What a (Kinda) Horrific Year

It’s near enough Halloween for people to bust out their old copies of Halloween Town or any of the Saw movies and settle in for the strange American tradition of scaring yourself for kicks. The fall usually brings a host of films up for Oscar contention, but not before the last remains of cinematic waste make their Halloween…

From the Outside Looking In

When Australian rapper Iggy Azalea waxes poetic about the struggles she went though to make it big in the rap community on her song, “Work”, she repeats the refrain “No Money, No Family, Sixteen In The Middle of Miami“. That brief portrait of a young artist enduring poverty? It’s her way of establishing credibility amongst the…

The Conundrum With Reserved Movie Seating

It’s ubiquitous. Nearly every major chain has some iteration of it now. To some, it’s the panacea to every ailment bogging down the contemporary moviegoer, a quick-fix to the hassle of organization. To others, it’s the bane of their moviegoing existence. It’s the reason that it’s no longer fun to go to midnight premieres as…

Just As Predicted: People Are Kinda Sick of Sequelcluture

I noted a little while ago how this summer is expected to be underwhelming at the box office. Some analysts have even gone so far as to predict that it will be a catastrophe. Well in the last few weeks, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Despicable Me 3 have done pretty well at the box office. Seeing those results…

Faces, Chases, And Lovers

In 1968, John Cassavetes made a film called Faces, which would become a seminal film in his oeuvre as well as a game changer for the post ‘Hay’s Code‘ film world. Faces was a film about a middle-aged couple, played by John Marley and Lynn Carlin, who are both having affairs with younger counterparts as…

Split is M. Night Shyamalan’s Love Letter to Hitchcock

Back in film school, I ended up watching a lot of films from a variety of directors. I think it was good to have that kind of exposure to all different kinds of cinema. That being said, we never spent a lot of time focusing on the work of directors. Auteur theory was drilled into our…

The Most Wonderful Time of Year For Movies

Thanksgiving has passed and that means the weather gets a bit more crisp, the night gets a little longer and the amount of films released per week begins to grow. December brings many things for the cinephiles of the world: huge blockbusters, a slew of indie films vying for their shot at the Oscar, and…

The Tumultuous Trade of Deception for Power

The movies have always had a certain power over me. From the moment that I sit down, my eyes become subject to whatever agenda is put in front of me, be it casual, ideologically driven or otherwise. Whether or not you find yourself in agreement with the characters or their choices, it would be committing…

Whit Stillman’s Parabolic Career Trajectory

I’ve been a fan of Whit Stillman for a long time and he’s a particularly easy director to follow, especially considering the meager nature of his oeuvre. The only complaint that I have about him is that he doesn’t work as consistently as I would like and I don’t seem to be the only one who…

Why This Election Season Is Perfect For “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

A tall male figure stands in front of a large crowd and preaches about the necessary changes this mostly-dead society must make to survive. This man wants a job. He wants this job so badly, even though he really hasn’t had the much necessary experience  the position requires. His sycophantic zombie audience seems ready to send him…