[Fantastic Fest Review]…Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Tim Burton provides such a distinct look, feel, and texture to every one of his films — regardless of how you might feel about them — that he’s very much a genre unto himself. Taking a heavy influence from landmark German Expressionist films, he’s pioneering this generation’s brand of wacky, dark-tinged cinema as his creations have danced […]

G-S-T Trailer Round Up: Sundance, Spartans, Sam Rockwell and Aussie Horror

Whether you are living the sweet life at the Sundance Film Festival or like the rest of us have day jobs and are living vicariously through critic’s tweets, January is a busy movie month. Not really for quality cinema per se but advetising of forthcoming titles as it, by way of the festival circuit and […]

Sweet Trailer…'300: Rise of an Empire'

Eight years after Zack Snyder’s 300 hit theaters and rapidly became a joke through a relentless parade of Internet memes, we’re finally getting the sequel-prequel-recap that nobody wanted. Fortunately, the first trailer for 300: Rise of an Empire makes Noam Murro’s contribution to the story of Sparta’s war with Xerxes look pretty good; if the […]

G-S-T Review…Dark Shadows

A common fact easily overlooked: television isn’t the same medium as film. As modes of visual storytelling, they may bear a family resemblance, but they represent long-form versus short-form approaches to narrative. In short, the rules, as well as the limitations and advantages, differ greatly for both. A television show has room to breathe and […]

“The CineMagic 8-Ball” – In Theaters 5/11/12

When so many movies are released each weekend and trailers often seem better than the movie itself, what should one do? In this precarious situation, we consult the The CineMagic 8-Ball (TM) to help us see through the nebulous marketing haze. Doing so just might save us all a disheartening trip to the cinema and spare us unnecessarily springing for $7 […]

Ohhh, Look…'Dark Shadows' Character Posters

Tim Burton‘s adaptation of the TV show Dark Shadows, starring Johnny Depp, will hit theaters this May. A few weeks ago the first trailer hit the web and I have to say it looked surprisingly good. Delightful with Burton’s signature combination of creepy/cheerful story and characters. Well if you missed it we have it posted […]

Off the Netflix Queue…'Cracks'

There’s that old saying that “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree“…and in the Scott family it seems that anyone sharing lineage with Sir Ridley is destined for greatness. Enter one Jordan Scott, daughter to Mr. Gladiator himself, who in her feature length directorial debut shows us she’s going places. Creating something original in Hollywood is tough […]

James Bond January – ’Casino Royale’

The last of our entries in the James Bond January series, we’re ending with perhaps my second favorite Bond film. Here we find a young James finding his spy legs as the ink on his newly printed 007 business cards is still drying. In what is essentially an “origin story” (big trend in American cinema […]