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 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 […]

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 […]

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Guest contributor Rogelio Rodríguez shares his thoughts on Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby. Rosemary’s Baby (1968) based on the novel by Ira Levin written and directed by Roman Polanski I’m not a fan of Mia Farrow’s. I don’t know anything about the work of John Cassavetes and, since I’m an atheist, I don’t believe in God […]