Category: Reviews
Ten Things You Should Know About “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters”
Ten Things You Should Know About "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters"Imagine a room in which every Hammer movie and every unabashedly cheesy ’80s action movie and the one or two SyFy movies that actually worked out (Jersey Shore Shark Attack) got completely drunk and had a blast, and finally someone said, “You know, it’s a shame about Van Helsing,” and someone else was like, “It really is!…
The Ghosts in Their Lives: The Hour, Season 2
The Ghosts in Their Lives: The Hour, Season 2Sometimes a show is so good you just wish it were better. The Hour, a BBC miniseries-series we could really use a better term for, returned this winter for a second season of shenanigans behind the scenes of a late-1950s BBC newsmagazine. It comes into the lineup with several advantages, besides the momentum of a critically-successful first season.…
Ten Things You Should Know About “The Hobbit”
Ten Things You Should Know About "The Hobbit"You guys, Peter Jackson loves Lord of the Rings. He loves the Lord of the Rings SO MUCH. He loves it so much that when it came time to adapt The Hobbit, a hugely different work in scope and tone, he poked and pulled and prodded until it was as Lord of the Ringsy as humanly possible.…
The Hour
The HourSeason 2 of The Hour premiered in the US last night! I want to talk about it, but to talk about Season 2, you have to talk about Season 1. Let’s do that. (Mild spoilers for Season 1, obviously.) ** The Hour loves its puzzles. There’s the investigative puzzle-piecing of a political thriller: on a large scale, newsmagazine The Hour covers the burgeoning Suez Crisis; on a smaller one, there’s a mole in the BBC with their eyes fixed on the fledging show.…
Breaking Dawn, Part 2
Breaking Dawn, Part 2The quality of filmmaking for this installment is accurately represented by this poster. Well, it’s been a long road, everyone. From lip-gnawing and rape threats and total subsuming of identity, to a breakup unfolded in real time and subsuming of identity to the leftover boy and a trip to Italy, to subsuming of identity crises and a bunch of vampires failing to convince us there was a plot arc, to a superlative emotionally-withholding honeymoon followed by a fatal pregnancy featuring subsuming of identity, the Twilight series has reminded us time and time again that somewhere, there is an unironic audience for everything, and also that sometimes people just write down their therapy material by accident.…
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service: “Skyfall”
On Her Majesty's Secret Service: "Skyfall"Oh, James. This year marks fifty years of cinematic field work for the inimitable Mr. Bond. Rare is the cultural icon robust enough to move from spymastering to strongholds with built-in shark tanks, from cultish drugrunners to hiding from circus baddies in an ape suit; rarer still is one who can chalk up such a body count and churn his way through so many women who often die in his wake, and emerge more or less unscathed.…