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
Mad Max: Fury Road

A Dissenting Opinion on ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

Pacing is one of the movies’ great mysteries. It’s impossible to prescribe a guaranteed-gold formula. Films that are, on the surface, devoid of traditional action can fly by like X-wing fighters screeching around the Death Star. And flicks that jump from cut to cut while featuring sped-up cinematography and other tricks may feel as slothful…

By Simon Hardy Butler