Brian Rudloff
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Brian Rudloff

Brian loves two things: movies and vacations. He has a B.S. in Cinema/Television Production and an M.S. in Recreation and Tourism Management. While he certainly anticipates the latest releases, he is more often found dancing on flying sarapes through the ether of yesteryear and wistfully prancing on clouds of nostalgia. He does not understand kids these days or the entertainment they consume.

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For many of us the combination of Disney and Christmas is the culmination of all things magical and good in this world.  In Southern California the holidays aren’t even official until you see Sleeping Beauty’s Castle glisten in seasonal lights!  But old Walt was producing Christmas memories long before Disneyland opened.  Here are some of the

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FeaturesLists

While the kids today don’t know who Max Fleischer was, his contributions to the advancement of animated family entertainment are pretty important.  Betty Boop, Popeye, and Superman are just a few of the many characters he brought to the big screen, along with some pretty significant creative and technical innovations. 

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FeaturesListsMusic

Stockings full of new covers of traditional Christmas tunes are released every year.  They have got to be some of the most covered songs ever written.  I would be set for life if I owned the rights to “The Christmas Song”!  From power pop divas to folksy indie rockers, we all have our

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FeaturesListsMusic

The most wonderful time of the year is upon us!!  That means it’s time for my ears to ring with the delightful sounds of one of my all time favorite things – HOLIDAY MUSIC!!!  Around March I begin looking forward to “Black Friday”, the official day that I can start blasting the John Denver and

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MoviesVideo Vault

This week Video Vault plugs in to David Cronenberg‘s eXistenZ (1999).  Despite garnering a slew of film festival nominations and awards, I think I know one other person who has seen this Inception-y romp.  Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ian Holm, and Willem Dafoe star in the reality jumping horror

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MoviesVideo Vault

Who doesn’t love a good bear movie?  I sure don’t.  That’s why this week we are checking out 1996’s family adventure tale, Alaska.  With an estimated $20 million budget, the epic only raked in about $12 million in domestic returns.  The 2 hour commercial for Alaskan eco-touristism was filmed primarily in British

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FeaturesMovies

It’s Halloween time.  Time for tricks and treats and scary movies!  There is something about horror films that captivates us, fascinates us, and taps in to our internal darkness, something that is absent in the normal day-to-day.  What ever that motivator is, it makes us turn off the lights, pop

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MoviesVideo Vault

Today Video Vault remembers “Weird Al” Yankovic’s cult classic UHF!  Hot off the heals of one of Orion Pictures’s best test screenings ever, the film was expected to save the studio in the summer of 1989.  As we all know, this didn’t happen.  Mixed reviews and heavy box office competition

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MoviesVideo Vault

The history of maverick filmmaker Ralph Bakshi‘s 1992 return to feature length films, Cool World, is the quintessential example of a studio’s complete disregard for artistic vision, maximization of profits, pandering to the powerful, double dealings, manipulation, and Hollywood nepotism.  The film marked the end of a 9 year movie

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InterviewsPostersSDCC

If you love movies and you love collectibles, than you know that the coolest movie collectible to own these days is a Mondo poster!!  Working in conjunction with the ultra hip indie/cult theater chain Alamo Drafthouse, Mondo releases high quality, artist designed, limited edition posters that sell out almost instantly

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Film FestivalsInterviewsMoviesSDCC

After talking with Frankenweenie producer Don Hahn, I had the opportunity to chat with Allison Abbate, whom he called “one of the greatest stop-motion producers of all time.”  Allison has worked with some incredible directors including Wes Anderson, Brad Bird, and, of course, Tim Burton.  Her credits include Space Jam,

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Don Hahn has produced some of the most beloved Disney films of all time including The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?.  His work has brought joy and enchantment to thousands of people around the globe, including me.  I can say in all honesty that

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InterviewsSDCCTV

TRON LIVES!  If you’re not watching Tron: Uprising, you are missing out on one of the most sophisticated and beautiful animated series ever produced for American TV.  Despite airing on the Disney XD channel, there is nothing “kiddie” about this continuation of the Tron mythology.  Bridging the gap between Tron

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MoviesVideo Vault

This week Video Vault gets moved by the heartwarming tale of 1998’s Simon Birch.  Loosely based on John Irving‘s 1989 novel A Prayer for Owen Meany, the film stars Jurassic Park‘s Joseph Mazzello and first-and-only-time actor, Ian Michael Smith, as best friends growing up in a 1950’s small New England

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InterviewsSDCCWeb Series

Thanks to the internet, filmmakers now have the opportunity to share their stories without going through major studio routes.  The web-series format allows genre shows that may have a somewhat limited audience to truly thrive and even make celebrities out of their creators and stars.  April’s launch of Felicia Day‘s

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PhotosSDCC

Screen Invasion spent most of Day 4 on the exhibit floor checking out all the crazy costumes and coveting awesome merch.  I sure wish I had a few extra hundos to drop!  If you missed it, be sure to browse through our  Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3 photo

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