opinion

The Cinematic Constructions of Steven Spielberg: Films We Disagree With

2018

The Cinematic Constructions of Steven Spielberg: Films We Disagree With

The following article is subjective, deeply personal, and politically charged in ways that are sure to upset at least one person. I hope you’ll consider…

The Cinematic Constructions of Christopher Nolan: Part III – Meta Movie Magic

2018

The Cinematic Constructions of Christopher Nolan: Part III – Meta Movie Magic

Part II was a little on the heavy side given the talk of Memento and Inception – their deepest meanings and ideas. For Part III…

The Cinematic Constructions of Christopher Nolan: Part II – Head Cases

2018

The Cinematic Constructions of Christopher Nolan: Part II – Head Cases

In Part I we talked big picture construction – heroic virtue established by resistance to nihilism, representations of fear, and the condition of the Joker….

The Cinematic Constructions of Christopher Nolan: Part I – Heroism

2018

The Cinematic Constructions of Christopher Nolan: Part I – Heroism

Christopher Nolan is a genius. By now, I think we all know that. There is no modern filmmaker operating anywhere near his intellectual, technical, or…

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

2017

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”

2017

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…

Nick’s Top 10 Supporting Performances of 2017

Opinion

Nick’s Top 10 Supporting Performances of 2017

I originally was going to write a piece about my favorite movies of the year, but it ended up just turning into a simple list…

“The Last Jedi” is a Classic only in Theory

2017

“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….

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

Opinion

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

1977

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…

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