Posted in November 2011

Review: The Muppets, 2011, dir. James Bobin

Review: The Muppets, 2011, dir. James Bobin


When Jason Segel capitalized on the critical and financial success of his breakout hit Forgetting Sarah Marshall three years ago by securing the green-light to write his own Muppets film, my world stopped turning for a day. Muppets? In the 2010s? And envisioned by a man who not only represents a perfect human foil to everyone’s … Continue reading

Review: Limitless 2011, dir. Neil Burger

Review: Limitless 2011, dir. Neil Burger


Limitless might have added up to something excellent instead of well-made fluff entertainment if Neil Burger cared to consider the ramifications of his film’s basic conceit and chose to punish his hero more, rather than reward him. Maybe that’s not being fair to Burger, because Limitless isn’t a bad film at all. It’s just not … Continue reading

TV Review: The Walking Dead, 2.6: Secrets

TV Review: The Walking Dead, 2.6: Secrets


If Sunday’s installment of The Walking Dead says anything, it’s that even Lori deserves some sympathy and maybe even redemption. Lori, for a boatload of reasons, has been saddled with the honor of being the show’s most well-despised character through and through; she’s duplicitous, she’s “bitchy”, and she’s just plain old hard to like. I … Continue reading

Review: Hunger, 2008, dir. Steve McQueen

Review: Hunger, 2008, dir. Steve McQueen


We live in an odd world where the Lars Von Triers and Gaspar Noes come under degrees of attack for the overt depictions of violence and anti-humanity portrayed in their pictures while Steve McQueen receives almost universal praise for offering imagery that’s no less brutal and discomforting. This isn’t, by the way, an attack on … Continue reading

A Blog By Any Other Name…


Since I first started this blog in 2009, it’s undergone a number of geneses both superficial and substantive. For the most part these have been surface changes– those of you who have been here from the start likely can attest to the ridiculous number of face-lifts this site has enjoyed before recently, when I settled … Continue reading

Review: The Descendants, 2011, dir. Alexander Payne

Review: The Descendants, 2011, dir. Alexander Payne


Alexander Payne strikes me as the sort of person who’s incapable of making a bad film. Limited body of work aside, critical success is critical success (which is to say nothing of Payne’s commercial victories in Sideways and About Schmidt), and with his darkly satirical examinations of contemporary American culture Payne has established for himself … Continue reading

Review: Attack the Block, 2011, dir. Joe Cornish

Review: Attack the Block, 2011, dir. Joe Cornish


You’ve seen movies like Attack the Block before– movies where an enemy-of-all emerges and threatens to destroy, devour, or dominate all life until being defeated by a thoroughly ordinary hero or group of heroes– yet Joe Cornish’ directorial debut stands out as one of the year’s most thoroughly original and memorable releases regardless. Largely, this … Continue reading

Playing Detective In Carpenter’s “The Thing”

Playing Detective In Carpenter’s “The Thing”


(Author’s foreword: The following essay draws inspiration from Rob Ager’s excellent two-part series on Youtube regarding Childs’ status at the end of John Carpenter’s The Thing. The two clips can be found here and here. My intention as author of this piece is to argue for the film’s place in overarching cinematic canon, and to … Continue reading

Review: Red State, 2011, dir. Kevin Smith

Review: Red State, 2011, dir. Kevin Smith


Red State may be best summed up as the type of movie made by the type of person who watches lots of movies. I’m willing to argue the point; Kevin Smith clearly has something specific on his mind that in point of fact does not refer back to movies at all, but rather the sobering realities … Continue reading

TV Review: The Walking Dead, 2.3: Save the Last One

TV Review: The Walking Dead, 2.3: Save the Last One


Save the Last One suffers from one major problem: telegraphing. I rather liked the episode overall, and feel that it keeps up the narrative push and character development which made Bloodletting so good, but 2.3 gives away a pretty shattering end-of-episode reveal in its opening scrawl. I don’t know that that particular misstep ruins the episode, but Phil Abraham’s … Continue reading