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 Thing from Another World (1951) and The Thing (1982)

The Thing from Another World (1951) written by Charles Lederer, Howard Hawks, and Ben Hecht based on the novella Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell, Jr. directed by Christian Nyby The Thing (1982) written by Bill Lancaster based on the novella Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell, Jr. directed by John Carpenter By now remakes are a tried-and-true […]

The Fly (1958 and 1986)

The Fly (1958) written by James Clavell based on the short story The Fly by George Langelaan directed by Kurt Neumann The Fly (1986) written by Charles Edward Pogue and David Cronenberg based on the short story The Fly by George Langelaan directed by David Cronenberg I first watched David Cronenberg’s remake of The Fly […]

Se7en (1995)

Se7en (1995) written by Andrew Kevin Walker directed by David Fincher “You know, this is not gonna have a happy ending.” Truer words have never been uttered. Spoken by detective William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) halfway through David Fincher’s landmark Se7en, the dialogue not only foreshadows the film’s ending, it prepares the audience for one of […]

The Wicker Man (1973)

The Wicker Man (1973) written by Anthony Shaffer based on the novel Ritual by David Pinner directed by Robin Hardy I was pretty confused as I watched The Wicker Man. I rented it thinking it was a horror film, but it didn’t seem scary. It had a lot of scenes of people singing and dancing, […]

The Exorcist (1973)

Guest contributor Rogelio Rodríguez shares his thoughts on William Friedkin’s horror classic The Exorcist. The Exorcist (1973) written by William Peter Blatty, based on his novel directed by William Friedkin In 2000 The Exorcist was named the scariest film in history by a wide margin. I agree. Maybe it’s no longer the one movie that […]

The Haunting (1963)

Guest contributor Rogelio Rodríguez shares his thoughts on Robert Wise’s The Haunting. The Haunting (1963) written by Nelson Gidding based on the novel The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson directed by Robert Wise I remember being alone in my room one night and seeing, with complete clarity, a severed head over the door […]

Salem’s Lot (1979 and 2004)

Salem’s Lot (1979) written by Paul Monash, based on the novel by Stephen King directed by Tobe Hooper Salem’s Lot (2004) written by Peter Filardi, based on the novel by Stephen King directed by Mikael Salomon When I was around twelve, I caught a rerun of the original Salem’s Lot miniseries from 1979. This must […]

The Ninth Gate (1999)

The Ninth Gate (1999) written by Roman Polanski, John Brownjohn, and Enrique Urbizu based on the novel El Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte directed by Roman Polanski I had seen this lesser-known effort from Roman Polanski at least twice before, and had always felt disappointed that the film didn’t take itself too seriously. The tale […]

The Hitcher (1986)

The Hitcher (1986) written by Eric Red directed by Robert Harmon I first watched The Hitcher sometime in the late 80’s and remember being fascinated by how relentless it was. Granted, the movie couldn’t be simpler: A young man driving a car from Chicago to San Diego picks up a serial killer with a penchant […]