Dirty Harry

Siding with ‘Dirty Harry’ on the Use of Violence in Movies

Think anyone in the history of movie-watching ever felt sorry for serial killer “Scorpio” in the 1971 Don Siegel policier Dirty Harry? What, no one at all? Not even when Clint Eastwood’s Inspector Harry Callahan tortures the guy by stepping on his injured leg after shooting him on a football field? Or when he stabs…

By Simon Hardy Butler
Blade Runner

Nudity, ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and the Hollywood Gaze

The biggest problem with Denis Villeneuve’s misfire of a sci-fi sequel Blade Runner 2049 (2017) is not its sizeable length. Nor is it the fact that the music at the climax misguidedly referenced Vangelis’ wistful primary theme from Ridley Scott’s original 1982 film Blade Runner—a melody that calls attention to the fact that Hans Zimmer…

By Simon Hardy Butler
Spider-Man: Homecoming

Puppet the Critic Show – Spider-Man: Homecoming

I’m back everybody – your favourite sock puppet has returned from a brief hiatus. And I’m hear to talk all about the recent Spider-Man: Homecoming in my latest video. Homecoming satisfied audiences around the world by introducing a friendly, neighbourhood super-villain; one that not only cathartically related to the working man, but also placed Spidey…

By Puppet

Why the Space in Outer-Space Movies Should Be Silent

In space, the tagline for Alien (1979) once noted, no one can hear you scream. Apparently, everybody can hear Death Stars and intergalactic starships explode, though, while laser beams pew-pew-pew through the ether. Someone, please, someone give the world a film where the no-atmosphere environment is nice and quiet. Hollywood offers a culture of standards.…

By Simon Hardy Butler
Autumn seasons

The best and worst movies featuring seasons in their title

The theory was sound. And then I came to February. I once had a dream. A trilogy of blogs. The first would feature movies with numbers in their titles. The second – a movie for each day of the week. And finally, one with each month of the year in its name. I wrote the…

By Jonathan Eig
Star Wars A New Hope

STAR WARS Turns 40: A Fan’s Retrospective

Cinema – and in particular vintage cinema – is capable of forging memories.  It’s not only a matter of watching certain films – whether they were groundbreaking landmarks, cult gems, populist blockbusters, or rightfully savaged flops – but the impression that each film leaves upon you the first time you see it that makes all…

By Jeffrey DeCristofaro
Fahrenheit 451 closing credits

The Problem with Closing Credits

Just once in my life, I’d like to see a movie where the closing credits appear in the middle of the picture. Not that such a move would make them more interesting. But at least the placement would be novelty enough. As you can see, I’m not a big fan of closing credits—at least, not…

By Simon Hardy Butler