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 and I had somewhat opposing views on Spike Jonze’s Her. I hope we can remain friends, although it is unlikely. Her (2013) written and directed by Spike Jonze Sorry, geeks and hipsters. I know many of you adore this sci-fi drama about a lonely introvert (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love […]

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 – 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 […]

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) / Salem’s Lot (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 ’80s 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 […]