The Haunted World of El Superbeasto: Rob Zombie Has Finally Broken Me

The Fourth in a 5 Part Look at the Career of Modern Cult Horror Icon Rob Zombie. In the past couple of weeks, as I’ve been systematically going through Rob Zombie’s filmography, I’ve tried to be as objective as possible. I don’t mean that I’ve shied away from sharing my opinions on these films, because I absolutely haven’t: I’ve pretty much hated most of them, … Continue reading The Haunted World of El Superbeasto: Rob Zombie Has Finally Broken Me

Rob Zombie Murders Halloween

The Third in a 5 Part Look at the Career of Modern Cult Horror Icon Rob Zombie. If there’s one point that I want to really hammer home during this marathon of mediocre horror flicks, it’s that Rob Zombie is not one for originality. Everything from his songs to his music videos to his films are all built upon decades of previous works. To call … Continue reading Rob Zombie Murders Halloween

Haunted Houses & Rejects From Hell: Rob Zombie’s Firefly Trilogy

The Second in a 5 Part Look at the Career of Modern Cult Horror Icon Rob Zombie. When looking at the now-nearly 20-year film career Rob Zombie, I suppose there’s perhaps no better place to begin than at the beginning, at the height of his solo music career. In the late 90s, Zombie was approached by Universal studios to create an attraction for their annual … Continue reading Haunted Houses & Rejects From Hell: Rob Zombie’s Firefly Trilogy

Shock Rock: Terror on Stage

The First in a 5 Part Look at the Career of Modern Cult Horror Icon Rob Zombie. Commercialized music is often as much about the cultivation of a persona and an image as it is about the music itself. It takes more than a catchy sound or clever lyrics to catch the public’s attention, especially in an age with so many other sources of distraction … Continue reading Shock Rock: Terror on Stage

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

I Have a Tiny Issue with 1917, and I Hate Myself For It

In a mad scramble to see all of the Best Picture nominees before the Oscars next Sunday (despite the fact that I continue to pretend every single year that I couldn’t care less about the ceremony), I finally managed to see Sam Mendes’s 1917 earlier today. I’ve actually been really looking forward to seeing it, being a huge fan of his earlier films (especially Road … Continue reading I Have a Tiny Issue with 1917, and I Hate Myself For It

The Rise of Skywalker and the Year of the Finale

For better or for worse, this has certainly been a year for endings. Game of Thrones, Marvel’s Infinity Saga and the Star Wars franchise’s core Skywalker saga all reached their conclusions in 2019, after years of build-up, speculation, and sheer anticipation. But these weren’t just mere episodes of a television show or installments in a movie franchise, they were events all to themselves, with massive … Continue reading The Rise of Skywalker and the Year of the Finale

Knives Out: Hollywood’s Apology for Murder on the Orient Express

Everyone loves a good murder-mystery. That much is obvious. All you need to do is turn on your TV at any given moment, and you’d be immediately bombarded with an entire library of detective shows, programs on homicide, unsolved cold-cases, or any number of other nefarious and gruesome crimes. CSI, NCIS, Sherlock, hell, even House all spring from the same simple kernel of truth in … Continue reading Knives Out: Hollywood’s Apology for Murder on the Orient Express

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