Hello, my name is Sean Patrick He/Him, and I am a film critic and podcast host for Everyone's a Critic Movie Review Podcast. I am a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the group behind the annual Critics Choice Awards.
Movie Review: 'Prey' is a Terrific Predator Prequel
When it’s good, the Predator franchise is arguably the best action movie franchise going. As my proof of that claim, I give you the new Predator prequel Prey. Debuting on Hulu, Prey is a gorgeous looking movie that also happens to be a badass, blood and guts action movie. Everything you’ve enjoyed about the Predator franchise, aside from Arnold Schwarzenegger, can be found in Prey making it a must see for fans of the franchise and just a really terrific action movie.
Classic Movie Review Saw 6
Since the series debuted in 2004 I have been trying to convince people of the insidious brilliance of the Saw movies. Not merely another torture porn horror series, the Saw movies have a theory behind them. The lead character Jigsaw, aka John Kramer, played by Tobin Bell, believes that he can teach those who have taken their lives for granted to appreciate the gift of life. Jigsaw’s 'tests' are designed not merely to put these people in life and death situations but to reveal their true selves, their inherent nature, morality and character. Each is given a chance to reveal who they are through the choices they make and in doing so save their life or doom them.
Movie Review: 'Sharp Stick' is Pointlessly Provocative
Sharp Stick is an utterly bizarre and deeply off-putting new movie from writer-director Lena Dunham. Now, before you start on the assumption that I am one of those people who hate anything related to Lena Dunham, I assure you that is not the case. I, like most others, found Dunham through her HBO series Girls, and I have been a fan of her sharp, and offbeat work since that series began and ended.
Classic Movie Review: 'Reservoir Dogs' My Summer of Classics
It seems hard to believe now, but in the early 1990's Harvey Keitel was having a hard time finding work. While his close friends Martin Scorsese and Robert Deniro were scoring bigger and bigger films, Keitel was turning away stereotypical thug roles that played too much off his legendary character from Mean Streets. Keitel hadn't worked in a couple years when a hyperactive, young, writer-director named Quentin Tarentino accosted him. Tarentino offered Keitel the role of Mr. White in Reservoir Dogs after writing the role with Keitel in mind. What might have happened had he said no? Thankfully we will never know.
Classic Movie Review: 'Scream' My Summer of Classics
Scream was a flashpoint in the horror genre of the mid to late 1990s. Some credit a smart marketing campaign, the film was distributed by Dimension Films, a branch of then indie powerhouse Miramax. Putting aside all that we know about Harvey Weinstein and his company, they made Scream a phenomenon through incredible word of mouth at a time when the horror genre was at the lowest of lows.
Movie Review: B.J Novak's 'Vengeance' is Surprising and Darkly Funny
Vengeance stars B.J Novak as a feckless writer bouncing from one meaningless hook up to another while dreaming of being a podcast star. He claims that he wants to tell the story of America but his naked ambition is clear to everyone but him. Novak’s Ben Manolowitz’s life is turned upside down when he gets a call in the middle of the night telling him that his girlfriend has died.
Movie Review: 'Nope' Spoiler Free Review
A shoe stands on its end, the toe pointing into the air. It’s an evocative image, shoes don’t do that. But a shoe does do that in the new Jordan Peele horror thriller Nope. Come to think of it, the sight of a shoe in such an unnatural position is the kind of image that might cause one to say ‘Nope’ while slowly backing away from whatever might be the cause of this image. It’s not just a shoe though, there’s a well placed drop of blood on that shoe as well that offers another disturbing aspect to this sight. Then the context for the shoe comes fully into frame and…
Classic Movie Review: 'Field of Dreams' Major League Baseball Returns to Dyersville
No movie better exemplifies America’s love of baseball, and more importantly why we love baseball, than Kevin Costner’s 1989 Best Picture nominee Field of Dreams. With Major League Baseball having now been played at the legendary Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa, and my Chicago Cubs headed there in August against the Cincinnati Reds, I am in the mood to look back on Field of Dreams as part of my Summer of Classics Movie Review Series.
Movie Review: 'Alone Together' is a Harmless Pandemic Romance
There have been a few pandemic movies but not in the sense of a thriller or expose of the incompetence that caused the pandemic. Rather, so far, filmmakers have preferred telling more human stories than going after the bigger stories that will require a more complex take. The latest small scale pandemic story comes from actor-director, Katie Holmes.
Movie Review: 'Image of Victory' is War at its Most Heartbreaking
Image of Victory is a heartbreaking war film that documents one of many dark moments in the history of the conflict between Israel and the Arab world. Set during the conflict between Israel and Egypt, immediately following the establishment of Israel and the end of World War 2, the film documents the devastating and unnecessary destruction of the Nitzanim Kibbutz, a farming community of Israeli settlers.
'Universal Soldier' Sparks Teenage Film Critic Nostalgia
Why write about something as silly and seemingly random as Universal Soldier? It goes back to being a teenager who fell in love with the movies while on an adventure with friends. When I was 16 years old on a June day in 1992, myself and three friends decided to see a movie. We intended only to see Batman Returns, the sequel to 1989’s blockbuster Batman starring Michael Keaton. Once we saw that film however, we hatched a sneaky idea.
How to Go from Famous to Infamous in 15 Seconds: Howie Mandel's TikTok Disaster
Who had Howie Mandel blows up his career with an anal prolapse TikTok video on their 2022 celebrity bingo card? On July 9th, in a mere 15 seconds, actor-comedian-reality show Judge, Howie Mandel went from having a respectable 40 year career in the entertainment industry to being the Anal Prolapse guy. It wasn’t even his prolapse, according to him it was a friend who suffered this rather serious medical problem. For reasons that will have his Hollywood Agent and the Public Relations team at NBC’s America’s Got Talent sweating for days, Mandel took to the TikTok app with a photo of a man’s prolapsed anus and asked if anyone knew if the condition were related to COVID-19. For the record, it is not.