‘The People Under the Stairs’ and its Complex Legacy as a White-Helmed ‘Urban’ Horror Story

You know, it’s a shame that it’s taken me so long to talk about ‘The People Under the Stairs’, considering that it’s the film that this site is literally named after. But since I’ve been cranking out so much content in preparation for Halloween this year, I figured I really have no excuse at this point. And, frankly, the film is as topical now as … Continue reading ‘The People Under the Stairs’ and its Complex Legacy as a White-Helmed ‘Urban’ Horror Story

The Consequences of Zack Snyder’s Justice League

This week, after years of fan demand, internet crusading, and overwhelming amounts of baseless speculation and theorizing, Zack Snyder’s near-deified cut of 2018’s Justice League was released to streaming services. Zack Snyder’s Justice League, otherwise known as “The Snyder Cut,” is a 4-hour, massively ambitious, and extremely anticipated operatic epic that takes the same basic plot and structure of the officially released theatrical cut, and … Continue reading The Consequences of Zack Snyder’s Justice League

Dave Filoni and the Magic of Star Wars Animation

If you’re anything like me, the only reason you’re still paying for Disney+ is The Mandalorian. It’s amazing how, after the divisions and rifts caused by the (at best) mixed reception to the Disney-era Star Wars sequel films, a piece of media in the franchise could be so overwhelmingly acclaimed. And the praise is well deserved, as The Mandalorian is pretty much the perfect distillation of what makes Star Wars so enduringly … Continue reading Dave Filoni and the Magic of Star Wars Animation

Rebootquels, and How to Properly Revive a Franchise

If there’s one thing people love to complain about in reference to cinema, it’s Hollywood’s apparent lack of originality. It seems that every film to hits theaters these days (assuming, of course, the theaters are actually open) is either an adaptation, a sequel, or a remake of an existing property. Two seconds on any film blog or entertainment news site will more likely than not yield … Continue reading Rebootquels, and How to Properly Revive a Franchise

A Plea for the Cinema

Let’s talk about the Coronavirus. I don’t have to tell any of you just how crazy everything has become in the past couple of weeks, as its been all anyone has seemed to want to talk about. The virus, and the resulting preventative measures being taken to curb its spread, has had a wide-reaching and unprecedented shockwave affect, touching nearly every facet of life. The … Continue reading A Plea for the Cinema

The Inexplicable and Guilty Allure of Joker

Joker is a frustratingly enigmatic movie, to the point where I’m having an incredibly difficult time deciding what exactly I think of it. It is, undoubtedly, a well-made film, by all technical standards. It’s brilliantly acted, has beautiful cinematography, stunning camerawork, and an incredible score. It has a methodical, captivating story, with complex, grounded characters. Based solely on the sum of its parts, Joker is … Continue reading The Inexplicable and Guilty Allure of Joker

The Unfortunate Soullessness of Live Action Adaptions

I have extremely mixed opinions when it comes to live-action adaptations of material that was originally intended for another medium. Be it of cartoons, animated films, or video games, the transition from traditional or computer animation always tends to be a particularly rocky one, at least when compared to comic book adaptions or film adaptions of literature. And it’s a trend that’s becoming more and … Continue reading The Unfortunate Soullessness of Live Action Adaptions

The Rise of the True Comic Book Movie

Comic Book movies are, undoubtedly, the current reigning champions of the film industry, at least in terms of sheer popularity and, by extension, profitability. Superheroes are in, and they don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Despite countless critics claiming, for what seems like a decade now, that we’d eventually hit “Superhero Fatigue” and grow bored of the genre, time and time again they’ve … Continue reading The Rise of the True Comic Book Movie

The “Surprise Villain” Twist: A Rant

This summer, I’ve seen five massive blockbuster films, each with varying degrees of quality: Solo, Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom, Incredibles 2, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Mission Impossible: Fallout. And while all five are action films, they could not be any more different in terms of story, with plot’s ranging from intergalactic crime syndicates to dinosaur islands to superhero family dramas (alright, fine, there’s … Continue reading The “Surprise Villain” Twist: A Rant