Stephen Hillenburg: Shaping the Humor of a Generation

Stephen Hillenburg: Shaping the Humor of a Generation

It has been a rough year for celebrity deaths, and sadly we have lost another pioneer. Impacting me personally, the death of Stephen Hillenburg feels like a gut-shot to my childhood as I rattle off quotes to my peers in remembrance. This is the man responsible for one of the most iconic cartoons of the […]

Panos Cosmatos Turns Grindhouse Cinema into Art with ‘Mandy’

Panos Cosmatos Turns Grindhouse Cinema into Art with ‘Mandy’

Where to start unpacking the film Mandy (2018) is an interesting dilemma. On one hand you have a beautiful and surreal world coupled with a strong sense of lucid colors and cinematography, but on the other, you have an LSD crazed Nicholas Cage that is hell-bent on killing some Jesus freaks. It really is quite the […]

‘Searching:’ A Mixed-Media Mystery

‘Searching:’ A Mixed-Media Mystery

Searching, the directorial debut from Aneesh Chaganty, is a film with multiple layers. It is quite the accomplishment of a film that focuses on being so self-contained is able to be peeled back like an onion, as we are introduced to new methods of storytelling and cinematic techniques. This is not the first film that […]

‘The Conjuring’ Franchise takes a page from Marvel

‘The Conjuring’ Franchise takes a page from Marvel

With the popularization of a connected universe, fans of a series are able to feel a sense of familiarity with each varying project. This has now bled into the horror genre as The Conjuring franchise is set to release its latest addition on September 6th—titled The Nun. Originating in The Conjuring 2 (2016), and again appearing in […]

The Horror: ‘Killer Klowns from Outer Space’

The Horror: ‘Killer Klowns from Outer Space’

Horror films are often forgotten and left behind to rot in the locked vault of cult appreciation. Buried so far beneath the over saturation of projects being pumped out into the genre is the struggle of production, the social stigma of fear during a film’s release, and how the critical reception may have changed over […]

Redefining the Female Lead: ‘Revenge’

Redefining the Female Lead: ‘Revenge’

The genre that Revenge (2017) falls into is one that has been around since the 1970s, the days of exploitation films. However, coming from a woman director, Coralie Fargeat, the film feels much more personal, and the tough demeanor displayed by Matilda Lutz, who plays Jen, is complex despite a minimum amount of dialogue. Rather than […]

The New Age of the Minority Filmmaker

The New Age of the Minority Filmmaker

We are seeing a resurgence of the minority filmmaker in 2018. Two projects that are generating buzz come from debut directors who are both centered in Oakland, California. While the films differ in tone and style, the messages tend to over lap and ask the viewer for a sense of racial awareness that many people […]

What Happened to Eli Roth?

What Happened to Eli Roth?

Eli Roth is one of those filmmakers that divides those who watch his work. Roth has made a living off of being the “shock and awe” director with films like Hostel (2005) and Cabin Fever (2002) that helped to push the “Splat Pack” era of the early 2000s. For awhile it seemed like Roth was […]

The Evolution of Anthology in Film and TV

The Evolution of Anthology in Film and TV

Anthology is something that I grew up on, whether it be a collection of Alvin Schwartz short horror stories or taking a trip to The Twilight Zone; the idea of a connected collection is something that has always been appealing. What an anthology is able to do revolves around the contribution of multiple creators, as each is […]