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Fan Conventions and the Acceptance of Fandom

For so many people, Phoenix Comicon really is the most wonderful time of the year. Not only is it a time of fun and entertainment, but for many people, it is also the one time of year when they feel the safest and most accepted, and now that time can feel oh so far away.

In the second of Ziggy's dispatches from the field, he looks back at Phoenix Comicon 2016 (and fan conventions in general) as a place of safetry and acceptance for people who might otherwise feel marginalized or unsafe. Please take a moment to read Among Friends: Cons & The Acceptance of Fandom.

And then see what Ziggy had to say about the "Best Overall Picture" winner from the Phoenix Comicon Film Festival: Einstein's God Model!

Look Who's Talking...

Check out our 2014 interview with Paul Eenhoorn, who discusses his films Land Ho!, This is Martin Bonner, and more!

Looking to go further behind the scenes? Be sure to check out our Interviews page! Whether you want to know more about a pair of indie filmmakers, a chop socky star, or an Academy Award winner, you'll find interviews from across the filmmaking spectrum. 

Our Philosophy & Rating System

At Cinema on the Rocks, we believe that whoever said that life is too short to drink cheap wine was an idiot.  After all, how can you truly appreciate the sublime flavor of great Chianti without having also sipped Mad Dog 20/20?  Or, on the other end of things, you may never discover that most Dom Perignon is actually overpriced, overhyped swill until you try the reasonably priced Brut.  This is (and was and shall always remain) the Doom Cheez Philosophy.

Each of our feature-length movie reviews has a short version (call it a "shot"), and a more in-depth long version (think of it as a "highball").  Short film reviews just get the long version. Webseries reviews include an overview look at the series in general, followed by a rundown of highlights from episodes and/or seasons. In all cases, we offer cheese and alcohol pairings with our reviews in lieu of stars or numeric ratings.  (We assume, of course, that you are mature enough to handle these things.) 

Welcome to Cinema on the Rocks. I invite you to please sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

-Ziggy Berkeley, proprietor of Cinema on the Rocks

Deep Thoughts

"The trouble with the world is that it's always one drink behind."

- Humphrey Bogart

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