Why That MIDNIGHT SPECIAL Ending Makes Perfect Sense

By Friday, April 1, 2016 0 Permalink 0

Jeff Nichols’s latest film, Midnight Special, is a beautiful, sad, striking work of cinematic art. There’s my review in a nutshell. I loved it. But there’s a very strong criticism from even some people who share my opinion: That ending. Obviously, spoilers ahead. Let’s start with the film’s story. Midnight Special follows a father and special-powered ...

JURASSIC WORLD Is Incredibly Stupid. Here’s Why It’s Hard To Care.

By Sunday, June 14, 2015 0 Permalink 4

Even by today’s big, dumb summer movie standards, Jurassic World is probably one of the stupidest movies you’ll ever see. The third sequel to Steven Spielberg’s dino spectacular is so braindead that I’d call it an exercise in blockbuster self-parody if I thought for one moment the movie was self-aware enough to go there. It’s ...

Why Imagination Matters In Original Hollywood Movies

By Sunday, May 31, 2015 0 No tags Permalink 1

Many moviegoers, not everyone, bemoan the onslaught of franchise films, universe entries, remakes and sequels that are announced every week (day?). It’s true, the idea of an original movie in Hollywood is a rarity. Even when something original does hit, it’s not likely to create the quasi-original imitators that were once the staple of formula ...

IT FOLLOWS: Of Art and Monsters

By Saturday, March 28, 2015 0 Permalink 1

It Follows is heralded as a film that can move horror forward, something incredible in an increasingly un-incredible genre. For certain, gone are the days of Castles, Carpenters, Cravens and Cronenbergs. Instead of Romero, today we have Roth. And instead of Powell, we have Peli. Visionaries like Herschell Gordon Lewis, Dario Argento, Alfred Hitchcock and ...