Monthly Archives: March 2010

The Once and Future Critic (pt. 1)

So, it might be a bit early in the life of this blog to be confronting an existential crisis, but that is, to a certain extent, what is being faced. The questions that are being faced don’t necessarily lie in the “what is it all for” realm, but sit next door and encompass the process, and future, of film criticism. Continue reading

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Dear Michael Bay, Please Keep Your Hands Off My Horror Movies.

So, I’ve been seeing teasers for this movie on TV a lot recently. “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” The film that simultaneously built and saved New Line Cinema is being given the big budget redo by the man who knows a little something about big budgets: MichaelArmageddonBay. For the uninitiated the trailer is up after the jump. But, this latest gutting of a classic horror flick and rebuilding it with Hollywood machismo is the latest addition onto Bay’s rapidly expanding horror film production resume. He is also responsible for tearing out the independent spirit of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “The Hitcher,” “Friday the 13th” and “The Amityville Horror,” and replacing it with good, old-fashioned corporate American cynicism. Continue reading

Review: Basic Instinct (1992)

title: Basic Instinct (TriStar)
director: Paul Verhoeven
starring: Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, Jeanne Tripplehorn, George Dzundza

one sentence or less: the writing of Joe Eszterhas is saved, as per usual, by Paul Verhoeven

I think that people generally fall into two camps when questions arise regarding the artistic merit of director Paul Verhoeven. To some he is a villan of  Jerry Bruckheimer proportions. A sleaze vendor whose films represent the basest that Hollywood has to offer. To others, he is one of Hollywood’s most intriguing provocateurs. A director whose artistic and intellectual merit lies in his ability to critique the very genres in which he works, and the economic and political processes of Hollywood that allows him to make his films in the first place. Continue reading