Jeff York

“Zombieland: Double Tap” is a Hearty if Tardy Sequel

“Zombieland: Double Tap” is a Hearty if Tardy Sequel

What’s with all of the decades-late sequels these days? Mad Max: Fury Road, Blade Runner 2049, Mary Poppins Returns… the list goes on and on. But as long as they’re critical and financial successes, more will be made. One of the latest is Zombieland: Double Tap, a sequel to the hit horror-comedy Zombieland from 2009. And while […]

 Jeff York

The Influence of “Get Out” and Its Limitations for Horror

The Influence of “Get Out” and Its Limitations for Horror

Jordan Peele’s Get Out was a seminal horror film. Unsettling, witty, and hugely political. It was made with a great deal of respect for the genre, yet Peele also elevated frighteners too, making a film that became a genuine “water cooler” pop culture entry. For months, people couldn’t stop talking about its twists, shocks, and […]

 Jeff York

Pedro Almodovar Reflects on Age and Storytelling in All Its “Pain and Glory”

Pedro Almodovar Reflects on Age and Storytelling in All Its “Pain and Glory”

Pedro Almodovar is one of the cinema’s premier directors, but just as importantly, he’s one of its best screenwriters. He has 36 directorial credits on imdb.com and not surprisingly, he has 36 writing credits too. Almodovar’s direction and writing go hand-in-hand – they’re both bold, colorful, and often, unpredictable. In all of his films, there […]

 Jeff York

Why Demons and Devils Make for Superior Villains

Why Demons and Devils Make for Superior Villains

We all know that “the devil is in the details,” but why are there so many demons in movies and on TV these days? In the past two years, there have been 26 horror movies released where the primary antagonist is some sort of supernatural force (It: Chapter Two), a demon (Annabelle Comes Home), or […]

 Jeff York

The Revisionist “Joker” Challenges the Norms of Comics and Villainy

The Revisionist “Joker” Challenges the Norms of Comics and Villainy

********* SPOILER WARNING ********* Searing onto the screen as both a revisionist backstory of an iconic villain character and a pointed commentary on the cuddlier aspects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the new Joker movie is bold, violent, and unnerving. There have been many exceedingly dark takes on the greatest foil of Batman’s through the […]

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