Krueger vs Myers vs Voorhees: Ranking Every Movie in the “Nightmare”, “Halloween”, & “Friday” Franchises

While Black Friday may have been the true birthplace of the modern slasher, it is undoubtedly defined, for better or worse, by the contributions of Messrs Krueger, Myers and Voorhees. In the 1980s alone seventeen of these movies graced the cineplexes, dominating the teenage market-share in a way that the MCU could only dream of. Long before comic-book movie …

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The “Stay-at-Home” Summer Blockbuster Film Festival

As I write this right now the reality is that for the first time in my lifetime there will not be a summer blockbuster season. With most movie theaters only hoping to open their doors in July at the earliest and almost every major studio summer release being delayed (some until 2021) I am currently …

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10 Years Later: Best Movies of 2010

2010 represents an incredibly important milestone in my film-watching journey. I was in the thick of graduate school in Pasadena where I found myself in walking distance from the newly opened ArcLight Pasadena and the arthouse Laemmle Playhouse 7, meaning that many a weekend that year was spent diving into double-features (since a movie ticket was still …

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Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn

During the desperate race to catch up with Marvel Studios in the cinematic universe arms race, the DC extended universe got itself entangled trying to unite its disparate movies with a specific tone (dour and dark) and a continuity that was both inorganic and overstuffed. Early on in the irreverent and manic Birds of Prey …

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Ten Long Movie Series to Get Us Through “Social Distancing”

As I write this post, I am currently living in the Seattle area which has turned into something like ground zero for the coronavirus pandemic and my family and I are firmly in "social distancing" mode. Every day bring some an exhausting mix of news to give us hope and news to send us into …

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