The Offbeat Marquee

The Offbeat Marquee

by Jacob Calta

The Offbeat Marquee #6: MJ’s Marquee

This sixth installment explores chapters in the legacy of one of the world’s most renowned entertainers, Michael Joseph Jackson. For over four decades, Jackson sang and danced his way into the radios, stereo systems, television screens, and indeed into the theaters of the world. Today, Calta takes a look at some of the many audiovisual landmarks in the King of Pop’s filmography.

The Offbeat Marquee #5: “The Radiation Wave of Cinema”

This time around, Calta digs into a subject that has long fascinated him. The 1980s, for all its neon-lit, synth-heavy glory, was a time for serious reflection on the state of the world in terms of nuclear power and warfare. Filmmakers had the power to illustrate the serious effects of things going wrong. Here, he tries to explain the under-sung explosion nuke-centric ground level motion pictures in the final decade of the Cold War.

The Offbeat Marquee #4: “Down and Out in New York City”

The Offbeat Marquee is the theater that will show just about anything. Columnist Jacob Calta unearths everything from forgotten Hollywood dramas to underground animation to the many oddball genre films from around the world. This fourth installment is not a matter of obscure cinema, but of an obscure idea about cinema, the hypnosis that certain images can instill. Places locked in a certain time and place that captivate time and time again and carry with them a certain aura. For Jacob, that time and place is New York City in the 1970s and 1980s.

The Offbeat Marquee #3: Music Videos

The Offbeat Marquee is the theater that will show just about anything. Columnist Jacob Calta unearths everything from forgotten Hollywood dramas to underground animation to the many oddball genre films from around the world. In this third installment, he takes a look at a medium of incredible reach and creativity: the music video! Introduction “InContinue reading “The Offbeat Marquee #3: Music Videos”

The Offbeat Marquee #2: A Snapshot of Adult Cinema

The Offbeat Marquee is the theater that will show just about anything. Columnist Jacob Calta unearths everything from forgotten Hollywood dramas to underground animation to the many oddball genre films from around the world. This second installment takes on the wild world of adult cinema. Hardcore pornography was a unique beast in the wake ofContinue reading “The Offbeat Marquee #2: A Snapshot of Adult Cinema”

The Offbeat Marquee #1: The Duel Project

The Offbeat Marquee is the theater that will show just about anything. Columnist Jacob Calta unearths everything from forgotten Hollywood dramas to underground animation to the many oddball genre films from around the world. This first installment takes on two films from the nation of Japan. Two halves of a friendly competition with exceptionally specificContinue reading “The Offbeat Marquee #1: The Duel Project”


Jacob Calta is a filmmaker, composer, and raving movie fanatic. Fan of basically all cinema. Can be found watching an art film one day, a silent film the next, a schlocky horror film after that, and then probably will mess about watching music videos. I have a sizeable collection of DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and VHS tapes. 

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