Month: February 2018

Film Review: Annihilation Takes a Familiar Premise and Makes Beautiful, Art House Sci-Fi Out Of It

This review doesn’t spoil Annihilation‘s ending, but it does discuss the premise and some of the theories about the film’s larger metaphorical meaning.  Annihilation plays like a gender-swapped mash-up of John McTiernan’s Predator, John Carpenter’s […]

Trailer Reaction: Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

Well, here it is. The first trailer for Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 just dropped, but contrary to its title the trailer has yet to break the internet. For shame, Ralph. For shame! Aren’t you […]

Netflix Review: The Story Behind the Making of Mute is Far More Interesting Than the Actual Movie

The story behind the making of so many classic movies is one of overcoming overwhelming odds. It’s about unknown and unproven talent refusing to give up and finally finding someone willing to take a chance […]

Film Review: Game Night Is One of the Bigger Surprises of the Year

And the award for most improved directors of 2018 goes to John Frances Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein. The filmmaking pair made their directorial debut with 2015’s thoroughly pedestrian Vacation revival, which came and went […]

Taking Stock of the DCEU: Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off?

Batgirl is caput (for now.) Flashpoint’s directors haven’t started work yet because their contract has yet to be finalized even after a month of negotiations. And Justice League continues to get trounced at the box […]

Netflix Review: The Frankenstein Chronicles Is a Good Show With a Bad Title

A new TV series called The Frankenstein Chronicles randomly popped up in the featured section atop Netflix yesterday. What could this show possibly be about? Is this the I, Tonya of Frankenstein stories where we […]

Netflix Review: Radius

Radius, a 2017 Canadian sci-fi thriller, is currently trending on Netflix, but what’s it about and is it worth watching? What’s it about?: A car crash victim (Diego Klattenhoff) awakes with minor injuries and no […]

Box Office: Black Panther & The Myth That Black Films Don’t Travel

Another February. Another black-led film breaking box office records. Last year, it was Jordan Peele’s Get Out; this year, it’s Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther. At this point, we shouldn’t be surprised anymore. When underserved audiences […]

Let’s Talk About Black Panther’s Ending & Why It Is Such a Powerful Bit of Superhero Mythmaking

Black Panther just had one of the biggest opening weekends of all time. You’ve probably seen it by now. If you haven’t, you really should. It’s amazing. But let’s just dispense with any pretense of a […]

The Cult Classics: Watching Logan’s Run For the First Time

Released the year before Star Wars, Logan’s Run has turned into a cult classic, but there’s always been an air of missed opportunity about it. If only The Time Machine’s George Pal had followed through […]