The Mummy (2017)

I have a profoundly negative impression of this film’s director, Alex Kurtzman. He came from JJ Abrahms orbit and he, with Damon Lindelof and others, have a huge influence on the generally crappy, brash and overblown blockbusters we’ve had over the past ten or so years. And this film exists as Universal’s answer to the…

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Franchise Foreign Earnings

One of the reason franchise movies suck is that they are made for a worldwide audience. They have to appeal equally to Americans, Chinese, Indians, and everyone around the world, meaning they must have generic narratives, be primarily focused on action and have all but the most basic character traits [good guy / bad guy]…

Wonder Woman

I am always a bit skeptical of the simplistic thinking that a woman has to direct a movie about a female, but in this case Patty Jenkins [who has been working in TV since her last very smart feminist film, Monster] really delivers a film that comes from a female point of view, and that…

Weiner

Not sure how much he mattered outside of New York, but Anthony Weiner was a huge story there, where he was first a senator, but stepped down because of sending sexual texts to a woman while married. Some of his texts, which became public and made him a target of public ridicule, featured him characterizing…

Queer Profiles 9: Alex Snell

I mentioned a while ago that one of the things I’ve been doing is a series of LGBTQ Oral History videos called Queer Profiles. So far I’ve been confined to mostly my friends and the friends of my boyfriend–although they’ve been pretty good!–but now I’m starting to open it up to more people I don’t…

Southland Tales

This was Richard Kelly’s follow up to Donnie Darko, and was a notorious flop upon release. I remember quite liking it, and thinking Sarah Michelle Gellar did an amazing job as Paris Hilton-eque porn star Krysta Now. I saw it again recently and unfortunately it just doesn’t really hold up, and SMG’s role is not…

Cabin Fever (2016)

So I ordered Showtime in order to watch Twin Peaks, and was glad to have another source of streaming because I am so tired of and down on Netflix. And I saw that this was available among the movies there, and was like “Oh good, I’ll be happy to revisit that, it was a fun…