TERMINATOR: DARK FATE Tries Hard, But it Can’t Escape the Past

For the better part of two decades, ever since its perfect farewell in 1991, studios and directors and producers and creators have been trying to reboot or continue or reimagine the Terminator franchise. Whether it's going back in time, or into the future, or frivolously fixing the present, this is the franchise that's felt tired for a … Continue reading TERMINATOR: DARK FATE Tries Hard, But it Can’t Escape the Past

FIGHT CLUB Deserves a Better Legacy

For the last twenty years, David Fincher's adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club has slowly, steadily gained the reputation as a monolithic touchstone for toxic masculinity, a reckless movie that fills weak-minded young men with bad ideas. "If a man tells you his favorite movie is Fight Club, run away," is a somewhat common social media sentiment nowadays. … Continue reading FIGHT CLUB Deserves a Better Legacy

Joaquin Phoenix Takes JOKER as Far as He Can

It's been made clear what Todd Phillips is going for with Joker, his new "super twisted" and "ultra gritty" take on the iconic comic book villain, and the former comedy filmmaker certainly delivers on the obvious expectations. Joker is, of course, inspired by a pair of legendary Martin Scorsese pictures: Taxi Driver and King of Comedy. That much has been made … Continue reading Joaquin Phoenix Takes JOKER as Far as He Can

JOHN CARPENTER’S VAMPIRES (1998) is The Best of The Legend’s Later Films

John Carpenter had quite a decade from 1978 to 1988. In the years following the massive success of Halloween, Carpenter helmed a handful of genre films that, despite being commercial flops at the time, have been stamped as pure classics in the modern court of popular opinion. Now, fans flock to Carpenter's output during this decade, … Continue reading JOHN CARPENTER’S VAMPIRES (1998) is The Best of The Legend’s Later Films

Politics is Not the Issue With the Terrible RAMBO: LAST BLOOD

Rambo: Last Blood is a terrible movie. It is poorly written, even more poorly executed, it is stupid and half-hearted and insanely, excessively violent to the point of being repulsive, and it probably should have never happened in the first place. The critics may be right that it's bad, but trying to frame this as some … Continue reading Politics is Not the Issue With the Terrible RAMBO: LAST BLOOD

The RAMBO Revisit: RAMBO (2008)

It had been twenty years since John Rambo fought alongside the Afghan soldiers in Rambo III, a high-budget, low-profit misfire that seemed to wrap up the character for good. But Sylvester Stallone's nostalgia senses were tingling in the mid-2000s, and he had a sneaking suspicion that a fourth adventure with the reluctant super soldier would attract … Continue reading The RAMBO Revisit: RAMBO (2008)

Thirty Years Ago, SEA OF LOVE Rescued Al Pacino’s Career

Al Pacino had a strange decade in the 80s, and it was Sea of Love that steered his career back on track. Yes, one of the greatest actors in a generation of all-timers, responsible for a staggering number of classics in the New Hollywood renaissance of the 1970s, had almost a solid decade of duds, save for … Continue reading Thirty Years Ago, SEA OF LOVE Rescued Al Pacino’s Career