“Don’t Get All Historical!”: The Seaside Gothic of ‘Magical Mystery Tour’

By J.E. Anckorn and Amy Mugglestone

At 8:35 pm on Boxing Day of 1967, the people of Britain gathered around their television sets to witness the Beatles’ new film project, Magical Mystery Tour. Their first filmed project since the daffy caper Help! (1965) accidentally created the sound of the late ’60s, the project was meant to act as a replacement for the live shows they were no longer performing…

“Down Here It’s Our Time”: The Outsider and The Child in James Kahn’s ‘The Goonies’

By Amy Mugglestone

If you grew up in the ’70s or ’80s, chances are you’ll have some movie novelizations hidden in a forgotten corner of your bookcase, or perhaps gathering dust in your parents’ attic. As movie merchandising gained momentum following the success of large franchises like Star Wars, novelizations became almost ubiquitous, and in many cases hugely popular, with some adaptations selling in their millions…