Django Spaghetti Westerns

Ten Great Spaghetti Westerns NOT directed by Sergio Leone

For most people, the term Spaghetti Western applies almost solely to the films of Sergio Leone, particularly those starring Clint Eastwood. But the reality is that close to 600 Westerns were produced in Europe between 1960 and 1980, and during it peak, Italy were churning out more than 40 Spaghetti Westerns a year. Of course,…

By James Curnow
Childs Play

The Evolution of the Slasher Film

In my 120 Years of Horror post, a clear path was mapped from the advent of film making to the current milieu dominating the horror genre; the slasher was a late bloomer within this genre. By the 1950s film making was fast moving away from the familiar tropes and formulae of literary horror adaptations. Audiences…

By Margeaux Hendricks
Horror Frankenstein

120 Years of Horror

What was the first horror film ever made? Many people might guess Lugosi’s Dracula or Nosferatu, maybe even Frankenstein; and those are good guesses for the average Joe. If you were one of those thinking of Nosferatu, you’d still be about 27 years off. Many film buffs, film scholars and fans agree that the first horror motion picture is…

By Margeaux Hendricks
Steven Spielberg Raiders of the Lost Ark

The Best and Worst of Steven Spielberg: Assessing the Oeuvre of a Great Filmmaker

I still can’t get over the fact that Steven Spielberg directed Hook (1991). It’s one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. A lousy, mirthless script that muddles its classic source material: J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. Miscast stars who ham it up with forced panache. And a lethargic pace inspired, I assume, by the speed of a stuffed crocodile. This pile of putrid…

By Simon Hardy Butler
Ex Machina

The best films and performances of 2015 (so far)

I know it seems like the height of foolishness to put out a “best of” list when there is still a week to go in the first half of 2015. But I am going out on a limb and assuming that Ted 2 will not crack my Best Picture list even after I get around…

By Jonathan Eig
Adam Wade, Storyteller

Interviewing Adam Wade: Storytelling, Schumer and Spicy Food

Storytelling comes naturally to Adam Wade, and it’s only natural that he’d use the stage—which has seen him win 20 Slams at The Moth (a New York-based nonprofit whose focus is the development and performance of stories)—to ply his trade. But he has also appeared on the small screen, including seasons two and three of…

By Trudi Cohen
San Andreas

‘San Andreas’ and the Bad Habit of Eating Popcorn While the World Burns

Director Brad Peyton and writer Carlton Cuse had the chance to do something truly remarkable in San Andreas, something that might have sent a shockwave through mainstream American film equal to the quake that decimates the Pacific coast in their movie. Something that might have changed the course of human history. The fact that they…

By Jonathan Eig