January 3, 2020.Reading time 13 minutes.
For eight or so months it seemed 2019 was going to be a mediocre year for movies. Sure there was the occasional surprise (Shazam! – Zachary Levi, my goodness), a couple of much better than average Stephen King adaptations (Pet Sematary, It 2 – both very effective) and even a grump like me had to admit […]
October 17, 2019.Reading time 18 minutes.
Why are people so afraid of Joker? In the September 25th issue of The New Yorker, Pauline Kael asked “Are people becoming afraid of American movies?” This was, of course, 1978, not 2019. Yet it seems likely the great film critic would have asked the same question forty-one years later, given the critical hysteria over Todd […]