09/24/2012 - 3:00pm
It's a big day for a young movie geek when s/he realizes that certain (or even most) movies work on "multiple levels." A 12-year-old film fanatic probably doesn't know what "subtext" means, but a smart kid only has to watch Pink Floyd: The Wall or A Clockwork Orange once or twice before realizing that there's a lot more going on than just the surface-level story.
09/24/2012 - 2:00pm
It’s that time of year again… the best part of the year… Halloween season. As I look forward to the frightful festivities, I’m excitedly planning my October Mandatory Movie Viewing List.&n
09/24/2012 - 1:00pm
"There's nothing wrong with a familiar premise, as long as the filmmakers bring a little something new to the party," my grandmother used to say. Actually, that's a lie. My grandmother had terrible taste in movies, but I needed a new way to break out one of my favorite rules of genre filmmaking.
09/24/2012 - 12:00pm
Even though genre programming dominates the television listings these days, it did not dominate the Prime Time Emmy Awards
09/24/2012 - 11:00am
There are documentaries that focus on history, science and important current events, and obviously those are important. We will always need honest and objective filmmakers to educate us beyond the junk we're taught in high school. But there's also a sub-genre among documentaries that might seem slight, but is still important in some small way. I choose to call these the "human interest" documentaries
09/23/2012 - 2:53pm
The 1976 Spanish film Who Can Kill a Child? is completely unknown to those outside of the hardcore horror cinema crowd, and the film has enjoyed a strong but quiet shelf life as a cult item for those who've gone through all the obvious stuff and need to find the "mini-classics" from around the globe.
09/23/2012 - 11:00am
Not all cinematic psychos are so obvious with their psychoses. Sure, it doesn't take a team of psychiatrists to figure out that Jason Voorhees is a lunatic (and probably a zombie), and even the classier psychos like Hannibal Lecter are still plainly and obviously unhinged. (It's in his eyes.) But there's a distinct sub-genre of horror / thrillers that look like simple, low-key character studies on the surface, but are actually "about" the sad, disturbing, and creepily matter-of-fact idea that, well, sometimes men go insane.
09/22/2012 - 9:26pm
The Helsinki Vampires are back: Their tenth album “X” is coming soon, and they've just unveiled a new music video for the first single... with an introduction by the one and only Mistress of the Dark!
09/22/2012 - 1:36pm
There's always something to be said for a quick and efficient crime thriller that introduces its characters and premise in an efficient manner, and then keeps throwing you bloody curve balls before jolting to a finish in less than 90 minutes.