ESSAYS ON STAR WARS: On ‘Revenge of the…

Your overconfidence is your weakness.” — Luke Skywalker I. The Phantom Sensibility As the camera pans down, a gargantuan starship enters the frame. Drums echo on the soundtrack, a surefire antecedent to war. Engine screams…

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…

REVIEW: ‘Rogue One’ (2016)

Say what you will about George Lucas’s second Star Wars trilogy, but at least it had a certain affectless charm about it.  The sense of wonder from the first trilogy disappeared, but Lucas tried to…

MOVIE LISTS: 14 Unlikely Movie Bad-Asses

A warning to more sensitive readers - As you no doubt can tell, this article contains mildly explicit language. Fortunately, it never gets more explicit than the a-word. The release of the action sequel RED…

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…

The Unsung Heroes (and Villains) of 2011

Critics, bloggers and awards circles are already beginning to reveal their thoughts on the year’s best movies and performances. Indeed, even Film Misery will be working very hard next week to share with you our…