ESSAYS ON STAR WARS: It’s the Sound That…

"Aaaaauuuuugh!” — Wilhelm In November 2014, when the first teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens posted online, much hay was made about its focus on the new. Some writers marveled how the first Star…

Film Misery Movie Marathon – Essays on Star…

In the still-young history of movies, in the last half-century of popular culture, perhaps no work has triggered as much admiration and disdain, as much conversation and consternation, as Star Wars. Ordinarily, that sentence would…

Film Misery Writers Give Thanks in 2012

Thanksgiving is a day for eating excessive amounts of food, watching mindless television, and being close to friends and family. It is also a time to offer thanks for all of the things that make…

MOVIE LISTS: Ranking the $1 Billion Top-Grossers

As you may have read this past weekend, Christopher Nolan’s new film The Dark Knight Rises officially earned $1 billion in the worldwide box office. Once thought of as an inconceivable achievement, the 10-figure milestone…

Quick Takes – 03.19.12

The African Queen (1951) Grade: A | 1st Viewing This was my first time seeing this John Huston classic starring the dynamic Humphrey Bogart and equally exciting Katherine Hepburn. The African Queen comes at the…

Of the Day – 01.10.12

Read of the Day:  Were you irritated by The Artist's use of the Vertigo score? So was Kim Novak, who has gone so far as to equate director Michel Hazanavicius musical choice with "rape." [THR] News of the Day:…

Of the Day – 05.12.10

NOTE: This will be the last "Of the Day" for the next week and a half as it will be getting replaced with Cannes Daily Wrap-Ups. Read of the Day: Every year there seems to…