EX MACHINA

EX MACHINA

By Tom Platt. “In battle, in forest, at the precipice in the mountains, On the dark great sea, in the midst of javelins and arrows, In sleep, in confusion, in the depths of shame, The good deeds a man has done before defend him.” Repeating that final line through...
THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY, PART 1

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY, PART 1

By Jarrod Jones. Playing catch-up with last year’s Catching Fire seems to be the primary focus for much of the first half of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1. And while that does provide some narrative relief for those of us who don’t agonize over...
INTERSTELLAR

INTERSTELLAR

By Jarrod Jones. It may be rather redundant to say so, but here goes: Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is a film of many ideas. The director of such films as The Prestige, Memento, and (more crucially) Inception, can’t – or maybe won’t –...
RETROGRADING: SHORT CIRCUIT

RETROGRADING: SHORT CIRCUIT

By Matt Fleming. RETROGRADING is my attempt to parse the films of yesteryear, just to see if they hold their ground. Short Circuit (1986). When I began this series, I evoked Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, themes of which were adapted in a number of ‘80s films. From...

ANTI-MONITOR: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

 A note: This is the second in the Anti-Monitor series, where it’s believed that some films are best reviewed with the utmost incredulity. This week, Matt Fleming and myself  banter back and forth over the latest piece of filmic incoherence, director Jonathan...