Featured Movies

This small indie film is trying to be a horror-comedy. A couple of Brooklyn yuppies go out to a rural bed and breakfast with a menacing matron and frightening goon son, a set of rigid rules and dire threats against breaking them, as well as muffins with a mysterious, blood-red secret ingredient. It's all meant to make us examine the cliches of horror films, but nothing about the film is good enough to make us interested.

Seemingly having faced the fact that no one cares about anything except the robot fights, and not really wanting to make the movie anyway [he agreed only in order to to get financing for Pain & Gain], Michael Bay and screenwriter Ehren Kruger seemed to use the opportunity to fill everything else with goofy comedy, overblown parodies, and, Bay being Bay, cretinous views of women. And it looks amazing, even if it makes as much sense as kjbiudgviyrbkjbu.

This loose, modernized version of Henry James' novel is a decent enough movie about a child battered around by narcissistic parents, but a bad adaptation of the novel, making one wish they had just released it as its own, original movie. But it's a decent small indie film, with good performances from everyone, but major work from Julianne Moore, who pulls out the stops as an attention-devouring nightmare mom.

From our friends in Canada comes this high-concept zombie film, in which people become zombies when they hear a certain word, and the virus causing zombiehood is language itself. Only after a while, one realizes that it's one of those movies that makes a lot out of an extremely low budget, and the focus starts to be on that, rather than the story. Not helped that there just isn't all that much story.

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Scintillating Essay

Moviegoers in Harm's Way

There has been a spike in movies this summer that depict mass destruction and skyscrapers toppling, yet we rarely if ever see a dead body or even any blood. What effect does this have on moviegoers, and what does it tell us about the way filmmakers view their audience?

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The Birds: Explained!

Here you will encounter my answer to the enduring question about this film: Why do the birds attack? I point out that if you pay attention to the non-attack material, you can see that the bird attacks are the physical manifestation of the mother's rage against rival's for her son's affection.

Readers Respond

You're very perceptive, which is not something that can be said of most mainstream critics. It's refreshing to read some actual analysis.

-- Jason, Edinburgh

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