Monthly Archives: September, 2013

Prisoners of Fear

The new Oscar-bait thriller Prisoners is very well done for the most part, earning enough points with its tightly crafted, nuanced first half to buy its way through a final act that quickly fills up with genre short cuts and over-cooked “this is the work of a crazy person!” tomfoolery. It has plenty of nice, […]

To Grow Up or Not to Grow Up: The World’s End and Genre as Nostalgia

Here’s a truth about science fiction and fantasy fans, myself sometimes included: Even though our beloved genres are purportedly “forward-thinking” and/or “open to flights of limitless imagination,” the majority of these fans–these passionately vocal fan boys and fan girls–tend, like most other human beings, to gravitate toward the familiar, to what they know best and […]

“While all the other arts were born naked, [film], the youngest, has been born fully-clothed. It can say everything before it has anything to say. It is as if the savage tribe, instead of finding two bars of iron to play with, had found scattering the seashore fiddles, flutes, saxophones, trumpets, grand pianos by Erhard and Bechstein, and had begun with incredible energy, but without knowing a note of music, to hammer and thump upon them all at the same time.”

--Virginia Woolf