Blowup (1966)

Blowup (1966) written by Michelangelo Antonioni and Tonino Guerra from a story by Michelangelo Antonioni based on the short story Las babas del diablo by Julio Cortázar directed by Michelangelo Antonioni A couple of years ago a co-worker and I were talking about all the changes we’d seen in our industry (TV), and the need […]

La maschera del demonio (1960) / I tre volti della paura (1963)

La maschera del demonio (The Mask of the Demon, aka Black Sunday – 1960) written by Ennio De Concini and Mario Serandrei from a story by Mario Bava based on the novella Viy by Nikolai Gogol directed by Mario Bava I tre volti della paura (The Three Faces of Fear, aka Black Sabbath – 1963) […]

Blow Out (1981)

Blow Out (1981) written and directed by Brian De Palma Blow Out begins with an opening borrowed directly from two horror classics, Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 shocker Psycho and John Carpenter’s 1978 slasher Halloween (and, to a lesser extent, its predecessor, 1974’s Black Christmas). We see the point-of-view shot of a killer stalking young girls at […]

Personal Shopper (2016)

Personal Shopper (2016) written and directed by Olivier Assayas It’s difficult to put into words what Personal Shopper is about. On the surface, it is a supernatural horror film about Maureen (Kristen Stewart), a young American woman living in Paris who’s a self-described medium. Sensitive to the world beyond, she can make contact with spirits, […]

A Quiet Place (2018) / Bird Box (2018)

A Quiet Place (2018) written by Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, and John Krasinski from a story by Bryan Woods and Scott Beck directed by John Krasinski Bird Box (2018) written by Eric Heissererz based on the novel Bird Box by Josh Malerman directed by Susanne Bier We’re in the middle of not only a deadly […]

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

Guest contributor Rogelio Rodríguez shares his thoughts on Star Wars and the “conclusion” of the saga, The Rise of Skywalker. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) written by Chris Terrio and J.J. Abrams from a story by Derek Connolly, Colin Trevorrow, J.J. Abrams, and Chris Terrio based on Star Wars characters by George Lucas […]

mother! (2017)

Guest contributor and MiamiArtZine critic Rubén Rosario reviews Darren Aronofsky’s unhinged tale about the torture of creation. mother! (2017) written and directed by Darren Aronofsky A tumultuous maelstrom of biblical proportions and carefully controlled excess, mother! is the kind of auteur-driven provocation destined to be unpacked and dissected like a cinematic Rubik’s Cube. Like the […]

The Jurassic Park Films (1993-2018)

The original version of this review was published in the online magazine Examiner in 2015. The Jurassic Park Films (1993-2018) written by Michael Crichton, David Koepp, Peter Buchman, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Derek Connolly, and Colin Trevorrow based on the novel Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton directed by Steven Spielberg, Joe […]

Arrival (2016)

Arrival (2016) written by Eric Heisserer based on the short story Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang directed by Denis Villeneuve Movies can sneak up on you. They wait for the very last moment to show their hands, and by this I don’t mean they throw a twist ending unto the audience. Sure, twist […]

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) / 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) written by Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke based on the short story The Sentinel by Arthur C. Clarke directed by Stanley Kubrick 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984) written by Peter Hyams based on the novel 2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke directed by Peter Hyams What […]

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) based on Star Wars characters by George Lucas written and directed by Rian Johnson Alright, it’s been a couple of months since its release, so now we can calmly talk about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the sequel to 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. At the time it […]