fury The Motion Picture (1994), released by Viz to the

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Pixel to Cel: “Fatal Fury – Double Impact” (1999)

A previous article here on The Splintering covered the uninhibited method of 90s video game marketing ads, and it got me thinking not only about the games of that decade, but animated renditions of those games from the time period. Unsurprisingly, fighting games and beat ’em up side-scrollers come readily to mind, as colorful characters performing ultra violent moves on

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Heart in Knotts – 1969’s “The Love God?”

Most are unlikely to equate ‘Sex’ and ‘Don Knotts’ in the same thought or sentence. The comedic actor was known by and large for “G rated” fare throughout his career; The Andy Griffith Show (1960), The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964), How To Frame a Figg (1971), The Apple Dumpling Gang (1979), The Private Eyes (1980), just to name a few.

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Happy Birthday Number 40: Remembering & Celebrating Ronald Reagan’s Acting Career

This weekend marks Ronald Reagan’s 110th birthday. Born February 6, 1911, Reagan was Number 40 in the line of American Presidents, his two terms in office opening and closing the decade of the 80s (1981-1989). It’s easy to think of him only in a political sense, but Reagan had a prior career, too. In Film! In fact, in the first

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Hard Cash: Looking back at 1967’s “Who’s Minding The Mint?”

The heist film is a standard of crime and action cinema. In fact, it has been with the film medium since the very beginning. 1903’s The Great Train Robbery by Edison Film, with Edwin S. Porter at the helm, is a great early example of a heist film, featuring bandits taking a train, valuables, and other goods before being chased

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