Werewolf by Night Offers Just Enough Bite

While technically a Marvel property (and therefore another entry in the MCU), the creative team behind Werewolf by Night refreshingly chooses to downplay overt connections to that larger tapestry. MCU fans will no doubt delight in what connections there are, but Michael Giachhino's werewolf movie is unburdened by needing the prior knowledge that can inhibit … Continue reading Werewolf by Night Offers Just Enough Bite

Stranger Things Season 4, Chapter 9: The Piggyback

*Spoilers* Should a show like Stranger Things ever have a happy ending? Should all the loose-ends be tied up neatly? As a serial, it is defined by the cliffhanger, and therefore decides to leave as much unresolved as wrapped up. Director: Matt Duffer, Ross DufferWriters: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer, Caitlin SchneiderhanRuntime: 150 minutesUS Release:  July 1, 2022; Netflix There … Continue reading Stranger Things Season 4, Chapter 9: The Piggyback

Stranger Things Season 4, Chapter 5: The Nina Project

*Spoilers* Season Four reveals its pattern with Chapter Five; beginning with the first episode, the season alternates between “set-up” and “pay-off” episodes. Just as Chapter Three gave us a chance to breathe after Vecna’s reveal in Chapter Two, so too does “The Nina Project” allow us to compose our thoughts following the emotional roller coaster … Continue reading Stranger Things Season 4, Chapter 5: The Nina Project

Stranger Things Season 4, Chapter 4: Dear Billy

*Spoilers* Unlike the previous episode, there is little filler in "Dear Billy". Chapter Four maximizes every minute of its 79 minute runtime, gripping us with horrific imagery and emotional reckoning. Sadie Sink establishes herself as the season's anchor, the ghosts of Victor Creel are unearthed, and David Harbour is finally given something to work with*. … Continue reading Stranger Things Season 4, Chapter 4: Dear Billy

The Curse of the Cat People (1944)

There are countless cases of Hollywood producers meddling with directors' artistic vision, as the crude demands of commercialism ruin ambitious creative endeavors. But it must be admitted that, sometimes, the push-and-pull between bottom-line moneymen and iconoclastic artists results in fascinatingly rich cinematic texts.  Case in point: The Curse of the Cat People, which was marketed by … Continue reading The Curse of the Cat People (1944)