Eric Melin

Eric Melin is a freelancer for the Lawrence Journal-World and lawrence.com. He writes the Scene Stealers blog.

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See/Saw Film Festival to take viewers back to childhood

“What does it mean to grow up in the 21st century?” That’s the tagline for the See/Saw Film Festival, April 24-26 at the Lawrence Public Library.

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Predicting this year’s Oscar races

Film critic makes his picks for who will take home Oscars this year and who will be snubbed.

The 10 best films of 2014

This year's list features films about vampires, aliens and teenage punk rockers, plus the most disappointing films of 2014..

The films of the Free State Festival

Because of all the other media and art-related events and activities, it may be easy to forget that the Free State Festival started as the Free State Film Festival. Here’s a preview at some of the movies showing this year.

KU professor spotlights pair of influential filmmakers in new books

Douglas Fairbanks and Peter Weir are two filmmakers who have fascinated Kansas University film studies associate professor John Tibbetts for a long time.

2014 Summer Movie Preview: Sci-fi spectacles take over

With three superhero movies, a monster-movie reboot, and a Biblical epic being released in the last two months, the summer movie season seems to have started extra early this year.

Wolf pack: Women filmmakers come together to mentor youths

When most new organizations first get together, they vote on a committee, draft some policies and have meeting after meeting to decide what to do next. WOLF didn’t do that. It started by making an original short-film anthology.

Spring film releases have summer feel

As the summer movie season becomes more and more crowded, Hollywood’s tentpole movies have started crowding into the spring.

'Jayhawkers' brings a legend back to life

Film tells story of how Wilt Chamberlain changed Lawrence on and off court

Broad, sweeping biographical films that try to sum up a person’s entire life in two hours rarely ever get it right. That’s why the best thing that happened to Kevin Willmott’s movie “Jayhawkers” was not being able to raise the $12 million dollars they needed.

The alternative Oscars

Awarding the best, worst and weirdest achievements in film

In the spirit of awards season, and after some serious reflection on the past year in films, I’d like to present my own particularly dubious set of awards: the Alternative Oscars, if you will. And the winners are … (Warning: Some light spoilers ahead.) By Eric Melin

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