How The Last Jedi Made Me Rethink My Star Wars Fandom

The franchise that started as a little film in 1977 could have easily drifted into the backlog of our culture, but in the internet age Star Wars has become so pervasive it soaks in to every crevice of our lives. This is due in large part to Lucas Film licensing every inch of Star Wars for just about anything, and it’s ramped up by Disney shoving a new movie in our faces every year for the next 1000 generations.  … Read More How The Last Jedi Made Me Rethink My Star Wars Fandom

Shallow Graves: The Loved Ones, or How We Need to Resolve to Not Say ‘Torture Porn’ This New Year

The sub-genre Torture Porn came in to style like a wave in the middle of the 20-aughts, carrying new inventions in gratuity, or so it’s often suggested, but to be honest I don’t know what a Torture Porn film exactly is. There were a lot of films made between 2001 and 2009 that experimented pretty heavily in graphic gore, similar to the 80’s when film makers tested the limits of gore and trash. True to film’s cyclical nature gore, and in some cases, trash, were reinvented in the decade following 9-11, and like the 80’s, a lot of movies from the period ended up being empty practices in gratuity. … Read More Shallow Graves: The Loved Ones, or How We Need to Resolve to Not Say ‘Torture Porn’ This New Year

Murder on The Orient Express Tries It’s Best, But Comes Up Short

You may not even realize it, but your favorite movies are the ones that successfully show rather than tell. A rich visual experience can provide multi-layered storytelling and thoughtful subtext without saying a word of dialogue, Murder on The Orient Express, unfortunately, is not one of those films.… Read More Murder on The Orient Express Tries It’s Best, But Comes Up Short

Shallow Graves: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Sheila Vand is striking as The Girl wearing a full chador it is a symbol of the oppressed female, but turned into a symbol of power the way The Girl wears it like a traditional vampire cape, or waving in the wind while riding her skateboard. Much of the film is seen through her eyes as she watches over the others, particularly Atti, who she seems to have a kinship with, perhaps reminding her of her own desperation, and Arash, whom perhaps reminds her of the person she was a long time before all this vampire business.… Read More Shallow Graves: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night