CineSavant Column

Tuesday January 30, 2024


Los Angeles photographer and close friend Allan Peach caught the 3-D printer bug a few years back. Just last week he gifted me with something special — a 3-D sign of our CineSavant Logo, in full relief and with the correct colors. Allan made it on his 3-D printer. No paint is involved; I’m guessing that three different-colored plastics (?) were used.

Charlie Largent designed our CineSavant logo soon after the move to Trailers from Hell in 2015; he kept the original layered photoshop files, which Allan slipped directly into his 3-D program.

The sign is 3 x 10 inches; it’s got some stick-tape on the back for when I figure out a proper place of honor for it. I think it needs to be placed behind me, to be visible on my computer’s camera, you know, for official business.

My previous 3-D printed item from Allan is this rather cool Gill Man figurine.  I put few knicknacks on display, but these are too special to hide.



Explaining today’s ‘Reprint’ Review:   We try to keep the CineSavant Index of Reviews up to date… the idea is that older reviews remain a reading resource. Encouraging browsing is why new CineSavant reviews carry so many links to older reviews. Readers are quick to ask what’s wrong when a link doesn’t work. Last month we discovered that ten reviews from 2015 were dead — the site they were posted to ceased to exist.

In 2015 ‘DVD Savant’ had to go begging for a new host platform, because its host page DVDtalk could no longer work with an independent reviewer. At the beginning of August we had no place to post reviews, but then Joe Dante extended an invitation to be a guest reviewer at Trailers from Hell. The first review at TFH was Mad Max Fury Road.

But for a few weeks in August, our generous reviewing colleague Stuart Galbraith IV let us post at his page, then called World Cinema Paradise. The reviews that DVD Savant posted there have remained up all this time, even though WCP became inactive a few years ago. Then, late last year, the page disappeared along with its entire contents.

Since the links to the ‘World Cinema Paradise’ reviews no longer go anywhere, I’m going to be reprinting them here in the next few weeks. Old links in our reviews may be faulty but those in the CineSavant Index will still function!

All this makes me wonder if the old page DVDtalk will shut down someday sooner or later. If it does, I’ll have to figure out how to revive the 4800 DVD Savant reviews presently posted there, and nowhere else.



What’s this photo all about?

With Quentin Tarantino’s Vista Theater now newly renovated and up and running, we’re seeing more about it in print.  (I ought to snap a picture or two, as it’s on the way to my grocery store of choice.)

Those with an historical curiosity will love the entry for The Vista Theater at the Los Angeles Theaters page. It covers the long life of The Vista from its opening as the Bard Theater in 1923, through its life going forward, including a period in the 1960s when it was a porn house. There’s a million pictures on the page, including screen grabs of the Vista’s appearances in feature films, the most notable being True Romance.

But the photo I’m showing here was taken in 1916 only a few hundred yards from where The Vista sits now — it’s the crumbling Babylon set for D.W. Griffith’s Intolerance.

Thanks for reading! — Glenn Erickson