Some movies can be deemed “critic proof.” These are films that, regardless of the actual quality of the film, many people are still going to see. Most Marvel superhero movies, for instance, could be considered critic proof. The general public will see Avengers 5: Iron Man Gets a Hernia despite many reviews arguing against said […]


  “I think acting is a mixture of instinct, imagination and inventiveness. All you can learn as an actor is basic technique.”    —- Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee 

There’s an irritating tendency with a few movie critics, reviewers and pundits sometimes where they judge a film more on its production and development history than on the film itself. If a movie runs into trouble during filming or runs over budget or the director has issues with the lead actor, well, sometimes critics smell blood. […]

It opens with a sweeping tracking shot traveling over blue water towards an enormous European chateau, while the John Barry-esque score plays on the soundtrack. Inside, impeccably dressed millionaires hob-knob with other impeccably dressed millionaires. A smoothly debonair man in a tuxedo slips undetected downstairs. Already, we’re laughing in the audience, as we’ve seen countless […]

     “Greetings, my friend. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future.” — The Amazing Criswell in Plan 9 from Outer Space. There’s a sense […]

I like Pitch Perfect 2 more for what it represents than as an actual cinematic experience. It stars multiple women of various shapes and sizes, races and creeds. It was directed by a woman, and did very well at the box office. It’s pleasant up to a point, and the musical numbers are fun and […]

This doesn’t happen. It’s been thirty years since the last Mad Max film. Thirty. It’s been seventeen years since George Miller has directed a live-action feature film. There have been rumors and rumblings and mumblings from Hollywood for years about this film. As far back as 2000, when I was a senior in high school, […]

It’s been called the most dangerous film ever made. One of its taglines reads: “No animals were harmed during the making of this film. 70 cast and crew members were.” Director/star/producer Noel Marshall got gangrene as a result of a lion bite and almost lost his leg. His wife/co-star Tippi Hedren fractured her leg after a […]

There is a moment deep into Avengers: Age of Ultron that has an understated eloquence and beauty unusual for the wam-bam, thank you Captain attitude of these recent Marvel movies. It is night at the Avengers’ headquarters, and a key superhero is looking out at the New York City skyline, floating above the floor. Director […]

It’s rare these days to see a modern science-fiction film about something; that dares to provoke a response through its ideas and themes. Rarer still to find one that’s not a remake or a sequel or based on a book or a comic or a manga or a Hanna-Barbera cartoon. Alex Garland’s Ex Machina is that […]