The 10 Best Horror Movies Before the ’90s

"It's Halloween -- everyone's entitled to one good scare." The horror genre has seen a good amount of variation over the years, with different decades having new and interesting themes -- often reflecting the state of the country at the time. Looking back at older horror films is a great way to get an idea … Continue reading The 10 Best Horror Movies Before the ’90s

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‘Scream’ and the Art of Mocking the Horror Genre While Also Excelling at It

If you plan on watching Scream because you love Drew Barrymore then I'm very, very sorry. Because it's almost spooky season -- well it is in my mind at least -- I'm picking back up on my Film Appreciation series to talk about 1996's Scream. What's your favorite scary movie? The plot centers around a … Continue reading ‘Scream’ and the Art of Mocking the Horror Genre While Also Excelling at It

‘Little Miss Sunshine’: The Surprisingly Unhappy Feel-Good Movie

"Do what you love, and fuck the rest." - Dwayne, Little Miss Sunshine Categorically, this is not what one would call the “feel-good movie of the summer.” After all, themes like failed marriage, attempted suicide, heroin-addiction, and imminent financial ruin don’t really fit the bill of a feel-good film. Yet Little Miss Sunshine works double-time … Continue reading ‘Little Miss Sunshine’: The Surprisingly Unhappy Feel-Good Movie

Film Appreciation: ‘The Matrix’

Notice how in almost every action movie there will be a slo-mo fight sequence where the protagonist is dodging bullets left and right? You can thank 1999’s The Matrix for that. Though, admittedly, later films may not exactly do the technique (known more familiarly as “bullet time”) justice. The fact remains that it was made … Continue reading Film Appreciation: ‘The Matrix’