Adventures in Criterion Vol. 3: Horror Movies

Thanks to the increasing respectability of the horror genre in academic circles, horror movies that previously were destined for the bargain bins or packaged in cheap 50-film packs are being rescued and given the kind of fully restored Blu-ray releases usually reserved for much more prestigious and respectable fare. Now there may be some who wonder …

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20 Years Later: Best Films of 1998

As has been the case with all my previous retrospective lists (1997, 2007, 2008), looking back at the world in film twenty years ago has been a very rewarding experience. Perspective is something that is painfully missing every awards season as most awards contenders are declared great barely months after they have first been seen. …

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Big Screen Double-Feature: Searching & The Little Stranger

It's time for me to confess something: For the last few months whenever I just need to zone out I've found myself lulled into the genteel murder mysteries of Midsomer Murders, of which every episode is currently on Netflix. After two dozen episodes (each about 100 minutes long) I've got the formula down pat: there …

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Best Hard Science Fiction Movies

"Hard science fiction" distinguishes itself from its "soft science fiction" counterpart in a simlar way that the "hard" sciences and "soft" sciences differ. Where soft science fiction takes scientific and futuristic concepts but bends it to its own narrative purposes (Star Wars being the most famous example of "soft science fiction") hard science fiction instead bends …

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