Interstellar (2014)

Guest contributor Gerry Lopez and I take on Christopher Nolan’s polarizing Interstellar. Interstellar (2014) written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan directed by Christopher Nolan On a recent trip to Disney World, after experiencing Enchanted Tales with Belle – in which a “magic” mirror transforms into a doorway before our eyes and opens into a […]

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 […]

Her (2013)

Guest contributor Rogelio Rodríguez shares his thoughts on Alex Garland’s Ex Machina. Ex Machina (2015) written and directed by Alex Garland You’re probably in the presence of a great film when you can discern ideas from classic novels like Frankenstein (1818) or The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), but they’re even better developed. You’re probably […]

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 Indiana Jones Adventures (1981 to 2008)

The Indiana Jones Adventures (1981-2008) written by Lawrence Kasdan, Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz, Jeffrey Boam, Tom Stoppard, and David Koepp story by George Lucas, Philip Kaufman, Menno Meyjes, and Jeff Nathanson directed by Steven Spielberg I’ve seen this foursome of adventures many, many times. I remember being awed beyond words by the first film, Raiders […]

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) written by Simon Kinberg based on the X-Men comic book storyline Days of Future Past by Chris Claremont and John Byrne directed by Bryan Singer In recent years, superhero movies have become darker in tone. This is not necessarily bad, specially if the world the characters inhabit seems real, […]

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 […]