So many New Year’s resolutions fall apart at some point, but hopefully this one doesn’t. Thanks to the inspiration of an acquaintance’s significant other, I decided that one of my resolutions for 2016, and potentially beyond, would be to post at least one article a month on the blog. For this new feature, I’ve decided […]Read more "*New Feature* – The Cutting Smörgåsboard: January 2016 Edition"
“The horror genre is one beloved by many and heavily criticized by others. Its followers are devout, welcoming anything from the wide release, direct-to-video and foreign markets in spite of any hint of being formulaic, as long as the film checks off a number of criteria. The villains are revered, especially if their name is […]Read more "PO – “The Year They Came Home: How the Horror Genre Can Save Its Own Skin”"
“With the recent conclusion of the 73rd Golden Globe Awards and the announcing of the 2016 Oscar nominations, awards season in Hollywood is officially upon us. Now’s the time for filmgoers to binge on all, or as many of the Oscar frontrunners as possible before February 28th. Some of us get as much, if not […]Read more "PO – “‘That’s a Nice Touch’: Why ‘The Hateful Eight’ is Quentin Tarantino’s Magnum Opus’"
“A couple of articles ago, I described a “process of excitement” that filmgoers experience with each new release, especially if the film is the next entry in a franchise or directed by one of Hollywood’s top auteurs. We need everything that will help us bide our time until the film’s impending release date, and each […]Read more "PO – “Enough Room for a Select Few: Why Reducing Marketing Costs is No Small Task”"
“All good things must come to an end. It’s a well-worn adage that everyone knows and has to come to terms with at one point or another. It’s funny sometimes that we can detect when something is nearing its conclusion without succinctly knowing the end date yet to be etched in stone. It forces us to […]Read more "PO – “The Last Laugh: A Question of When, Not Who Will Have It.”"
“In an ideal world, every filmmaker would live long enough to see the premiere of their final film, even if their life is ended sooner than expected. It’s one thing to experience shooting the film and editing the final product, but it is another thing entirely to witness your creation with an audience seeing it for […]Read more "PO – “The 40th Anniversary of ‘Salo,’ And Its Unintentional Legacy”"
“The process of excitement for us filmgoers is normally the same. We hear about a film in development that appeals to us, especially if it’s the next entry in a popular franchise, and then we patiently wait for, or perhaps anxiously anticipate all that comes next: director, screenwriter and casting announcements, set photos and promotional artwork, […]Read more "PO – “Blinded By the Dollar Sign: The Problem with Hollywood’s Ballooning Budgets”"