Film Review: “Jack the Giant Slayer”

First, that title. Based on Jack and the Beanstalk, the movie was originally called Jack the Giant Killer (the title of a nominally related fantasy from 1962). Marketing decided that was too harsh, so it was changed. If I were to ...

7 Movie Franchises With Way Too Many Sequels

Now that Disney owns George Lucas’s Star Wars franchise, we already know that Episode VII is a done deal and that VIII and IX are coming unless something unexpected happens. It’s also quite likely that before long the series will see ...

Blu-ray Review: “Cabaret”

What’s the best picture not to have won Best Picture at the Oscars? The Heiress (1949) and Brokeback Mountain (2005) sprang immediately to mind; via Twitter, critic Edward Copeland mentioned Citizen Kane (1941) and The Social Network (2010). Cabaret (1972) is ...

No Concessions: Oscar Nominations

And here they are. And here I am, back with that promised “more commentary.” In a spread-the-wealth category that showed more love to, say, The Master and less love to Argo than I would have expected, my gut ...

Film Review: “Les Misérables”

True confession: This musicals buff has never seen Les Misérables onstage. Well, not entirely, anyway. Years ago, when it was still on Broadway (its 1987-2003 run was the fourth longest of any show, behind The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, ...

No Concessions: A Rant of My Own

In 2009 I was asked to contribute reviews to a book celebrating the National Film Registry. I was pleased, and indeed honored, to submit entries for Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), King Kong (1933), The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), ...

Trailers for the End of the World

Coming very soon…previews of the apocalypse, from off the top of my end (there’s just no time to think)…feel free to add your favorites, if you have the opportunity for anything besides basic survival

Reading Is Fundamental: “Hollywood Myths”

The book “Hollywood Myths” attempts to get the story behind the story regarding some of the most scandalous situations in film history…like whether Rock Hudson was bumpin’ uglies with…Jim Nabors? Gooollllly!

The Popdose Interview: Andy Summers

“Fuck you, Sting!” You hear that, or sentiments approximating it, in Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police, a new documentary drawn from guitarist Andy Summers’ acclaimed autobiography One Train Later. And Popdose heard it straight from Summers himself as he ...

The 31 Days of Halloween, Day 31: Halloween

Well, was anybody shocked? Remember, when I was setting up this series — back with Day 1′s write-up of May — I warned you that the actual holiday’s corresponding movie was going to be a predictable choice. Given that John Carpenter’s Halloween ...

The 31 Days of Halloween, Day 30: Trick ‘r Treat

There are a lot of great horror movies out there. I mean, I wouldn’t be writing this series if I didn’t legitimately believe that: but I believe in the simple, glorious pleasures of this genre enough to commit to writing a month-long ...

The 31 Days of Halloween, Day 29: The House of the Devil

Ti West’s The House of the Devil is a peculiar, unassuming little film. It’s an ’80s horror movie created in 2009, filmed with the unmistakable grit and style of the era, but without any of the bells and whistles and camp of its ...