‘Ninja Gaiden’ and other NES classics are coming to Switch Online

The NES games keep coming as an added incentive to get you to sign up to Nintendo’s Switch Online subscription service, aside from online play and cloud saves, of course. A trio of new titles have been announced today: side-scrolling action-platformer Ninja Gaiden, Tetris-style puzzler Wario’s Woods (featuring Wario and Toad) and Adventures of Lolo, […]

Evocative Paintings of Frames from Modern Movie Classics

Plenty of visual artists have taken their inspiration from the movies. Hong Kong-based painter Chow Chun Fai’s remarkable series “Painting on Movies,” showcased in his new solo show “CHOW CHUN FAI” at New York’s Eli Klein Gallery, takes a more direct approach: the artist replicates frames from iconic films from around the world, complete with subtitles at […]

Carry on films: Angela Douglas loved every minute on comedy classics

BUBBLY: Angela in 1965’s Carry On Cowboy (Image: ITV/REX/Shutterstock) ANGELA DOUGLAS is best remembered as the glamorous, often upper-crust young leading lady in a series of Carry On films.  But she gained a different sort of fame when she shocked 1960s Britain by falling passionately in love with the actor Kenneth More, who was a […]

The RetroBeat: Final Fantasy’s 16-bit classics need definitive editions

Final Fantasy is one of my favorite game series, and its 16-bit era might be its best. You have the groundbreaking Final Fantasy IV, the systems-based Final Fantasy V, and the epic Final Fantasy VI. But if you want to play these games today, you have to make compromises. Final Fantasy IV and Final Fantasy […]

Nicolas Winding Refn’s Streaming Service Will Offer Cult Classics to Stream For Free

Everybody is launching their own streaming service these days. Apple, Disney, YouTube…and Nicolas Winding Refn. Yes, the director behind Drive and The Neon Demon is setting up his own website where he plans to stream films and host essays. Now, the director has announced several cult classics he plans to make available to stream first. In a […]

Two ‘Mega Man’ classics will be re-released on cartridge

Fans of Mega Man are being spoilt rotten at the moment. The game’s 30th anniversary has seen a slew of announcements, including the forthcoming arrival of Mega Man 11 and two new Mega Man Legacy Collection compilations. Now Capcom and iam8bit are upping the ante with the release of limited edition cartridges for Mega Man […]

Wonder Wheel review: An unfunny melodrama that leaves Allen's classics distant memories

Now he might need to beam his films into outer space to find a receptive audience. Wonder Wheel is his 49th film as a director and, with old sexual assault accusations resurfacing among the #MeToo’ protests, it is rumoured his 50th, A Rainy Day In New York, won’t be released. And there’s nothing remotely funny […]

Rooted In The Classics ❤️😷

Alan Peebles The best romantic comedy of the last decade or so is around nine hours long, and has been hiding in plain sight behind a thin veneer of chlamydia, Point Break reenactments, and surprisingly poignant musical choices. Netflix’s Lovesick (née Scrotal Recall), which is now in its third season, has quietly delivered a rich […]

Knockout Art from the ‘Classics Reimagined’ Edition of ‘Frankenstein’

Mary Shelley’s iconic Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus is approaching the 100th anniversary of its original publication, and Rockport’s Classics Reimagined imprint is on the case. The press, which publishes collector’s editions of classic novels with stunning new illustrations, has a new bicentennial pressing of Frankenstein, full of haunting images by artist and graphic designer […]

It turns most of the seasonal music played during the holidays isn’t the classics — it only seems that way (P)

No matter where I go during the holidays, the seasonal songs I seem to hear most often are the oldies — tunes such as Ella Fitzgerald’s rendition of “Sleigh Ride,” Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas,” and Elvis Presley’s “Blue Christmas.” About the most modern songs I ever hear are Wham!’s “Last Christmas,” which dates from the […]