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cinematic roots of: ‘Case 39’

In Case 39, Renee Zellweger plays a social worker who rescues a child (Jodelle Ferland) from abusive parents only to discover that perhaps it was the demon child who was abusing her guardians. This flick sprang from (among other films)…

Ninja Assassin (review)

‘Ninja assassin.’ It’s like ‘monster trucks’ and ‘automatic weapons’ and ‘zombie Nazis’: you take two great things that are awesome separately, and then you put ’em together and it becomes like totally mindblowing, dude. Oh not.

‘Orphan’ and the generational aspects of horror

If you’ve been reading my online writings for any length of time, you may already be aware that I’m a fan of the works of William Strauss and Neil Howe, who’ve proposed a generational theory of history and culture that involves a regular, pendulumlike shift in attitudes every 25 years or so — that is, … more…

North American box office: ‘G-Force’? Really?

Armed guinea pigs beat Harry Potter? 1. G-Force: $31.7 million (NEW) 2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: $29.5 million (2nd week; drops 62%) 3. The Ugly Truth: $27.6 million (NEW) 4. Orphan: $12.9 million (NEW) 5. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs: $8.4 million (4th week; drops 52%) actual numbers, not estimates Oh, god, … more…

Judd Apatow doesn’t know what sexism is…

…Katherine Heigl doesn’t know what grownup is, and Orphan knows that women deserve only punishment. It’s fun! Yup, it’s another installment of The Week in Women, my regular column over at the Alliance of Women Film Journalists. Enjoy.

Orphan (review)

Oh, how I wish this was a knowing parody, not an unwitting one. All the overbaked tropes of the genre are deployed: the “scary” music, the “menacing” camera angles, the telegraphing every boo.

my week the movies: ‘The Ugly Truth,’ ‘New Orleans, Mon Amour,’ ‘The Answer Man,’ ‘Orphan,’ ‘Bliss,’ ‘Adam’

Get it? It is a truth universally acknowledged that men love with their dicks and women love with their brains. Everyone just knows this. I’m not sure if we should take this as an indication that the people involved in making this movie actually genuinely don’t understand that people are wildly individualistic and so figure … more…

trailer break: ‘Orphan’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer… Well, Vera, obviously there is something wrong with being different. We’ll never guess her secret? Oh, pul-leeze. She’s Satan’s slave. She’s Carrie’s clone. No, wait, she’s Damien’s child! And she killed Damien, and that’s why she’s an orphan! No? Not scary anymore? We need something more modern … more…