Countdown to ‘Twin Peaks’: David Lynch on the big screen

One way to pass the time until Twin Peaks returns in May: Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre is pairing seven David Lynch features with classics by other directors, in double bills that feel just right. If you don't know these movies already, don't read a thing about them beforehand; just come and let them blow your mind. Read more [...]

The anti-Communist hysteria of ‘My Son John’ (1952): not as dated as you might think

In Leo McCarey's My Son John, Robert Walker plays a Communist spy and traitor lurking in small-town America; watching the movie today, you can’t help noticing how many of the traits that render Walker's character suspect in 1952 would also mark him as not 'a real American' in the eyes of right-wing pundits today. Some things about American life have changed very little in 60 years. Read more [...]

One location, many casualties; how many low-budget horror movies does that describe?

How many filmmakers are turning out variations on the same movie where a lot of people get killed in one location, until only a plucky girl in a halter top is left alive? Can the horror market support an infinite number of these things? I'm not sure how many more I can take. Read more [...]

‘Dark Web’ is the Eurotrash version of ‘The Hunger Games’ you haven’t been waiting for

How many ways can a film be bad? It’s a question that came to me while watching Dark Web, the least heralded release of 2016. If you've ever wondered what a low-budget Euro-sploitation knockoff of The Hunger Games would look like, the answer is just a few mouse clicks away. Read more [...]

‘Christmas, Again’ is worth watching any time of the year

Christmas, Again would be a good movie at any time of the year, but it will undoubtedly play best in December, especially for viewers seeking an antidote to culturally mandated good cheer. If you ever find yourself drinking alone during the holidays, take heart; Christmas, Again will be there for you. Read more [...]