Stephen King IT

Movie review: What ‘It’ gets right and wrong

Stephen King’s It was first and foremost a coming of age story that utilised its horror elements as a metaphor for the traumas of childhood and adolescence, and it is in reflecting this human element that Andy Muschietti’s new film adaptation truly excels. Unfortunately, he isn’t as successful in taking the novel’s antagonist and turning him/it…

By James Curnow

Interview: Dogs of Democracy and the Greek Economic Crisis

Screening at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, Mary Zournazi’s Dogs of Democracy is a powerful look at the human impact of the Greek economic crisis. Zournazi eschews the normal approach to this kind of material, uses the plight of Athen’s stray dog population as a metaphor for the struggles and hopes of the Greek people.…

By James Curnow
Sanjuro

Message Movies: Liking Films Despite Their Perspectives

You’ve got to admit that CURNBLOG’s readers have a deep memory. Witness a comment posted by “Carlos” in response to my recent article on the movie The Promise (2016) and a statement I made in it that said this: I don’t usually urge cinephiles to run after movies with messages for altruistic purposes, as I,…

By Simon Hardy Butler
Beware the Gonzo

Beware the Gonzo: Exploring Bryan Goluboff’s High School Fable

To get accepted into your dream university, what would you do? Scratch that: what would you do to get accepted into your dream university if you were an ambitious seventeen-year-old? Maybe you would study hard, but that’s boring. Maybe you would decide to spice it up; maybe you would be like Eddie “Gonzalo” Gilman (Erza…

By Curtis Cole
Wargames

Cinema Soupçons in ‘WarGames’ and ‘North by Northwest’

I can’t think of two movies that are more alike than WarGames (1983) and North by Northwest (1959). Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration. All right: a vast exaggeration. But let’s look at the similarities between them. They’re both thrillers. They both deal tangentially with the Cold War. They both feature characters on…

By Simon Hardy Butler
Kick Ass

Youth Unmasked: Matthew Vaughan’s Kick-Ass Coming of Age Story

“I always wondered why nobody did it before me; I mean, all those comic books, movies, TV shows… you’d think that one eccentric loner would’ve made himself a costume. I mean, is everyday life really so exciting, schools and offices so thrilling that I’m the only one who ever fantasized about this? Come on, be…

By Curtis Cole
The Giant Claw

That infamous B-flick: The Giant Claw

Well I’ve taken a look at quite a number of vintage treasures for Curnblog, most of them in the realm of science-fiction and fantasy, with a couple of them being quintessential, influential classics from that crazy decade, the 1950s. So, it should come as no surprise that I would return to said decade to look…

By Jeffrey DeCristofaro