Mayim Bialik stars

The World’s Most Educated Movie Stars

It’s a complete myth that some of the world’s biggest celebrities aren’t blessed with intelligence. Many believe that the stars we see on the big screens or in magazines are only famous for being incredibly beautiful or for dating another famous person or just because they were pretty good in one particular film or television…

By Chris White
Brian Yuzna's Society

Brian Yuzna’s Society: Satirical Body Horror at its Best

Embracing the issue of class-consciousness with aplomb, and thankfully devoid of contemporary horror’s current preoccupation with CGI, Society (1989) is not only a divine slice of body horror, but also a fascinating polemic on the social mores of Reaganite America. Billy (Billy Warlock) is a basketball jock, festooned with an obligatory mullet, who despite enjoying…

By Dawn Daniels
Suspiria

Scary Movies: 11 Classic Films to Watch on Halloween

With Halloween on the horizon, I thought it might be a good time to revisit a number of classic flicks that would be appropriate to view on the holiday. All of these movies rely on atmosphere to underscore their frissons, providing sufficient creepiness for the occasion. Some of them are more well known than others,…

By Simon Butler
Kill Bill and movie violence

Pulling Punches: Kill Bill, Movie Violence and Bringing Eyeballs to the Screen

So my wife Trudi and I are watching Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) on TV the other day. The fight scene involving Daryl Hannah and Uma Thurman. Thurman’s “Bride” plucks out the eye of Hannah’s hitwoman. Then steps on it as her adversary writhes. Trudi squirmed. And I thought: Did I really have to see…

By Simon Butler
A Walk Among the Tombstones

Thrillers Reviewed: ‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’ and ‘Septimo’

I really like Scott Frank. The writer of such sharp screenplays as Get Shorty (1995), Dead Again (1991), and Minority Report (2002), Frank has worked steadily in recent years on some popular movies, but has sadly not written anything I have been interested in for a long time now. And I really like Liam Neeson.…

By Jonathan Eig
Dystopian District 9

20 Great Dystopian Movies: The Shadow of Perfection

You can’t write an article on dystopian movies without mentioning utopian ideals. Many volumes have been written on the human impulse to construct and/or invest in utopian visions – visions that can be either celestial or corporeal in nature. And there’s a good reason for this – life is a combination of pain and joy, and…

By James Curnow