The Omen

Each generation seems to be romantically attached to the notion that they’re the most depraved of all. The 1976 film The Omen, directed by Richard Donner, was one of a spate of films in which Hollywood obliquely invited the  ...

United 93

There are no recognizable faces in Paul Greengrass’s new film, United 93. There are not really even any starring roles. There is no heroic music, no special effects, no chest-beating patriotism, no squared jaws, no exquisite profiles, no extended  ...

Scary Movie 4

Scary Movie 4 is not actually a parody. Movie parody is a form of humor where the flaws and the logical inconsistencies in a film are wittily exposed and held up to ridicule. Merely putting slapstick and gross-out jokes  ...

Slither

Slither is a zombie film. Anyone familiar with American pop culture knows what to expect. The dead will walk and a small band of survivors will find themselves battling reanimated friends and loved ones. Blood will spatter, there will  ...

V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta opens with a recap of the capture and execution of Guy Fawkes, the man who, on November 5th, 1605, attempted to blow up England’s Houses of Parliament with barrels of gunpowder. It’s not surprising that a  ...

Saw II

Serial killer movies often have a creepy sort of anti-intellectualism running through them. Films like Se7en, and Silence of the Lambs seem to equate brilliance with cruelty, pitting effete intellectuals against more down to earth cops and FBI agents.  ...

Stay

Stay is not a violent film. There’s only a single, very effective moment of mayhem and that’s conveyed mainly through sound effects and camera angles rather than extended, wincing shots of gore. But, from the first few moments, the  ...

Into the Blue

Into the Blue has turquoise ocean and skies, pale sand, a rich tropical sun, and gorgeous underwater shots of brightly colored fish, all so beautifully shot you can almost smell the sun-block. Add to this Paul Walker’s washboard stomach  ...

Undead

In most zombie films, the whys and the wherefores of the undead are beside the point. There might be references to meteor showers, overcrowding in Hell, government experiments, or the bite of a Sumatran rat-monkey, but on the whole  ...

House of Wax

Good films inspire the audience to imagine back-stories for its characters. Bad films inspire the audience to imagine back-stories about its creators. In this case, viewers are likely to imagine a Hollywood screenwriter going to bed after a long  ...