Suspiria (2018): Big Screen Review

Public discussions about a film's general quality tends to fall into a clear-cut binary. Either the movie elicits an enjoyable emotion like joy, excitement, inspiration, awe, or love in a viewer, and therefore gets called a "good" movie. Or the movie fails to elicit those emotions and conjures up negative emotions like boredom, anger, anxiety, …

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Best “Nice” Movies

Niceness is not something that is generally held up as an upper-tier virtue in society. Instead we just got through another nasty election season consisting of battle-lines drawn, weapons hurled, and an election night that resulted in a "choose-your-own-story" victory narrative in which the only real consensus reached was that we are an increasingly divided …

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Directed by Women: October 2018 Horror Edition

The problems of severe underrepresentation in behind-the-camera roles for women is well documented and been mentioned several times on this blog, so far be it for me to rehash that discussion. However if it is true that women are underrepresented generally in film, it is especially true when it comes to genre film, as is …

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Halloween (2018): Big Screen Review

(Fair warning: This movie may venture into minor SPOILER territory. Do with that what you will) Forty years have passed since the deranged and psychotic killer Michael Myers stalked the picturesque suburbs of Haddonfield, IL, terrorizing Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and by extension, the countless audiences who turned up the witness his monstrosity. In …

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Horror For Kids! : A Brief (and Hardly Comprehensive) Round-Up

Listen, I get it. No right-minded parents wants to intentionally terrify and traumatize their kids. It is in our every instinct to protect them from the world's terrors. And even if our altruistic instincts as parents aren't our prime motivators, the possibility of having to deal with our fraidy-cat children who can't sleep at night because …

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Bargain Basement Vol. 3: Stephen King Edition

Thanks to his almost prodigious writing speed (averaging almost two novels a year since first publishing Carrie in 1974), and his generally generous attitude towards letting filmmakers adapt his work (save for one glaring exception), Stephen King represents something of a gold mine for Hollywood. For four years running I have spent some part of October catching …

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