bias update: February 4

obsession: Canadian TV (and film) (because I’m hungry for something new and good) boyfriend: Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes (sexiest Holmes ever) psyched: The Wolfman (because I adore Benicio Del Toro) girl crush: Vera Farmiga in Up in the Air (because she’s too cool) dreading: Cop Out (why, Kevin Smith? why?) enemy: everyone connected … more…

bias update: January 25

obsession: Canadian TV (and film) (because I’m hungry for something new and good) boyfriend: Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes (sexiest Holmes ever) psyched: The Wolfman (because I adore Benicio Del Toro) girl crush: Vera Farmiga in Up in the Air (because she’s too cool) dreading: When in Rome (is there no end to rom-com … more…

bias update: January 10

obsession: Canadian TV (and film) (because I’m hungry for something new and good) boyfriend: Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes (sexiest Holmes ever) psyched: The Wolfman (because I adore Benicio Del Toro) girl crush: Vera Farmiga in Up in the Air (because she’s too cool) dreading: Tooth Fairy (The Rock, where is your dignity?) enemy: … more…

bias update: December 24

obsession: Doctor Who (David Tennant’s almost gone!) boyfriend: Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes (sexiest Holmes ever) psyched: Daybreakers (because the Spierig Brothers made the awesome Undead a few years back) girl crush: Vera Farmiga in Up in the Air (because she’s too cool) dreading: Leap Year (launching a new decade of rom-com crap) enemy: … more…

‘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…

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.

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…