Wednesday, January 23 2013
When movies are mediocre, they're maddening. But when they are as bad as the selections here, you can't help but question the artform's overall validity.
Monday, April 30 2012
It begins with a bang, as one of the most highly anticipated comic book movies battles beleaguered vampires, underwater aliens, and the return of Agents J & K for May's monetary consideration.
Thursday, August 4 2011
Our second day of "100 Essential Directors" could loosely be described as one that defines "influential." Each of the auteurs sandwiched in between Robert Bresson and David Cronenberg has left a lasting mark on cinema, each employing a signature style that is unmistakable.
Tuesday, January 11 2011
Among this year's winners include a fake documentary, a comedy about Jihad, a vampire story NOT dealing with tacky tween romance, a haunting hillbilly noir, and an elegant tale about clones. Not necessarily the usual cinematic suspects.
Monday, January 12 2009
Oddly enough, while the major studios continue scratching their heads over how to sell yet another new format (Blu-ray) to disinterested consumers, several outside distributors made sure that this would be a digital year to remember.
Thursday, October 18 2012
Ed Wood's life was a colorful one full of intriguing secondary characters, stunning self-delusion, and a heartbreaking friendship with washed-up horror actor Bela Lugosi. That's why this is a great movie.
Sunday, October 7 2012
Tim Burton's adaptation of Dark Shadows is a fun 90-minute ride followed by 30 minutes of ennui.
Thursday, October 4 2012
Dull and lackluster storytelling is forgivable: marginalizing and humiliating in a children’s movie those who look or sound different, is not.
Thursday, May 10 2012
Creaky, teetering, and still a little weird, Alice Cooper is pretty much the perfect choice for this moment.
Monday, November 14 2011
The Austin Film Festival has done a laudable job of carving an interesting niche.
Friday, October 5 2012
Though the subject matter and style may be a bit too frightening for some kids, the overall result is a clever, cheeky homage.
Monday, October 1 2012
Dark Shadows is one of the best satires of the last few years. It channels the PG-13 passivity of post-millennial horror, forcefully mocking the Twilight-ing of the genre while reinvesting the source with a surreal bit of social commentary.
Thursday, May 10 2012
With the big screen version arriving in theaters this week, here's a primer of sorts on Dan Curtis' cult classic and its cinematic update.
Wednesday, April 25 2012
We lost a true musical treasure last week with the passing of Levon Helm of the Band. As a tribute, here are 10 of his group's best songs.
Monday, August 8 2011
100 Essential Directors celebrates directors of distinct vision, who have honed their respective crafts, who have brought something new and exciting to the medium, and who continue to push the boundaries of the form.
Wednesday, October 3 2012
Frankenweenie features plenty of homages to classic monster movies — those produced by Universal Studios in the 1930s, atomic horror from the 1950s; there’s even a cameo from Christopher Lee as Dracula in one of England’s Hammer Film productions.
Thursday, January 3 2008
Alan Rickman isn't a bad guy. He just often plays one. Bad guys like Gruber in "Die Hard," Marston in "Quigly Down Under" and the
Monday, December 17 2007
You'd think you could get a rise out of Tim Burton by pigeon-holing the guy, telling him that the blood-spattered Stephen Sondheim musical "Sweeney Todd: