Jeff York

“Hell Fest” Can’t Mask Its Genre Clichés

“Hell Fest” Can’t Mask Its Genre Clichés

The new film “Hell Fest” isn’t very scary, but it does make for a fairly enjoyable riff on all those middle-of-the-road frighteners that dominated the horror genre in the 80’s. In this one, three couples venture to a traveling theme park dubbed “Hell Fest.” Even a casual horror fan will recognize most of its tropes. […]

 Jeff York

“Kin” Jumbles Genres and Tones in a Messy Mix

“Kin” Jumbles Genres and Tones in a Messy Mix

The new film “Kin” wants to be many things: a sci-fi fantasy, a road trip comedy, a coming-of-age story, and a brutal actioner. At times, it succeeds in individually essaying all of them, but taken as a whole, the film is quite a mess. One minute it wants the audience to mourn the violent murder […]

 Brock Swinson

“Everything Is An Opportunity.” Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Director ‘The Darkest Minds’ & ‘Kung Fu Panda’ Sequels

“Everything Is An Opportunity.” Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Director ‘The Darkest Minds’ & ‘Kung Fu Panda’ Sequels

Creative Screenwriting Magazine had the opportunity to talk shop with writer-director Jennifer Yuh Nelson, who is most famously known for her work on the animated Kung Fu Panda movies. She discusses her creative process and her shift from animated features to her latest live-action film The Darkest Minds. “Some people say their brain is in […]

 Jeff York

“Revenge” Adds New Twists to an Oft-Told Tale

“Revenge” Adds New Twists to an Oft-Told Tale

Revenge sagas about a woman turning the tables on her attackers are nothing new to the cinema. Filmmakers from Francois Truffaut (“The Bride Wore Black”) to Quentin Tarantino (“Kill Bill, Volumes 1 and 2”) have made indelible impressions with such tales. The sub-genre of ‘rape and revenge films,’ while often more exploitative, has earned its […]

 Jeff York

“The Death Of Stalin” Presents Russian History Through the Lens of Farce

“The Death Of Stalin” Presents Russian History Through the Lens of Farce

How absurd is our current political climate these days? So ridiculous that a porn star pay-off feels like just another day at the Oval Office? Increasingly crazy, enough so that the HBO comedy series VEEP now plays like a documentary? Risible to the point that watching cable news is almost sadomasochistic? Well, if so…boy, have […]