Michael Koegel

Writer

Michael has written and produced television for Nickelodeon, FX, and PBS, among others.  He has been a regular columnist for a variety of newspapers and national magazines, and has written feature articles for The New York Times, Flatiron Magazine and a variety of industry and niche publications.

Most Recent Articles by Michael Koegel

  • 5 New York City Films
    There’s probably no other place on earth that’s inspired and produced as many cinematic pleasures as New York City. In the last 75 years, three giant apes have been shot down from the Empire State Building, while three lovers waited for their soulmates atop the same tower. It’s a helluva town and we’ve got it on film.
  • 5 Films Set in Paris
    Experience Paris without ever leaving your sofa: watch these five films set in the City of Light. Pass the freedom fries, s'il vous plaît! Ooh la la!
  • 5 Genre-Busting Sports Films
    Most sports films feature a plucky underdog team/player/coach who is battling poverty/his sordid past/the bottle and perseveres against the odds and makes it to the final game/match/championship. At the last possible second, in painstakingly slow motion, our hero makes the winning basket/homerun/touchdown to the amazement of his family/girlfriend/opposing team. Tears/kisses/fireworks ensue. Here are a few great sports films that break from that formula/genre/cliché.
  • 5 Essential Hollywood Musicals
    “If music be the food of love,” then the Hollywood musical is the dessert table at the banquet. From “The Jazz Singer” to “Chicago,” the musical is the quintessential American art form. Heck, even Woody Allen tossed his top hat into the ring—remember Drew Barrymore warbling her way through “Everyone Says I Love You”? Probably not. These five musicals, from the celebrated to the obscure, are worth savoring. But pace yourself, or you’ll get a serious sugar rush.
  • Movies Coming Soon: Hamlet 2
    “Grease II,” “Alien vs. Predator,” “Police Academy VI.” These three films are only a few of the many sequels nobody expected or deserved to see, yet somehow, they all ended up in your local cineplex. Given that, is “Hamlet 2” really that ridiculous a concept? Sure, most of the cast has died by the end of the play. But Ripley died in “Alien 3,” and that didn’t stop her from coming back for another flick; why should the Prince of Denmark be any different?