Reid Lansford

Why The Ending of Sleepaway Camp Confused Me For Years

Why The Ending of Sleepaway Camp Confused Me For Years

SLEEPAWAY CAMP somehow manages to pull off being simultaneously homophobic in tone (Peter’s father is revealed to be homosexual, in a flashback sequence that is bizarre and genuinely uncomfortable in its staging and implications) and hysterically homoerotic (did guys actually wear shorts that short in the 80s?)

Intellectual Property Studies 101 (Formerly Known as Film Studies)

Intellectual Property Studies 101 (Formerly Known as Film Studies)

Welcome to Intellectual Property Studies, where you will learn how to produce revenue creating properties for worldwide audiences. Laid out below is your first year of studies, where we emphasize a well-rounded curriculum to teach you what came before and what you will produce and market in the future!

Street Fighter: From Console to Big Screen

Street Fighter: From Console to Big Screen

As we count down the days until the special screening of IT CAME FROM THE DESERT, some of the Other Worlds staff will present their favorite films based on an original video game. Reid Lansford kicks things off with his take on STREET FIGHTER.

A Fractured View Of Rural Horror

A Fractured View Of Rural Horror

Some people really enjoy the idea of having a home out in the middle of nowhere. The isolation, away from the hustle of modern urbanity, the quiet. Those are aspects which are so unappealing to me that it’s hard to even try to imagine why someone could potentially appreciate it. Not to mention the fact that being alone in a house in the middle of nowhere is incredibly creepy.

IT 2017: meh.

IT 2017: meh.

Audiences and critics have both overwhelmingly praised the film, so I’ve been wondering since I left the theater…why didn’t It really work for me?

"Rowdy" Roddy Piper: The Canadian Action Hero We Needed

"Rowdy" Roddy Piper: The Canadian Action Hero We Needed

Nobody will confuse Piper’s acting resume with that of Daniel Day Lewis or Sean Penn; those two could only hope to ever have a milestone like THEY LIVE on their IMDB page.

Meta-Maze

Meta-Maze

OWA founder, Bears Fonte, has approved a rescue mission to help save Dave from his maze. But he said not all staff members can go on the mission—who will be left to run the festival? He has tasked Dan Repp, Senior Programmer and Event Director, with interviewing OWA staff to determine who goes into the maze. Next up is Reid Lansford, programmer and Director of Registration.

Celluloid Superheroes

Celluloid Superheroes

Here’s an interesting scientific fact: a new comic book-based film is released every 82 minutes. I know, it actually seems like it’s more often than that, but it’s an undisputed fact. Here are the five indispensable ones in the OWA Time Capsule:

To "SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE" and Back Again: An Ode to Vintage STAR WARS Video Gaming

To "SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE" and Back Again: An Ode to Vintage STAR WARS Video Gaming

I shake my fist in anger/fear at the kids today who will never understand renting a cartridge game from a video store after school on Fridays.  The pressure was on, as you had 48 hours to make as much progress as possible before it was time to return it and return to normalcy on Monday. And if you rented STAR WARS on the original NES, you didn’t make much progress at all.

BE MY CAT: A FILM FOR ANNE

BE MY CAT: A FILM FOR ANNE

It’s not hard to understand why we develop crushes on movie stars. They’re famous, beautiful, rich, talented (sometimes). They exist on our screens, and we know they’re real, but there’s always that disconnect. We’re unlikely to ever meet one, let alone develop any genuine relationship with one… but what if we did?
 

James Bond Drives a Spaceship, Because Of Course

James Bond Drives a Spaceship, Because Of Course

OWA’s Registration Director, Reid Lansford, has tracked down James Bond for an exclusive interview prior to the Texas premiere of CAPSULE at Flix Brewhouse, Wed, September 21 (9:00pm).

MonsterVisions of My Youth

MonsterVisions of My Youth

The real cornerstone of my youth was TNT’s MonsterVision, hosted by the brilliant Joe Bob Briggs (as portrayed by John Bloom.) He sat in front of a trailer set in a lawn chair and introduced that night's line up of films, which could be anything from an all-night FRIDAY THE 13TH marathon, to a John Carpenter double feature to a George Romero-themed lineup to even classics accepted by the public at large. He added such a sense of fun to watching these films, and obviously took a great sense of pride in hosting this series. 

The Five Most SciFi Things To Ever Happen In Pro Wrestling

The Five Most SciFi Things To Ever Happen In Pro Wrestling

Within the mythology of the sport there have been Undertakers, voodoo priests, vampires, Samoan savages, giants, all next to the likes of The Rock and Hulk Hogan. Wrestling has lifted from all different kinds of storytelling and entertainment over the years to assist in weaving its stories, including elements of Science Fiction.

An Appreciation of GHOSTBUSTERS, a Defense of GHOSTBUSTERS II, and a Plea Against GHOSTBUSTERS III

An Appreciation of GHOSTBUSTERS, a Defense of GHOSTBUSTERS II, and a Plea Against GHOSTBUSTERS III

"It’s not just the nostalgia for the great Ray Parker Jr. theme song, the toys, or the Saturday morning cartoon series. It’s because GHOSTBUSTERS is a truly great film. Sure, it didn’t win any Oscars, but if you gave me a choice between re-watching it or say, AMADEUSthat year’s Oscar champion, there would be no contest."

When Slashers Go To Outer Space

When Slashers Go To Outer Space

"And get this—after nine films, they had a new concept: Jason Voorhees… in space... Would horny teenagers played by actors in their late twenties still be punished for exploring their new found hormones in the future? Would Jason find new and inventive ways to use home gardening tools and kitchen utensils in zero gravity?"

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