“Black Panther” (2018): A Good Film, Now CALM DOWN!! (Review)

“Black Panther” (2018): A Good Film, Now CALM DOWN!! (Review)

I will not hype this film for you. Yet again, the engine of anticipation and hype around Black Panther is bigger than the film itself…

You Are Wrong About the Final Act of “Wonder Woman”

You Are Wrong About the Final Act of “Wonder Woman”

Wonder Woman brought the world together in near-universal celebration, as the best superheroes and mythic figures do. Screening controversies and political appropriation notwithstanding, Wonder Woman is…

The Racial Lies of “Get Out”

The Racial Lies of “Get Out”

Jordan Peele’s Get Out is proof that we do not know how to appraise movies. We know only how to uncritically hype and celebrate the…

“Hostiles” (2017): Tone-deaf Western Hackery

“Hostiles” (2017): Tone-deaf Western Hackery

In its silent moments Hostiles achieves great beauty. In sequences where caravans traverse fresh, untainted frontier country with the sun glistening the terrain, where a…

“Spartacus: Blood and Sand” (2010)( Episodes 4-7): Highs and Lows (TV Review)

“Spartacus: Blood and Sand” (2010)( Episodes 4-7): Highs and Lows (TV Review)

Spartacus is a great show that doesn’t start off well. All the pieces were there, but the coherent dramatic plotting the show did at its…

Vivek’s Top Ten Best Films of 2017

Vivek’s Top Ten Best Films of 2017

Happy New Year and here’s to another year at the movies. It was one of the weakest summers in living memory (in this way it’s…

“The Last Jedi” is a Classic only in Theory

“The Last Jedi” is a Classic only in Theory

Star Wars has been betrayed and destroyed by its fans. I’m not just talking about the backlash The Last Jedi (which I reviewed here) got….

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017): Not Half Bad, Just Half Mediocre (Review)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017): Not Half Bad, Just Half Mediocre (Review)

The worst movie of Rian Johnson’s career is the best film of the nu-Star Wars franchise. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is slathered in problems….

Spider-Man and the Human Struggle: The Emotional Brilliance of Sam Raimi’s Trilogy

Spider-Man and the Human Struggle: The Emotional Brilliance of Sam Raimi’s Trilogy

Spider-Man is a duality. You’d think an awkward, gangly wallflower of a science geek acquiring bullet-time reflexes, herculean strength, acrobatic agility, and a sixth sense…

How “The Godfather Saga” Ruined the Corleone Story

How “The Godfather Saga” Ruined the Corleone Story

Chronology is overrated. The Godfather Saga is an official TV special produced by Francis Ford Coppola and edited by Barry Malkin. It smashes together scenes…