If my mother were alive, today would have been her 62nd birthday. So it's as good a day as any to talk about regrets. Our mistakes have an unpleasant habit of haunting us. You'll be going about your day, nothing unusual about it, and then you remember that thing, that one thing that you just … Continue reading The Ritual (2018)
When you hear the title Invasion of the Body Snatchers, there are two scenes that come to mind. From the remake, you have Donald Sutherland pointing and screaming at Veronica Cartwright. From the original you have Kevin McCarthy screaming at the camera, fully human, warning us all that we're next. I don't think it's exaggeration … Continue reading Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Why I didn't see it in theaters: I had not yet reached my first birthday. Why I didn't see it on video until now: Tom Cruise. Like many people, I don't really have a particularly good reason for not liking Cruise. The Scientology thing is super weird, obviously, but I felt this way long before … Continue reading I Finally Watched It – Risky Business (1983)
Today, the Free Times released their Power Issue for 2018, an annual list that chooses the 50 biggest movers and shakers in Columbia, South Carolina. Every year people's positions on the list change: some go up, some go down, and some are brand new to the list. What I've done is compare the new list … Continue reading Power Issue 2017: Where are they now?
I've had to sit on this review for a few days. Normally, I review older films, and even then, I try to avoid too many spoilers. The main purpose in this column is to encourage readers to check out these movies, many of which have lapsed from the movie-going consciousness. Avoiding spoilers is even more … Continue reading Hereditary (2018) – no spoilers
One of the downsides of writing up films from half a century ago is that I can never see them in their historical context. As such, I don't try too hard to conjure images of audiences left breathless by tropes that a 2018 audience has grown immune to. It's the same reason that every film-loving … Continue reading The Bad Seed (1956)
This is one of the most unnecessary movies I've ever seen. The key word here is "unnecessary". Notice I do not use the word "bad." Godzilla, King of the Monsters! is an English language repackaging of the original 1954 Godzilla. At the time of its release, it served its purpose, that is to say, it … Continue reading Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956)