Honorable mention of 2013: Ten movies that are no mere also-rans

The best argument for the merits of 2013 at the movies is how many worthy contenders there were for both a Top 10 list as well as this list of runners-up. (Let's go easy on the comparisons to 1939, though.) Read more [...]

A skirmish of wit: Joss Whedon’s ‘Much Ado about Nothing’

Americans can do Shakespeare after all: Joss Whedon's Much Ado about Nothing has a distinctly novel, laid-back Californian air. As thoroughly amusing as the movie is, the most intriguing thing about it might be the way Whedon's sensibility shines through. Read more [...]

Best movies of 2012: the ‘Honorable Mention’ category

Since there were more than 10 noteworthy movies in 2012, think of these as more potential candidates for your queue: superheroes, dissidents, indie misfits, and — all the way from Indonesia — what might be the best action movie since the original Die Hard. Read more [...]

Countdown to Halloween: How Joss Whedon spoiled a lot of horror movies for me

Midway through the 1970s vampire flick Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural, there's a long chase sequence that's like an exercise in primordial horror imagery. It made me wonder just how many reels of film have been devoted to this sort of scene, a terrified blonde running through the night, pursued by some slavering monster or psychokiller. Read more [...]