The most eagerly anticipated film of the year (decade?) has finally arrived, and the web-o-sphere is swirling with thoughts and spoilers and appraisals. By this time you’ve undoubtedly been exposed to the conventional wisdom, but in case you need further reassurance before braving the long lines this weekend – STAR WARS: The Force Awakens is… great!
I’m fairly eclectic when it comes to horror films. I enjoy the whole spectrum of fright flicks, from the Universal Classics to the atomic age monsters, from Eurohorror to American slashers, I am a fan of all kinds of terror tales on the silver screen. But when I want to evoke the feeling of gothic […]
Anyone who’s read the Max Brooks novel understands the challenge of bringing World War Z to the big screen. Rather than a traditional narrative, the book tells a story through a series of journal entries that chronicle a zombie pandemic as it spreads across the globe. In that regard, the movie does an admirable job […]
“You are neither cold nor hot. So because you are lukewarm, I will spew you out of my mouth.” – Gangs of New York or the Bible, take your pick. Either way, it fairly sums up my feelings about Dark Skies. Early looks had given me hope – scary sci-fi is as rare as a […]
The best thing about Guillermo del Toro – and the films he produces – is that he tries to push genres in ways that so many filmmakers avoid in favor of lazy old tropes. Ghost stories like Devil’s Backbone, superhero films like Blade II, and fantasy films like Pan’s Labyrinth weave together classical ideas with […]
When an established film franchise is rebooted in the form of a remake, most diehard fans of said franchise usually react in one of the following ways: either with rage that an ongoing storyline, no matter how off-the-path it has fallen, has been abandoned, with relief that the meandering plot lines have been abandoned, or […]