Category Archives: Movie Review

World War Zzzzzzzz

I have to be honest with you–I have a thing for zombies. I think our current fascination with zombies reveals a good bit about our culture. Zombies are the perfect monsters for our age. They maintain a residue of humanity, which makes them recognizable and relatable, though they are inhuman enough for us to enjoy their destruction. Zombies terrorize us because we see much of ourselves within them except for what it is that makes them monstrous–their insatiable desire for… Continue Reading ››

Jesus Christ Superhero

We live in the golden age of superhero films. While largely a product of risk-averse Hollywood, which is always seeking another franchise to construct or exploit, these films have proven to be bankable and generally entertaining. While The Dark Knight, for me, remains the pinnacle of the genre, The Man of Steel is a worthy entry into the canon. As a character, Superman is not terribly interesting. We expect our heroes to win, but the nature of Superman’s powers make him… Continue Reading ››

Now You See Me…Now I Want a Refund

Many things make a film ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ We consider the acting, writing, visual imagery, plot, setting, tone, or myriad other factors. Sometimes it is a matter of execution. Sometimes it is the mere idea that never bears fruit. In every mediocre, or worse, Hollywood production, there is often a good film clawing to get out. Such is the case with Now You See Me, which is an exercise in determining what works and what does not. So many things feel… Continue Reading ››

Star Trek: Into Darkness

Star Trek: Into Darkness (While the movie’s producers have determined not to use appropriate punctuation, I am not bound by such an agreement.) is the latest installment in the long-running television and movie franchise. While technically science fiction, Into Darkness (J.J. Abrams, Director) is an action, popcorn film, more in the mold of Star Wars than Blade Runner. There is little character development, a heavy emphasis on special effects (and they are spectacular), and a plot that is largely pedestrian and predictable.… Continue Reading ››