Archive for Thoughts on Film

13 Meta Horror Movies

Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 1:06 pm

To qualify for this list of the 13 best meta horror movies, a film has to somehow acknowledge that it’s more than a simple work of fiction. The methods used to achieve this vary, but some of the most common include repeated references to other works within the genre or the blatant examination of horror [...]

Movies like The Hunger Games

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Movies like The Hunger Games are scarce, although those that do meet the criteria could just as easily be called “Films Featuring Tournaments to the Death.” That’s because the 2012 Hunger Games movie–based on the bestselling young-adult novel from Suzanne Collins–revolves around 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) who’s forced to participate in a brutal killing [...]

An Interview with Todd Klick about His Book, Something Startling Happens

Friday, October 28, 2011 at 9:06 pm

by William Roby A few years ago, up-and-coming screenwriter Todd Klick started watching movies. He took his time. Klick would watch a few seconds of a movie at a time and write a little about what was happening every minute. Like humans tend to do, he found a pattern. Astounded, he started watching every movie [...]

The Big Bang Theory Movie?

Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 6:58 am

All the great TV shows have done it: South Park. Sex and the City. Phineas and Ferb. Taking the genius of a half hour or hour-long show and turning that into a full-length feature film is apparently a lot easier than you’d think. Have you seen the Sex and the City movies? Don’t tell me [...]

John Woo Movies

Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Films Directed by John Woo John Woo movies are a mixture of the elegant, the absurd, and the downright violent. For more than 40 years, he’s been entertaining audiences across the globe with a distinctive visual style that routinely includes the following: slow motions shootouts, Mexican standoffs, doves flying into the heavens, men wielding twin [...]

Pedro Almodovar Movies

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 8:55 am

Films Directed by Pedro Almodovar Despite his celebrated status in the international film community, I have only seen one of the Pedro Almodovar movies on this list. But before you start thinking that I harbor some prejudice against Spanish filmmakers, I should state that I’m open to the possibility of watching more of his films [...]

Robert Rodriguez Movies

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Films Directed by Robert Rodriguez A master of making movies on a low budget, Robert Rodriguez has been aided by the fact that he can direct, write, edit, score, and perform the duties of the cinematographer. Since he exploded onto the scene with 1992’s Mariachi, he’s been turning out a playful selection of films that [...]

Wachowski Brothers Movies

Monday, July 25, 2011 at 10:29 am

The Wachowski Brothers movies have stretched the boundaries for what’s possible in the sci-fi and fantasy genres, and the impact of the Matrix trilogy is still being felt throughout the global cinematic landscape. They also sound like they’d be fun to hang out with. In addition to working as comic book writers before they became [...]

Ang Lee Movies

Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 8:53 am

When I think about Ang Lee movies, the first words that pop into my head are “films for women.” That’s not particularly fair, though, as Lee has directed a celebrated action film and even a comic book adaptation. He may not be the next John Woo, but he’s not the next Jane Campion, either. Characters [...]

Christopher Nolan Movies

Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 1:54 am

Films Directed by Christopher Nolan Everyone seems to love Christopher Nolan movies. The British director’s lowest-rated movie at Rotten Tomatoes comes in at an impressive 75%, and anything he’s involved with has a habit of cleaning up at the box office and garnering multiple Academy Award nominations. In fact, The Dark Knight’s failure to get [...]