"I was appalled and disappointed," says Village Voice film critic Stephanie Zacharek of Spike Lee's Oldboy on this week's Voice Film podcast. "I love [Park Chan-wook's] original and watching Spike Lee's version, there were big differences I was picking up on. "Then I went back and looked at the or ... More >>
Where you find zombies, you will also find gore. Sure, there are zombie films that aren't particularly bloody, but they are the exception, not the rule. This is, after all, a genre where disembowelments are standard operating procedure. To stand out in this viscera-clotted field, a movie's got to be ... More >>
In 2013, being called a nerd isn't the insult that it once was. Practically no one uses the term negatively anymore, and there's no shortage of those who proudly wear the nerd badge as a cultural identity. But if there's still such a thing as a king of the nerds, the honor would probably go to stand ... More >>
During the last decade, few movies have inspired as much box-office awe (and costumed panic) as Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Or as many life lessons: Throughout the films' fifty hours of footage, we learned a little bit of Elvish, discovered the importance of man jewelry, and explored ... More >>
Is there life after death? After eighteen years behind bars for a crime he didn't commit, most of them spent in the debilitating confines of death row, Damien Echols plans to find out. In 1993 Echols, then eighteen, and two other Arkansas teenagers were arrested and charged with the murders of thre ... More >>
Today's featured Twit is Elisabeth Rappe, a local film blogger who writes for Cinematical. Rappe caught our eye on Twitter (where she can be found as @ElisabethRappe) because she is one of the rare members of that fabled species, the Geek Girl. In other words, she blogs (and tweets) about the ... More >>
Big Red returns in a mindless, revved-up Hellboy sequel.
That old “last man on earth” setup? It really works.
Unmasking Nathan Baesel
Movie mogul Bob Shaye taps into his inner child.
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion earns our highest score.
This Kong's just too long.
Zombies rise again, this time from Down Under.
Shaun of the Dead revives the zombie comedy with a U.K. twist.
Sky Captain zooms back to a tomorrow that never was.
Dinner and a Movie
Van Helsing explodes monster-movie legends with hip upgrades.
The Return of the King marks a zenith in cinematic potential.
Matthew Helms is a martial-arts expert, a boy genius...and Hollywood's hair apparent.
In the slick and handsome Pirates of the Caribbean, more is somehow less.
Zombie flick 28 Days Later gets back to ghoulish basics.
The action's much meatier in the second Rings film.
Frodo lives, amid outlandish spectacle, in The Lord of the Rings.
Who has the right to write about the lord of the Ring's fictional tongues?
Fantastic Media's Dan Madsen has new universes to conquer.
Sofia Coppola mixes nostalgia, suburbia, and teen lust into a volatile blend in The Virgin Suicides.
October 29 - November 4, 1998
Tim Burton turns his ray gun on everything in sight when Mars Attacks!, and it's good, gory fun.