Potent Story Lacks Punch in The Innocents

Recent years have seen a revival of the religious drama that goes beyond the retellings of the birth, life and death of Christ. While Christians have been served stories like Risen and The Young Messiah (both supplementing what we know of the life of Jesus Christ from the best-selling book of all time), not to mention the likes of Heaven Is for Real (based on a best-selling book) or Left Behind (another best-selling book), another set of films from overseas has told stories of believers living … [Read more...]

A Vertiginous Horror

Review of Vertigo, Directed by Alfred HitchcockAlfred Hitchcock made famous movies, lots of them. Four of his films are on the American Film Institute’s list of greatest movies of all time; five on BFI’s list, six on Roger Ebert’s, and nine on IMDB.com’s. Volumes have been written about the man and his movies, and a movie has been made about the man making his movies. His stuff has become so iconic that it has entered into the cultural atmosphere. Even if you have never seen it, you know the … [Read more...]

Not Loving This Enemy

Enemy, directed by Denis VilleneuveMen staring. Women naked but for stiletto heels. And, oddly, a tarantula on stage. A woman’s shoe lowers over it, cautiously at first, then strikes to kill.Apparently for some people such a scene is erotic, but for me and I suspect many others, it was just downright creepy. Also, it didn’t make sense. And that pretty much sums up the entirety of the film Enemy, from its arachnoid opening scene until — well, the ending was even creepier, but I won’t give it … [Read more...]

Veronica Charms

Veronica Mars, directed by Rob ThomasA lot of people really, really like Veronica Mars.There are several ways I have deduced this: 1) All my friends who talked about the TV show, even before it was a movie, and even though its last season ended seven years ago 2) The 91,585 people who raised more than $5.7 million to make a movie based on the show — the most backers of any Kickstarter campaign, ever, and 3) The plenteous hoots and hollers and other joyous exclamations I heard throughout the f … [Read more...]

Justice at Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty, directed by Kathryn Bigelowby Paul D. MillerI was in Arizona on 9/11.  I was in the Army at the time, doing a summer of training at Ft. Huachuca.  Someone told us as we milled about after morning class that there was some kind of attack in New York.  By the time we got to lunch there were wild rumors about how many bombs had gone off and how many planes were in the air.  They cancelled afternoon class and we watched news the rest of the day, forty or fifty soldiers cro … [Read more...]

The Whisperer in Darkness

Review of The Whisperer in Darkness, Directed by Sean BranneryBy COYLE NEALThe writings of H.P. Lovecraft are forgotten gems of American Literature. Despite the best efforts of his fans (including the good folks over at the H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast), Lovecraft remains mostly known by gamers and devotees of alternative metal. So when a movie is made from a Lovecraft book, I generally get pretty excited about it, even if it’s as mediocre a movie as The Whisperer in Darkness. In s … [Read more...]