I love horror movies. Fear is an intense, real emotion that is one of the greatest reminders that you are alive. Which is why every Halloween I make sure to sit down with a few friends and get my blanket ready to hide behind as I discover new horror films. This Halloween, I am going […]Read more "What to Watch this Halloween: Sam’s Picks"
With the recent news that The Hobbit has already been extended into a trilogy, I can’t help but notice how mind-numbingly standard it’s become to expand a franchise into three films. As we draw near to the end of yet another summer jam-packed with blockbusters, even though few have been sequels, the shadow of the […]Read more "Trilogies: Three’s a Crowd?"
It’s been a summer. From alien invasions, to giant lizards and fusion bombs, once again we’ve been awash with CGI extravaganzas. The summer blockbuster has become an entrenched institution of the movie studios; from its benevolent Spielbergian beginnings to the modern super-hero movie and world annihilation every couple of weeks, they are the movies you […]Read more "Summer Blockbusters: Lowering Our Standards?"
So the big story this week is that Citizen Kane has finally been ousted from its position at the top of the Sight&Sound critics’ Top 100 list, by Alfred Hitchock’s Vertigo. About time, I thought. It is a masterpiece, of course, but after half a century sitting pretty as the quote-unquote Best Film Ever Made, […]Read more "This Is a Man’s World: The Sight&Sound Top 100"
TV shows are better than films. That’s a pretty broad statement that twenty years ago you couldn’t make at all; it wasn’t even debatable. But now there are definitely TV shows better than most movies, although there are also a lot of movies better than most TV shows. It depends what you want. If you […]Read more "Can Television Be Better Than Film?"