Godzilla vs Kong: An Experiment with Home Theater

If you’re anywhere near as obsessed with the cinema as I am, then the past year or so has likely been absolute torture for you. By my count, it’s been something like 13 months since I last saw a movie in a proper theater, and I’m genuinely going crazy. I was lucky enough that my last experience was a good one, seeing Leigh Whannell’s fantastic … Continue reading Godzilla vs Kong: An Experiment with Home Theater

Forget Godzilla and Kong: Cloverfield is the Modern King of the Monsters

With this week’s arrival of the first official trailer for Godzilla vs Kong, and the subsequent explosion of discussion, hype, and sheer meme-ry that has emerged in its wake, it’s safe to say that audiences have giant monsters on the brain right now. Sure, this could partially be due to the fact that we really haven’t seen marketing for a major blockbuster film in over a year (thank … Continue reading Forget Godzilla and Kong: Cloverfield is the Modern King of the Monsters

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

Love and Monsters: The Best Feel-Good Movie of the Year (Entirely by Default)

If there’s one thing I love, it’s a good monster movie. Be it a poignant morality tale like King Kong, a flashy, a frantic, borderline horror film like Cloverfield, or just an old-school Kaiju smackdown like Godzilla, I can’t get enough. So when I randomly happened upon the trailer for Love and Monsters a few weeks ago, I was onboard pretty much immediately. (It certainly … Continue reading Love and Monsters: The Best Feel-Good Movie of the Year (Entirely by Default)

The Invisible Man, and How to Revive the Universal Monsters

When we think of monsters, what comes to mind? Odds are, if you’re like me, then countless Halloweens and years of exposure to pop culture have conditioned your mind to go to some very specific places. Images of vampires, werewolves, and Frankenstein’s monsters have become synonymous with the very idea of what a monster is, to the point where they’ve become almost generic iconography. But … Continue reading The Invisible Man, and How to Revive the Universal Monsters

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

Alita: or How I Discovered that I May Finally Be Tired of Watching Robots Fight

Alita: Battle Angel is a cult-classic Japanese Manga series from the early 1990s that, for some reason or another, James Cameron has been absolutely obsessed with for the past twenty years or so. It’s the story of a young cyborg girl, salvaged and repaired by a caring scientist, who discovers she’s actually some sort of ancient robot super-soldier, and decides to use her abilities to … Continue reading Alita: or How I Discovered that I May Finally Be Tired of Watching Robots Fight

Happy Death Day 2U

The original Happy Death Day was probably the biggest surprise of 2017 in terms of how good the movie ended up being versus how uninteresting the trailer made it seem. What could’ve been a slasher-movie rip-off of Groundhog Day actually turned out to be a fun, cleverly-written, occasionally hilarious little flick with a lot of genuine charm. The plot was fresh, the gimmick was interesting, … Continue reading Happy Death Day 2U

Bumblebee: Story Over Spectacle

Let me be completely upfront about this: I genuinely enjoy the first couple of Michael Bay Transformers films. The first three are my go-to guilty pleasure movies. As much as I love and respect actual, competent cinema, there’s just something about the giddy, care-free explosion-insanity of the early movies that just speak to me on a primal, childlike level. What can I say? I like … Continue reading Bumblebee: Story Over Spectacle

“The Predator” (Barely)

The original 1987 Predator is a masterpiece, and I will hear nothing to the contrary. It is the absolute peak of 1980s cheesy machismo and testosterone-soaked, nonsensical action and bloody, over-the-top violence, yet somehow at the same time manages to be genuinely suspenseful and engaging, and wholly unique in the genre. It works on the same principal as its earlier genre cousin, Alien, in that … Continue reading “The Predator” (Barely)