Critic’s Notebook: 2018’s HALLOWEEN and the curse of the annoyed fan

January 17th, 2019 | Opinion, Reviews | 0 Comment

James C. Clay // Film Critic Full disclosure: I did see and review this film at the Toronto International Film Festival back in September (which you can read here), and I stand by the words I wrote and the feelings I felt. But one can’t help but recognize the gripes that may accompany subsequent viewings. It’s a tough headspace to navigate once the rose-colored glasses of film festivals are removed.  For genre fans, Michael Myers belongs on the ...


Critic’s Notebook: Internal battles within the ‘CREED’ films

November 27th, 2018 | Opinion | 0 Comment

James Cole Clay//Film Critic The ROCKY franchise, as a whole, is a celebration of overcoming insurmountable odds with triumph and braun. But as far as CREED II is concerned, it’s about personal triumph with a dollop of how its titular character, Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan), is overcoming his teetering form of toxic masculinity. Truth be told, there are no easy answers for this. Some (rightfully so) find the sport of boxing used as a thematic playground to ...


How ‘FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD’ casts a stronger magical spell than the original

November 8th, 2018 | Movie News, Opinion | 1 Comment

Courtney Howard // Film Critic There’s an inherent magic to crafting a solid sequel. The potion needs to be more potent, the incantations more intense. Director David Yates and screenwriter J.K. Rowling seem to know a thing or two about how to make that enchanted formula pack a punch, having done so with the HARRY POTTER series. With FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD, they craft a fully immersive world filled with wonder, spectacle and delight ...