Editorials

by / on October 28, 2014 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

THOUGHTS ON HORROR AND THE FEMALE VIEWER

Horror is one of those genres often, if not exclusively, associated with being male. Numerous feminist critics have pointed out the connection between the “male gaze” of the horror film camera, the use of monstrous femininity (films where the monster […]

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by / on October 21, 2014 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

WHO YA GONNA CALL? WHY FEMALE GHOSTBUSTERS MATTER

“So, do you like Ghostbusters?” Can I count the number of times I’ve heard that since I got my (possibly ill-advised) Ghostbusters tattoo? Usually this question comes from gentlemen at bars, often accompanied by an inappropriate and inexplicable desire to […]

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by / on October 14, 2014 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

FIRE WALK WITH ME…AGAIN

Last week we learned that Twin Peaks would be returning to the small screen in a nine-episode run on Showtime. While this is far into the future – it won’t premiere until 2016 – the Internet is already rife with […]

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by / on October 7, 2014 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

THE ORIGINS OF AN ICON

Last week the Cinematheque Francaise, in conjunction with the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, announced one of the most exciting cinematic “discoveries” since we found all those missing reels from Metropolis. Sherlock Holmes, a 1916 film featuring original Holmes actor […]

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by / on September 30, 2014 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

A QUESTION OF CHARACTER

Film characters are strange, multi-faceted beasts. There are those characters who can go through many different permutations, as new actors take on their characteristics and adapt them to a new milieu. Characters like Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, and Doctor Who […]

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by / on September 23, 2014 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

THE SILENT SCREAM

The best horror films are films of silence. Long, drawn out silences, punctuated by a creaking floorboard, the whistle of wind, or the thumping of a body as it drops to the floor. The silence engulfs you, envelopes you, because […]

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by / on September 9, 2014 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

THE PROMISED LAND

Last week I speculated on the possible motivations behind Ridley Scott casting predominantly white, Anglo-European actors in the lead roles of his upcoming Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings. Now I’d like to consider what position Scott’s Exodus occupies in […]

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by / on September 2, 2014 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

A PROBLEM OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS

The film will not come to theaters until December, but Ridley Scott’s Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings has already known its share of controversy. In case you were unfamiliar with the upheaval over Scott’s proclaimed “historical” telling of the […]

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by / on August 26, 2014 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

PLEASE DON’T EAT THE REVIEW

For a critic that first step is the first printed joke. It gets a laugh and a whole new world opens up. He makes another joke, and another. And then one day along comes a joke that shouldn’t be made […]

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by / on August 19, 2014 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

HEROES IN A HALF SHELL

It’s been a tough time in my media world, even before one takes into account the untimely death of Robin Williams and the loss of Lauren Bacall. First I was subjected to the festival of dumb that was Darren Aronofsky’s […]

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