Rob Kozlowski

Rob Kozlowski is a Chicago-based writer who teaches in the Cinema and Television Arts Department at Columbia College. He taught comedy writing for 14 years at Second City Training Center.

Posts by Rob Kozlowski

Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison Was a Terrible Man

Genius inventor Thomas Edison was also a genius at being awful. Among the many contradictions that make up the United States of America, one that resonates throughout the lives of nearly everyone is that many of the wonderful toys we get to use can be directly traced to a terrible man. Thomas Edison, whose 170th birthday we commemorate on February 11, was, in fact, terrible. Long celebrated as an American hero for his genius in        …read more

Tarzan movies

100 Years of Tarzan Movies

Based on a literary relic of the early 20th century, Tarzan movies keep coming back. January marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of Tarzan of the Apes, the first of many Tarzan movies that would be produced over the next century. Tarzan. The name brings up images of a loincloth-adorned, super-cut athlete, swinging through the jungle on conveniently placed vines. With his mate, the formerly civilized Jane, and his chimpanzee friend Cheeta by his        …read more

Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin the Satirist

December 25 is the 40th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin’s passing. His films remain timely 100 years after they were released. One hundred years ago Charlie Chaplin, a wealthy comedian, brought the plight of poverty and the struggle of immigrants to the world stage with two masterful short comedies, Easy Street and The Immigrant (both released in 1917). Technically primitive by today’s standards — black-and-white, silent, displaying a theatrical artificiality — these films are masterpieces of        …read more

Get Out

‘Get Out’ Is the Best Picture of 2017, and Here’s Why

Satire is hard, and ‘Get Out’ gets it right. Danger: Spoilers lie within! Get Out, Jordan Peele’s feature film debut as a writer and director, was the best picture of 2017. I say this without having seen every picture in 2017, so while this technically should disqualify my opinion, let’s take a look at why I’m right. Every critic does it anyway. First, what does “best” mean? “Best” is not just a subjective judgment of the        …read more