Things to Come

WHICH SHALL IT BE?: The 80th Anniversary of Things to Come

If you’re like me, chances are that you have a list of films in a certain favourite genre that came out long before you were born, which left a benign scar engraved in your grey matter the first time you saw them. For me, there are plenty, but there is one that is particularly unique…

By Jeffrey DeCristofaro
Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Invasion of the Body Snatchers: Celebrating 60 Years

It’s odd how sometimes, out of commercial considerations rather than artistic ones, great pieces of art can be forged that leave a lasting impact on the human psyche. Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture”, for example, was a contractual piece written without warmth by the composer. David Lean chose to make Lawrence of Arabia over Gandhi because he…

By Jeffrey DeCristofaro
Forbidden Planet

The 60th Anniversary of Forbidden Planet: From Shakespeare to Star Trek

With Star Trek now celebrating its fiftieth Anniversary, and with yet another Star Trek feature released earlier this summer that pays further tribute to Gene Roddenberry’s vision and legacy (as well as the cherished memory of the original Mr. Spock, the late, great Leonard Nimoy, and the young and tragically ill-fated new Chekov, Anton Yelchin),…

By Jeffrey DeCristofaro
The Man Who Fell to Earth

David Bowie & The Man Who Fell To Earth: Seeking Grace after the Fall

The tragic passing of British rock legend, trendsetting male fashionista and film star David Bowie, in January of 2016 from cancer, marked the end of one of the greatest chapters in both music and cinema. Bowie was a force to be reckoned with, whether onscreen playing roles ranging from the charming and villainous Goblin King…

By Jeffrey DeCristofaro
High-Rise

Ben Wheatley directs J. G. Ballard’s “High-Rise”: Why movies should move

This is a very simple rule, and, as with most simple rules, we must allow for a great many exceptions. But the rule still has merit. Movies are better when they move. That’s why Joon-ho Bong’s Snowpiercer is better than Ben Wheatley’s new movie High-Rise. Well, one reason, anyway. One very simple reason. The stories…

By Jonathan Eig

Star Wars: Three Notes on Why The Force Awakens So Successfully

By now, anybody who cares is more than a little familiar with the concerns and expectations facing Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Could Disney and J.J. Abrams create a film that obeyed the aesthetic, narrative and mythological sensibilities of the Star Wars series? Would this film overcome the awkward and unsatisfying nature of the prequels…

By James Curnow
Big Hero 6

Death is Not the End: Big Hero 6 and the Big Cheat

This is not so much a film review or article, but a beginning, an initial exploration. I’m fascinated by how technology and the fear of death are becoming increasingly entwined in Western culture. There are no easy lessons to draw, but I wanted to write something about how mainstream cinema interacts and deals with such…

By Ed Rowe