Monday, August 11 2014
After the best-selling novel La Planète des Singes and the hit film Planet of the Apes, the series found itself in hairy times. How did the saga regain its glory?
Thursday, August 7 2014
By grounding the violence of his barely veiled speculative fiction in the here-and-now, James DeMonaco risks inciting an audience beyond the walls of the cinema.
Tuesday, August 5 2014
In film, "visionary" has become a marketing adjective, like "iconic". Here, on the matter of visionary directors, we separate the claret from the beaujolais, if you will.
Monday, August 4 2014
Humankind once laughed at The Planet of the Apes -- until it became a critically acclaimed artistic endeavor and had an Academy Award category created for it. Now who amongst us is laughing?
Tuesday, July 29 2014
Home video companies such as Kino Lorber, the Criterion Collection, and Flicker Alley have been instrumental in meeting the changing methods of distributing silent film.
Tuesday, July 22 2014
American Revolutionary wants to offer the appearance of revolution while anesthetizing any deeper understanding of the forces involved.
Monday, July 21 2014
Recent films from the action-masala genre project India as a global sheriff, replacing a toothless West as an expression of muscular nationalism.
Thursday, July 10 2014
In evaluating what makes a great film score, writers, composers, and listeners must ask themselves if the function of cinematic music limits the form it has to take.
Monday, July 7 2014
Marvel owns characters and its profits come from comics sales, film tickets, lunch boxes, etc. As such, character identification fluctuates easily between media.
Monday, June 30 2014
Capital offers a savage critique of capitalism and the banking industry, but it fails to imagine its ability to sustain its inhumane and self-destructive practices.
Tuesday, June 17 2014
The Washington Post film critic wasn't wrong in wondering aloud about the impact Hollywood can have on the typical young male.
Monday, June 16 2014
Suddenly, movies from all walks of the Marvel Universe began to rage against the big screen with three distinct universes vying for control of box office gold.
Monday, June 9 2014
The story is far from over for The Fantastic Four and Spider-Man, but what of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? What of the incredible saga of all of those also-ran comic book films?
Thursday, June 5 2014
Anchorman 2 is bigger, bolder, brasher and more bizarre than its antecedent, but it also gives a pertinent critique of the medium it has chosen to satirise.
Monday, June 2 2014
Marvel Comics rules the box office today (three films based on Marvel Comics occupied the top 10 in May 2014 alone), but getting there was a long, hard, slow road.
Wednesday, May 28 2014
The Loved One gives viewers that "sick kick", and Decline and Fall of a Bird Watcher perfectly captures Waugh's tone of cruel, facetious, and lunatic whimsies.
Wednesday, May 21 2014
Bollywood stars are essential to the cultural identity of India, but their involvement in the 2014 election have some questioning the wisdom of the "Bollywood-ification" of politics.
Tuesday, May 13 2014
The ghost in the machine may have receded into the digital aether, but Theodore’s preconceptions about women have not.
Friday, May 9 2014
From Biblical epics to run-of-the-mill rom-coms, Notes on Celluloid takes a look at (and listen to) some of the strongest film music of 2014 thus far.
Tuesday, May 6 2014
The only thing that can be done with film better than comics is spectacle. Thinking otherwise betrays a lack of respect for comics, and a pretentiousness about film.