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Classic Movie Review: 'Mrs. Doubtfire'
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) Directed by Chris Columbus Written by Randy Mayem Singer, Leslie Dixon Starring Robin Williams, Sally Field, Mara Wilson, Pierce Brosnan
The Andy Griffith Show Christmas Story remains endearing 6 decades later
The Andy Griffith Christmas special is a classic The Andy Griffith Show only broadcast one Christmas episode during its eight seasons on CBS (1960-1968). They must have decided that when you have the best you don't need the rest because this episode has been beloved for 6 decades. Loyal fans continue to enjoy it 63 years later." “Christmas Story” first aired on December 19, 1960, during the first season and has been warming the hearts and bringing back fond memories of fans every year since.
How Did I Become a Film Critic?
When I was a kid I fell in love with watching Siskel & Ebert, the absolute gold standard of televised film criticism. As I am sure it inspired hundreds of others to want share their love of movies with the world, I wanted to be Roger or Gene. I wanted the job of going to the movies. I had no idea that someone could get paid to go to the movies. That was insane to me and I wondered why everyone didn't seek that same job. In later years, I would learn that relatively few people actually pursued film criticism as a career.
The Sleep of Reason
The scene could be a selection from a feverish nightmare. It could simply be a metaphor for the callous "care" shown by the bourgeoisie toward the starving peoples of the Third World. Do they really get off on watching their victims twist in pangs of desire and hunger, while they dole out the literal equivalent of Marie Antoinette's famous cold-blooded quip?
Killers of the Flower Moon - A Movie Review
You’ve got to take back control of your home. Killers of the Flower Moon is a 2023 crime-thriller film based on the novel written by David Gran. The story centers around the true story of the Osage Indian murders in the 1920s and the investigation of the newly formed FBI. A conspiracy of lies exposes oil surrounding the Osage community.
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
“It’s October,” they said. “Watch something scary,” they said. So, I thought what could be scarier than an old woman?
"Remember, Remember, the Fifth of November..."
"The State sanctifies its own violence as law. Yours it calls crime." Max Stirner I've quoted the above little observation by proto-anarchist and egoist Max Stirner, author of The Ego and What it Possesses, many, many times; perhaps too often, but there is no other way I could think to introduce an essay on Alan Moore's V for Vendetta, the most important graphic novel ever penned, a book so transcendent in its scope, so vast in its vision of humanity (both dark and light), it has become a piece of cultural iconography. The Guy Fawkes Face Mask is now an endemic, ubiquitous symbol of covert rebellion. Adopted by the Anonymous hacker group, it has gone the rounds of the internet and the face of the globe, a way for the most radical and dedicated and subversive elements of cultural fuckery to disguise themselves, as well as meld into one single "hive mind"; a collective unit pushing against repression and corruption; or, alternately, pushing the world forward past the edge of the envelope of nihilistic rebellion. V for Vendetta, more than any other single comic book creation I can think of (outside of Superman and Batman) has transcended the realm of mere entertainment into having a permanent place in the cultural zeitgeist.
Why I Walked Out: A Film Critic Shares the Times He Walked Out on a Movie
A question that I get regularly in my line of work as a professional film critic is "Have you ever walked out of a movie?" The answer is simply, yes, I have walked out of a movie. I have, in fact, walked out of two movies. I also went on to publish remarkably negative reviews despite not having finished watching these two movies. I felt strongly that I had seen far more than enough of each of these movies to make a value judgment about them and I don't feel any sort of ethical qualms about it. These were appalling films that were unlikely to improve markedly following my leaving.
Miss Chanandler Bong
Let's sit together on the burnt-orange, mohair couch in our favorite bustling coffee shop, Central Perk. Let's raise a mug of piping hot coffee to our friend and comedic legend, Miss Chanandler Bong, I mean...Matthew Perry. What a gift he had and what a wonderful legacy he has left behind.
Lilly Munster Was No June Cleaver
The series The Munsters was an American sitcom that aired in the 60s and played off the idea of an odd family. As a satire of America’s booming suburban life, the show mixed the wholesomeness of such a hit as Leave it to Beaver with monster movies.
Maxed Out on Horror, for a While
In honor of upcoming Halloween, I have composed two haiku verses about my experience with horror movies. A little background for context: in summers of 1989, 1990, and 1991, while a university student, I had a job as a train car attendant serving long-distance trains. When I was off my shift, I used to go to the video salon car to watch pirated American movies that were over-flooding our previously scarce entertainment options since Gorbachev started perestroika.
Halloween Vibes Starring Vincent Price
Millennials might know him as the old guy who recited the spooky spoken word sequence at the end of Michael Jackson’s 1984 mega hit, Thriller. Here's a video of Price reciting the piece live on The Joan Rivers Show.