Spike Lee Won His Oscar, Yes, but Ultimately, the Oscars Still Have Failed Him

Spike Lee Won His Oscar, Yes, but Ultimately, the Oscars Still Have Failed Him

By: Sarah Rappaport

It happened, and wow, was it a long time coming. Spike Lee-- director, producer, actor, and writer extraordinaire-- finally took home his first Oscar at this past weekend’s 91st Academy Awards. Lee, who has been in the film business since the early ’80s, rightfully won the Best Adapted Screenplay award for BlacKkKlansman.

Review: Greta Is a Modest Thriller With a Great Central Performance

Review: Greta Is a Modest Thriller With a Great Central Performance

By: Evan Todd-McCoy 

Greta could fit in a range of thriller subcategories. It includes elements of stranger danger, stalking, kidnapping, but at heart it’s a “big city peril” movie. Those don’t get made too often any more as technology (apps, social media, etc.) renders even the biggest cities inherently fungible. What it doesn’t include is a flashy sense of style or the more fantastical elements that command quicker attention and box office potential. This feels like a modest and unambitious film, its most ambitious idea might be that we should still think big cities are scary and alienating, but this might merely be out of touch. Either way, this is a solid thriller that explores a deeply unpleasant situation with class and restraint. This is kind of a polite film. That might seem strange to say, but it’s a word that totally fits.

Review: 'Happy Death Day 2U' Breathes Life into the Horror Genre

Review: 'Happy Death Day 2U' Breathes Life into the Horror Genre

By: Evan Todd-McCoy 

Happy Death Day 2U is a surprising movie. Not just because it’s good, but because it isn’t even the same genre as the first one. Happy Death Day was a fresh take on familiar tropes, namely time loops and slasher horror, and managed to be both irreverent and charming. This one keeps those elements but dodges the more obvious, and probably expected, move of anteing up on the scares. Instead, it zooms in on the implications of time loops and somehow winds up becoming a respectable science fiction movie in the process.

'The Prodigy' is the Definition of a Low-Effort Horror Movie

'The Prodigy' is the Definition of a Low-Effort Horror Movie

By: Evan Todd-McCoy 

The current state of horror cinema is that a cheap movie can make several times its budget without having to actually be any good. As long as it has a few good scares and pays lip service to some familiar tropes, it seems that financial success is easy to attain.

Velvet Buzzsaw is 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' set in the High-Powered L.A. Art Scene

Velvet Buzzsaw is 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' set in the High-Powered L.A. Art Scene

By: Evan Todd-McCoy 

No one was expecting Velvet Buzzsaw to be A Nightmare on Elm Street set in the high-powered L.A. art scene, but that’s exactly what it is. It’s a pulpy, cheeky, and occasionally inventive excuse to take some shots at the art world in the same way that many horror movies often use death curses to punish teenagers for being young and dumb.

Review: The Kid Who Would Be King is A Family-Friendly Adventure

Review: The Kid Who Would Be King is A Family-Friendly Adventure

By: Evan Todd-McCoy 

The Kid Who Would Be King will immediately remind viewers of other kids’ fantasy movies. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing will depend a lot on individual mileage with those movies. If you like Percy Jackson or Harry Potter, chances are good that you’ll appreciate the approach that this movie takes in providing a fun, family-friendly adventure that blends camp, action, and character development in a fairly well-balanced package that is sure to please the kids who make up its intended audience.

Review: 'Welcome to Marwen' is a strange cinematic experience

Review: 'Welcome to Marwen' is a strange cinematic experience

By: Matthew McKenna 

Welcome to Marwen is a strange cinematic experience. It is a type of strange that comes across to the viewer almost as discomforting as an unwelcome personal confession might.