UNBREAKABLE: M. Night Shyamalan’s Clairvoyant Superhero Deconstruction (SPOILERS) (ANALYSIS)

Warning: this essay contains major spoilers for the 2000 film Unbreakable. Unbreakable is a masterpiece of pop cinema. Pre-dating the Marvel Cinematic Universe by nearly a decade and even the original Sam Raimi Spider-Man by two years, M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable was ahead its time – and that’s an understatement. It’s also a crucial point [...]

What The Oscars Should Learn From Another Low-Rated Golden Globes (ANALYSIS)

A decade-low viewership for the Golden Globes reveals a reality that the Oscars should finally accept: Your ratings aren’t coming back. You couldn’t have had a better case study, actually, than this year’s Globes because it had everything going for it. Not only did it boast coveted popular nominees like Black Panther, Crazy Rich Asians, [...]

THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL Podcast: Episode 16 – BEALE, VICE, & Bonus MULE (PODCAST)

Episode 16 - THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Conversations On Cinema http://thebadandthebeautiful.libsyn.com/the-bad-and-the-beautiful-episode-16-xmas-xtravaganza If Beale Street Could Talk, @ 0:56 Vice, @ 20:23 Outro, @ 30:33 The Mule, @ 32:08 On this holiday episode of The Bad and the Beautiful, we look at new Oscar contenders from previous Academy Award winners. You can download it on [...]

THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL Podcast: Episode 15 – ROMA, THE FAVOURITE, & SPIDER-VERSE (PODCAST)

Episode 15 - THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Conversations On Cinema http://thebadandthebeautiful.libsyn.com/the-bad-and-the-beautiful-episode-15 Roma, @ 0:59 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, @ 27:20 The Favourite, @ 37:57 Outro, @ 52:00 On this episode of The Bad and the Beautiful, we stream, we swing, and we sting as we discuss three separate year-end Oscar contenders. You can download [...]

THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL Podcast: Episode 14 – BUSTER SCRUGGS, SUSPIRIA, And A Slew Of Oscar Hopefuls (PODCAST)

Episode 14 - THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Conversations On Cinema http://thebadandthebeautiful.libsyn.com/episode-14-the-bad-and-the-beautiful-conversations-on-cinema The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, @ 0:46 Suspiria, @ 11:25 Beautiful Boy / Can You Ever Forgive Me?, @ 22:34 Widows / Bohemian Rhapsody, @ 29:06 Wildlife, @ 36:33 Outro, @ 47:06 On this episode of The Bad and the Beautiful, Charles and I [...]

The Seed J.K. Rowling Planted To Explain That Shocking GRINDELWALD Cliffhanger (ANALYSIS)

CAUTION: I solemnly swear that I am up to spoilers here. The Muggle world has been split asunder by none other than their leader herself, J.K. Rowling. The cliffhanger she dropped on the collective Potterverse at the end of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is exactly the kind of love-it-or-hate-it move that sends uberfans [...]

THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL Podcast: Episode 13 – FIRST MAN, A STAR IS BORN, VENOM, And More (PODCAST)

Episode 13 - THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Conversations On Cinema http://thebadandthebeautiful.libsyn.com/the-bad-and-the-beautiful-conversations-on-cinema-episode-13 First Man, @ 1:25 Venom, @ 20:38 The Old Man & the Gun, @ 30:20 A Star Is Born, @ 39:39 Outro, @ 01:05:49 On this episode of The Bad and the Beautiful, Charles and I launch into the 2018 Oscar Season with big [...]