Batman v superman

Have film critics ever had an impact on the box office?

You gotta love Variety. The journalistic bellwether of all things entertainment has studied the massive box office opening for Batman v Superman and considered the Blart-like reviews it has received (currently a 29% on Rotten Tomatoes). Their conclusion? Critics don’t really matter when it comes to a movie’s financial success. Methinks they are late to…

By Jonathan Eig
Michael Caine - The Ipcress File

Michael Caine: An appreciation

Ask anyone to name some great British actors, and they might say Lawrence Olivier, Alec Guinness, John Mills, Richard Attenborough, or Anthony Hopkins. Pose the same question to younger respondents, and they could well come up with Jude Law, Clive Owen, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Eddie Redmayne. It is unlikely that any of them would think…

By Pete Johnson

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot vs. A Perfect Day

Do they still do “compare and contrast” assignments in school? Back in about 6th grade, I remember we would have to read two poems, or two essays, or watch two commercials and then write up a couple paragraphs on how they were alike and how they were different. These days, when the “theory” of writing…

By Jonathan Eig