Tuesday, May 15 2007
Fright fans love to praise the visionary efforts of their favorite horror directors. But behind every great terror auteur is usually an unsung macabre master.
Monday, April 23 2007
NBC News Overnight strove to include the audience as much as possible, making its hour of news feel like a visit from a very wise, very witty, very worldly friend.
Sunday, April 15 2007
Far more prescient today than it was 36 years ago, Jerzy Kosiński’s darkly comic novel of media and politics, Being There, lives on, thanks in part to Hal Ashby's marvelous 1979 motion picture adaptation.
Thursday, March 29 2007
Elaine May's untapped filmmaking promise remains as recognizable as her realized films, ranging from the acclaimed The Heartbreak Kid to the disastrous Ishtar. She is missed as a filmmaking force.
Tuesday, March 27 2007
Step right up folks, don't be shy. There's room for even the most sophisticated film fan when it comes to the exploitation excess of grindhouse pioneer Dwain Esper.
Tuesday, February 27 2007
He championed both culinary extravagance and gastronomic restraint. But Graham Kerr's greatest legacy may be his innate ability to reach across the airwaves and touch each viewer's inner epicure.
Thursday, February 22 2007
With the Academy's 'big dance' on the horizon, it's time to recognize those motion pictures and performances overlooked by Oscar's self-serving system of artistic determination.
Wednesday, February 21 2007
James Redfield's 'prophetic' novel, The Celestine Prophecy, as manifested in film... maybe it means something. I see soft-focus imagery and swirling colors. I'm getting a feeling. It's...it's... nausea.
Monday, February 12 2007
Is there really a link between feudal Japan and the Wild West of a post-Civil War America? Thanks to the films of two famed international auteurs, the connections are closer than you think.
Tuesday, February 6 2007
Some consider her one of the grand dames of modern motion picture acting. But when it comes to her actual performances, this celebrated Oscar winner is decidedly one note.
Tuesday, January 23 2007
What we need today is a man who is willing to subject himself to ridicule, disrespect, and misrepresentation, all in the name of motion picture propaganda – someone like William Castle.
Wednesday, January 17 2007
At one time, she was the most powerful woman in Hollywood's paternalistic boy's club. So why is Mary Pickford merely a forgotten cinematic icon today? The answer seems, sadly, to be a matter of personal, not professional drive.
Sunday, December 17 2006
As a kind of red-nosed warning, or a pre-eggnog PSA, here's a look at three memorable television treats that, inadvertently, have caused more pain and suffering than a trip to Toys R Us when the Tickle Me Elmo shipment arrived.
Sunday, December 10 2006
Billy Wilder's The Apartment captures the holiday season feeling of those who stand beyond the glow cast by Christmas lights.
Wednesday, November 29 2006
It was one of the most talked about tomes upon its release. Unfortunately, our literary liaison for all things film thinks that Augusten Burrough's mesmerizing memoir was definitely defanged in the cinematic translation.
Sunday, November 26 2006
For every cinematic stocking full of shiny bright goodies, there are large filmic lumps of dirty old coal.
Wednesday, November 15 2006
He's the most polarizing figure in recent pop culture history, and our mainstream movie maven is here to tell us why that's a good thing - for comedy and for society.
Thursday, November 9 2006
Trick photography? Optical experimentation? The purposeful playing with the cinematic language? Russian filmmaker Dziga Vertov was doing it all, decades before a certain sci-fi film challenged the notion of perception vs. reality.
Tuesday, November 7 2006
In this second of a two-part examination on the roles that fan appreciation, critical consideration, and subject matter play on categorizing horror film, our resident macabre master argues that unlike other cinematic genres, the basic tenets of the terror experience can change from year-to-year, generation-to-generation.
Monday, October 30 2006
From folklore to fright icon, a certain naughty neckbiter remains one of literature -- and film's -- most fascinating fear factors.