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Mark Steven Johnson

Features

Monday, January 6 2014

The Worst Films of 2013

For those who love film (as we do), it's often hard to hate the medium you enjoy so much. In the case of the movies listed here, the ability to loathe was quite easy, actually.


Wednesday, April 29 2009

Summer of Same: August 2009

With names like Tarantino, Lee, and Zombie, the final month of the season pulls out all the film geek stops. Still, the only guarantee is familiarity, not freshness.


Reviews

Monday, August 19 2013

Someone Chose the Wrong Villain for 'Killing Season'

Subtext, complex characters, great dialogue, and action that bursts from the screen are all absent in this Hallmark-y, uneventful film.


Thursday, January 28 2010

When in Rome

Beth is curating an amazingly, incredibly, dreadfully important show, called "Pain." Yes, everyone feels it.


Sunday, June 24 2007

Ghost Rider (2007)

This script takes generic archetypes and applies them to specific situations only by the cheapest of character-development techniques.


Thursday, February 15 2007

Ghost Rider (2007)

Now, not only is the Ghost Rider beleaguered by Mephistopheles' incessant demands, but also by this big-screen ignominy.


Sunday, July 27 2003

Daredevil (2003)

Daredevil has good reasons for his gear, and for the screwed-up attitude that goes with.


Daredevil (2003) [19.Feb.03]
Daredevil (2003) [12.Feb.03]

Blogs

Tuesday, May 20 2014

The 10 Worst Examples of Screenwriters Turned Directors

Sometimes, letting a screenwriter direct a movie turns out to be a terrific idea. Here are 10 examples, however, where that promise translated into something pathetic.


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