Category: Commentary

Searching for Stardom

Searching for Stardom

Posted June 20, 2012

There have been a surprising number of articles recently discussing the art of making a movie star (if you consider Feb and March recent in June). It’s an occasionally discussed topic, especially whenever you start comparing the current slate of “movie stars” against the old guard.

the rise and fall of Jerry Bruckheimer

the rise and fall of Jerry Bruckheimer

Posted May 1, 2012

We’re on the cusp of summer movie season and what better way to celebrate than to take a look at the man who, for all intents and purposes, defined the modern day blockbuster.

You can argue with me about that assertion, if you like, but let’s look at a few facts.

unseen judgement

unseen judgement

Posted April 13, 2012

For the record, I have not seen Cabin in the Woods. But I did read the script about 3 years ago (Jan. 30, 2009), so this post is based on that version of the script and the thoughts I wrote

The Angelina Jolie Gap

The Angelina Jolie Gap

Posted April 12, 2012

I came across an interesting phenomenon sometime last year. It actually was a bit of a surprise, but the more I talked to people about it, the more I discovered there’s this interesting gap when it comes to Angelina Jolie.

A lesson in trailers

A lesson in trailers

Posted April 4, 2012

I’ve posted on what makes a good trailer before, and that hasn’t really changed. But with the 3D release of Titanic, Salon has taken the time to look at the evolution of trailers in the past 20 years with Titanic

The Terriers Effect

The Terriers Effect

Posted February 14, 2012

I realized the other day that I’ve mentioned The Terriers Effect and even tweeted about it, but never really explained it. Ok, so upon searching a bit I’ve actually only tweeted about it once

Gladiator

Gladiator

Posted December 28, 2011

Gladiator is more interesting now then it ever was when I first saw it in May of 2000. Because now I have the context of Ridley Scott’s later films (Kingdom of Heaven and Robin Hood) so it’s fascinating to see him working out a particular aspect of his world view.

good theory, executed poorly

good theory, executed poorly

Posted December 17, 2011

a visual rant…

I just saw these images again, and they are a great example of good
theory, executed poorly:

the highs and lows of fantasy

the highs and lows of fantasy

Posted December 15, 2011

I had this whole plan to write a post this month about December fantasy films because for years I’ve loved a good fantasy film in the winter. With the completion of the Harry Potter franchise

the feminism of breaking dawn

the feminism of breaking dawn

Posted December 7, 2011

I’m almost done with Twilight. No, that’s not true. There’s going to be another movie next year and it’ll start again, but for now I’m almost done.