Posts by: Bren

The Shape of Water Analysis

The Shape of Water Analysis

Yes, The Shape of Water is worth seeing, if only for the romantic elements and the great performances from Richard Jenkins (especially), Michael Shannon and Sally Hawkins (full frontal, if you’re into that). And yes, it’s about a mute who…

Why Murder on the Orient Express Failed

Why Murder on the Orient Express Failed

I grew up during the young days of VHS recordings. My family lived in Tokyo at the time and we recorded many English language movies off TV, and the 1974 version of Murder on the Orient Express was one we…

Why Justice League Failed

Why Justice League Failed

Justice League is not as bad as purported or as good as desired. At the time of this writing, Justice League won the weekend and reached just shy of $100M. And yet, it still failed to achieve its goals, and…

The Problem with Blade Runners

The Problem with Blade Runners

With the premature demise of the Blade Runner sequel that no one was demanding, a postmortem may be instructive to writers and film makers. ** WARNING — SPOILERS ABOUND ** Blade Runner (1982) The original was unique for its time…

Wondering About Wonder Woman

Wondering About Wonder Woman

This year’s Rorschach test of cultural gender norms and aspirations turns out to be Wonder Woman. In case you haven’t heard, the director is a woman. And unlike ALL other superhero tales, its protagonist is a woman. That makes it…

Are Cross-Dressing Comedies Dead?

Are Cross-Dressing Comedies Dead?

Okay, hear me out. This is important for writers… According to the AFI, the two greatest comedies of all time are Some Like It Hot, and Tootsie – BOTH employing the conceit of straight men dressing as women in order…

How Compelling is Your Historical Revisionism?

How Compelling is Your Historical Revisionism?

Those who do not learn history are doomed to replace it. We’re currently awash in current event stories (e.g. Patriot’s Day) competing with historical revisions (Man in the High Castle), alongside documentaries (Hillary’s America), fiction with stupid-simple history horribly wrong…

Star Wars: The Force Awakens New Hopes

Star Wars: The Force Awakens New Hopes

I took a bit of flak for my Facebook post saying that Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SW:FA) “was the sequel we’re looking for.” Look, it had the spectacle we wanted, the Millennium Falcon in a tight dogfight on the…

Origins of Auteur Theory

Origins of Auteur Theory

Which came first, the great movie or the great director? Like the chicken or egg theory, people for years have wondered how great directors make lousy movies.  Cinephiles have raged for decades and the following small treatise on auteur theory…

Are these the best slow-motion movies scenes?

Are these the best slow-motion movies scenes?

A fun one for a Sunday.  Slow-motion is another way for directors/editors to convey story.  At best, they reveal story.  At worst, they provide empty spectacle and gratuitous violence. With that in mind, are these the best slow-motion scenes? I…