Lauren Looks Back


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Lauren Looks Back: Trading Places

While most people are watching Christmas staples such as Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story, or Die Hard, I have on something else. Something that seems to fly under people’s radar as far as holiday movies go: Trading Places. Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd are pure comedic genius in this movie from 1983. Both had found success […]

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Lauren Looks Back: How The Grinch Stole Christmas – and My Heart

Dr. Seuss‘s How The Grinch Stole Christmas is timeless. The book has been used in classrooms and nursery’s across the globe, and the 1966 animated movie — narrated by Boris Karloff — is arguably one of the most-watched holiday specials of all time. Legendary director Chuck Jones brought the book to life in 1966 with his just […]

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Lauren Looks Back: Tommy Wiseau’s Beautiful Train Wreck ‘The Room’

What can I really say about this film? It’s arguably one of the worst (or best?) movies ever made. It’s unintentionally hilarious, has no real plot, and it’s just plain weird. If you’ve never seen it, let me give you a basic rundown: a banker’s fiancée seduces and manipulates his best friend. Super simple, right? […]


Lauren Looks Back: That Time Khrushcev Got Banned From Disneyland

September 19, 1959. Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev is visiting LA for the first time with his wife, and he wants to take in the sights. He visited the 20th Century Fox Studio, met Shirley MacLaine, and Frank Sinatra, was delighted by all the things he saw… and then he visited an LA town hall. 20th […]

Lauren Looks Back: Fritz Lang’s Expressionist Epic ‘Metropolis’

Metropolis is, without a doubt, my favorite movie. The 1927 Fritz Lang film has been influencing pop culture for decades, and is still one of the most celebrated films of all time. If you’ve never seen this film in its many versions, please please please stop reading this and look the film up on Netflix. […]

Lauren Looks Back: Thank You, Adam West

For the past week I’ve been trying to think of what I could say about one of the most iconic Batman actors, Adam West, who sadly passed away on June 9th. I was driving into PA for a photoshoot when I got a call from my friend Jay about it. To be honest I was a […]

Lauren Looks Back: The Nintendo 64 Star Wars Games

The Nintendo 64 is one of Nintendo’s greatest consoles. The system was a huge part of my childhood, since it helped me get through my back operation I had when I was 11 (thanks, scoliosis). I’ve had a working N64 since then, and I’m still buying games for it. The games I did get as […]

Lauren Looks Back: Stern Pinball

As we are all aware, Stern is currently top dog in the world of modern Pinball. With games such as Ghostbusters, Tron, and Spider-Man, it’s no surprise. Since 2006 Stern has dominated Pinball, but Stern didn’t start in 2006. Their history goes back a little further. Sam Stern started with pinball in the 1930’s as […]

Lauren Looks Back: Disneyland’s The Haunted Mansion

The Haunted Mansion is easily one of the most classic rides in Disney Park history. Almost every Disney Park has their own version of the mansion with varying background stories. But today I’ll be focusing on the one that started it all–The Haunted Mansion in New Orlean’s Square in Disneyland. Walt Disney had Harper Goff […]

Lauren Looks Back At Williams Pinball

In the landscape of pinball, there are dozens of manufacturers. At this point in time we don’t have that many (Stern being top dog currently) but back in pinballs (illegal) heyday we had a good selection of companies. One of which was Williams. In 1943 Harry Williams started Williams Manufacturing. His first seven products were […]

Lauren Looks Back: Matt Baker

There’s a lot one could say about artist Matt Baker. He is absolutely a pioneer in the comic industry, being the first known African American comic book artist to find success in the industry. Born December 10, 1921 in North Carolina, he moved to Pittsburgh, PA with his family at a young age. After high […]

Lauren Looks Back: Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon

In August of 1991, manga-ka Naoko Takeuchi created a sailor suited soldier named Sailor Venus, or Sailor V for short. Sailor V was initially just a short story, combining Takeuchi’s love of tokusatsu and magical girls into one. Sailor V followed Minako Aino a 14 year old middle school student. One day during gym class […]

Lauren Looks Back: When Pinball Was Illegal

Oh pinball. My one true love next to my other one true loves. While now we can enjoy pinball anywhere that has a machine, for a period of time in American history, pinball was illegal. I know it’s hard to believe. Why pinball? Well it’s really a funny story… Starting in the 1940’s, major cities […]

Lauren Looks Back: The Early Years Of Pinball

As many of you probably figured out, I love pinball. I’ve been playing since I was a young kid, and that passion only grew as I got older. I’m also lucky that my dad is a pinball fan as well. In fact, I take after my dad in a lot of respects, especially with my […]

Magical Lockets Unite: The Rise Of The Magical Girl

For a steady 20 years at this point, the landscape of pop culture has had an influx of magical girl shows from Japan. Ranging from the classic Cutie Honey to newer shows like Go! Princess Precure! there’s almost an unlimited amount of magical girl anime to pick from. The first example we have of a […]